20 Under 40: Jack Silberman

Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / Jack Silberman poses at his home with his kids.
Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / Jack Silberman poses at his home with his kids.

Jack Silberman, 34

CEO, Silberman Group; Husband; Father

Mantra: #togetherwebenefit

Quarantine projects: I had four priorities going into quarantine. First, I really wanted to maximize my time with my family. Second, I aimed to be sure that the Silberman Group team had the necessary tools to be successful and safe. Third, I set a goal to speak with as many of my customers as possible to stay in tune with their needs. And fourth, I wanted to stay in shape physically. I can honestly say that so far I've been able to meet all four of those goals.

Has the pandemic changed your outlook in any way? It has, for the better! Whether it be tied to health, relationships or finances, the pandemic has created a sense of perspective. Knowing everything can change so quickly - and that so much is outside of our control - has been a sobering yet helpful reminder to focus on the things that really matter. I've also learned to keep the pandemic from controlling my attitude. I make the conscious decision every morning when I wake up that I will not let COVID-19 and its influence on the world dictate my perspective.

One thing you wish you'd known at the start of your career? Never take a job just for the money. That is a huge mistake, and I am so glad I learned it at 22 years old. Life is about making an impact, not an income. The most important thing you can leave behind is not money or material things, it's the story of your character and faith.

What (else) did you want to be when you grew up? A game show host. And, let's be honest, the idea still intrigues me. Come on down!

What motivates you? I'm what you could call a 'self-starter' who wakes up ready to go first thing in the morning. But even with that, I'm propelled forward by infectious positive energy, encouragement, words of affirmation, successes and my great relationships with my family and friends.

One thing you couldn't live without? I wouldn't be who I am without my faith and my family. Without either, I would be completely lost. Faith alleviates any anxieties in my life, and my family gives my life its purpose.

What's one thing about Chattanooga you'd change? While Chattanooga is great and I love it incredibly, I believe we will never reach our full potential until we effectively address racial inequalities.

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