During his entrepreneurial career, Jake Jabs has changed the way that the furniture industry operates. He opened his first store, Mediterranean Galleries, in 1968. He later renamed the business American Furniture Warehouse. Today, the company generates about $400 million in annual sales. It employs 1,500 people and has locations in Denver and Pueblo, Colorado.
Besides being a furniture store magnate, Jabs has been an active member of the community, serving as National Vice President of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. He is also involved in Easter Seals and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. He has traveled around the world and speaks at high schools. He also donates millions of dollars to various causes.
He is also a prominent Republican donor. He has given $150,000 to GOP candidates since 1997. He also has paid for ads supporting the “right to work” initiative. Until recently, he was business dean of Montana State University’s College of Business. He said that he did not expect to become a powerhouse, but that he wanted to do something for the university.
Jake Jabs was born and raised in rural Montana. His parents were immigrants from Russia and Poland. He attended Montana State College and studied vocational agriculture. During his college career, Jabs worked in a band and participated in rodeo. During this time, he met a German Sgt. Who later introduced him to his wife, Terri. The couple married in 2004. Jabs has a daughter, Terri Jabs Kurth.
Jake Jabs has traveled to 50 countries. He is an avid reader and loves to write. He has also written two books. His book cover features him with a tiger. He has been featured in a cartoon in furniture magazine. His book also tells his story.
His parents valued education. They did not go past second grade. They also had a hard time speaking English. Jabs’ father was an accountant, teacher and ROTC instructor. He eventually earned a master’s degree in business administration from Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business.
He is also the chairman of the advisory council for the Jake Jabs Center, an independent nonprofit that focuses on innovation and entrepreneurship. His advisory council includes Colorado’s most prominent entrepreneurs, attorneys, business leaders and other industry experts. He also has been involved with the Children’s Hospital of Denver and the American Heart Association.
Jake Jabs has donated millions of dollars to various causes. He is an avid supporter of the Susan G. Komen Race for the cure, the Easter Seals, Children’s Hospital of Denver and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. His daughter, Terri Jabs Kurth, has also been involved in a variety of causes.
Jake Jabs owns the largest furniture chain in Colorado. He drives a seven-year-old Chevy Yukon. He has a fleet of 500 trucks. He is also an interior designer. Despite his success in the furniture industry, he believes that he could have had greater success in other fields. He has traveled to over 50 countries and is active in the community.