I met Mary at a recent fundraising banquet for the Mule Deer Foundation. The MDF is a great organization that does a lot of amazing work, especially in the western states. Theor conservation projects don’t just help mule deer – they usually help all of the critters in that area – from bugs to birds! Mary was kind enough to support the event not only by being there, but with a generous donation of a set of her amazing Ladies’ Camo
I learned that Mary is an amazing young lady – not only because of her hunting, but she is an active entrepreneur as well, owning several small businesses. I thought my readers would enjoy learning more about her! I do appreciate Mary taking the time out of her schedule to answer some questions! ~DesertRat
1. You have several companies on the go! How on earth did you get so many? Could you tell us about them?
Hagen Hunting is my pride and joy, and my passion. But I am what you would call a serial entrepreneur – - I just can’t seem to stop developing businesses! I got into business consulting about 5 years ago with a handful of clients, all with basic business development needs (mostly technology related). I had the right relationships in place to take the jobs, so I pulled together a team of developers, designers, and various consultants and we started helping startups get off the ground. Now, to answer your question; I have so many businesses under my belt because that’s what I do day in and day out. I build businesses – - some for myself, some for others on the clock. It’s a blast! These are my companies, (though I currently work full time on Hagen Hunting and a few select clients): MaryHagen.com
2. Which company is the most exciting for you?
Hagen Hunting, without a doubt. This business is so much fun, and it gets such a positive response! This is the first company that I’ve developed where investors come to me wanting in. I don’t have a background in fashion, manufacturing, or design. But I am a bow hunter, and a business woman. This company is so fulfilling for me – I am really solving a problem in the marketplace and making the magnificent outdoors more accessible to women with my gear. I absolutely love it.
3. Talk to me a bit about Hagen Hunting; how did you decide to jump into the camo business?
As a bow hunter myself, I have designed gear that solves all the problems that I was having in the field (wearing men’s gear more often than the limited women’s lines that were available). I started hunting about 4 years ago. When I went shopping for something to wear for my new hobby, I realized that my options were terribly limited. So frankly, I was just unhappy with the current options and I knew I could do it better.
4. What has been the biggest surprise or challenge about your venture into camo?
I quickly discovered that a good pattern was going to be crucial for the business to be a success. I needed to bring out something effective, flattering, and NEW. We considered designing our own pattern, licensing one of the big names (Kryptek, Sitka, Kuiu), but ultimately I wanted to do something totally unique, and just for women! We went forward with a pattern called Desolve Camouflage, and it is phenomenal. But tracking that down was a bear.
5. What’s next for your ladies camo business? Where do you go from here?
I’m just looking to grow the business at this point. We have an incredible media plan lined up for 2016 that will get my brand a lot of exposure in the US, and to support the huge influx of sales that we fully expect… (snicker, snicker) … I will be growing the internal executive team and support staff.
6. You’re a hunter; what’s your favorite thing to hunt?
Bull elk. No question.
7. So what’s your dream hunt? The one on top of your bucket list?
New Zealand, bull elk and red stag archery hunt.
I really, really would like to thank Mary for taking the time out for my readers. We wish her all the best and it will be exciting watching her companies grow!
You can learn more about this great line of camo – made specifically for ladies – here: About Hagen Hunting