"Symbolic analysts solve, identify, and broker problems by manipulating symbols. They simplify reality into abstract images that can be rearranged, juggled, experimented with, communicated to other specialists, and then, eventually, transformed back into reality. The manipulations are done with analytic tools, sharpened by experience. The tools may be mathematical algorithms, legal arguments, financial gimmicks, scientific principles, psychological insights about how to persuade or amuse, systems of induction or deduction, or any other set of techniques for doing conceptual puzzles."-Robert Reich
Not content to mesmerize people for just laughs or therapy, acclaimed hypnotist and libertarian pundit Jake Shannon is also waking people up, en masse, to the surreptitious social engineering methods deployed by big government and big business.
Jake began his study of hypnosis as a teenager while fighting cancer when his oncologist recommended he look into hypnosis to help mitigate the pain associate with chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
Most recently, he is the host of Mental Self-Defense Radio on KTKK, the third oldest talk radio station in the nation, in Salt Lake City, Utah. His prescient insights and wide ranging perspective have been educated by his eclectic professional and personal experiences as a cancer survivor, statistician, hypnotist, and longtime libertarian. Mr. Shannon is a regular guest on political talk radio across the country and travels widely both as a speaker and as a performing comedy hypnotist.
Mr. Shannon first became libertarian after reading Ayn Rand as an undergraduate. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1995 while attending on academic & leadership scholarships. This is where Jake began his study of rhetoric and the impact of language upon culture. Upon graduation, he moved to San Francisco where he became the manager of shipping for Laissez Faire Books (LFB). Jake has always maintained he "learned more during those years working in the stacks at LFB than in graduate school" (where he earned his Master of Science in Financial Engineering designation in 2002 from Golden Gate University).
Jake's professional quantitative experience includes time as a Derivatives Specialist Manager at Financial Engineering Associates in Berkeley, CA; Technical Oversight Manager of mortgage servicing rights valuations and FAS 133 at Indymac Bank in Pasadena, CA; Associate Statistician for Abacus-Direct in Broomfield, CO; and Manager of Modeling for Financial Freedom Senior Funding in Irvine, CA. Most recently, Jake co-founded the reverse mortgage industry's leading analytic consultancy. He left quantitative finance to dedicate himself to educating others about the importance of individual liberty and self-responsibility.
Jake is also an internationally respected grappling coach and historian that has worked with some of the biggest names in Mixed Martial Arts and the sport of wrestling. Jake Shannon lives in Salt Lake City with his wife and children.
Jake is available as an experienced radio or television guest. Corporate bookings can be made for Jake to speak as a keynote or perform for corporate events, private functions, parties and conferences. Contact Jake at 801-738-5390.
Here are some recommendations from people that have had first hand experience with Mr. Shannon:
"At Indymac, Jake showed great foresight about upcoming market trends and was prescient and vocal about the risks forming in the housing market. Jake has extensive experience with reverse mortgages and has capitalized on his skills to develop a highly respected reverse mortgage consulting group. Jake is results-oriented: he sets goals for himself and achieves them. I highly recommend Jake for positions requiring a strong leader and needing results." Robert Sandhofer, VP Bank of America
"Honest, Hardworking, Strong Character, Creative, Energetic." Mark Schultz, Olympic Gold Medalist in Freestyle Wrestling in the 1984 Olympic Games
"I had the pleasure of managing Jake while he was working as a Derivatives Specialist in Financial Engineering Associates. Jake's critical thinking skills, strong work ethics, as well as his interpersonal and leadership skills made him a very important member of the department from day one. His deep knowledge of quantitative finance, as well as his excellent communication skills, both verbally and in writing, allowed him to explain complex finance topics to a wide variety of audiences. He is very resourceful and independent, and consistently performed above my expectations." Carlos Blanco, Managing Director of NQuantX, LLC
"Jake is a big picture kinda guy and a true shaker & mover. He really helped me take Gut Check Fitness to the next level and become the #1 Voted 'Boot Camp in San Diego.'" Joe Decker, The World's Fittest Man according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
"Jake was a great addition to our analytic team, starting sharp and continuously improving. He showed insight into problems, energetically improving systems and helping others. He was also quick to take observations and suggestions and turn them into improvements. A great team member, I would not hesitate to work with him again." Sean Mallory, Scientific Programmer at NSIDC
"I love Jake's show. Not only is Jake a great interviewer he is funny, well informed and a pleasure to be with." Joe Navarro, Retired FBI Counter-Intelligence Expert, Best-Selling Author, and World's Leading Authority on Non-Verbal Communications and Body Language
"If you were to ask me to define intelligence, compassion, ethics, integrity, sincerity and pure passion for the world around us, I could do it in just two words - Jake Shannon. That's why I am thrilled to have Jake on AM 630 K-Talk, The Voice of Utah." Dickie Shannon
Station Manager, AM 630 K-TALK
"I've spend much time in the company of hypnotists and in the company of hypnosis researchers (psychologists and scientist-clinicians), and from my experience there was no love lost between the two cultures in general. Many of their attitudes tend to be at odds to say the least. I have to say though that Jake comes as close to bridging them as both a practitioner of the arts and the aficionado of the sciences, as anyone. And I have a strong respect for that." Todd Ian Stark
"America's problems can be summed up in two words: big government. American needs people like Jake Shannon who will fight against big government, and fight for individual liberty and free markets." Glenn Jacobs
(aka the WWE Heavyweight Champion Kane)
"[Jake] Shannon is an iconoclast." Jesse Fruhwirth
Salt Lake City Weekly
"Mr. Shannon, you are a wonderful interviewer. More power to you!" Dr. Thomas Szasz
Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, State University of New York Health Science Center
"You keep up the good work because its shows like yours that people like me are allowed to come and talk the truth on." Fmr. Gov. Jesse Ventura
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