Star City Six – Jason Krueger
Kitchen Tune-Up (www.kitchentuneup.com) specializes in affordable kitchen remodeling, refacing, new cabinets, bathroom remodeling, and wood restoration. Jason Krueger is the owner of Kitchen Tune-Up in Lincoln.
Tell us a little about your business.
At Kitchen Tune-Up, it is a core belief that you shouldn’t have to spend a fortune or be displaced from your home to get the space you desire. We offer four service options at a variety of price points. I pride myself on my ability to complete most projects in a week or less.
How did you get started in the business?
I was looking into franchise opportunities at the end of 2017 as an income supplement, but after making the decision to part ways with my last employer in January of 2018, I began looking more seriously. I came across Kitchen Tune-Up, a national franchise system comprised of dedicated entrepreneurs across the country. I felt like this was a company that would allow me to utilize my abilities and I’d be proud to be the face in Lincoln of such a well respected brand.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally?
Finding a good job before I got my degree. I’ve learned that every job I’ve had since college could have been done without the extra schooling, but I needed the diploma. I really enjoyed college, but many kids who are headed into this sort of industry could do just as well or better with a tech school degree or even apprenticeships.
What has been your most important achievement professionally?
Going back to college when I was 35 and getting my degree.
Tell us a little about your family.
I have a wife, two daughters, and five grandchildren!
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life?
Becoming a grandparent and starting my new career in June of 2018.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
I buy, sell, trade, and fix up old cars. I am constantly chasing parts or cars that might be for sale. I also really enjoy going on drives.
What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know?
I am an ordained minister.
Who inspires you?
Men and women of the military. They offer so much for low pay and very little recognition.
What is your favorite quote or the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again—this time more intelligently.
If you had a theme song, what would it be?
“I Can’t Drive 55” by Sammy Hagar.
If you could have a super power, what would it be?
X-Ray vision so I could see through garage and barn walls at what kind of cars are inside.
If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be?
A shop teacher. I think all kids should still learn their basic life skills in school.
What is your favorite book or the last good book you read?
The Jack Reacher Novels by Lee Child (a series).
What is your favorite movie?
National Lampoon’s Vacation.
What local non-profit organizations are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why?
I’m an advocate for animal rescue groups. They help abused and displaced animals either get back home or get to a new loving home.
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