Josh Besong
Chief Executive Officer + Managing Partner

I am a bit of an extrovert and love to be around people.  I love to cook, to brew, and to entertain friends and strangers alike. I like to engage in the big topics of life so if we meet please feel free to ask about them.  I love spicy food and as a man with five kids I can’t make the food I love with the spice I like enjoy and expect the kids to eat any of it.  So I took something good and made it great. I named the product Jackie’s Famous after my father John “Jackie” Besong and asked my wife and two of my very talented friends to join me and start an adventure. My hope is that you enjoy our products in the company of friends and family, neighbors and strangers, on the traditional and non-traditional foods alike.

 

Daniel OldenKamp
Chief Marketing Officer + Managing Partner

I took a test and found out I’m an ambivert, smack in the middle of introvert and extrovert.  I love technology, everything from retro-gaming to the latest gadgets.  I work in IT as my day job, and love every minute of it.  When I was approached about joining Jackie’s Famous, it didn’t take long for me to jump in with both feet.  I enjoy being part of new adventures, and this one has been quite a ride.  One of my favorite parts is when people taste Buckin’ Burrow (our spicy buttermilk cornbread) for the first time.  It takes about 3-5 seconds for the heat to kick in, and watching and waiting for their eyes to light up in enjoyment brings a smile to my face.  I also love working and serving with Brother’s in Christ who I know share the same beliefs and outlook on life.  Also, my wife and I like adding spice just to our food so that our children don’t cry.

Justin Smith
Chief Creative Officer + Managing Partner

I'm an introvert. If you saw me in a crowd, you probably wouldn't - since I'd be in the corner, trying to look inconspicuous. In my free time I love to travel, explore, and generally enjoy life with my wife, 3 sons, and our close friends. I'm a pursuer of good coffee, craft beer, and any interesting/delicious food that I find. As an obsessive home cook I've always had a knack for experimenting with strong and spicy flavors - so of course when Josh approached me about joining Jackie's Famous - I was all in. A personal passion of mine is good, minimalist design - so as head of Creative I try to bring a strong consistent design aesthetic to our product packaging as well as our digital and print materials.