When he was fifteen years old, Bart Merrell began his entrepreneurial lifestyle. Kids his age in his home town of Animas, New Mexico, needed entertainment. Bart started a mobile disco company with a four year old basic Sanyo component set (complete with eight track player!). He grew that into a professional sound and lighting system business for youth dances – a viable business that helped put him through college.
[– which he then sold and moved forward to his next business adventure.] He continued to build his business and add to his system until it sported a light tree, PeaVey SP1 subwoofers, SP3 mid and tweeters tri-amped with five thousand watts of power. Don’t laugh! It was a rockin’ system in its day. And it was a rockin’ business – which he then sold and moved forward to his next business adventure.
His dad was a self-made millionaire – the “millionaire-next-door.” No one would have guessed that this pig farmer (yes, Bart was raised on a pig farm – was rich). Their farm was about as far from anywhere as you could get. According to his dad, “This is where the road ends and the West begins.” He wasn’t kidding. Our town was so small we our main health facility was called the Hospital Bar & Grill. Our town was so small they called our Motel 6 “Motel 6” because it only had six rooms. Our town was so small… Well, you get the idea.
In a small town like ours, everyone knows everything about everyone. The downside is that everyone is in everyone’s business. The upside is that everyone cares about everyone else. Everyone helps everyone out when anyone needs it – and they don’t have to be asked.
If your neighbors’ cows get out, you stop what you are doing and put them back in and fix their fence. You only tell them you did it if you think they need to keep checking the fence. Bart’s dad taught him – drummed into him – the importance of this principle, of caring for and helping others – and they don’t even have to be people! He is passionate about rescuing dogs. Saving man’s best friend from shelters so they are not put down. He promotes rescuing vs. breeding or buying. He has two Rottweilers (Diesel and Kati) and a German Shorthaired Pointer mix (Pebbles) he saved from shelters. These are the dogs most often are killed in the shelters.
At nineteen, he left the comfort of his small southern town (currently two hundred thirty seven people) for two years to serve in the cold northern island of Hokkaido Japan – (six million inhabitants). The people were amazing and warm and the winters amazingly cold! [After returning home, he decided he liked the cold or at least having all four seasons, so I moved to Northern Utah to attended Utah State University in Logan Utah, graduating in accounting with minors in Japanese and Spanish.
Today, he is the President and C.E.O. of Bart Merrell International Consulting, Inc. He is an International Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker, Trainer and Network Marketing Professional. Even after developing international business interests he has maintained strong beliefs in the importance and strength of family, friends and neighbors – locally and internationally. He believes that ordinary people can do extraordinary things just by doing ordinary things extraordinaryly well. He work with people helping people achieve there goals by take ordinary steps, consistently. Bart love to go fishing and goes often in the lakes where he lives in Utah. He loves spending time with his wife Hiroko and their rescue dogs.
That is why the idea of building and maintaining home based businesses, especially those with residual income, where friends help friends and neighbors help neighbors succeed financially and personally – and have fun doing it.