Jake Wilkins

Jake Wilkins

Pik-Up
Jake Wilkins

Jake Wilkins

Hometown: Ainsworth, Neb.
Major: Agriculture Leadership
Minor: Engler
Graduation Date: May 2019

Pik-Up

What is your story?

Growing up in the small town of Ainsworth, Nebraska on a family farming opperation I have always wanted to build something that I was proud of. Going through high school I was not a straight A student and in a lot of ways found myself feeling undervalued. I came to the University of Nebraska wanting to find my passion and writing my story. After serving as a Nebraska State FFA Officer my freshmen year of college I found myself wanting to transition my time and energy into something that I could give back to. I began investing in myself and truly finding my passions through the Engler program and it has changed my life. I have been challenged to dig into my core values and what I am looking to get out of my life. I have been truly blessed to get to where I am and would not be here without the support of my family and this program.

What is your business?

My business is called Pik-Up and we are a logistics business that specializes in the moving of smaller loads and facilitating a logisitcs gap with pick up trucks. www.Pik-Up.org

Who is your entrepreneurial inspiration OR biggest hero?

My father has played a large role in my life. At a young age I was taught what a great work ethic looks like. He also taught me how I can make the largest impact on others and that is by creating jobs for others so they can provide for their families. He has fostered in me what it looks like to make a difference in a community, a business and a family.

What advice would you give to a student starting their entrepreneurial journey?

Start and find a great team who can get behind you. It is important to build a network of people who will help you when the going gets tough. Always keep a firm foundation of faith. It has inspired me to take risks and be fearless when I know that the only risks that don't pay off are the ones you never take. DON'T BE AFRAID TO START!

What has been your favorite "Engler Experience" to date?

My favorite experience to date is being in the Builders Camp and workspace which has allowed me to accelerate my business.

What has been the biggest hurdle or struggle you've dealt with in your entrepreneurial journey?

People saying that it cannot be done. One of my favorite quotes is if you don't have any enemies than you must not have done anything that mattered in your life. Surrounding myself with other people who have aspirations to do great things is one way to overcome this struggle and this program helps facilitate that.

Jake Wilkins
Jake Wilkins
Jake Wilkins