james desautel
james desautel

James Desautel

Founder

Original Zealot

Chief Counselor

Scratch Golfer

Meet the man who made all this happen. With decades of experience in media, public relations and affairs, and integrated marketing, Jim has brought us a long way from his basement back in 1996.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

Starting a business that resulted in the people we have working with us. I hire well. That’s one of the most fundamental keys to business success. If you hire the right people for the first one or two employees, they do all the work from there on out. It’s been rewarding to watch all the people at DH buy homes, have kids, be positive members of the community, and be successful in their own ways—to be a part of that growth.

What cheers you up?

My grandkids, Zoey, Noah, and James. Just watching them grow. There’s something different each time I see them—a growth spurt, the ability to communicate. I just like being around them and visiting with them.

What’s the bravest and/or stupidest thing you’ve ever done?

Riding in the Suicide Race in the Omak Stampede. Riders run down Suicide Hill, which has a 62-degree slope and runs for 225 feet to the Okanogan River. I was 19 at the time.

Education

Eastern Washington University, Master of Science and Bachelor of Arts

Public Relations Society of America, Accreditation in Public Relations (APR)

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