Jacob S. Atkinson Sr. "Jake" was born in Midwest City, Oklahoma, and was raised in Nocona, Texas. After graduating high school, he moved to Baltimore, Maryland to attend college. He studied business management at Columbia community College. After two years of college, he joined the United States Marine Corp, where he graduated Honor grad from Paris Island and The School of Infantry. During his time in the Marine Corp, he was assigned to First Battalion Sixth Marines. While in 1/6, he was deployed to Panama, Korea, Australia, and Japan. While in these locations, he completed joint operational training with Rock Marines, Queensland Air Force, and humanitarian aid for children in Panama. He has training in mountain warfare school in Bridgeport California, jungle warfare in Columbia, and dessert warfare in Twenty Nine Palms.
After receiving an honorable discharge from the Marine Corps, he went into restaurant management. He had the opportunity to work for an amazing concept called The Cheesecake Factory. He started in Washington D.C. and was promoted to Senior Manager and moved to Baltimore, Maryland. After two years, he again was promoted to Assistant General Manager. He was then promoted to General Manager and asked to move to Dayton, Ohio and open The Cheesecake Factory at The Greene. After five years and many long hours, he decided to move from a higher volume establishment to a lower volume establishment. He is currently the General Manger for TGI Fridays located in Centerville, Ohio.
He has five children, ages 22, 17, 16,13, 8, and an amazing partner Tracy Fittz, who is his best friend and is a wonderful mother. She is an Occupational Therapist. Each one of his children is highly active from baseball, radio, college, and dance. While his work is a passion, his children's success is his love. He enjoys volleyball, fishing and competing in Tough Mudder.