Native of Baltimore, Maryland, Jacob joined United States Marine Corps in 2007 upon graduating from high school in South Carolina. Military service along with two tours in Afghanistan provided valuable experience dealing with wide variety of cultures and handling delicate and stressful situations.
Upon honorable discharge from United States Marine Corps, Jacob moved to Orlando, the tourist mecca state and began working in hospitality industry. Jacob combined his real life experiences while working at the Hilton Bonnet Creek with academic knowledge by attending Rosen College of Hospitality Management pursuing a degree in Restaurant Management. Pursing a degree in the food and beverage industry and working at La Luce attracted Jacob to wine and art of wine making and led to successful completion of Introductory Sommelier exam in 2014. During his junior year in college, Jacob raised the bar in challenging himself by combining demanding graduate year academic work with a full time leadership role at Hilton Bonnet Creek, overseeing 500 seat pool deck, 8 cabanas, and a 95 seat restaurant while leading a team of 28 employees.
Upon graduating from Rosen College of Hospitality Management and receiving his Bachelor’s of Art Degree, Jacob moved to Las Vegas, Nevada after being accepted to the highly sought after Management Associate Program with MGM Resorts International. This program has led Jacob to a rewarding learning path at the world famous Bellagio Resort where he rotates through every Food and Beverage venue, gaining knowledge of each operation with the goal of earning a permanent position in one of the venues. Following his passion for wine, Jacob continues his wine education and will be sitting for his Certified Sommelier exam in December of 2016 and plans on continuing his education through the Court of Master Sommeliers.
As an avid car enthusiast and a passionate soccer player, Jacob fills his free time playing soccer, working on cars, cooking while enjoying a wide range of music.