Pardon me!? Were those words from my mouth?Â OK. I admit it. I am a business owner, and the office may drive me eternally crazy, but I am driven by the promise of creating play for all, teaching folks the importance of good outdoor play and good food, creating a great company with great culture, and employing people who share this same vision and healthy lifestyle.
This drive has kept me in the office too long, has kept my mind in mania mode, has made me mad with lack of play.
Iâ€™m back to my roots and baptized again by the sweet savory powder of the great Rocky Mountains. The cleansing and awakening of my spirit and soul on my first Teton Pass powder run made my chest ache with pure joy. I am not exaggerating, just getting sappy over powder play!
You are alone with your breath, pounding heart, serene, white mountain landscapes, and your body dancing with the swooshing powder. It fills you somehow completely. Am I talking about one of my lovers?
Powder, the original roots of Kateâ€™s Tram Bar. Play, the original roots of Kateâ€™s Tram Bar.
Hey, what can I say? Our roots are healthy. Play is necessary, whether youâ€™re too busy trying to create a successful company, or whether youâ€™re simply just too busy doing whatever youâ€™re doing. Itâ€™s the health of our company.
Our roots are also our friends and community who helped make all of this happen through coaxing, support, and their love of the Tram Bar. Thanks to Wilson Backcountry Sports who helped me out in the early years when the bars would be wrapped in plastic wrap with a gear sticker to hold it together. They were my first account, my employer at the time, and are an all around great, friendly back country ski shop, and bike shop in the summer. This is where I first got involved with the founders of the Teton Freedom Riders, a group formedÂ in Jackson Hole who work hard to coordinate the growth of mountain biking in Teton County, Wyoming. They are also part of the roots of the Tram Bar culture. We continually sponsor their Dig Days with buckets of tasty Tram Bar â€œnugs.â€ Perhaps one day, we will be sponsoring a Downhill bike event together in the Tetons!
These are the parts of our company I love most, doing what we can, with what we have, to help in the creation of more fun play opportunities.
And what about transparency? The ability to see through things? Well, basically, with any relationship, being honest and truthful will foster a healthy and working relationship. We strive to have this type of relationship with everyone we come in contact with. Â This is transparency, nothing to hide from our fans and customers. If there is something you donâ€™t like about what we are doing, let us know, and we will respond with why we do it, or we will respond by trying to make it better. After all, no one is perfect, and we are far from perfect as well. We will, do, and have already made mistakes. Life is about learning, after all.
So, off we go, continuing to play, feed our roots, and foster our relationship with you all, our fans.
For Real, for Play!