A Harvard graduate, Allen Baler co-founded 4Patriots in 2008. As a survival-based company, 4Patriots operates out of Tennessee and sells food storage kits, power supplies and water filtration devices. The company’s goal is to help Americans become self-reliant and fully prepared for disasters.
4Patriots has become one of the top survival e-commerce businesses in America due to the successful leadership that Allen Baler has provided to the team. As a small company, 4Patriots has been able to break revenue goals year after year by providing effective products and outstanding customer service .
In addition to running a successful company, Allen Baler and 4Patriots give back to the community. Regular donations to the Fisher House Foundation, A Soldier’s Child Foundation, and Operation Homefront are made as a way to say thanks to the men and women that have given their lives to protect American freedom and ideals. The company also makes ongoing survival food donations to food banks in areas where natural disaster occur.
For 2017, 4Patriots seeks to build upon the success it has seen in recent years by hiring new team members, servicing loyal customers, and providing products that help Americans become more capable of surviving on their own.
Do you know what steez is? If so, how do you express your steez?
I admit, I had to look it up! If you get to know me, you’ll learn that my “style and ease” is one that is very much in touch with today’s rapidly changing culture. I’m quick to adapt to new trends and cultural ideas where they apply to our business. I always stay curious and see if there’s a way to help citizens who are uncertain about the future.
When you were younger what was your dream occupation?
I don’t think I ever dreamed of being a partner in a disaster preparedness business. But I knew I always wanted to help others. I looked up to soldiers and the military and spent considerable time outside “playing Army” with friends in the woods.
Who/What inspired you to get into your current field?
After being in the corporate world as an executive, I realized I could use my business skill set to help grow a company that would provide value to customers and in some cases, save their lives. I had a mind shift and wanted to create something that people were passionate about – protecting their families.
What is one current trend that excites you?
I love that people are becoming more involved and concerned for our country’s future. You’re seeing more and more young voters voicing their opinions, blogging, and becoming champions of America. I think it’s great!
What would you consider your biggest accomplishment?
My biggest accomplishment would have to be raising my daughters. All business aside, my family is my most precious possession and most significant achievement.
What do you think of social media? Has it made an impact on your professional career?
Where do I start? Social media is one of the most effective tools in being heard. Not only can we gain interest in hiring locally, it’s become a great channel in which to engage with our customers in real time in a space where it’s comfortable for them. We also use social media outlets to spread the word about our new products and receive honest feedback from real people.
If you were ever to start again, would you do anything differently?
I’m not a man who carries any doubts about what I would do differently – for anything. When you start thinking about what you would change regarding your previous decisions, you’ll start to doubt the future.
What do you see for the future?
I see 4Patriots continuing to be a successful, growing company in the Nashville area. We’re not slowing down for 2017 – we’re actively researching new products and information to offer our customers.
What’s one piece of advice you can tell our readers?
Don’t be too concerned about your “steez” or how the rest of the world forms an opinion about you. The world is judgmental at times, but it’s nothing you can control or you should seek to control.
My advice to others would be to value the product that comes out of hard work. To quote Theodore Roosevelt, “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.”