If you’ve never met the outspoken, reliable, hard-working owner of Brand X Hi-Performance Marine, Jason Ventura, here’s all you really need to know about him. Ventura is not afraid to tell it like it is and, without hesitation, he’ll do whatever it takes to assist his friends and clients, most of which are interchangeable.
Jason Ventura (from left) stands with his Freedom teammates Jackie Piper-Ferrer and Joe Ferrer at the 2016 SBI Offshore World Championships in Key West, Fla. Photo courtesy Celeste Segredo
I’ve known Ventura since I was with Powerboat magazine and he was with Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats, and from that time on, especially since he’s owned Brand X and his newest venture, Brand X Brokerage and Sales, the talented mechanic and setup man has always been a busy guy. Heck this year alone I hung out with him and his lovely longtime girlfriend, Celeste Segredo, at three of the dozen-plus events he attended and worked—the Pirates of Lanier Poker Run in Georgia, the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in Missouri and, most recently, the Key West Poker Run in Florida.
The latter gave me an added appreciation of just how busy Ventura really is since his work in Key West also included the Super Boat International Offshore World Championships, and he was crew chief and driver of Freedom, the Fountain Powerboats V-bottom that runs in the Superboat Extreme class, alongside owner Joe Ferrer, whose wife (and teammate) Jackie Piper-Ferrer recently delivered a baby girl and opted not to race this year.