About Jake

James “Jake” VanderZanden was born and raised in Banks, Oregon on his family farm. This practical experience serves as the foundation for his problem solving and business approach.

Author of Barnyard Management, Jake VanderZandenHis current passion is building OTTO DesignWorks LLC, a growing outdoor brand and the makers of the all-new OTTOLOCK. OTTO is a story of failure, then success, resulting from amazing team collaboration and grit.

OTTOLOCK Coffee ShopHe received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State University and did post graduate work at Stanford University GSB. He spent 25 years as an officer and executive at Blount International Inc. serving as the President of ICS, a construction products company, and the Senior Vice President of New Product & Business Development. He also currently serves as Vice President of Product Development at DWFritz Automation Inc.

He guest lectures regularly at OSU in both the College of Business and Engineering, and serves as a member of the Entrepreneurial Education Advisory Board and Advisor for the Engineering Leadership Academy.

Jake’s strengths are Strategy, Marketing, New Product Development, and Team Building. Jake is a creative, practical, action-oriented, and inspirational leader who subscribes to a philosophy built on listening to users and finding great talent.