Jason grew up the son of Jeff Van Sickle, who started working as an Intern Architect around the time that Jason was born. Jason's dad would eventually become CEO of GLMV Architects, which is one of the largest architectural firms
in Kansas. Jason learned valuable lessons about hard work and dedication from his dad. He also developed a deep sense of compassion from his mom, Janice. She was a pediatric nurse and a volunteer at many Wichita nonprofit organizations.
After graduation, Jason went to work as a Market Researcher for Grubb & Ellis | Martens Commercial Group. Within six months Jason had advanced to co-authoring commercial appraisals with the company's Senior
Appraiser. While working on appraisals, Jason met real estate developer Jack DeBoer (founder of Residence Inn, Summerfield Suites, and Candlewood hotels). Jack had just started his fourth hotel chain, Value Place (now Woodspring Suites), and Jason was offered a job as the company's first Market Analyst.
Within a year Jason was promoted to Director of Research & Market Planning, leading a large research staff that worked on over 100 hotel projects across 32 states.
In 2006 Jason went into business for himself when he started purchasing and flipping houses. Since that time he has built a career as a real estate analyst and developer. Here is a timeline of his business initiatives since 2006:
2008 - Accepts the position as the first Research Analyst for the Wichita State University Center for Real Estate;
2009 - First apartment development (Flats-324) with Old Town founder and developer Dave Burk;
2010 - Started JVSCo to focus on real estate research, analysis, and development;
2011 - Became a full-time apartment developer with the development of Chisholm Lake Apartments;
2012 - Created a prototype for apartment development aimed at developing aparments in both urban and rural markets;
2013 - Started the Kansas Rural Housing Coalition to provide free market research to every city and county in Kansas;
2014 - Applied new prototype, for the first time, to a 72-unit apartment development (an expansion of Flats-324);
2015 - Started Multifamily Hospitality as part of a focus on creating a fully vertically integrated apartment company;
2016 - Founded the nonprofit COMCARE Community Partners to support COMCARE of Sedgwick County; and
2017 - Started Dignitas (a design-build company) to provide in-house architectural and construction services.
As a developer, Jason has developed 356 apartment units with a value of approximately $30 million. He is presently working on launching his prototype for apartments in rural communities, with the potential of providing over $1 billion in new multifamily housing for Kansas communities over the next 10 years. In addition to providing Kansas communities with much needed housing, Jason plans to expand beyond Kansas and use his prototype as the basis for creating the first national apartment brand.