As a child, I never knew how lucky I was to be running around in custom cowboy boots. Yes, you heard me right, a growing four year old in the most elaborate and darling boots in the entire world. I distinctly remember hearing compliments that particularly southern mothers love giving, “Now aren’t you just cute as a button!” True to form, I used to respond promptly and curtly with “Oh, it’s my hair.” Trust me when I say, my hair was/is nothing to write home about! Today, I firmly believe my childhood charm was rooted in those special works of art.
This could be due to the fact that my grandfather, was in fact, Paul Bond, the founder of the legendary Paul Bond Custom Boots in Nogales, Arizona.
Let’s skip forward a few years. Today, after just finishing my MBA at Southern Methodist University, I am now the General Manager at PBB. I never imagined this would be my dream job, as I always thought I was cut from the cloth of corporate America. However, after just one summer in the corporate world, I knew it just wasn’t my cup of tea. My passion is family, friends, and hard, meaningful work. Although it had always been in the back of mind, it wasn’t until one year ago that I decided to take the plunge into the family business.
As I split my time between Dallas, Texas and PBB’s headquarters in Nogales, Arizona, I find that this is the kind of job that just doesn’t get boring. It’s a constant battle to learn as much as possible about being a manufacturer as well as a retailer, as much as possible about our customers and future customers, and as much as possible about all things… yeah, just all things.
While the highly skilled team at the custom boot barn and myself continue on this journey, we hope that you will ride with us. It should be an adventurous, yet exciting trip. We wouldn’t be where we are today without you, and for that, we thank you. We hope to continue pleasing you with your own personal works of art, that are even more fabulous for you than they were for that four year old child who didn’t quite realize their meaning. Today, that same girl, cherishes those little custom made boots as I’m sure you cherish yours.
In the meantime – stay booted, and continue to "Wear the Legend."
All my best,
I had 13 pair of Paul Bond boots. That may say it all! I wore a pair every day while I was working. Now retired I donated 9 to charity. They all sold. I kept the ostrich especially the TTU Black&Red. You can not get a better boot – do it!!
Great work Alex. Your family connection with what you are doing now is so special-definitely better that the run-of-the-mill corp. American scenario. ! I like the personal way you have introduced the site. You sure get folk interested. Keep it up!
Alex- I really enjoyed your brief on growing up in Paul Bond boots and I can attest you were definitely an attribute to them then and really proud of you now for continuing the legend. I have always been extremely honored to have been a part of the Bloodworth brand and to have known all of your family. Keep on with the legend and always know you are smiled upon from above by a proud grandpa! If I can ever help you in your endeavor, please ask.
Sincerely and my best wishes for your success.
Dennis R. Harris
Congratulations Alex on your new role with the Paul Bond Boot Company! I have three pair of PB boots. My first pair Paul measured and fit me to “start the legend” for me. My first two pairs of custom boots were signed by Paul. Last March, with Art’s help, I had a third pair crafted…black & red beauties. At 68 I still proudly wear my PB boots throughout Wisconsin and beyond.
Best to you in caring-on your grandfather Paul’s special tradition…