Curriculum Vitae

I’m extremely grateful for the wide variety of professional experiences I’ve had so far. Each one has built upon the others but never in a straight line. Every piece fits just like it was by design. This is my best attempt to collect them all in one place.

I can also be found on LinkedIn but I prefer to have a space that allows me to maintain control over the content and share more detail.


Professional Overview

Startup executive, product manager, digital marketer, writer, entrepreneur, mentor, coach, musician, husband, and parent.

As a startup executive and product manager, I know what is required to build a company quickly with limited resources. I have created systems and processes where none existed, built teams, and scaled initiatives up and down as priorities evolve. I enjoy the challenge of building something new and adapting as each summit leads to another climb.

As a digital marketer, I’ve run email marketing, social media strategy, digital advertising campaigns, overhauled websites and implemented CRM systems to maximize results. I enjoy harnessing the power of the internet to identify an audience and reach them with the right mix of content, products and services.

As a writer, I’ve spent a lot of time blogging, copywriting, and creating content for a variety of audiences. I’ve had the opportunity work on multiple books as project manager, researcher and ghost writer. I enjoy the opportunity to clarify thoughts and ideas through writing and distribute them in digital or physical form.

As an entrepreneur, I’ve participated in several startups and usually have at least 1-2 side projects going. I have always had an entrepreneurial drive to build new things. I enjoy that this digital age makes starting something easier and cheaper than it’s ever been.

As a mentor and coach, I find great fulfillment in helping others reach their personal and professional potential. I enjoy the opportunity to take the lessons I’ve learned and help others apply them to the their particular season of life.

As a musician, I sing and play multiple instruments as well as produce music and podcasts. I enjoy the creative expression of making music and the collaborative nature of playing with a band.

Finally, I’m husband to Hannah (we’ll celebrate our 17th anniversary this summer!) and father to Mavis (10), Camille (7) and Hattie (5). My greatest joy in life comes from investing in these relationships and making their dreams come true.


Professional Experience

First Class Father | Founder

February 2018 – Present // Atlanta, GA

I started this site to share what I’ve learned about marriage and fatherhood with other men with the goal of equipping them to be the man their family needs.

 

iDisciple | Director of Product Management

April, 2013 – April, 2018 // Alpharetta, GA

As employee #2, I played a key role in growing the company to over 1.5 million users, 150,000 premium subscribers, annual revenue of $6M+ and over 40 employees.

My primary role was Product Management and I created product strategy, roadmaps, and requirements and prioritized items for sprint planning.

In typical startup fashion, I wore multiple hats and launched the following departments through hiring and systems implementation: Content Production, Marketing Automation, Analytics, Digital Marketing, and Customer Service. 

 

The Bitcoin Pub | Community Moderator

November, 2017 – present // Norcross, GA

In October of 2017, after years of following stories about Bitcoin, I finally bought some. I was quickly overwhelmed by the firehose of information available about Bitcoin on the web. Luckily, I found The Bitcoin Pub and worked through the free B90x program. I found a great community and quickly joined forces as moderator.

 

Devies Glasses | Co-Founder

January, 2017 – December, 2017 // Atlanta, GA

After spending years looking at computer screens and phones, my wife and I decided to start an Amazon business to give people a way to protect their eyes from all that stress. Ultimately the business was not sustainable but we learned a ton about importing products from China, selling on Amazon and marketing a new business. Plus, it was fun having my wife as a business partner!

Blueprint for Life | Writer

April, 2013 – December, 2015 // Alpharetta, GA

Blueprint for Life exists to help you “discover the life you were meant to live.” I spent 2 years a guest blogger writing posts on a variety of subjects related to that topic.

 

Growing Leaders | Digital Engagement Coordinator

April, 2011 – April, 2013 // Norcross, GA

Growing Leaders is an amazing organization led by Tim Elmore. During my time there, I managed social media, Infusionsoft integration, digital marketing, SEO, and a website and store overhaul. I also had the privilege of working on the following book projects:

 

Habitudes for Communicators

 

 

 

Artificial Maturity

 

 

 

Habitudes for the Journey

 

 

One of my favorite projects involved creating this viral video with Tripp and Tyler to promote Habitudes for Communicators:


Loops in Worship | Blog Editor

April, 2009 – April, 2011 // Atlanta, GA

I created and edited blogs for this site created by Will Doggett and dedicated to equipping worship bands with tracks to help them create better worship experiences. The site was eventually acquired by MultiTracks.com

 

Sugarloaf United Methodist Church | Student Life Worship Coordinator

April, 2006 – April, 2011 // Duluth, GA

I spent 5 years working with an amazing staff of youth ministry experts: Aaron Young, Stuart Atkins, Andy Brophy, Aynsley Younker, Mary Jane Bettis and Ryan Nelson.

I had the privilege to mentor students like Jonathan Noa, Kelsey Avera, Jon Harkey, Trevor Morris, Blaine Tiller and many more.

I also had the opportunity to produce 2 albums:

 

Pieces Volume 1

 

 

 

Pieces Volume 2

 

 

Freelance Worship Leader, Speaker, Church Consultant

May, 2004 – April, 2006 // Atlanta, GA

During this time, Hannah and I produced our first album together:

 

Jake and Hannah Sumner

 

 

 

Port City Java – again! | Manager, Barista

September, 2004 – May, 2005 // Roswell, GA

When Hannah and I moved to Atlanta, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the coffee shop I worked out in college had opened franchises in Atlanta! I worked at Port City Java during the week and managed the Mansell Road location.

 

Lifeway M-Fuge Summer Camps | Worship Leader

Summer 2004 // Philadelphia, PA

Summer 2005 // Mobile, AL

Hannah and I spent 2 incredible summers working with Lifeway Camps. Every week, several hundred students would attend camp and serve the city through various projects. Hannah and I led worship and served as leadership for the staff.

Gretna United Methodist Church | Worship Leader, Youth Pastor

May, 2002 – January, 2004 // Gretna, LA

For 2 years during our time in New Orleans I had the opportunity to work with Trey Harris and Billy Turner at Gretna United Methodist. We launched a contemporary service where Hannah and I led worship and I took the students on a mission trip to Houston.

 

Best Buy | Loss Prevention, Digital Imaging, Home Theater

August, 2001 – May, 2002 // Gretna, LA

Best Buy has always been one of my favorite stores to shop at but during seminary, I actually had the chance to work there. I was part of the team that opened store #373 in on the West Bank of New Orleans. I started out in Home Theater selling TV’s, DVD Players, audio systems and lots of extended warranties. I then moved to digital cameras and camcorders. My last few months were spent in the Loss Prevention department trying to keep people from walking out with anything they hadn’t paid for.

Cameron and Barkley | Warehouse Receiving

April, 2001 – June, 2001 

Before I got married, I needed a steady job to pay the bills. I only spent a few months in the electrical supplies warehouse but it was special time processing orders and driving a forklift.

 

Port City Community Church | Church Planter, Youth Pastor

October, 1999 – April, 2001  // Wilmington, NC

I was one of four original staff members that planted Port City Community Church. It was an incredible experience to see a group of 35 people meeting in a middle school auditorium grow to over 6500 weekly attenders in multiple campuses. Hannah and I dated and eventually got married during this season and we still consider it a very special season in both our lives.

Port City Java | Barista

August 1998 – October, 1999 // Wilmington, NC

During college, I drank a lot of coffee. And then I found a job where I got paid to drink coffee. I still visit Port City Java every time I’m in Wilmington, NC.

Morning Cup Coffee Roasters | Co-Founder, Coffee Delivery Guy

August, 1997 – August, 1998 // Wilmington, NC

One of my earliest entrepreneurial adventures involved a partnership with Mike Ashcraft where we delivered gourmet coffee and pastries to local businesses. We had a good run, especially when we struck up a partnership with a local telemarketing business that needed to keep their workforce running at full capacity. Eventually we couldn’t scale the business and wound it down but it was a great learning experience.

 

College Acres Baptist Church | Youth Ministry Intern

May, 1997 – October, 1999 // Wilmington, NC

After my freshman year of college, I moved to Wilmington, NC to work with Mike Ashcraft as his summer intern. Little did I know that I would end up moving to Wilmington, transfer to UNC Wilmington, spend the next 5 years there and meet and marry the love of my life. It all began with just a summer internship.

UGA Coastal Plains Experiment Station | Summer Intern

Summer 1996 // Tifton, GA

I spent time driving trucks through fields, scouting cotton and observing the peculiar habits of lady beetles as part of the entomology department.

For more info, see here.

Health Systems Management | Summer Intern

Summer 1995, Summer 1994 // Tifton, GA

As a summer intern, I did a little bit of everything from setting up and repairing computers to copies and filing to landscaping. It was a great experience and I learned a lot in my first real job.

For more info about Health Systems Management, see here.

Jake Sumner Lawn Services

January, 1991 – May, 1994

I spent several summers mowing lawns to earn my first money ever. I specifically remember that I saved all summer to buy my first acoustic guitar and it’s one of the few guitars that I still have today.


Certifications

Certified Scrum Product Owner, Scrum Alliance

Silverpop Engage Fundamentals Certification, IBM

Ordained Minister, First Baptist Church, Tifton, GA


Education

New Orleans Baptist Seminary | Master in Divinity, Specialization in Worship Leadership

2001-2004 // New Orleans, LA

University of North Carolina at Wilmington | Bachelor of Arts in English, Minor in Music/Classical Guitar

1998-2000 // Wilmington, NC

Cape Fear Community College | General Education

1997 // Wilmington, NC

When I decided to move from Georgia Tech to Wilmington, in the summer of 1997, it was too late to enroll at UNCW, but not too late for Cape Fear! I may be the only person in the history of the world to transfer from Georgia Tech to Cape Fear Community College. I only spent a semester there but I had one of the best Religion and Philosophy professors I’ve ever encountered. I also took a public speaking course that I still remember to this day!

Georgia Institute of Technology | Computer Science, STAC (Science, Technology and Culture)

1996-1997 // Atlanta, GA

Tift County High School | College Prep, Technology

1993-1996 // Tifton, GA

In high school, I was a student athlete competing in Cross Country, Soccer and Wrestling. I was an Area Champion in Wrestling in 1995 and 1996 and earned the Star Student award. I was also voted Mr. Tift County High School by my peers.


Volunteer Experience

Passion City Church | Doorholder, Community Group, Mentoring, Access Space, Host Team, Handbells

2009 – present // Atlanta, GA