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

Hi, I’m Joseph…

I recently joined the ACK team this January and wanted to introduce myself along with some of the projects I have already started working on. First off, I’m a native Austinite and take pride in that fact. Although I don’t always have the time for it lately, I used to take advantage of the Texas weather year round — whether it be riding the trails at Walnut Creek, camping at Enchanted Rock, or night kayaking with friends on Lady Bird Lake. Heck, I didn’t even get my driver’s license until I was 19 just because I rode my bike everywhere! Anyway, that all changed when I moved to Iowa to go to school at Cornell College, but after a long and cold four years I’m back and trying to get into the swing of things again. I’m excited to be part of a company that helps people experience the Texas outdoors!

I’ve already gotten to work on some cool projects including the 2012 Kayak Anglers Tournament Series (which you should check out if you are interested in kayak fishing), our blog, the boat shows and most recently a project to add downloadable installation guides for some of our more technical products. The idea behind everything so far has been to find ways to provide a better customer experience. So I thought I’d end this post by asking to see if you have any suggestions on more ways we could improve your experience as a customer, different content you might like to see featured on our blog, events we might be able to get involved with and anything else you might want to share. Just comment below!