Jason is the Vice President of Open Prairie and a fund manager with over 15 years of experience in working with and developing small businesses across a variety of industry sectors. Jason is responsible for all fund management activities including investor relations, coordination of due diligence, analyzing and overseeing existing investments as well as sourcing new investment opportunities. Jason serves on the Board of Directors for MyAgData and NewLeaf Symbiotics. He is an owner and co-founder of Fieldcrest Homes, a real estate company specializing in new construction of residential and multi-family properties throughout central Illinois and holds an Illinois Managing Broker Real Estate license. Prior to joining Open Prairie, he worked as Chief Financial Officer for a multi-store retail consumer rental franchise and as Chief Operating Officer for an outdoor advertising company. Jason also gained valuable sales and marketing experience as a pharmaceutical representative for Eli Lilly and Company. While at the University of Illinois, working with the Office of Strategic Business Initiatives, Jason developed business plans and commercialization strategies for early and growth-stage companies and performed due diligence for multiple private equity and venture capital funds, including Open Prairie. Jason received an MBA from the University of Illinois with a concentration in Finance and Entrepreneurship and a dual degree Bachelor of Science in Finance and Marketing from Eastern Illinois University.