Call tomorrow about driving: these four words found themselves scratched onto the back of a business card pressed into Jake’s hands. The year was 2012 and Jake, a few months into college in McPherson, Kansas, had taken a trip out to Hershey, paying a visit to RM’s long-running Pennsylvanian auction. At a chance meeting with Rob Myers, Jake asked about the potential of working a summer internship. The next day, faced with the surprising counteroffer, he already found himself driving around the brass and pre-war offerings of the auction—his area of specialty. By then, Jake was no stranger to taking such chances, having earned a high school co-op with well-known restorer Harry Sherry, which helped inspire the return offer, by fielding a call to the owner himself. From his teen years then, he had already immersed himself in the world of restoring the classics. Ensuring the authentic details, down to the screws: then, and now, as an RM Sotheby’s Car Specialist, is his approach. From advising his clients on restorations to keeping involved with the restorations of his consignments, Jake is hands-on in ensuring quality. The same is true of his free time, where he happily undertakes the never-ending project of updating his 19th-century home or does a little tinkering of his own in the garage. The act of taking something old to give it life anew is where Jake operates, a realm he enjoys sharing in by keeping active in events and rallies or just setting out for some coffee in a classic with his buddies. The same is true for his clients, where he cannot help but share in the enthusiasm when they finally snag that one special car. And that card that helped start it all? Of course he still has it.
Blenheim, Ontario - Canada