DIBOLL, TX (KTRE) - Hudson native Jerry Meece was once a cowboy. And a Marine. Now he's a saddle maker. Come February, you could see im during Super Bowl 48 as the star of his own commercial.
"Like if it makes me nervous or anything like that?" Meece asked. "No, Like I say, I was in it to get the TV Commercial."
Meece is competing in the Intuit Small Business/Big Game commercial contest, where fans vote on their favorite business story.
"I got enough votes to move to the second round, and hopefully I get enough to move to the third round which would be the top 20," Meece said.
After leaving the Marines, he started Meece Saddlery.
"It starts as a dream and you just keep building from it, and I really don't know how to just keep it a dream," Meece said.
It started out small.
"About 4-foot by 8-foot corner in the garage," he said. "That was the start of Meece Saddlery."
But business began to grow at Canton Trade Days. And he now has a shop and showroom in Diboll.
Meece said his work ethic he got from the Marines is what got him to where he is now with his own business and he doesn't plan on slowing down anytime soon.
"With the Marine Corp and the Honor, Courage and commitment, that whole thing, once you start something stay with it and don't accept defeat and don't give up," Meece said.
That's Meece's motivation to keep his eyes on the prize and win that Super Bowl commercial contest.
To vote for Meece's entry, click here.