John Haake II

Analyst | Consultant

A California native, I still feel strong roots to the West Coast.  As a transplant to Charlotte in May 2013, however, I am thoroughly enjoying more of my new state and home that is North Carolina.  

For no one single reason, the motivation for exodus and change from the Golden State lay in wait for many years.  Stalled by the global economic downturn, the best option was to hold down the fort until better lifestyle opportunities could be made.

In that time, a short list of locations was made, Charlotte, NC being at the top of that list.  One day in 2013 after a culmination of events led to an apex of frustration… motivation intersected with opportunity, and the proverbial –X– marked Charlotte as the new spot.

Having never visited Charlotte or the South, all of the research for where to live in the new area was carried out via the internet.  Many of the streets that are now so familiar seemed so foreign and new when looking at Google Street View.  I personally find it amazing how the mind can acclimate –so freely sometimes– to change.

With California literally behind me and an entirely new coastline ahead, albeit 4 hours due East, I was open to just about any new position.  A position, in a nutshell, that would generate the spirit of creativity, the growth that comes from challenge, and the passion to underscore it all.

Within that first week of arrival to Charlotte, I met with a recruiter at Starbucks to finally meet in person and discuss a position that he felt was a great fit for me.  Less than two weeks later I started work at Ingersoll Rand, a company I would later find out was also the company my grandfather worked for in the mid 1940’s.

The mantra for many of the choices I’ve made in my life has been, “Go big or go home”.  A very familiar and lighthearted phrase that is sure to conjure up a multitude of perceptions for both the euphemism and the individual who says it.  A former VP of HR shared a sentiment with me that was conveyed to her, “Stretch is good”.  When heard out of context the former philosophy may create mental visions of monster truck rallies while the latter convey thoughts of yoga duress.  However, if heard in context to directed changes of an individual’s choice of path, the two statements conceptually share the same sentiment.  The amount of change yields the amount of reward.

"To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often." - Winston Churchill

John Haake II
Charlotte, NC