Faces in business: Sven Folmer

April 24, 2013 

Title: Owner-President

Company: Hawk Racing Inc.

What was the best business advice you ever received?

Always put myself in the shoes of the client when pricing and choosing a product.

If you could choose another profession, what would it be?

Pilot, I was a professional fire fighter and am a commercial pilot. Preferably I would fly water tankers, fire tankers and smoke jumpers. Smoke jumpers are fire fighters that became skydivers and jump out of an airplane enabling them to help fight fires.

What's the biggest risk you have taken in your career?

My company manufactures high end carbon fiber and training wheels and sells top-of-the-line custom cycling and triathlon clothing and accessories. We used all the funds available, including my kids' school funds, to invest in this business. Luckily, we are in the midst in replenishing the school funds.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you start?

I have been to so many different countries and lived all over the world. The only time I'd like to travel is when I can fly my own airplane.

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