I have always been known as somewhat of a geek. Even in junior high and high school while my friends were going to prom and flirting with the opposite sex, I was content to sit and contemplate a new computer software or technical problem. I was determined to go to school for computer engineering after I graduated, even though my parents were not that keen on the idea. They felt that it was not a good field for a woman.
Well, 20 years later, they can’t stop telling me how proud they are of me, and my friends are wishing they could afford my lifestyle. After receiving my engineering degree, I was quickly swooped up by a Fortune 500 company where I worked on some of their top accounts. One of their biggest clients was a company that developed bows and I became fascinated with the technology behind the bows. At first these systems were crudely designed, but the concept still worked. So for me, it’s exciting to see how far we have come with the design of these bows.
Although the organization I worked for was awesome, I had been restless for some time thinking about opening up my own consulting business. I met many people along the way who often told me that if I ever became self-employed to let them know, and they would gladly give me their business. So I laid the groundwork and developed a step by step plan to become self-employed. I began consulting on the side until eventually I was doing well enough to leave my job and join the world of entrepreneurs.
I immediately focused on crossbows and compound bows. I especially loved working with the cam systems on the compound bow. Many of my clients are hunters and archery enthusiasts, and I work with them on the best design to fit their situation. I also work with a number of manufacturing companies to design their bows. I provide guidance with things like draw length and weight, installing cables, and wheel timing. I show them how the hybrid cam system provides a higher level of speed. The hybrid system has a two-track cam on the top limb, and a three track cam on the bottom. The computer technology that I use makes the cams easily adjustable across a wide range of draw lengths.
I work with any cam system, including binary and single. My clients tell me what they want the end result to be, and I deal with the specs. I work with kinetic energy, axles, IBO speed, and anything else it takes to get the most powerful bows on the market. Not only powerful, but lightweight, accurate, and fast!
Some of my clients who see me for the first time wonder, what does this petite woman know about compound and crossbows? I always get a good chuckle from that. But, by the time I finish putting my skills to work, they have some of the biggest, baddest bows on the market, and they are most appreciative! Self-employment has its challenges, but overall I can truly say it has been a rewarding experience.