What is your story?
My journey began growing up on a seed stock and commercial cattle operation in Fullerton, NE. I was the fourth of six children. I helped my dad make it through many rough times on his operation at a very young age. In high school I was strong in academics, active in FFA, and played football, basketball, and track. I like to improve whatever I am a part of, build things that I can look back on, treat every person I see with respect, and strive to improve myself as a person every day. My entrepreneurial passions lie in beef cattle production and auctioneering. I plan to return to the family operation and work together with my dad and brothers to truly make our operation great. I also love auctioneering and have begun to build a career as a contract auctioneer and auctioneer for seed stock cattle and show pig production sales. I began my journey as an auctioneer my sophomore year of high school when I decided to conduct our FFA worker auction; I did very well and proceeded to attend auction school in Mason City, IA. I went on to win the 2011 International Junior Auctioneering Championship and other competitions in Nebraska. I love the auctioneer's chant and the combination of rhythm, command, business transaction, and culture it creates. The Engler Experience has been one of tremendous value enabling me to push myself, work to improve and grow a program, and build an amazing network of friends and partners.
What is your business?
CW Auction is my auctioneering business. My cattle production business is part of Rick Wetovick & Sons. Also someday soon Rick Wetovick & Sons will be an LLC with my Dad, brothers, and I all equal partners.
Who is your entrepreneurial inspiration OR biggest hero?
My late grandpa August Wetovick Jr.. He was the hardest-working man I've ever met. He served in post WWII Tokyo, Japan and upon return he started a custom harvesting business (corn harvest by hand). He then proceeded to buy two draft horses with his earnings. He continued to work for others until he could buy a piece of his own land. He then kept expanding and growing the assets of his operation. He would buy a quarter section of land and pay it off within two or three years, then proceed to buy another and another. He left a great operation for my uncles and dad to continue. He was also an amazing family man and man of faith.
What advice would you give to a student starting their entrepreneurial journey?
Dream Big. Stay Positive. Surround yourself with good people. Treat your mind as a tool chest that keeps track of everything you see, hear, learn, watch, witness, or think. Put good things in your tool chest so that you can have the resources and confidence you need to get through the tough times. Also, don't weigh the value of yourself as a person by what you do as an entrepreneur, but rather be firmly rooted in something more steady so that you are more capable to succeed as an entrepreneur when times are tough.