Jeff Tubbs, Class of 2002
IB is celebrating 20 years of the 40 Under 40 in 2020, and will be catching up with past recipients to see what they’ve been up to since they were honored. This week features Jeff Tubbs, vice president, JH Findorff & Son.
What have you accomplished in your professional life/career since your 40 Under 40 selection?
I have established hundreds of great relationships with clients, co-workers, partners, etc. during my career. Also, I’m very proud to be an owner of JH Findorff.
What accomplishments, milestones, or endeavors have you attained in your personal life since your 40 Under 40 selection?
I’ve been blessed to be an active part of our kids’ lives at all stages, even as they grew up and went through college. I have also been fortunate to have good health, so I’m accomplishing new personal goals of Tough Mudders, Ragnar races, triathlons, half marathons, and most recently, my first marathon down at Disney World.
If you were to “do it all over again,” what (if anything) would you do differently throughout your career?
I don’t think I would have started my career literally two days after college graduation. I would have taken a little time to travel. I’m envious of the opportunities students/young people have today to study abroad, travel, and really experience the world and different cultures before they “settle down” in a career.
How did your 40 Under 40 selection help your career?
I’ve been in business development my whole career, so establishing a network of peers early in my career was crucial, and the 40 Under 40 helped me do that.
What is something that you have a new passion for since the time of your induction — either professionally or personally?
When I was inducted into the 40 Under 40, I had only been with Findorff for one year. Since then, I have truly come to appreciate the importance, complexity, and fun of construction — to not only see how we are able to change skylines but, more importantly, to learn how we provide buildings for students, doctors, researchers, business people, and more is exciting.
Based on your experience, do you have any advice for today’s young professionals (under 40)?
Get connected and stay connected. I teach a class on networking at Findorff and those are always my last words of advice. The relationships you make today may help you be successful in the future.
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