Over his two-decade career, Jason has developed integrated marketing communications efforts for some of the Southwest region’s most recognizable companies, professional services firms and large-scale events. A fixture within numerous civic, industry and charitable organizations, Jason has specific expertise in strategic communications, media relations, corporate/organizational branding, issues management, crisis communications and public affairs.
Jason’s client work at Cooksey has been broad and deep, with significant experience in the real estate, law and transportation practice areas, while also leading marketing communications and paid media efforts for large-scale events and company start-ups. As co-owner of Cooksey Communications, Jason is responsible for several areas of the agency’s day-to-day management, including business development and community engagement.
Prior to joining Cooksey, Jason’s early career was spent honing his political skills as an aide to elected members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. He is a current member of the board of directors for the North Texas Commission, and has previously served on the public policy advisory council for the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce, as well as the government affairs committee for the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce. Additional affiliations include memberships with the Dallas Friday Group and The Real Estate Council of Dallas’ Public Policy Committee.
In 2011, Jason was selected as a “Forty Under Forty” award winner by the Fort Worth Business Press.
He is a graduate of the University of North Texas, where he received a business degree in economics.
What inspires you?
Working with great people and learning new things about our profession. Marketing and communications has changed immeasurably during the past decade, with the advent of social media and 24-hour news cycle, and it’s exciting to be working in this field at this time.
What are your favorite hobbies?
I am a huge music fan, and have been collecting vinyl records since I was 10. Every once in a while I still get out and DJ, which is always fun! I’ve also restored several vintage scooters of the Vespa and Lambretta ilk.
What can’t you do without?
My family is the most important part of my life. When I am not working, I am likely spending time with my wife and daughter, going to the zoo, movies, concerts and events in the community.
What do you love about your job?
Working with a broad array of clients and helping them work through marketing and communications challenges and issues. Though it’s a bit clichéd, it really is true that no two days are the same in our field. Whether I am working with cities, professional service firms or managing a brand launch, it’s exciting to build and implement a communications program that exceeds the results our clients are hoping for.