The Strength of Our Partnership
It’s safe to say we knew what we were getting into when we started. We have worked together in some capacity off and on for nearly 30 years now and have a pretty good idea of our own strengths and weaknesses — as well as each other’s. We spent hundreds of hours in the same wrestling room in high school, and hundreds of hours running up and down mountains setting chokers and running chainsaws together on logging jobs where conditions ranged from 20 below to 100+ degrees on hot days. We kept in touch while each of us managed separate companies, helping each other through the growing pains, tough economic times, and the day-to-day struggles that all businesses face.
It wasn’t until 2008, though, that we started hunting together. During that time, we’ve witnessed each other’s reaction during a grizzly bear charge, spent sleepless nights huddled around fires in the wilderness, rolled out of bed at 2 a.m. when we thought that was the best choice to increase our hunting odds, and packed ridiculously heavy packs into remote water holes. During that time, neither of us have ever slept in, thrown in the towel, or in general “tapped out.” We trust each other more now than we ever have.
In the XENEK partnership, our core values are not only clear to the both of us, they’re time-tested. Ethics are more important than gain, work should be shouldered, not shirked, and constructive communication is always the most important thing. Whether through time in the field, product development, or in business, we’ve proven our commitment to that ultimate goal: doing what it takes to make the time in the field the best it can be — whether that’s by being the best hunting and business partner each of us could ask for, or by making quality gear that reflects the hard work we’ve put into developing it.