With an award-winning culture, leadership, and staff, it’s no surprise sports is a considerable part of the culture at Hughes Marino. Every summer, Jason Hughes invites employees and their families to enjoy a ball game near his company’s San Diego headquarters.
During football season, you’ll find Jason Hughes cheering on the Los Angeles Chargers, the team formerly known as the San Diego Chargers. One of his favorite pastimes is kicking back with his family in San Diego to watch live sports games and feel the energy of a roaring stadium crowd.
Jason says his favorite sports coach of all time is Nick Saban. Saban, who has been leading the University of Alabama’s football team to victory since 2007, is considered by many to be the greatest coach in college football history. However, while fans admire Saban for his many wins throughout his career, accountability is perhaps his greatest asset.
“Nick is a hero of mine,” Jason Hughes said from his company HQ in San Diego.
“He has had to power through some impossible circumstances. For him, the key to winning is all about mindset.”
Saban, who has seven national titles underlies belt, advises always to set a vision for what you want to accomplish, which he stated at CBT Conference and Expo earlier this year. And the key to winning, according to Saban, is the mindset.
“If you don’t have the people thinking about focusing on what it takes to win,” Saban said, “you’re going to struggle to do that.”
Saban then suggests having the discipline to execute that defined vision daily.
Jason Hughes follows that recommendation. He routinely checks in with staff at the offices in San Diego, Denver, New York, Seattle, Los Angeles, Orange County, San Francisco, and East Bay. Jason wants to ensure the vision for the team is clear and everyone is on target to achieve goals cohesively.
“I am still a player-coach,” the San Diego-based Jason Hughes said. “I stay in tune with the needs of my team and ask, ‘How do I give emotional and mental support to our brokers?’ ‘What is our best practice to approach business development?’”
Much like Saban, consistency will always be at the center of Jason’s game plan.
He never gets complacent when it comes to clients. The COVID-19 pandemic didn’t stifle their growth mindset, either. When most of the nation came to a standstill, Jason Hughes and his staff staff powered through by adding a Denver office and growing the brand.
Jason Hughes lives by many of Saban’s quotes, but while leading his team, Jason always goes back to Saban’s wise words on success. “I love Nick’s quote where he mentions how success doesn’t come from pie-in-the-sky thinking,” Jason said. “He talks about how success is the result of consciously doing something each day that will add to your overall excellence.”