MANdatory Awareness: Jason Hughes

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“Always working to be better” is the motto, Capital City Collision owner Jason Hughes lives by. Cap City Collision, an auto body shop located in  Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Hughes is the  youngest body shop owner in the city and proud of it, but he has reason to be. Check out our Q&A below.

How would describe your swagger? What makes Jason, Jason?

I would describe my swagger as confident. All of my life lessons have made me the man that I am today.

Tell us a little about Capital City Collision and what services you offer.

Capital City Collision is a full service collision repair center with a state-of-the-art facility located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. We offer complete collision repair and auto body painting, as well as towing and rental assistance for our customers. Our technicians offer over 20 years of professional experience in auto repair, painting, and mechanical repair. Our goal is to take the worry out of the collision repair experience, keeping our customers’ satisfaction at the forefront.

You are the youngest body shop owner in the city of Baton Rouge. How did you go about that? Was your age or race ever an issue throughout the process?

The process to open Capital City Collision did not happen overnight. It took years of planning and hard work. Financing the purchase of the facility was a major hurdle. I spent six months working secure the funding. I can’t  say that race or age was an issue for me during this process, however I was confident in my business plan and purpose, so I refused to let any denial stop the progress.

Tell us a little about your upbringing.

I was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to a plant worker and a schoolteacher. I am one of three children.

Did you go to school or receive any further skills or certifications?

I am a proud graduate of Southern University in Baton Rouge with a degree in Family and Consumer Science. I am continuously learning and perfecting my craft in collision repair and business. I recently completed additional training in auto painting through PPG.

What is one obstacle you have had to overcome and how did you do so?

The denials I received while securing funding my collision center was a major hurdle, but I continued to work toward my goal. Finding funding would have been easier if I chose a different area of the city to open my business, however I was committed to opening the collision center in North Baton Rouge.

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For men who may desire to one day open their own body shops what are some key points they should be aware of or the first steps to take?

Planning and preparation is key. You must have a solid business plan in place.

Do you volunteer or give back to the community in any way?

Absolutely. It is extremely important to me to give back to my community. I make it a priority to volunteer my time and financially support programs that benefit my local area. Most importantly, I wanted to take the lead in revitalizing the area in which my business is located and where I  spent some of my teenage years, so I  recently founded my own non-profit organization called Project 70805. The goal of Project 70805 is to empower, support, and increase economic and social capital in North Baton Rouge. Our programming will focus on a select number of events throughout the year to provide assistance to families in our area such as a back to school giveaway and Christmas giving, as well as education through an apprentice program. The apprenticeship program will be geared toward high school students, giving them hands-on experience and exposing them to entrepreneurship.

You’re a semi-new dad. How is fatherhood treating you?

Fatherhood is the best thing to ever happen to me. My son is my world, and I work hard every day to be the best dad and example of a man that I can be for him.

What words of inspiration can you share with our brothers?

Hard work and dedication pays off.

List your website and social networks:

Jason Hughes Instagram: @hughesconsults

Capital City Collision

Capitalcitycollisionbr.com

Instagram: @capitalcitycollisionbr

Facebook: facebook.com/capitalcitycollisionbr

Project 70805

Project70805.org

Instagram: @project70805

Facebook: facebook.com/project70805

 

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me in yellow headshotIf you know of any other positive, interesting Black men we can feature in our MANdatory Awareness segment, please send their bio to info@swagher.net. Thanks.

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