PEORIA, IL (October 7, 2016) — Jake Hamann, Founder, CEO and President of OneFire, experienced the untimely loss of his wife, Bekah, in August, 2016 after a brief 9-month battle with cancer. As expected after a major life event, Jake is soul searching while he and his children are learning to adapt. Through this process, Jake has determined to pursue a life reset, with a focus on his children. Through the strong support of his counselors, family and close friends, Jake has elected to relocate his family to Dallas, Texas. The timing of the move will be late 2016 to early 2017.
“On behalf of the OneFire family, we are both saddened yet excited for Jake as he explores the next chapter of life in Dallas,” says Jason Parkinson, Vice President and COO of OneFire. “He has a built-in network of family and friends in the Dallas area, so we’re confident they will have the support they need.”
Hamann’s role for OneFire will transition from day-to-day oversight to commission-based business development. OneFire will remain headquartered in Peoria and continue to serve the Central Illinois region. Effective immediately, Jason Parkinson will assume the role of interim CEO.
“Jake will continue part-time with OneFire until his move,” said Lyndon Perry, CCO. “There will be a sufficient amount of time for a transition. He is involved and interested in the success of OneFire. Even after his move he has committed to be available to consult with the OneFire leaders as necessary.”
“Some details remain,” says CFO Kristie Sparling, “but we have all given this a great deal of consideration through multiple conversations. We are all confident about the path forward for Jake, his family and for OneFire.”
From diagnosis through the first months of Bekah’s treatment, Jake was afforded the time necessary to support the family. “Obviously, Bekah’s condition was all-consuming,” Hamann said. “The company leadership stayed focused, making decisions and improvements as they saw fit in my absence. This gives me a great deal of confidence knowing that the foundation we worked so hard to build together is strong enough to maintain momentum and meet the needs of our business partners.”
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About OneFire, Inc.
Located in the NEXT Innovation Center in Peoria, Illinois, OneFire, Inc. (www.onefire.com) is the premier provider for digital solutions and services, monitoring the latest gains and advances in technology and maintaining a pulse on an ever-evolving industry. The OneFire team molds its expertise to develop and deliver “the best way” solutions and services, focusing on nurturing existing business partnerships while seeding new ones across a wide range of markets and industries.