Meet EAC Member Jason Glass
Jason Glass is a Principal in the Boston office of Summit Partners where he focuses on venture capital and growth equity investments in market-leading, growing companies, with a special emphasis on technology and software opportunities.
Jason was born in Buffalo, N.Y. and has lived in various places including western Massachusetts, Maryland, Texas, Virginia, New York and has since lived in Boston for ten years.
“Out of all the schools I visited, JMU was the place that best blended academics and community,” Jason says.
Jason, who was a finance and international business major, graduated summa cum laude in 1999.
“I went into finance because a teacher pointed me that way. As for international business, the world was globalizing, and I knew that having a perspective on how business is done in other countries would be important for my career,” Jason says.
While at JMU, Jason was a student ambassador, was on the judicial council, served as a Miller Fellow, played club volleyball and studied abroad in Paris for a semester.
“I saw JMU as an opportunity to work hard at the academic level, meet a lot of friends and be involved in a lot of activities,” Jason says. “I did as much there as I could.”
After JMU, Jason worked in marketing and the Office of the Chairman on corporate development and strategy at America Online and in investment banking at Deutsche Banc Alex Brown where he focused on energy. Then he attended the Harvard Business School – while also working as an investment professional at General Catalyst Partners – and received an M.B.A., with distinction. He also became a Chartered Financial Analyst.
In 2006, he joined the Boston office of Summit Partners as a Vice President, and was promoted to Principal in 2011. Summit Partners is a growth equity investor for exceptional companies. Founded in 1984, Summit has raised nearly $15 billion in capital and has provided growth equity, recapitalization, and management buyout financing to more than 365 growing companies across a range of industries. These companies have completed 130 public offerings, and more than 135 have been acquired through strategic mergers and sales. Summit Partners has offices in Boston, Menlo Park, London and Mumbai.
Reconnecting to JMU
“I never really left JMU, but I became much more involved about five years ago when I was traveling though the area,” Jason says. “I reached out to Nick Langridge, who was a friend from college, and Charlie King, who was a mentor of mine at school. They got me in touch with Bob Reid, who was Dean of the College of Business. I became more involved with JMU on a regular basis after that.”
Jason says he enjoys taking time to come back and help current business students.
“I feel like I owe it to them,” Jason says. “When I was at school, people came back and paved the path to open doors for me. Because JMU was so good to me, I feel like I owe it back to the current students to help them get jobs, figure out what they want to do with their lives, and just be helpful.”
Jason has been an EAC member for four years.
“It’s a fantastic experience for two to reasons: First, it’s a way to give back to JMU that’s hands on,” he says. “Second, when you come back and spend time with these students, their passion, drive and energy inspires you to go back to your life and live it with a renewed sense of vigor and passion.
“My simple hope is that the College of Business continues to be a place where students can learn, take chances and grow, and can be better prepared for not just being business professionals in the future, but good human beings,” Jason says. “And that it’s a place where faculty want to continue to work and create that sort of environment that allows this to happen for the students.”
Family and Background
Jason is married to his wife Astrid whom he met in business school. He has three children—Leighton is 6 years old, Cate is 4 years old and Kellan is 3 years old.
“My first hobby is my family,” he says. “If I have any spare time, I like to swim, play golf and drink wine.”
Advice to Current Business Students
“Your career is kind of like a treadmill—the faster you’re running, the harder it is to stop and jump off,” Jason says. “When the treadmill first starts, it’s easy to get on and off. It’s tougher to make change and more importantly, take risk, later in your career. If you want to do something interesting and take some risk, do it earlier,” he says.