Chad Shook is a natural-born starter.
He’s started a real estate office in a new market for a national franchise and started a charity fundraiser for a household name in health care – and that’s just in the last few years. All the while maintaining his day job leading an information systems project team at Jack Henry & Associates Inc.
Shook has worked for Jack Henry since 2012. But in 2016, he got an itch to get into real estate and that blossomed into opening two offices for Mossy Oak Properties.
“It didn’t take long to realize the potential growth of the Mossy Oak Properties brand in the southwest Missouri region,” Shook says.
In a matter of months, Shook started Missouri offices in Branson and Washington. He’s in a network of over 95 franchised land brokerages across 28 states. Those offices combine for over $600 million in transactions annually, according to Mossy OakProperties.com.
Shook’s a licensed real estate agent in Missouri and Arkansas – two key markets for the Mossy Oak franchise. The company actually got its start in 1986 as a camouflage brand hailing from Mississippi. Today, it’s broadened to cover real estate transactions for large acreage, hunting land and timberland, as well as residential and commercial properties, scattered across the country.
It’s a change of pace from the desk work Shook does as a senior project manager in banking software. Aside from leading project management teams at Jack Henry, Shook also mentors less experienced project managers.
“I tend to measure my success by the level of success those I lead are able to achieve,” he says. “By demonstrating a strong work ethic and ensuring I’m always available to guide or assist my team, it sets the tone for open communication and respect, the two factors which have allowed me to have great success both professionally and personally.”
Shook parlayed his position in real estate to create the St. Jude Turkey Hunt in Branson a few years ago.
“We invite and host several St. Jude kids and their families to a property I have listed,” he says. “We spend the weekend camping, hunting, fishing and picking each other up. It is a very emotional and uplifting time for all of us, and the relationships I have developed are treasured.”
He’s also been engaged with the American Cancer Society in Springfield the last two years. Shook and his wife, Tiffanie, are back-to-back chairs of the Cattle Baron’s Ball annual fundraiser that’s raised over $5 million during the last 11 years. Organizers had to pivot in the year of the coronavirus pandemic, and the 2020 summer event now is slated to be held virtually on Aug. 29.
“I hope to become even more influential in the Springfield community,” Shook says. “My involvement in the St. Jude events and American Cancer Society has opened my eyes to opportunities of those in need. My goal is to have a solid and productive team in my businesses so I can focus more on the community needs and philanthropic leadership endeavors.”
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