Tell us about yourself.
First, the love of cars and trucks has always defined me as a person. The lifestyle, culture, and utility of a pickup truck is a love I share with 50 million other truck owners in the USA. My uncle gave me my first pickup truck at the age of seven, where I began to learn about trucks and making forts! Also where I made my first custom tonneau cover, with my father. At the age of 17 I started my first business while working towards college degree in biology. I quickly fell in love with “being my own boss” and building a business from the ground up. With no more than $500 in my pocket, my first business grew and eventually sold when I was decided to invest my time and entrepreneurial knowledge in crafting tonneau covers. That is when I started TruXmart Tonneau Covers, in May, 2011.
Who/what are your major influencers?
My influence are my superheroes; my father and my COO, Steve Raivio. These two great people guided and supported me in growing as a businessman. My father taught me to never give up and to face each obstacle as something that will make me stronger, smarter, and better. Steve Raivio taught me everything about ethical growth, customer service, and to always learn something new, each week, month, and year. I wouldn’t be where I am, today, if not for them.