On April 12, 2017, I began working for Napa as a part-time driver to deliver parts to auto repair shops in the Pierre/Ft Pierre area.
The handsome young man sitting at the counter is my 6-year old son holding one of the first hiking sticks I ever made and one for which I spent many hours on.
One of our Napa customers gave me a branch he said he would, one day, like to have made into a hiking stick. I offered to make it for him for free and didn't want to ruin his stick or make something he didn't want or wouldn't like, so I took extra time to get it just right.
The photo of my son at Napa was taken on October 9, 2017.
Napa Auto Parts, Inc.
In April 2016, I began making fishing rigs for DC's Tackle, Inc., a new family-owned business in Ft Pierre.
Soon after, I became part owner of the company and webmaster for www.BottomsUpFishingRigs.com, greatly improving both the appearance and function of the website.
I also created the logo (as seen above), tri-fold marketing brochure and product card instructions/diagrams; assisted in bookkeeping, marketing and sales; and operated a booth at two Sioux Falls sports shows.
As of December 2017, I've made over 2,000 rigs, most of which were walleye double-hook rigs.
DC's Tackle, Inc.
Rig Maker, Webmaster, Partner
January 20, 2017 - Sioux Falls Fairgrounds Show - This was our first sports show. On the left is Damon Clarambeau, President of DC's Tackle. In the background are the white panels I made with pegboard to hang our product for display.
RIG MAKING FACTORY
March 10, 2017 - Our booth in the Arena at the Sioux Empire Show. This sports show had a much higher attendance rate of show-goers and we sold considerably more rigs than the first show, despite a blizzard on Sunday that kept many people from attending.