Hello, World.

I'm Spencer Jentzsch.

Operations Project Management Korean Linguistics

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About

Let me introduce myself.

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I was the kid that refused to come down from the tree and instead spit cherry pits at the babysitter when she tried to put me to bed. Babysitter, if you are reading this, I am sorry! I just wanted to hang out longer and my communication techniques weren't very refined back then.

Since then, I've gotten much better. One of my strongest personality traits is the motivation to win others over. I am the person that identifies that grumpy person scowling in the corner and intentionally goes out of my way to get them involved. I've learned that no one can resist a well-timed pun — much more effective than spitting cherry seeds.

I work hard to create a collaborative community that inspires and motivates others. On top of that, my background in project management allows me to bring a lot of structure and get-things-done attitude to the community.

I’ve never agreed with the you-have-to-be-at-work-to-be-working philosophy. My most productive position is with my shoes off, feet on my desk, while plugging away on my laptop. As such, I quit my longstanding corporate job this year in search of something more meaningful that aligns with that lifestyle. I am now part of the digital nomad community traveling with Hacker Paradise.

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  • Full Name: Spencer James Jentzsch
  • Current Location: Lima, Peru
  • Languages: English, Korean, some Japanese and Spanish
  • Email: spencerjentzsch@gmail.com

Fun Facts


  • I am a trained bat catcher.
  • I am content to play volleyball, eat street food, binge-watching TV, and sing karaoke everyday for the rest of my life.
  • I was a 9-year-old hula-hoop protégé.
  • I've lived abroad for +5 years.
Resume

More of my credentials.

I've jumped around quite a bit from Korean academics to IT project management to running an organization for digital nomads.
I'll spare you the stuff about building character as a paper boy and jump straight to the meat of it.

Work Experience

COO

June 2016 - present

Hacker Paradise

I handle all the ops for Hacker Paradise. I wear a lot of different hats — growing the company, being a community manager, creating new structured processes, and having the opportunity to travel the world with these fine people. My favorite part of my job is helping people discover and reach their full potential

Co-Founder

July 2016 - present

Tinder Check

I started a Tinder profile consultancy with a friend to help all those in need of some love.

Your online profile sucks. Let us fix it.

Team Lead,
Account Manager

April 2014 - June 2016

Epic Systems

On top of the roles detailed below, I took on additional management roles, both internally and client-facing. I managed 12 people, providing direct feedback, cultivating their skillset, and resolving conflicts.

I developed long term strategies with clients and manage add on sales using CRM systems. I brought in an additional $1m in add on sales and achieved a 100% satisfaction survey from my clients.

Senior Project Manager,
Onboarding Specialist

January 2011 - June 2016

Epic Systems

I managed several 4-18 month, complex EHR software implementation projects from beginning to end, implementing up to 30 modules, and working with teams of over 150 people spread across multiple time zones and continents. Managing budgets from $65k to $15m, I brought my clients live on time and up to 20% under budget.

I conducted over 200 interviews and helped hire 68 employees in a process that selects 2% of applicants. I helped create and implement a new onboarding curriculum that cut down training by two weeks.

Business Analyst Intern

November 2010 - Decmeber 2010

Samsung Headquarters

The highlight of my work here was hand-writing all the CEO's Christmas cards, which were each inspected and had to be re-written if there were any smudges. Very difficult for a left-hander.

Besides that, I did a lot of Korean-English translation and negotiation and research for new business ventures.

Operations Manager, Korean Language and Culture Instructor

July 2007 - August 2010

Concordia Language Villages

I worked with an international team to create and implement a curriculum to teach Korean language and culture to youth at an intensive language immersion summer camp. Check out some of the work we did here.

In addition, I managed the ops for the camp site. Oh, and I caught bats that dared to invade the cabins.

Korean Language and Culture Instructor

August 2008 - July 2010

University of British Columbia

I instructed basic and intermediate Korean Language and Culture courses and managed the online curriculum.

Korean Language and Culture Instructor

August 2006 - May 2008

Brigham Young University

I developed a curriculum for all basic and intermediate Korean courses. I increased retention of the students by 250% by creating a class room that was both meaningful and fun.

Education

Master of Asians Studies

2008 - 2010

University of British Columbia

I did an emphasis in Korean language pedagogy and North Korean language branding and marketing. I wrote my thesis on Munhwaŏ : the 'cultured language' and language branding in North Korea, 1964-1984 in a record 3 weeks.

Feel free to read my thesis here.

Bachelor of Korean and Neuroscience

2002 - 2008

Brigham Young University

I started in Neuroscience with a dream to go to med school but added Korean as a double major after I fell in love with teaching Korean language and culture.

I melded them both together with research about which brain centers are activated in processing your primary language vs. secondary language.

Graduated Summa Cum Laude.

Contact

I'd Love To Hear From You.

Please get in touch if you'd like to chat. I promise I won't spit cherry pits at you.

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