Meet Jason and Tiffany Gaver
Leland couple Jason and Tiffany Gaver have experienced many journeys in their lives together, and they are about to embark on a new one.
The Gavers have been active stewards of the community since moving to Leland in 2014. In 2017, Jason purchased Mulch & More in Winnabow — a longstanding, family-owned business. In just a few years, he grew the company tremendously as the owner, and then in 2019 sold it to a competitor, Bianchi Brickyard Supply, Inc. Jason still manages the day to day operations at Mulch & More. He also owns Cape Fear Firearms Academy and is a co-founder of his passion project, Veteran Business Connection, an online platform that connects the community with veteran-owned businesses.
Gaver grew up in Maryland and served nine years in the U.S. Navy. After leaving the service, he worked as a defense contractor in Washington, D.C., starting out as an analyst on a weapons program.
“I made sure ordnance needed for Navy ship testing was identified and allocated for,” he says.
It was there that he met Tiffany, who grew up in Winnabow.
Working for the same contractor, but not knowing each other, they met while doing charity work for a veteran’s resource group. A year-and-a-half into their relationship they were married, and Tiffany came home one day and said she wanted to go back home.
“I was all in for the move,” Jason says. “I like change and a challenge. In D.C., you always have to be on your game. And we knew we wanted to start a family, and D.C. was not the optimal environment.”
They did start that family, and Eleanor Grace is soon to be 4 years old.
As a business owner, Jason first became actively involved in the community and local issues.
Today, he has an impressive list of titles and responsibilities. He’s a member of the Town of Leland Planning Board, on the board of directors for Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity, on the board for North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce, an active member of the American Legion, will soon take over as Post Commander of the Leland VFW, and is part of the leadership team of the Leland Area Rotary Club, which he received the 2020 Service Award. He is also a representative from the planning board for Leland 2045, a comprehensive land-use plan project.
“I’ve been asked if I would consider running for a seat on the Leland Town Council later this year,” Jason says. And he is all in.
Jason says Leland is where he “will grow old and my daughter will grow up,” and that is his motivation for running for the Town Council. “We’ve seen explosive growth, and that’s great, but we need to be smart about that growth. I just want Leland to be the best it can be, and I feel like this is the perfect opportunity to usher in the next generation of leaders.”
At 41, Jason knows he’s been fortunate in life. He counts family as the most important thing to he and Tiffany. He came from a broken home as a child, living mostly with his grandparents, whom he was closer to than his parents. His grandmother, Grace, lives with he and Tiffany and Eleanor Grace, who was named after both the Gaver’s maternal grandmothers.
On Gaver’s decision to run for Town Council, Tiffany is very supportive.
“Jason is the type of person that when he cares about something, he’s all in,” she says. “There is no getting his feet half wet. We decided as a family we could make this work.”