Jake Arbogast: Day in the Life of a Soul id Team Member

Jake Arbogast, VP of Finance.

Jake Arbogast, VP of Finance.

Jake Arbogast is the financial manager of Soul id and kicks off his average day learning about the most recent news in the financial world by watching Bloomberg on TV and checking the latest and greatest news online as he eats breakfast.

Jake tracks the budget and inventory of the Soul id online store, creates financial statements, and makes sure we are on track with our taxes at Soul id. He loves using apps to help him automate and speed up his daily tasks on his computer such as finishing Soul id financial statements and banking info with just a few clicks.

After his work with Soul id and his own personal investment firm, Arbogast Advisors LLC, is over; Jake enjoys hitting the skate park or the gym. While Jake is going through his daily tasks and activities, he listens to financial podcasts to further his knowledge on the global financial markets.

At the end of his day, Jake checks the financial markets one final time and does some work for his personal investment company. Jake is currently engaged to his longtime girlfriend Shannon Smith and they plan on getting married on June 18th, 2016.

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Jake and his fiancee, Shannon.



Soul id: Where are you from originally and why do you live in Chico?

Jake Arbogast: My dad was in the Air Force, so I’ve lived in AZ, CA, and Japan all about the same amount of time. My family mostly lives in Sacramento now. I moved to Chico for the university, and got degrees in finance and math.

Soul id: Why are you a part of the Soul id team?

Jake Arbogast: Ben Sampson came to me with the idea, knowing that I’m good with numbers and asked me to help with the finances. I of course was excited to be involved. I’ve always known that in anything Ben and Greg do, they succeed, so if it has their names on it, it’s something I want to be a part of.

Jake’s Soul id’s: 

  • Skateboarding
  • Snowboarding
  • Rock Climbing
  • Boxing
Jake tearing it up on the pit bike at the Soul id retreat in Mt. Shasta, CA.

Jake tearing it up on the pit bike at the Soul id retreat in Mt. Shasta, CA.

Soul id: What is the best aspect about Soul id?

Jake Arbogast: I like seeing what all my friends are up to. I don’t get to get out nearly as often as I’d like, so I like to live vicariously through my friends and the pros that I follow. I wish I could go to some of the amazing places I get to see on Soul id, I always think about how great it would be to surf in Fiji or snowboard in Europe.

Soul id: What is the craziest thing you have ever done in your life?

Jake Arbogast: I’m not a crazy person for the most part. In high school my friend had a 3 story house and we used to jump off the roof into the pool. It’s probably the most unsafe thing I’ve done, because at that height my feet are hitting the bottom of the pool.

Soul id: What are some of your favorite foods/drinks?

Jake Arbogast: My buddies and I go out for burgers every Tuesday, and I love throwing jalapeños on pretty much anything! I probably drink more milk than is healthy for me too. Luckily I skate enough to keep in shape, otherwise my diet would put me at 300 lbs.

Soul id: What are your favorite bands and music?

Jake Arbogast: If I have music playing at all (Usually podcasting it) I like instrumental music, I’m usually doing a lot of math or logic based problems, and it helps to not have a song with words playing. I’ve also been pretty into Deadmou5 lately.

Jake shredding the Mt. Shasta skatepark during the Soul id retreat.

Jake shredding the Chico skatepark during the Soul id retreat.

Soul id: What is your favorite activity to do?

Jake Arbogast: I’m a huge nerd, I am one of the those people who enjoys statistics. I like working with MS Excel and analyzing data. I probably spend the same amount of time running stat tests as gamers do playing World of Warcraft. For sports, I enjoy just cruising around on my board. I don’t need to be doing any actual tricks, I like to just roll around a bowl or cruise the park.

Soul id: Why do you like about finance?

Jake Arbogast: I’ve always been into finance. I’m an investment adviser outside of Soul id and I love solving problems and finding creative solutions. Most people think of finance as a nerdy numbers game, but it’s actually about creativity. As a business, we have to find ways to get the job done on a tight budget, and luckily that’s exactly what I like to do.

Soul id: How would you describe your perfect day if you could do anything and go anywhere in the world?

Jake Arbogast: I’ve always wanted to try a wing suit. Trying that would make for a great day. I’m pretty happy with any day where I can hang out with good friends and do something fun.

Soul id: How did you get involved with Soul id and how long have you worked there?

Jake Arbogast: I got involved at the start of this year. Ben approached me about his great idea for an action sports social media company and I thought it sounded awesome. I wasn’t aware of anything else out there that does what we do, so I wanted to be involved however I could. I’m glad I did too!

For more updates on the life of Jake, check out his Soul id profile and give him a follow!


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