The wild ride that was 2023 may be in the rearview mirror, but the new year won't officially start until the people responsible for its success are put in a well-deserved spotlight. Heartfelt gratitude is sent to the following for contributing to PRO-FOUND's best year ever.
1. Patten ATV Club
Trail Master Den puts his heart and soul into everything he does. It's no wonder the ATV trails in Patten, Maine are consistently recognized in the top trails lists in the state. PRO-FOUND created their website five years ago with the goal of growing club memberships. This past year they surpassed 500. Both Trail Master Den and Patten ATV Club secretary Laura Mae Brackett have consistently championed PRO-FOUND's web design services, opening doors that I will be forever grateful for.
2. Northern Maine Timber Cruisers
The president of Maine's unified voice for safe
and responsible ATV riding has got to be
the busiest person I know. John Raymond is the president of ATV Maine as well as the president of Northern Maine Timber Cruisers. I met John at the Eastern Maine Sportsman's Show in Orono to talk about redesigning his club's website. It's a work in progress based on the fact he never stops working long enough to catch his breath. John introduced me to several other club presidents and invited me to speak at ATV Maine's annual banquet. This was the defining moment of 2023.
2023 Was the Year for ATV Club Websites
A lot of thought went into what to present at the banquet. The end result was an entire marketing plan designed to help ATV Clubs get more members. It's called ATV Web PRO.
3. Star City ATV Club
Dick Howlett, the president of Star City ATV Club in Presque Isle, was the first club to
step up as an ATV Web PRO client to redesign an existing website--before the banquet even ended. It's been so satisfying to learn they had their best year yet with memberships. Every year, Star City ATV Club hosts a three-day event which coincides with Maine's Free ATV Weekend. I am grateful for Dick's support.
4. Island Falls Free-Wheelers ATV Club
Paula Conrad, a board member for Island Falls Free-Wheelers ATV Club, reached out to me to secure a spot to redesign their existing website. It came together quickly, thanks in part to the availability of great photos.
5. Mid-Coast Waterproofing, Inc.
One of the reasons I like working with ATV and snowmobile clubs is to help their supporting business members. Brent Pratt supports multiple clubs; that is how he found me. The new website for his business, Mid-Coast Waterproofing, Inc. offers a showcase of his work throughout the state of Maine, and I'm pleased to know it has brought him new customers.
6. Grand Isle ATV Club
Club president Robert Schlicer and club secretary Della
Schlicer, along with the other club officers, are the lifeblood of Grand Isle ATV Club. Creating a website for their club was a group effort.
7. Terry Hill
If it's got anything to do with Shin Pond, Terry Hill is involved in it. She's the powerhouse behind Shin Pond Village and an officer for Shin Pond Trail Riders and Bowlin Matagamon Shin Pond Snowmobile Club. PRO-FOUND created websites for both clubs with a focus on donations to maintain and develop trails.
8. Airline ATV Riders
Before this Penobscot county-based club pulled the trigger on having a website created for them, there were lots of meetings. Between Board of Director Chair Loren Braley, his wife Pam, who wears many hats within the club, and secretary, Daryl Friedman, their vision Airline ATV Riders was realized.
9. Benedicta Snow Gang
It's always nice to get referrals.
10. Madawaska Valley ATVentures Club
Club president Real Deschaine is introducing supporting business memberships to his new website. It's a great way to make ATV riders aware of what you offer.
11. Right-way Trail Systems, LLC
This family owned and operated business manufactures a patented, eco-friendly system to prevent trail erosion. ATV clubs, snowmobile clubs and land owners are happy when their products are in use. They came to PRO-FOUND for a redesign of their website that features a robust project gallery of their work from Alaska to Maine!
12. Maine ATV • UTV Expo
Totally unexpected, but most appreciated! The Maine ATV • UTV Expo board voted unanimously to have PRO-FOUND create their inaugural website. At the top of their list was to have potential exhibitors be able to secure their choice of booth space online. This is a must-attend event for everyone in the industry and for anyone who rides the trails. See you at the Cross Center in Bangor May 17-19!
13. Town of Patten
Joining PRO-FOUND's other municipal
websites is the Town of Patten, Maine.
The challenge with this website is their office also handles the communities of Moro Plantation and the Town of Hersey, so a mega menu was used to organize everything and make information easy to find.
14. Libby's Lodge & Canty's
Travis Libby does not stop when it comes to earning a five-star reputation in Maine's hunting and lodging industry. This past year, Libby's Lodge & Canty's harvested 52 bears with a top weight of 567 lbs. They finished the moose season with a 100% take-down rate, 7 for 7. All that, and they were featured on Shoot Straight TV which continues to bring traffic to their website!
What's in store for 2024?
PRO-FOUND is excited to train the new website owners how to edit their own sites. I have a few exciting projects in the works, including a new book and a very special website redesign for a local non-profit organization. Contact me if you'd like to join the PRO-FOUND family!