Meet The Team | Jason Rich
Craftkit is an equipment rental business that has been running alongside The Finish Line almost since its inception and has now evolved into its own entity which embodies the Craftkit ethos to provide Beautiful, Powerful Creative Equipment to rent and now buy. As of the 20th of this month Jason Rich has officially joined the ranks as Director of Sales of Craftkit and kicked things off with the sale of a new custom built 96TB Indiestor shared storage system.
We have decided to start a new blog series called meet the team, which, as the title implies will dive into the background of the amazing people that make up The Finish Line and Craftkit. So let’s kick things off with Jason.
Like our founder, Zeb, Jason is a fellow New Zealander who grew up in the small town of New Plymouth. He was faced with limited employment options in the 90’s, so when a chap knocked on his door selling discounted video shop memberships he was able to persuade him to try a few himself. Jason then spent the next few weeks travelling from town to town selling the aforementioned memberships before moving to Auckland and convincing Zeb to join him in these endeavours. Zeb and Jason ended up managing a team of a dozen individuals going from door to door, which at 16 years old, was a massive learning curve that forced them both to grow up immeasurably.
Events then lead Jason to move to Sydney and attain a ‘more respectable’ job at an accounting software company. After three years there, he returned to New Plymouth, running a phone shop, before immigrating to the UK where he has spent the last nine years working for Insight, a global IT reseller, managing Government and Enterprise contracts and more recently, training sales staff on procurement efficiency.
His door to door experience has certainly shaped the rest of his life and helped him understand the importance of having a structured approach to everything you want to achieve, be it little or large. He is now twice the age he was when he last worked with Zeb but when the opportunity knocked for Jason to help Zeb expand Craftkit, the reseller arm to The Finish Line, it didn’t take much to convince him that it was a door that needed to be reopened.
With an awesome seven year old daughter, Bella, who never stops making him proud of her, the one piece of advice Jason would give to his younger self would be:
Do things you shouldn’t. Not to be confused with Do things you’re not allowed to. Do things that are uncool, fill your life with as many varied experiences as you can. Go and watch a ballet, play lawn bowls, join a darts team, hitchhike, learn to knit, learn to code!!!, take things apart to see how they work, spend time with your distant relatives. The list doesn’t really matter, just do many things you shouldn’t.
If you are in need of any creative equipment, from servers and switches to edit suites and grade 1 monitors get in touch.