Jason Windus: Lending a Hand
By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter
SANTA ROSA — When Jason Windus found himself out of work in 2008, rather than rely on others’ help, he opted to make a livelihood out of helping others. “Before getting into the moving and hauling business, I used to work for my uncle’s sign-making business,” he recounts. “When the economy took a dive in 2008, he had to let me go. I had kids to feed and a new truck payment, so I needed to quickly find a new means of income. Off the cuff, I built a box around the bed of my truck and posted signs around town advertising hauling and cleanup services. Soon after, I started doing part-time work for a local moving company. Eventually, I decided to start my own moving company, and things have continued to progress from there.”
Today, as owner of Need A Hand Movers And Hauling, Jason says his favorite part of his job is lending a hand to those in need. “I’m all about helping people. I think my company’s name naturally draws people who are in need of extra assistance, such as elderly or disabled folks, and I’m happy to provide that.”
A resident of Santa Rosa, Jason expresses his appreciation for his North Bay locale. “Growing up, I moved all over the place, so I’m happy to have ended up here,” he says. “It’s such a diverse area—close to the redwoods, the ocean and the city. I love driving through the scenic hills and valleys. Sometimes I feel like I live in the Garden of Eden.”
Outside of work, Jason’s favorite activity is riding his motorcycle. “I have a 2017 Harley-Davidson Road Glide that I like taking for rides out to the coast or up to the redwoods,” he says. As a single dad, Jason also enjoys spending quality time with his two sons, aged 18 and 10.
When asked the key to his company’s success, Jason believes it’s directly related to his helping attitude. “I think when you go out of your way to help others, it comes back to you in some way,” he explains. “That’s why, in addition to helping people in my daily job, I take opportunities to help others outside of work, such as volunteering at the Redwood Gospel Mission. Likewise, when the North Bay fires broke out, we took our trucks to help people evacuate and transport supplies for the first responders. Basically, any chance I get to help others, I take it, because that’s always a win-win situation.”
Ask Me Anything!
Q: What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever moved?
A: Once, we moved a 20-foot sculpture of a giraffe. Another time, we moved a 3,000-pound phone booth.
Q: What’s your favorite kind of music?
A: Classic rock.
Q: Are you dog person or a cat person?
A: I have two dogs and a cat, but I love my cat the most. Don’t tell my dogs.
Q: Who’s your favorite superhero?
A: The Incredible Hulk.
Q: What’s your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
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A: Chicken-fried steak and eggs.