Meet Jason Simmons, Board Chair for the Boys & Girls Club
For Jason Simmons, who lives in the Waterford Community of San Elijo Hills, improving upon one of San Marcos’ greatest assets, the Boys & Girls Club, is his ultimate humanitarian aspiration. He recalled, “I briefly attended the Boys & Girls Club as a youth at its original San Marcos location, which was just a portable trailer at Woodland Elementary, now Woodland Middle School. It only had foosball, a bumper pool, and some couches.”
Name: Jason Simmons
Community: San Marcos, San Elijo, Waterford Community
Volunteer Affiliation: Boys and Girls Club of San Marcos, Friends of San Marcos Parks and Recreation, FC Sol, TERi, and Casa De Amparo.
Family: Wife – Gena; three kids
Interests: Soccer, snowboarding, starting businesses, and volunteering
Flash forward to his adult years and Jason happened to be conversing with his business partner’s sister, Shelly Anguiano, who was the former CEO of the Boys & Girls Club. Jason recounted, “Shelly went into detail about how much the Club has grown. For example, it is now the premier nonprofit organization in San Marcos, helping almost 3,000 kids annually. I knew I wanted to get involved and help continue that growth because I have always been passionate about helping kids learn and grow.”
Now Jason will be the board chair for the 2015-2016 year, largely because of his success in manning the Boys & Girls Club’s Annual Auction event. Jason claimed, “I am auction co-chair with Chris Cochran from Stone Brewing Company, and we have created the premier fundraising event in San Marcos. Almost all prominent San Marcos civic and business leaders attend and support this event. Last year we raised almost $40,000 more than when I started a few years ago!”
Jason is a bit of an expert when it comes to business dealings, and he jokingly refers to himself as a “serial entrepreneur and philanthrop-oholic!” Over the course of his life Jason has been running his family land business development company, overseeing a restaurant that he owns with his wife, and lending a hand to a few startup companies in such industries as mobile technology, sports complexes, and jewelry manufacturing.
As the new board chair, Jason’s goals include maintaining an efficient annual budget, increasing the Club’s reach towards teens, and expanding onto new school sites. Jason stated, “San Marcos ranks in the top one percent in the nation for efficiency, and we are dedicated to being efficient with the dollar and making the biggest impact we can on kids.” He gratefully added, “We are able to make every dollar work so hard because of the terrific volunteers who dedicate thousands of hours every year!”
Group: Boys & Girls Club – Current Board Chair & CVO
Mission: To inspire and enable all young people to realize their full potential as responsible, caring citizens.