He grew up as the oldest of five children in Addison, Maine, which is a small town in rural Washington County. Like many in Down East Maine, he spent his summers raking blueberries and had family members who worked in the lobster fishing industry. Like his father, grandfather, and great grandfather before him, he became a drummer in the 5th grade (a hobby he continues to enjoy to this day) and has performed in rock, jazz, concert, and pep bands. He attended Narraguagus High School, where he lettered in both cross country and track & field from his freshman through his senior year, and spent time as a hospice volunteer. Graduating fourth in his class in 2001, he was awarded the Maine High School Teachers’ Scholarship from Thomas College, which was a four-year, full tuition scholarship, based on academic achievement and community involvement.
Registering as a Republican as soon as he turned 18 was an easy choice for Jason; his father is a career businessman and instilled in him the importance of both allowing free markets to be the best judge of success and that those who risk their capital on ideas should learn from failures and reap the rewards of successes. He has been active in conservative politics ever since.
During his four years at Thomas College, Jason was as a three-year resident assistant (winning RA of the year in 2005), served on the student senate (elected as President of the student body in 2004), was a member of the student judicial board, and a member of the College Republicans. He was awarded the Thomas Golden Key Award in 2002 (given to outstanding freshmen) and was presented with both the Thomas Award and the Excellence in Leadership Award in 2005. Earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and a Minor in Political Science, he spoke at the 111th Thomas College Commencement, graduating Suma Cum Laude. Jason’s college years would prove to become the most formative of his life; he met his future-wife Karen as fellow freshmen and they were married in 2005.
Having enjoyed summer jobs in the hospitality industry for many years, Jason was drawn to the field of hotel management and began working for Maine-based Maine Course Hospitality Group (MCHG) at a Marriott hotel in Brunswick. Starting at the front desk, his goal was to learn every aspect of the industry from housekeeping to sales & marketing. When the first Courtyard by Marriott hotel opened in South Portland, Maine in 2007, he was selected to be the Front Office Manager, leading guest services and reservations. As part of a Marriott Platinum Award-winning team (top 5 percent of Courtyard hotels nationwide in guest satisfaction), an opportunity arose to become the Assistant General Manager, where he assumed responsibilities across all departments. Building sales, exceeding guest expectations, and delivering strong financial results for ownership, Jason was awarded the Unsung Hero and Difference-Maker Awards from MCHG. He is driven by competitiveness of the hospitality marketplace, which he believes results in both the best possible experience for guests and continuous improvement throughout the industry. In 2012, Jason was promoted to General Manager at the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott in Brunswick-- the same hotel where his career with Marriott and MCHG began 7 years prior.
Outside of work, he enjoys promoting both liberty and free markets in his roles as the Secretary for the Durham Republican Committee, as a voting member of the Androscoggin County Republican Committee, and as the Androscoggin County Coordinator for the Maine Tenth Amendment Center. At the 2012 Maine Republican State Convention, he was elected as an Alternate Delegate At-Large to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida and is looking forward to representing Maine Republicans. His favorite pastimes include fishing, target shooting, meeting interesting people, and spending time with his family. Jason owes his success to the many heroes who have mentored him throughout his life, and Karen, who is a wonderful wife, mother, and best friend. Jason and Karen reside in Durham with their two children, Andrew and Lily.