Meet Jonathan Brooks, LocateSmarter President
In honor of his one year anniversary as our leader, we continue our Meet the Team series with Jonathan Brooks, President at LocateSmarter. Find out what keeps Jonathan ticking in the data industry, in his spare time and as he hunts for a special collector’s item. Continue reading to learn more about Jonathan Brooks…
Q&As with Jonathan Brooks
You have a long history in the data industry – tell us something about it that someone in the collection industry probably does not know.
“You must use data to tell a story. Connecting disparate data can bridge the story. I spent many years in the investigative space, and collections space is not so far off from the theme of investigations. We must really look into the data to appreciate the power of data. When you do that, the story can be unforgettable.”
Jonathan, it’s quite a long commute from Knoxville, TN, to Cedar Falls, IA – what made you decide to periodically be away from your family to lead LocateSmarter?
“It was about the people and the mission. When you have those two things, it creates a desire to be involved. While traveling away from my family is tough at times, I feel a sense of comfort in that our family made the decision together that this was the right move.”
What do you like to do outside of work?
“My passion outside of work is in mission work. My family has been involved in medical missions and building projects in Central America and other third world countries for over 30 years. We also started a non-profit to feed families while they live in the hospital due to adolescent leukemia. This came from our own experience as my daughter had leukemia. Thankfully, she is cancer free today.”
What is one thing people might not know about you?
“I am a watch collector. This started when my grandfather gave me a watch that was from the railroad. Since then, I’ve appreciated the detail involved in their automatic movements.”
If you were to give advice to future leaders in any industry, what would it be?
“To give the opportunity to others that was afforded to us.”
What changes would you like to see in the collection/data industry?
“To create new ways to solve problems, evolve solutions and challenge the norm. If we can do that, we create an environment that saves time, money and creates the best return.”
What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?
“When I went to get a new iPhone I told the salesperson that I was somewhere between “tech savvy” and “AARP.”
Okay now a series of quick questions…
- Favorite book: The Glass Menagerie
- First job: Diamond sales
- Favorite sport: Golf
- Favorite Animal: My Dog
- Favorite cartoon character: Elmer J. Fudd
Get to know Jonathan Brooks even more. Connect with him on LinkedIn.
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