It’s 2021, and I’ve risen to the top leadership ranks at a well-known financial firm. The company’s owners then approach me with the following:
“Jake, you need to shut down all those other businesses you’ve got your hands in. We require your undivided attention to ours. If you don’t, we’re going to terminate you.”
The phrase “all those other businesses” referred to the various streams of income I’d established. I tried to keep my personal life quiet because I knew the company frowned upon its leaders doing anything but their business. But my latest entrepreneurial venture was blowing up so fast, they found out about it. (More on that later).
“Shut everything else down or get suspended.”
I don’t believe in being controlled or told what to do.
And these guys had already curtailed my social media activity, public speaking engagements, writing topics, and even the people I could help…
So, despite the fact that my salary was in the seven figures,
I sold my business for a couple of million dollars and set myself free.
My goals and my aspirations are too expansive to be contained.
So, about that rapidly expanding company I had on the side…
Something extraordinary had occurred a few months before.
I was out to dinner with friends when my buddy Brad shared he’d purchased a done-for-you e-commerce store that was returning 100% to 200% of his investment.
“You guys have to buy one of these. It’s a great passive income stream!”
My best friend Melton and I were sold! We shared a passion for creating wealth and for showing as many people as we could how they could do the same.
We went to purchase our DFY stores, but the company’s customer service raised too many red flags.
I blurted out,
“Guys, we could do this business better! We could do done-and-run-for-you Amazon stores and be the best in the world with the amount of care and service we provide to our clients and our track record
We knew it was a dream company for us—a way to rapidly change people’s financial stories and a way to give ordinary people passive income that is truly passive, not a second job!
I knew we needed one other person to do it right: Ian.
My friend Ian was also a top leader at the same financial services firm. Before I showed up, he held every record for being the youngest person ever to achieve this or that. Then he became my mentor, and I was able to break all of his records. We become close friends.
We recruited Ian to be Co-CEO. He was the perfect complement to me, and he’d built businesses bigger than most people could imagine.
At last, we had a dream team. Ian, our operational genius. Research and development whiz Brad. Melton, the “Coin Master.” And me… Every church requires a pastor, and I am zealous about helping people find us.
To top it all off, at the tail end of 2020, while we’re still putting the company together, Ian discovers another great income stream: digital real estate. Instead of just investing in it for ourselves, we bought the company! We saw an opportunity to pioneer digital real estate as a done-for-You managed service, with a substantial passive income upside for investors with five to eight figures to put in play.
Amazon stores and internet properties done-and-run-for-you; We finally had a system that made it possible for people from all walks of life to earn passive income!
By the end of our first full year, we hit $50 mill in revenue and 600 employees. (We have the best team in the world; I kept saying, “We’re Assembling the Avengers.”)
Today, we have over 220 Amazon stores under management. On the digital real estate side, we‘re running 10,000 sites that generate a couple of million dollars annually for 1800 clients. In the near future, we will be distributing one million dollars monthly.
Champion Passive Income’s mission is to make passive income streams accessible to everyone, and our values are to provide excellent customer service, underpromise, and over-deliver.
Now you know the story of why I walked away when I was given the ultimatum to “shut down those other businesses.” Champion Passive Income was too legit to quit.
My goals and ambitions are far too expansive to be limited in any way.
The same is true for our clients, and we’re here to help them achieve that.
Jake Fruge Jr. is the owner and founder of JFJ Holdings, a 9-figure holdings company with ownership of over 25 companies each generating between 6 and 9 figures annually.
With over 10 years of experience in the financial services industry, Fruge has been a mentor to thousands across the nation, building champions, and earning his nickname as “The People’s Champ”
He currently resides in Houston Texas with his beautiful wife, Madison as they build a life to impact the masses through words, wisdom and wealth.
Ian Prukner is one of the original founders of Champion and now holds the extremely important title of CEO. He is deeply committed to creating a powerful and impactful opportunity for all to access the benefits of hands-free monthly recurring revenue.
Ian Prukner is a Best Selling Author, Entrepreneur, Consultant and Coach. He has built companies in finance, real estate, e-commerce and intellectual property spaces doing over $4 Billion in sales to date, including a multiple 8-figure exit.
Prukner was born and raised in Royal Oak Michigan, and now resides in sunny Siesta Key Florida with his lovely Wife Jessica and 3 children Kayley, Zac and Zoey.
Brad Romero is a self-made entrepreneur and family man. Despite dropping out of school at a young age, he has built a successful career since the early age of only 16 years old. To date, Brad has owned and operated over 11 businesses, selling most of them to continue scaling, and developing new ventures. With a strong passion for entrepreneurship, Romero has proven that hard work and determination can pay off.
Aside from his work here at Champion to continue pioneering new initiatives and refining our operation, Brad spends the remainder of his time as a devoted husband and father of four children.
Faith and family always come first as Brad strives to continually develop into a better leader, and motivator to those around him. He lives by the quote "Embracing discomfort and surrounding myself with like-minded individuals was my foundation to success.”
Melton Weaver is one of the original founders of Champion and leads our oh-so important finance department. He has been married for 15 years and has 3 young children whose sporting events he loves to attend and coach. He’s spent the past 17 years as a financial advisor and focused on developing and implementing a practice of organizational scaling through systems and culture development. Weaver has proudly served as a coach and mentor to the masses, and is highly sought after for the launch and growth of organizations ranging from casinos to churches around the country!
Born and raised in Mobile Alabama, Melton attended the University of South Alabama where he received degrees in both finance and computer science. Melton is a true born and raised Crismons Tide fan, and when he is not watching sports, he enjoys playing golf, doing jiu jitsu and spending time with his beautiful family!
Tessabella Jelten is widely acclaimed as a marketing strategist, business coach and digital marketing educator in the U.S. today. Her journey began directly out of high school, when she began her career as a bootstrapped real estate investor. Upon attending the ‘university of Google’ she made it her mission to determine the best way to acquire properties, raise capital, brand and market them and navigate the ins and outs of real estate.
Through this process, she successfully built a name for herself remodeling and restoring historic properties. The entire time, she was documenting the process through social media, and building a brand which later became a residential real estate team partnered with the NBA’s Phoenix Suns.
Through years of real estate and marketing experience in the field, Tessabella developed a unique approach to building, scaling and branding companies. Through strategic networking, years of hard work and a relentless passion for her work, she’s gone on to work with some of the largest names, brands and influencers around the world.
Today she resides in sunny Scottsdale Arizona and supports the Champion team as their Chief Marketing Officer, and head of customer interactions.
Kristin Gills began her journey to success at an early age, beginning her first business at the age of 17. Over the last 18 years she has worked tirelessly to build and scale a multi-million dollar business in the financial services industry with her loving husband, Jason. The two have been married for 17 years, becoming proud parents to 5 young boys.
When she is not working to streamline everything behind the scenes at Champion, she can be spotted on the sidelines of one of her son’s many sporting events, traveling with her family or contributing to her church or local mastermind events.
Gills believes wholeheartedly in alignments and assignments and everything she does is with the mission to further the Kingdom, and continue to improve the lives of those around her. Today Kristin resides in Allen Texas with her lovely family while running the operations of Champion.
Dalton Bristow is a Marine Corps veteran with over 12 years of experience in the world of finance.
He has worked in numerous accounting and financial platforms and has earned QBO & Sage Intacct certifications as an admin educator.
After graduating from Texas Tech University with honors and a double bachelor's degree in Psychology & Statistics. He now loves overcoming the everyday challenges that come with being a CFO at Champion & leading such a wonderful group of people within the finance team.
In his spare time Dalton enjoys remodeling houses, playing golf, and basketball, & spending time with family.
Tyler Boudreaux brings a unique blend of technical expertise and strategy to Champion. With a background in technology and over 10 years of experience in operations and administration, he has a passion for using technology to solve complex problems and drive positive change. Tyler is deeply committed to an ongoing journey of personal development, and is currently in pursuit of a master's degree in cyberpsychology.
The dynamic and innovative culture of Champion excites Tyler, as well as the opportunity to work with talented individuals who share his passion for excellence.
In his free time, Tyler enjoys fitness, gaming, and sports, and is a firm believer in the importance of giving back. Tyler regularly volunteers his time and resources to serve in his local community.
Dawn Allgood is the director of Human Resources at Champion with over 20 years of retail management experience helping employees and customers with all aspects of business. She specializes in training, coaching, and assisting struggling managers turn their department into a successful environment. Dawn joined Champion to challenge herself by trying something new, and has been nothing short of a stand out contributor to Champion’s culture, and team building. Dawn finds herself excited to come to work every day with an energetic group of individuals who are genuinely thrilled to make a difference in their clients and coworkers lives.
When Dawn is not busy assisting the Champion team with their Human Resource needs, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and watching football!