Let me began this story by telling you a little about myself. My name is Jessie Don Snyder, but around the hunting camp most everyone just calls me LOGGERHEAD. I am 68 years old and have been married to my best friend, Shirley, for 23 years. We both have had past marriages and because of that we both learned lessons in life that have made our love for our Heavenly Father and for each other stronger than we ever dreamed. Between the two of us we have three children and five grandchildren that we love dearly. We are members of Generations United Church, a church that believes in teaching straight from God’s Word and that No One Fights Alone. Our faith and love in Jesus has grown so much stronger since becoming a part of this church.
I served four years in the United States Air Force and four years in the Air Force Reserves. I am now retired from Civil Service at Eglin Air Force Base, which is close to my home town of Niceville, Florida. Yes, I said Niceville, the only one in the whole United States. This year, our city was voted the number one place to live in Florida.
We do enjoy the beautiful, white sandy beaches we have in this area, but my true passion is being in the woods hunting deer and wild turkey. When I am in the woods setting in my shooting house long about sunrise, waiting for that perfect buck to come walking out or turkey to fly down, I am always amazed to see the beauty of the fresh, morning sun shining through the trees. This is when I feel the closest to my Lord and Savior. I know that all of this beauty could only be created by the one and only true God in heaven.
It is, however, at this time of the morning the sun is glaring in my eyes making it hard to look out over the field as the wild game begins to come out of the woods. I found myself having to hold my hand up to block the sun out of my eyes leaving me in a very poor position to be ready to shoot. This is when I began to develop the idea of a visor that would slide over the bill of my cap to do the same job my hand was doing. At night I would work on my design using cardboard and camouflage duct tape. After many nights of redoing and improving my design, I finally had something that worked and I knew I was ready to take it to the next level. I just didn’t know what a journey we would travel to get to that level. It was just the beginning. It took a while to get a patent for my design. Then, since I knew nothing about marketing, I had to find someone who believed in my idea as strong as I did and was willing to help me take it to market.
It was right about this time I began to think I would never see my visor on the market. On a Friday afternoon in October 2015, my wife and I were having dinner at a restaurant outside our motel in Louisville, Ky. Having just spent the whole day at a trade show presenting my visor as a new item, I was feeling like I was at the end of my resources. I just happened to notice a van in the restaurant parking lot with RZ Mask on the side. I started talking to a man at the table next to us who just happen to be the owner of the van. I asked him if he had been at the trade show and he replied yes. It was from there our true journey began. My wife and I truly believe it was God putting us at the right place at the right time. We now know that this was God’s plan for us all along.
Steve Torbenson, CEO of RZ Mask, was that man and he and his sons saw a vision that afternoon of what could be done with my visor. We were able to talk with Steve several times about his ideals after we left Louisville. Even though we did believe this was God working in our lives we were still unsure of what we should do. That was when Shirley, my wife, began to pray for a sign to help us accept this was really God at work making a way for us and not just putting more money into something that was never going to be. We made plans to travel to Minnesota to meet with Steve and his sons. On the Sunday before we were to leave our son’s home in Kentucky and travel to Minnesota, we went to church with he and his family. It was toward the end of that church service that God spoke to us through the pastor, who happens to be a dear friend of ours but knew nothing of us going to Minnesota. God knew we would truly believe what this pastor spoke to us were words from Him. The pastor told us that we were going to be taking a journey and this journey was the answer we had been asking God for. In the journey we would become safe for a future of being debt free and able to help other people financially as well as being able to give back more for God’s Kingdom.
Since that time, Steve and his staff have worked diligently to get this visor to market. Together we decided on the name of Wiser Sun Visor and the staff, now known as the Wiser Guys, is ready to take it to the next level, the market.
The Wiser Sun Visor will not only work for all hunter’s but for all other activity where you find yourself looking into the sun, such as fishing, golfing, NASCAR races and all outdoor sports. Those of you that find yourself having to drive into the early morning or late afternoon sun would benefit greatly with the Wiser Sun Visor.
We will forever be grateful first to our Lord and Savior for taking us on this journey and to Steve and the Wiser Guys for being men of faith who were willing to take this journey along with us.
Blessings to all of you
Don and Shirley Snyder
The Man behind the Wiser Sun Visor