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Jason Pinegar is an Associate Principal Consultant for McDermott & Bull Executive Search, where he works closely with Jeff Black (Partner), assisting in operating and growing The fit Practice, which helps companies establish fit between top executive leadership and their own organization’s mission, values and culture. He brings valuable knowledge and experience as an innovative business consultant, assisting individuals and organizations, through an established creative and collaborative process, with an emphasis on leadership development and managing organizational change. Through a partnership with Pepperdine University and Groves Consulting Group, he has also provided valuable research and assessment for executive leadership teams within a variety of public, private and nonprofit organizations throughout the United States. His broad academic background and applied experience across multiple industries, in developing, evaluating and improving people and performance, allows Jason to work intimately and effectively with his clients. His ultimate goal is to understand what makes people and organizations ‘tick’, in order to ensure mutually beneficial relationships through thoughtful and strategic placement of high-quality talent.
He is an active committee member and supporter of DifferenceMakersOC, which strives to create significant relationships among Orange County professionals who seek a balance between business success and ‘making a difference’ through participating in nonprofit and charitable causes. He also serves as a Strategic Advisor to the Community Health Initiative of Orange County and Chapter Leader for Pepperdine’s OC Waves Alumni Chapter.
Jason graduated with an MBA in Leadership & Managing Organizational Change from Pepperdine University, an MA in Public Policy & Program Evaluation from Claremont Graduate University, and a BA in Psychology with Minor in Sociology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
I grew up right off the Las Vegas “Strip” in Nevada and enjoyed exploring the streets and desert on my BMX bike. I’ve always been fascinated with people, wondering why we do what we do, and “Sin City” provided quite the stage for me to see all sorts of unique behavior (to say the least) over my 25+ years there. This along with a moderately conservative, big family upbringing (oldest of five kids), allowed me to recognize the power of not only what we do, but what we say, and how that in turn can impact our relationships and the greater world around us.
One of my favorite quotes, attributed to Edmund Burke, a political philosopher, says “the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” I love to help other people and enjoy opportunities that allow me to “do good” in a variety of ways. While pursuing education in the social and behavioral sciences I’ve volunteered and worked for many years with clients at a traumatic brain injury (TBI) rehabilitation facility, provided applied behavioral analysis (ABA Therapy) and speech therapy for children with Autism, and taught general education and special needs classes (K-12). These experiences have provided a strong sense of purpose and fulfillment and are powerful motivators for me to continue to serve others in meaningful ways. I’m also continually on the lookout for new things to learn; ALWAYS learning and looking to s-t-r-e-t-c-h.
Music is a huge part of my life… I learned the piano at a young age, then trumpet, moved on to guitar, and then played in several punk and rock bands as a lead singer and guitarist, through my late teens on into my mid-twenties. I’ve since developed an interest in composing and recording my own instrumental music from the comfort of my own home studio and have enjoyed being able to share my music with others from around the world.
The perfect day for me would be spent flying stunt kites, enjoying some good Mexican food, and hanging out with my beautiful wife and son at the beach, and reading a good book or two.