Jake Hardin

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Hometown: Harlingen, TX

Do you have any stage experience?

Absolutely zero! My father has played in various bands and plays ½ a dozen or so instruments as a hobby. Although the musician gene didn’t get passed down to me, an appreciation for live performances did.

What brought you to Mansfield?

I’m originally from the Rio Grande Valley. I attended college in Kingsville and began my career in San Antonio. In 2001, I started a new position with a bank in South Arlington and built a home in Mansfield. I’m now the Market President for American National Bank of Texas where I work primarily with local businesses, entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations. There is tremendous satisfaction that comes from assisting organizations and individuals with their financial needs and watching them grow into successful businesses.

My wife and I and our three children attend First United Methodist Church in Mansfield, where our older two also attended preschool and Kindergarten at First Faith. One Father’s Day, the children of First Faith were asked what their parents do for a living. When they showed the responses on the projector during service, my oldest son’s answer was “my dad sells money!”

How do you fit in with The LOT organization?

One benefit of volunteering on nonprofit boards is getting to work with individuals with various backgrounds and expertise who bring unique perspectives to furthering the cause. I have a good understanding of how nonprofit boards operate and how working with volunteers of an organization requires a different skill set than working with paid employees. In addition to having served on numerous nonprofit boards, I bank a number of nonprofits, so I understand the needs from the business side as well. I felt I could leverage my experience with nonprofits and local business relationships to help The LOT succeed in these critical, first couple of years.

Tell us something about you that people would be surprised to learn?

Although I studied business at Texas A&M University – Kingsville, as an undergraduate, I worked as a teaching assistant for a meteorology professor.