Jon Absey, is the founder and owner of 4 separate companies:
Sego Promos, which is a promotional item and apparel company. Rocky Mountain Production, which is a mascot, cosplay and theater character manufacturing company. Pretty Shell, which is a rental company where you can rent from others or rent to others. You can use this platform as a side gig for extra money. Pretty Shell about to go national and will give 30% of all profits to charity. Lastly, Recovery Therapy, which sells therapy equipment of all types. Anything from cold tubs to massage chairs to stim and ultra sound machines.
Along with his entrepreneurial journey, Jon served in the US Army for 6 years and was a Forward Observer (13 Foxtrot) He volunteered for Desert Storm and was attached to a unit out of Mississippi. He was a sharp shooter and received 3 awards for his service.
Jon was the original Utah Jazz Bear for the NBA team Utah Jazz for 25 years. He has performed at over 1500 NBA games, has donated 20,000-plus hours of assistance in the community for more than 300 community organizations, and raised more than 2 million dollars for charity in the process. Jon has taken home more than 80 community and national awards, including eight mascot leadership awards, keys to two cities, been honored by three individual governors with his very own “Day in Utah”, been named Mascot of the Year in the NBA five times and Best Mascot out of all sports nationwide twice and was given an award for the best video by a mascot out of all sports nationwide. He has been inducted into the YMCA Hall of Fame, the Utah Summer Games Hall of Fame, and the Mascot Hall of Fame in 2006.
Jon, retired in 2018 and has since continued his passion for charity work. He is still involved with over a dozen different charities and sits on 8 different charity boards.
“I was raised in East Grand Forks, Minnesota. I was raised on a farm and later went to college at Moorehead State University. I love Fargo and met my wife Shana at the Fargo Moorehead Acro Team where i coached for 4 years. “
Tell us about your companies and your mission.
“The businesses i have started are all about treating my employees as Co-Owners and my clients as friends. My mission is to be fair and honest in all my business dealings. I refuse to put business before people. Business to me isn’t about how much money I can make. It’s about people and relationships. My driving force is not money, but making a difference in someone’s life. ”
What are some wins you are celebrating?
“I performed at over 1500 NBA games, has donated 20,000-plus hours of assistance in the community for more than 300 community organizations, and raised more than two million dollars for charity. I have received more than 80 community and national awards, including eight mascot leadership awards, keys to two cities, been honored by three individual governors with my very own “Day in Utah”, been named Mascot of the Year in the NBA five times and Best Mascot out of all sports nationwide twice and, was given an award for the best video by a mascot out of all sports nationwide. I have been inducted into the YMCA Hall of Fame, the Utah Summer Games Hall of Fame, and the Mascot Hall of Fame in 2006 and just recently into the Sacred Heart High School Hall of Fame. I received 3 awards and letters of recommendation for my military service. I sit on 8 different charity boards. ”
What is the most important lesson you’ve learned throughout your entrepreneurial journey?
“I should have just started 1 business and not bit off such a large chunk. Another lesson is that you can only do so much before you burn out. So, stressing about things isn’t going to help you, so just relax and do what you can and be happy with that. ”
How can our community support you in your next stage of growth?
“All I ask is to support your local charities and not the large national charities out there. Your money is way better spent dollar for dollar with your local grassroots charities. ”
What are you grateful for today?
“Grateful for friends and family and everyone’s health. Grateful for all the little things that add up to big things. ”
Readers can learn more about Jon and his companies by visiting his LinkedIn!