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Jason Jensen, Principal, Wannemacher Jensen Architects (38)

Jason Jensen is proof that interns can become owners. According to the principal of Wannemacher Jensen Architects, all it required was “taking ownership before actually taking ownership.”

For Jensen, that meant finding a way to make an impact at the business and working to grow the firm from day one. For example, he encouraged the business to submit for design awards and join in public art displays to get its name out — both of which brought notoriety to the firm. “It was the firm’s name, not my name,” Jensen says.

It’s part of the reason why he was able to propel his way up the ladder so quickly, becoming a partner only seven years into his career.

Read more at the Business Observer here.