Many of our staff members are originally from West Michigan. But, Jared Crum joins us from Wichita Kansas. He has also lived in several other places during his time in the military.
Like many young adults, Jared didn’t know exactly what he wanted to do with his life right out of high school. He spent a semester playing soccer at Friends University in his hometown, and then worked two retail jobs. Working those jobs made him realize that he did not want to do that for the rest of his life, and he enrolled at a local community college to study nondestructive inspection like his dad and brothers. He decided that he wasn’t interested in pursuing that career path, and he felt that he wanted to do something bigger than himself. That desire prompted him to join the Air Force.
Jared was stationed in San Antonio, Texas for basic training and then lived in San Angelo, Texas during his technical training. After completing training, he became a Targeting Intelligence Analyst for the Air Force.
He was stationed at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska for three years. One could only describe this location as being in the middle of nowhere! He spent his last two years of active duty stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City, Louisiana. Jared left active duty at the rank of Staff Sergeant and immediately joined the Michigan Air National Guard. As of January 1, 2022, Jared will be promoted to the rank of Technical Sergeant.
Jared met his wife, Haley, in tech school. They were married in April 2015 after maintaining a long-distance relationship. Haley joined him in Alaska, but she was still a member of the Michigan Air National Guard where she is currently the rank of Captain.
Jared and Haley have a son named Landon, and they are expecting another baby in May.
After leaving active duty in 2019, Jared enrolled in college at Davenport University. He graduated with a degree in accounting in December 2021. Jared was an intern at Baker Holtz during the 2021 tax season and is happy to now be a full-time member of the team.
Jared enjoys working downtown and enjoys the team atmosphere at the firm. He appreciates the fact that his co-workers are helpful and respectful.