A jack of all trades, Jesse is as comfortable putting out fires (figuratively and literally) both in and out of the office. But regardless of the activities any client project may require, he always strives to be the voice of the strategic truth that will lead to thoughtful design.
Meet Jesse Baker, Brand Strategist for our Seattle office.
1. Are you from Seattle? If not, where are you from?
I was born and raised in Boise, Idaho, but spent most of my formative years in the majestic logging town of St. Maries in the Idaho Panhandle.
2. Before working here, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
I’ve had some unusual jobs leading up to my career. Psychosocial rehabilitation and volleyball coach to name a few. I’ve worked in a plywood mill, at a high school, and for a start-up incubator—a real gamut. My most interesting job, however, was my four-year stint as a wildland firefighter for the Idaho Department of Lands. It’s during this job that I learned that no matter how bad my days get in the office today, it pales in comparison to that mid-September hell on earth that was the Wonderful Fire. Wonderful my ass. Five days of rugged firefighting in mid-80s degree temperatures during the day and near freezing temperatures during the night with only a day’s worth of clothes all while eating three MREs a day (chili mac was by far the best, by the way) with dirt and ash covered hands taught me that things can always be worse.
3. What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
Well, I’m a movie-loving, food-obsessed, sports nut. I’ve been known to enjoy long bouts of couching, thanks a lot True Detective, which directly competes with my desire to embrace the fitness lifestyle. I know… I’m a walking contradiction.
4. What is one thing you couldn’t live without?
Boise State Football
5. What is your hidden talent?
I can dunk a basketball. Ok, not anymore. I guess I’m going to go cry and drink some scotch. It’ll be fine—sigh.
6. What is your biggest pet peeve?
Lack of respect for those around you.
7. What is something most people would be surprised to know about you?
I’m not a Seahawks fan.
8. Name 3 things on your bucket list.
- Visit every country in the world
- Act in a movie/television show even as an extra
- Throw out the first pitch at a Mariners game
9. What is one of your personal mottos or favorite sayings?
Worrying is like a rocking chair. Yes, it’s something to do, but in the end, it doesn’t get you anywhere.
10. Name a favorite line from a movie.
“Oh, he's very popular Ed. The sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wastoids, dweebies, dickheads — they all adore him. They think he's a righteous dude.” – Grace in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”
11. What is your favorite part of your job? What makes you excited to come into the office every day?
People – Both at Hornall Anderson and our clients. The people are great.
Variety – Every day is different. I work with many clients in many different industries, and they all present their own challenges. It’s incredibly rewarding to be able to solve those challenges and to see how they are interconnected and allow me to solve problems in new ways.
Impact – Our work at Hornall Anderson affects people on a global scale. That’s pretty impressive for a kid from North Idaho.