Smooth sailing ahead!
Jared Lutz has been waterskiing—handling uneven seas, gliding over waves, navigating bumpy situations—as long as he can remember. On and off the water, Jared moves with great balance and energy, always ready to launch off of whatever waves life might throw his way.
A graduate of Portage Central High School, Jared completed a summer internship with Southwest Michigan First in 2018. After reeling in a degree in biology and business leadership from Miami University, where he also competed on (and snagged two state titles for!) the school’s waterski team, he is now excited to find himself back in familiar waters as he joins the Southwest Michigan First team full-time. Jared’s excellence and agility on the lake translates seamlessly into an unflappable work ethic in the office, making Jared just the right addition to Southwest Michigan First’s Jobs team, where he continues the work he began as an intern, working with regional businesses to help them grow and expand locally.
On laid-back days in Southwest Michigan, Jared can be found sipping coffee and gearing up to spend all of his spare time on the lake. While he gets the most excitement and joy from the high speeds and breathless experience of navigating the water from his skis, Jared is almost as content with lounging on the boat or pontoon, taking in the quiet air over the water with family and friends, renewing his energies in preparation of spraying past life’s next challenges.
“Leadership is having a compelling vision, a comprehensive plan, relentless implementation, and talented people working together.” – Alan Mulally