From Ski School to Shop Owner: The Rise of a Young Entrepreneur in Jackson

(Jackson, Wyo.) - "It's an exciting time to be a young person in Teton County because there is so much opportunity to grow a business, to provide jobs, and to get yourself involved town regulations," said Bobby Thomson, the new franchise owner of the Quiznos Sub shop in the Smith's Plaza. The 31-year-old entrepreneur seized the opportunity to purchase the shop this fall when he heard the former owner announce that he was planning to sell at a Silicon Couloir Chance Meetings event. Thomson moved here eight years ago from Virginia Beach with a few friends. He had never even heard of Jackson Hole and had only skied a few times. "I had to Google what Jackson Hole was because I didn't even know what I just committed to," Thomson laughed. When he hit Jackson Hole Mountain Resort for the first time, he was on straight skis, had old goggles and no helmet. It didn't take long for him to realize that he needed an equipment upgrade. By his second winter out here, he began teaching ski school and was named Rookie of the Year. [image: Inline image 1] One year he moved back east, but couldn't stay away. "I found myself looking at the Jackson webcams every single day at my desk," he said. So he began looking for full time jobs in Jackson and was hired to work in the Sales and Marketing Group department at JHMR. After working there for a year and a half, he started looking for opportunities to own his own business. He utilized the local community by attending the Silicon Couloir events. And it was at one of those events where he was connected to the former owner of the local Quiznos. The deal closed on September 30, 2015 and he took over on October 1, 2015. While he is working on the business full time, he still teaches ski lessons at JHMR and tries to ski everyday. He also spends his free time hiking and riding horses in Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone. "Running your own business in Teton County has been really exciting," said Thomson. "To get in early in the game will pay off benefits later in life." [image: Inline image 2] *Feature Photo: Bobby Thomson. Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #news