ACK Employee Spotlight: Joseph Dowdy

Yep, that's him.

This month, we focus on one of our newest employees, Joseph Dowdy. You may recognize his name from several articles that he has written and posted in our blog and within our newsletter over the last few months. He is also one of the driving forces behind the promotion of local events and our social media networks. We asked Joseph to tell us a little more about himself…

Hey! My name is Joseph Dowdy and I have been doing event promotion and social media marketing with ACK for a few months now. You may have seen me hanging around some of our local events and may have even read some of my blogs. I joined the team in January as an intern and I guess I did something right because as of this month I’ve been hired on as an official employee! Despite it being a relatively short time, I have really enjoyed being a part of the ACK family and am eager for my future with the company.

I absolutely love Austin! After spending four years enduring Iowa winters while earning my undergraduate degree from Cornell College, I made my way back to the homeland. I couldn’t have made a better decision! Since I’ve been back I’ve devoted my time to a few nonprofit organizations including Keep Austin Beautiful and Foundation Communities. Eventually, I came across the position at ACK (in a craigslist ad!) but I still try to stay involved with the Austin community as much as I can. For example this month I participated in KAB’s citywide cleanup as a group leader and led an Inner City Outings campout to McKinney Falls.

Working at ACK has been a great experience thus far and I’m sure it will continue to be into the future. I’ve been able to play an important role in the Kayak Angler Tournament Series, learn about so many new products and brands and participate in a great number of other events and online discussions via twitter, blogs and forums.

Thanks for reading!

Joseph @ACK

Employee Spotlight: Kyle Blair – Customer Service Representative

Kyle Blair

He is originally from small town west Texas but eventually made his way to beautiful Austin and we are sure glad he did. Blair has already proven to be a valuable team member providing the level of customer service you’ve come to expect from ACK.

Blair, always prepared!

Blair received his BS Degree in Environmental Science from Abilene Christian University and after graduating moved to Western Wyoming for a couple of years. He has worked in the outdoor educational industry and also did some wildlife research for a consulting firm. While living in Wyoming, fly-fishing became his hobby, spending the majority of his free time floating rivers and fishing streams. He has also guided for two different organizations, which took him all over the United States backpacking, paddling and sailing — he’s quite the outdoorsman!

We’d also like to use this opportunity to congratulate Blair as he recently got married and is currently off enjoying his honeymoon. Welcome aboard Kyle…err, Blair!