New Kids on the Clock is a new series featuring our youngest small business owners– those who started in their parent’s basement or were on a mission to prove that you can do amazing things no matter what your age. Watch out world, we’ve got some entrepreneurs that are ready to impress.
Dave Redick owes his career to a book. Years ago, after reading “You’re Hired,” by the original apprentice to Donald Trump, Bill Rancic, he decided to go into business for himself, just as Bill did in New Buffalo, MI while working his way through college. Elite Yacht Service, a boat detailing and maintenance service, began when Dave started going person to person in marinas throughout Indiana and Chicago. Says Dave, “I was a young man and so many people gave me an opportunity because of my age. I’ve been privileged to grow and mature many of my relationships with customers that I looked up to for advice as a mentor.” Young is right- Dave was just nineteen when he started dabbling in the yacht business and twenty when he quit his job and went full time with Elite. In the past four years since then, business has grown steadily and Dave has been able to bring on several employees. “There was a huge niche market just waiting for me,” Dave says, “and even though it’s such a seasonal business for most service based companies, I’ve been able to turn it into a profitable year round business.”
What Dave loves about his business is that he never knows who the next customer is. “My favorite part of each day is that I get to work for many of Chicago’s top business owners and executives, which has really inspired me to work hard and stay focused on growing the business through leveraging a team of a great people,” he says. “I couldn’t do it without such a great team.”
Lots of people have told him that he wouldn’t be able to build his business or written him off as an average boat boy, but Dave’s success has repeatedly proved them wrong. Invoice2go has helped him in that regard as he presents a very professional front. “I don’t like when people aren’t using the app and hand me paper invoices instead of emailing it to me like I do for my customers,” he says.
Dave loves his job, particularly because he gets to spend so much time in marinas, which he says are very peaceful in the evenings. “I love the freedom of running my own business, and I’m very grateful for all the opportunities I’ve received from it,” Dave says. His ambitious goals for the future are clear cut and he’s prepared to work hard to get there. He hopes to make a seven-figure turnaround, get into investing, and sell his business to work on new endeavors. With a young and aspiring business owner like Dave at the head, it seems like it will be smooth sailing for Elite Yacht Detail.