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Total loan: $6,500

Adam

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Grand Junction, CO, United States / Clothing

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Adam's story

I was raised in Grand Junction, Colorado in a mobile home converted into a "double wide." We didn't have money but my Dad is the hardest, most humble worker there is and he taught me from an early age that if I wanted something I'd have to work for it. We attended church 3 times a week and my spiritual muscles blended with what my Dad taught me - I can do anything I put my mind to. I wanted to be a military pilot - I joined the military at 17, became an A-10 Crew Chief, graduated college, completed OCS, and completed flight school as the #1 Honor Graduate, and am now a Captain in the USAF. I wanted to invent a product that solved a common problem and could be in every household - I invented GoTie the world's first pre-tied adjustable necktie, raised venture capital, licensed my patents to Van Heusen, "Tie Right" was in every JCP and Kohl's in the United States. I wanted to go to Northwestern and earn my Masters in Product Design - Applied and graduated. GoTie has had to pivot several times over the last 7 years in business. I thought my deal with Van Huesen was it, no more struggle, just smooth sailing from here on out. After 3 successful years with Van Heusen, the retail market was failing. Major retail brands were shutting down stores and my "big" sales numbers were small when compared to names like Kenneth Cole or Calvin Klein. Our agreement was not renewed and we were cut unexpectedly. I needed to pivot the business from being licensed based to e-commerce based and I needed to get customers attention. While in a gas station buying a bottle of CForce water,I had the epiphany that I could get Chuck Norris to be our official spokesman. Six months later I had a film crew, script, and bags full of GoTies ready to shoot our big commercial with Chuck Norris at the CForce water bottle plant. This pandemic is just another pivot. Things are tight, sales have plummeted, but with all things where there is a will, there is a way.