Meet Jared Hitchens, a Topeka native who takes great pride in his hometown. Jared has been in the marketing industry for over a decade, working in a variety of roles that have helped him develop a wide range of skills. He began his career in the printing industry, where he honed his customer relations, graphic design, production, and project management abilities. Jared then went on to work as a marketing director for Parrish Hotels, overseeing the marketing efforts for six hotels and the company itself. He also worked as the marketing director and volunteer administrator at the Topeka Zoo, where he managed events and resource development.
Jared’s passion for marketing and communications led him to his current position as the Marketing Director for the Topeka Partnership, which includes GO Topeka, Visit Topeka, and Downtown Topeka Inc. As a one-man marketing team, Jared is a branding guru who is skilled in graphic design, photography, video production, website management, project management, media relations, user experience, audio/visual tech, and marketing planning. Jared is thrilled to be part of a passionate team that helps him continue to grow his knowledge and expertise.
When Jared is not leading the team in the office, he enjoys spending time with his family – his wife, Sarah, and their three children, Cayleigh, Parker, and Gideon. He also volunteers at his church, Grace Community, where he serves as the chair and heads up their audio and video team. If you’re looking for a marketing pro who knows Topeka inside and out, look no further than Jared Hitchens.
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Quinton Heights Hill
Welcome to the neighborhood at the top of Quinton Heights Hill, where Jared Hitchens and his family call home! The view from their home is one of the most stunning in the city, boasting a picturesque panorama of the Topeka skyline, including the towering Evergy and Capitol Federal buildings, as well as the charming rooftops of small businesses. Jared’s decision to move to this neighborhood was driven by his desire to keep his kids in the prestigious 501 school district while staying close to downtown. The 501 administration building sits atop the hill as well, making it an ideal location. And when the snow starts to fall, this neighborhood turns into a winter wonderland, perfect for sledding adventures with the family. Whether it’s admiring the stunning views or enjoying some snowy fun, Jared and his family are proud to call the neighborhood at the top of Quinton Heights Hill their home.