Jesse Wasil, Owner/CEO, Summit 4X4 Company
Q: What brought you to Prescott; how long have you been here?
A: Jesse Wasil: I moved to Prescott from Phoenix back in 1988. Moving from a large crowded city to Prescott was the best thing my family and I could have done. With the mountains, lakes, trees and amazing off-road areas, we knew Prescott was our home.
I married my high school sweetheart, Kelly, and we have three beautiful daughters, Alyssa, Alexa and Annaliese. All of whom have attended Prescott High School.
Q: How did you become interested in your career field?
A: Ever since I was a kid, I’ve had a passion for off-roading and customizing vehicles. My father and older brother always had lifted trucks and Jeeps, so needless to say, it was in my blood.
Modifying and customizing a vehicle is a form of expression for me, an extension of my personality. Having a modified vehicle also comes with the added bonus of being able to explore remote areas throughout the Southwest, which is something I thoroughly enjoy.
Q: What is the greatest reward of your job?
A: When a customer comes into our stores, we have the opportunity to help them build their dream vehicle, teach them about various tools, parts and accessories, and support them throughout the life of their off-road adventures.
We don’t simply want to be another off-road shop, but instead a destination for adventure, where customers and members of the community can come to acquire trail and vehicle information, join in on club runs and how-to clinics, as well as community fundraisers and gatherings. Because at the end of the day, it’s supporting this incredible community that’s the biggest reward.
Q: Where would you like to vacation next and why?
A: I’ve always thought about visiting Iceland. I would like to see the Northern Lights, the Blue Lagoon, all the natural waterfalls, swim in the hot springs, visit some volcanoes and experience the stunning green landscapes.
Q: What is your favorite Prescott activity?
A: It’s tough to only pick one, so I am going to go with my top two; The events around Christmas time (Acker night, the parades and the Courthouse lighting) and the events that come around the 4th of July (the Rodeo, the Rodeo Day Parade and the fireworks). Both are AMAZING events that my family and I look forward to each year.