A Conversation with DeerView Windows President Tyler Ray

DeerView Windows is celebrating its 14th anniversary in business this year. In observance of this milestone, we sat down with company founder and president Tyler Ray to discuss the growth of the company and why he likes being in deer stand window business.

 

TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOU AS THE FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT OF DEERVIEW WINDOWS COMPANY.

I am a proud Texas native- born and raised. Growing up, I bounced back and forth between two adjoining counties – Tarrant and Johnson. We have made Cleburne, Texas, in Johnson County our home, and our business is located here as well. I am a husband to my best friend Lauren and father of four great children—Hunter, Bentleigh, Bensyn, and Harlyn. We live on a small farm and raise cows. Our lives are consumed with the outdoors–whether out in the woods or on a baseball/softball field with the kids.

HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED WITH DEER STAND WINDOWS?  WHAT LED YOU TO OPEN DEERVIEW WINDOWS COMPANY?

I grew up in the window world from an early age. I started working for my father’s residential window manufacturing plant which he started back in 1990. I worked in different departments there from the age of five to 20 in some form or fashion. The ultimate plan was always to step out on my own. I was able to bring my window knowledge into a field that I am passionate about.

HOW HAVE DEERVIEW’S PRODUCTS AND OFFERINGS CHANGED OVER THE YEARS?  WHAT DID YOU START WITH?  WHAT PRODUCTS HAVE YOU ADDED?

We started our first year with one window design–our Regular Hinge Window. We are now equipped with seven different styles of windows along with our door line. We also carry several additional accessories that go hand-in-hand with our industry.

HOW HAVE DEER STANDS CHANGED?  ARE THEY THE SAME TODAY AS THEY WERE IN 2009?

The market on deer stands/deer blinds has changed tremendously over the years, but the one constant has always been the need for windows and doors. There are multitude of blind manufacturers nationwide. That’s why we work hard to stay at the forefront of quality and innovation in a way that distinguishes our products from others.

WHY DO YOU THINK DEER HUNTING IS SO POPULAR?

Deer hunting is a lifestyle. A passion that runs generations deep through many, many families. It is a way to provide food for one’s family but also the opportunity to be one with nature without all the real-life outside distractions.

HOW DO THE WINDOWS YOU SELL MAKE FOR A BETTER EXPERIENCE FOR HUNTERS?

Hunting from a deer stand these days is about the experience–being comfortable in the elements without being detected. Our windows help in keeping out the elements–keeping you in a dry/warm climate which keeps you ultimately in the field longer. Our windows also help in scent control. Our products are used by all generations.

TALK ABOUT YOUR TEAM — THE PEOPLE YOU WORK WITH TO PRODUCE/SELL/SERVICE YOUR WINDOWS?

We have a great staff at DeerView Windows. Our General Manager has been with us for 12 years. Several of our warehouse team members have been with us for 10+ years. We pride ourselves on our craftsmanship and service and have done so for the last 14 years. We are typically comprised of 15-20 full time team members.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS?

Being in an industry you are passionate about makes what you do enjoyable. We also network with hunters everywhere. We meet people all over the world with a like-minded passion but with different unique experiences for their own region.

WHAT KIND OF FEEDBACK DO YOU GET FROM YOUR CUSTOMERS ABOUT YOUR WINDOWS?  ARE THEY PLEASED?

Praise for our window products has been high over the years. We appreciate how much we are referred to others and the repeat business we enjoy. We stand behind all of our products and our service. We have built a well-known, popular brand in the industry.

WHAT DO YOU SEE FOR THE FUTURE IN GROWTH AND NEW PRODUCTS?

We are currently adding on to our newly built facility in Cleburne, TX to help maintain and streamline our end products into the field. We are constantly testing and innovating new ideas. We have some great products and additions that are coming soon to the market.

 

 


If you’re serious about enhancing your hunting experience, look no further than DeerView Windows. We manufacture windows solely for use in deer stand/blind applications. Our goal is to be the best in the industry in providing visibility to your hunt. All of our windows and doors can be custom-made to fit your specific openings, or you can select from our standard sizes. We have the style of window best suited for your particular blind’s needs. Learn more at deerviewwindows.com

Check out Deerview Windows’ product pages to determine which style of window is best for your particular blind’s needs, and let us give you a free quote.

 

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