Brenda Rangel

Places to go, people to see, and things to do

During my time at the Outdoor Retailer Show, I had the pleasure to meet the owner and three representatives of RuckJack. Their booth was stationed right across ours, so after a couple of conversations, I got the opportunity to know a bit about each one of them. 


The first is married and father to a North Carolina student. Soon he will be hitting the road to meet up with his wife in Montana. The second is an engineer with two USC degrees who fairly recently left his LADWP job because he wasn't happy working in a cubicle. The third is a Florida resident that enjoys yoga, paddle boarding, and on special occasions, hiking 9 miles in flip flops. Lastly, the fourth gentleman is the owner and co-creator of RuckJack, whom after quitting his iTunes job, unexpectedly packed up a few of his things and traveled the country with his friend. Interestingly enough, it was during his time in the road that he and friend came up with the idea of RuckJack. 


I chose to mention these four men because I couldn't help but think of them as I began to write today's loop, which involves the topic of road trips. These four men are currently on their way to Las Vegas for yet another trade show. On their way there, they'll be stopping at the Grand Canyon and a few other places I, unfortunately, can't remember. They're a great example on how road trips can sometimes be planned or unplanned, tailored for pleasure or for business (or both), and how even though they can be controlled, they can still lead you towards an unforeseen direction. 


Today's loop doesn't end here, for though I would like to continue, I've realized that it might be a bit too long if I did. I still have a bit more to say about road trips, so please tune in next Tuesday for the conclusion of this two-part loop. Oh and if you're wondering what the image below depicts, it's a picture of an inflatable alien I gave these four men as a memento of the time they spend across SlideBelts...looks like he got squeezed out and had no other choice but to ride out the vehicle. 



  • Brig Founder & CEO
  • Michelle Chief Creative Officer
  • Navi Senior Administrative Officer
  • Rick Chief Operations Officer
  • Matt Wholesale Brand Ambassador
  • Mark Remote Guest
    Service Technician
  • Rylee Remote Guest
    Service Technician
  • Hauson Product Manager
  • Jeff Wholesale Brand Manager
  • Cassidy Senior Copywriter
  • Andrew Graphic Designer
  • Kevin Supply Chain Specialist
  • Emmeline eCommerce Product
    Data Coordinator
  • Connor Product and Guest
    Service Specialist
  • Trevor I.T. Administrator
  • Courtney Human Resources Manager