Jake Dendinger was working in sales as a development director and industrial lumber trader when his father, who was a customer of The Filter Shop and was always impressed with them, asked if they needed a salesperson. It grew from there and Jake is now the sales representative for the company, which is a full-service commercial and industrial filtration company. They offer a wide array of filtration products ranging from Commercial and Industrial HVAC to Clean rooms and industrial uses for water filtration and dust collection…to name a few! They follow the philosophy of delivering “plus one” service and take great pride in doing so. The business consists of a small and passionate group of people who want to make a difference in a unique and important industry.
Tell us a little about your family.
I am the middle child of three boys. We are very close and still occasionally beat each other up. I have such great parents. Their advice and experience have helped me get me to where I am today. My two brothers and parents live in Norfolk, NE. I have a beautiful wife Susie and boxer named Hank. Susie is a nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Hank eats and sleeps all day.
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life?
The biggest turning point in my life was marrying my wife Susie. She brings balance and positivity to my life. It is a great feeling knowing you always have someone on your side.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
Wake up early and do a woodworking project or work on the never ending project that is my 118 year-old-house. A pot of coffee and power tools can go a long way.
What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know?
I have a lot of random hobbies…To name a few, I enjoy woodworking, making stained glass windows, painting and playing guitar. I often find myself looking at something and wondering how I could make it myself.
What are you the most proud of?
Playing in a rock band with my two brothers. The band is called Rhymes With Orange.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
If you work hard you can play hard.
What is the one goal you would most like to accomplish?
Have a big and happy family of my own.
If you could have a super power, what would it be?
What are your plans after retirement?
Travel, hunt and fish, build things and do all of my other hobbies that I do not have time for.
What is your greatest talent that you don’t utilize in your daily work life?
Playing the guitar.
Which talent would you most like to have?
I would love to be a great artist.
What is your favorite book or the last good book you read?
I’m just finishing up my MBA and all I have read recently are school books. Of those I do not have any favorites…
What is your favorite movie?
What is your favorite TV show?
How It’s Made or Antique Road Show.
What is your favorite local restaurant?
Marks Bistro in Dundee.
If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be?
Ted Nugent, he hunts and plays a mean guitar!