Couple shares Exceptional New Alumni Award
The story of Randy '98 and Micah '98 Jackson's success is filled with pages of hard work, chapters of frugal living, and many, many words of faith and determination. Chapter one begins with a swing and a Tuff Shed. The current chapter of the Jackson's tale continues with the production of 300 pieces of log furniture manufactured every week in a 32,000-square-foot building on 13 acres of land west of Alamosa.
"When we first started the business, we'd pull all nighters," said Randy, who owns Rustic Log Furniture with his wife, Micah. "For the first six or seven years, we lived on our college budget. It was all we could do to keep growing and keep up with the demand."
Randy and Micah began their business of building swings in a 12-foot by 12-foot Tuff Shed while working on business degrees at Adams State.
"We built 80 swings the first year," said Randy, who constructed the first swings as a project for his mother and mother-in-law. "We had them lined up in our yard waiting to sell them. We lived in a trailer court, so it was hilarious."
Several professors at Adams State helped the Jacksons through advice and encouragement. "They were talking about all this business theory, and I'm living it," Randy said. "I had a vested interest in paying attention - it was reality for me."
Micah, who manages the financial part of Rustic Log Furniture, said the years they took classes together were hectic.
"We burned the candle at both ends," she said. "It was a lot of hard work, frugality, and being extremely blessed."
Although their business has evolved to the point where they were able to hire employees, the Jacksons still remain very active, both in their business and in the community, and in their adopted children's lives. Randy is the stake clerk in the Alamosa Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and Micah is the president of the children's primary organization in the Alamosa Second Ward. The couple, who recently discovered they will have a child of their own, spend many hours with their adopted children, Angelyn, 4, and Benjamin, 3.
"I'm really happy we were nominated together," Randy said about the couple's Exceptional New Alumni Award. "We do everything together."