Zachary Smith is the owner of U.S. Veteran Woodworks. Before he started creating custom wooden flags, he was a Paramedic and served in the Army. While he loves the small feel of his business, he hopes it continues to grow.
jbCM: Please introduce yourself to the readers.
Zachary: Hello everybody, my name is Zachary Smith. I am 27 years old and a former resident of San Diego, California. I grew up there most of my life before I enlisted in the service, where they dropped me off here in Fort Carson. I ended up liking it so much that I stayed.
jbCM: What do you do?
Zachary: I run U.S. Veteran Woodworks, and I can confidently say that I make the best flags in the world. Everything is 10-star quality, I have flags of all 50 states and of 14 different countries. I do work for all the different army bases around the world. There’s no flag that we can’t build.
jbCM: How are the flags built?
Zachary: All of the flags are made out of wood. As far as the finish goes, I put epoxy resin on everything. You can’t beat the look and it keeps the flag in good condition for centuries. Everything I do is custom. If you have an idea in your head, throw it at me and I’ll try to turn it into something amazing.
jbCM: How did you get into doing what you are doing?
Zachary: Well I started in Paramedic school and originally it was just to make some extra income, and I really had no idea what I was doing at the time. But I confronted all of my challenges face on just like they tell you in the Army. I had a lot of struggles at first, I definitely wasn’t making it like most business owners but, it got me to where I’m at now.
jbCM: How would you say the Army benefited you with that helps in your business now?
Zachary: Probably the most important thing; Customer Relations. Being able to understand people and their thought process is an important part of sales. With my background in the Army and working in an emergency room for so long, you’re talking to hundreds of people from different walks of life every night and it’s the same thing with the flags. It’s my job to make sure I understand them.
jbCM: What would you say to someone who is looking to start a business, but feels apprehensive?
Zachary: There should be no apprehension, if it’s something you want to do and it’s your calling then your hearts going to pull you in that direction either way. If it’s something you’re unsure about, I would just say to take the chance! If you want something bad enough, everyone has it in them to go out and get it.
jbCM: What are your future goals?
Zachary: I’d like for the business to get larger, and maybe I can hire people. However I like the small feel, I like being engaged with my business.