Employee Spotlight: Jeff Hunt, Photography Studio CEO & Founder
Name: Jeff Hunt
Title: CEO & Founder
What has been your favorite memory at Snap36?
I know a lot of people have mentioned the Cubs parade when they won the World Series in 2016 and I would have to concur. It was just a magical and spontaneous day that the entire company rallied around. Hopefully we can do it again this year!
What is your favorite hobby to do in your free time?
My wife will tell you that working IS my hobby and I do love it. I like to exercise in my free time, whether it’s riding a bike or going to Orange Theory. You can’t beat the endorphin rush.
Who or what inspires you everyday?
I believe my inspiration comes from deep within. It is a crazy combination of my faith and my intense competitiveness and desire to succeed. I tend to have a high energy level and sense of urgency about me that can come off harsh. I read daily devotions in Jesus Calling to help give me peace, patience and perspective. That helps calm me and keep me inspired at the same time.
Who is your favorite movie or book character?
I never thought about this until you asked, but I have to say that I always loved Dirk Pitt in the Clive Cussler novels. I read these a lot when I was younger and Dirk was always calm, courageous, clever and comical, all at the same time. I think it takes a special person to pull this off, even if he is fictional.
Did you always have the desire to start your own company someday?
I always had the desire to start my own company, but the timing never seemed right. I started doing start ups in the early nineties, but was more of a “poor man’s entrepreneur”, where I would join an early stage company and help build it to a liquidity event. It was always someone else’s idea and money. I was fortunate enough to have the stars align while at Adobe/Scene7 to see an underserved “whitespace” in user experience and then stumble into the robotic photography technology that could make it happen.
What is your favorite tradition?
Fourth of July weekend at our lake house on Devil’s Lake Michigan. We share the cottage with my sister and it is expected that the whole family be in attendance. We then have three generations of us hanging out, boating and watching the fireworks display…which are always awesome.
What is your favorite project at Snap36?
There have been so many great projects here at Snap, from shooting cadaver parts for Northwestern’s School of Anatomy to shooting headsets for Motorola, I would have to say though that the most defining project had to have been Parts Town. We only had five employees at the time and had never taken on anything of that scale. We literally had to figure it out on the fly.
Where is your favorite travel destination?
It’s so hard to pick just one, as I have been fortunate to have traveled all over the world. I would have to say though, that we just keep going back to Italy. My wife spent a year abroad while in college and is an Italiaphile. We have traveled from the Amalfi Coast to Cinque Terra and most points in between. You can’t beat the combination of history, culture, wine, and food. We have been fortunate to have taken trips with both Chris’s and my family, so the memories and reminiscing aren’t just between the four of us.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
My mom was a home economics teacher and was a manners freak. My biggest personal pet peeve is people with bad manners, not using their table manners, displaying chivalry as well as saying please and thank you. Around the office, however, I think everyone recognizes my biggest pet peeve is when projects get started but do not get completed.
Who is your favorite sports team?
I grew up a huge Ohio State Buckeye fan as both of my parents graduated from OSU and I went to my first football game in The Shoe as a youngster. I’m still pretty fanatical about Buckeye football and my family knows not to plan anything in the fall during games…or walk in front of the TV.
What is the last TV show you watched?
60 Minutes…our family has watched it religiously on Sunday nights…while eating dinner in our laps! It’s kind of our special Sunday night treat.
What is an interesting fact that not many people know about you?
I held my high school’s long jump record for 10 years and participated in the Ohio State High School State Track meet in the 440 (now the 400 meters) my senior year.
If you could be one TV show character, who would you be?
MacGyver, as he always figured stuff out in unconventional ways. It’s a great skill to have when solving crimes as well as when building a company.
What has been your favorite part about Snap36?
My favorite part about Snap36 has been watching it grow and being able to maintain the culture. One of my early mentors taught me to hire people, 80% for character, 10% for skills and 10% for experience. He said, “you can teach people their job and they will gain experience, but you can’t teach them to be good people”. We are blessed to have great people.