Jake Barnes



What do you do at Valve+Meter?

The number one goal of the administration department is to provide a structure for all Valve+Meter team members to produce client results. This includes everything from making sure we have a building with electricity, internet and furniture to meeting the technological demands of each position and filling the open positions.


Tell us about your background and experience

I am process-driven almost to a fault. It doesn’t matter if I’m in the office or the kitchen – there’s a process for almost everything that has been designed to balance the best result with the effort it takes to produce that result. My experience includes retail, hospitality, large-scale manufacturing, insurance and construction, residential security and marketing. No matter what business or industry I’m working in, I work to provide consistent, predictable results through process design and execution.


What is it about you that makes you uniquely positioned to excel in your role?

First, I’m always learning. I was born in a town of 350 people, and I firmly believe that a thirst for knowledge is what moved me out of that town. As a child, I used to take apart broken things to see how they worked (sometimes I even fixed them). I spent hours combing through Microsoft Encarta – if you’re too young to remember Encarta, it was where you got information before the internet and Wikipedia existed (but after Encyclopedia Britannica was a thing). Every day presents new opportunities for learning, and I’m constantly working to educate myself.

Second, I tend to collect hobbies (more on this later). This allows me to see how people across different disciplines approach and solve problems.


What are some of your interests and hobbies outside of work?

My main hobby is collecting hobbies. I love to spend time in the kitchen chopping and cooking and making a mess. Sometimes I’m cooking food and other times mixing cocktails. The garage is equally interesting for woodworking, home improvements and general tinkering. A category unto itself is music – listening to vinyl (sometimes with a cigar), playing the piano and singing (if I’ve mixed enough cocktails). Playing with and training my dogs is also a lot of fun. Overall, I enjoy hobbies that help me think differently about a process and allow me to combine knowledge from different areas. Ask me about Fibonacci sauces for an example.


Who is someone you admire and why?

I admire Antonio Vivaldi. First, the man was an absolute BOSS with a string section. More importantly, he knew how to build a self-sustaining system. Vivaldi ran an orphanage in Venice, where he taught the orphans to play instruments. Then he wrote music for them and gave concerts to raise money to fund the orphanage. Not only did he provide shelter for homeless children, but he gave them a lifelong skill and made world-class art that has lasted the test of time. We need more people who think like Vivaldi.