Hello Luke…Welcome to ACK San Marcos!

Luke Patranella, mapping it all out on the Grand Canyon

We’d like to take a quick moment to introduce Luke Patranella, ACK San Marcos Store Manager. Luke was born and raised in San Antonio, TX and attended school at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches where he majored in business. Soon after graduating he moved to the mountains of Colorado where eventually he ended up with two great seasonal jobs. In the winter he worked at the Loveland Ski area in a sport shop and as a whitewater rafting guide during the summer months. He spent a total of five seasons as a commercial rafting guide along with kayaking on his free time in Colorado, Utah, Arizona and West Virginia so he is no stranger to whitewater.  Luke told us that the highlight of is career was paddling all 300 miles of the Grand Canyon, twice — first in 2009 and again in 2010. According to Luke, he is very happy to be back in Texas and working for Austin Canoe and Kayak — we are too.

If you get a chance, stop by the store to help us welcome him aboard or comment below. If you have any rafting or whitewater kayaking questions, he’s the man to ask!

Chris @ACK

Employee Spotlight: Jerron Wosel – Assistant Store Manager (Houston)

In our last two issues, we featured employees that worked in our warehouse so we thought we should turn to our Houston Store to introduce (or reintroduce for some) Jerron Wosel, the ACK Houston Store Assistant Manager and kayak angler. If you’ve been to the store, there is no doubt you have run into him. As in previous employee spotlights, we asked Jerron to tell us a little bit about himself.

Jerron, catching a nice red on the coastal flats of Texas

Hello, my name is Jerron Wosel and I am the Assistant Store Manager for the Houston ACK location. I started working for ACK back in February of 2010 and have loved every minute of being part of this great company. It always makes work easier when you are doing something that you have a passion for.

I graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Management. While in college I spent most of my time outdoors where I fished, bow hunted and camped. After graduation I moved back home and a friend introduced me to kayak fishing and it all went down hill from there. In the beginning it was all marsh fishing for reds, trout and flounder but eventually I found out about offshore kayaking fishing and that is when my true passion was discovered. To me there is nothing like being out on the open ocean hooked up with a large shark or pulling up to a rig that is 2 miles off the beach fishing for kingfish and ling fish. It brings a sense of peace to me and makes for great relaxation. Within the last 2 years I have even gotten my wife into paddling and we both enjoy getting out on the water any chance we can.

If you are ever in the Houston area, drop by the Houston ACK location and chat. It’s always a pleasure for me to meet fellow kayak anglers and swap fishing stories. Who knows, we may see each other on the water sometime soon!

ACK – Houston

Editor’s Note: Give Jerron a shout out, I am sure he’d love to hear from you!