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About You and Dive Patches International, Inc....
My job function in the company:
Years in business:
About Dive Patches International, Inc.:
Dive Patches International started out as a hobby because I wanted divers to have something to collect for different destinations and diving accomplishments. Now, we have grown into a business that provides all promotional items, and can include your logo.
Our missition is to offer items that promote and encourage others to learn about scuba diving, and feel logos are a great way to do so. We try to offer the best quality and value at the best prices.
About You, "The Professional"...
How I was introduced to the professional diving industry:
Because of my passion for Scuba Diving, I wanted to find the best source to promote my business and found the DEMA was the best way to go..
What I like best about my job:
MY Customer/Friends! I have met so many wonderful people within the scuba industry and that is what makes my business what it is. You meet the nicest people within the Dive Industry.
Words of wisdom for those starting their career in the diving industry:
If it is your passion - keep hanging in there. Build it and they will come. That doesn't mean that you might not have highs and lows, but everyday, we all should try to be doing what we enjoy. Life is too short not to.
Best way to keep a competitive edge:
I feel customer service is very valuable, and would much rather deal with someone long-term and not a one time sell. I enjoy forming a business/friendship with my customers, that will continue on for years.
Biggest change I have seen in the professional diving industry since I started:
The Economy! It has been a struggle for many small business owners, especially those of us that cater to the Dive Industry.
Mark Young -Dive Training Magazine, Scott Jones - DiverWire, and Gene Muchanski - Dive Industry Association. These three guys I cannot thank enough for the support and encouragement that they have given to my business. They truly care about the Industry.
About You, "The Person"...
Something you'd find on my bucket list:
I want to live on a tropical island and paint.
What I am most proud of:
Having the courage to leave the high administrative position and becoming my own boss. I might not make as much money, but I am much happier.
How I like to spend my free time:
Free Time? What is that? Since I have started my business, and due to my Mother's illness. I have very little free time. When I do have a little free time, I enjoy scuba diving and kayaking.
Don't depend on others to make you happy.
Something people would be surprised to learn about me:
I would like to start a foundation "You Deserve A Vacation Foundation" for those that have been caregivers,and have made sacrafices to help those they love. My Mother has Alzheimers, and has made a major difference in my life. It is a emotional and financial journey,and from my personal experience, I would like to give back to others that have been there like I have. When my Mother does pass, I have no regrets. It would be nice to be able to give others, a long deserved vacation after a loved one has passed.
My 5 dream Jeopardy categories:
Best Tropical Places to live. Pristine Beaches. Water sports. Caribbean Foods. Best Dive Sites.