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Kevin Pottmeyer, co-founder of Ghost Blind Industries poses with a hunting blind outside the company warehouse in Marietta, Ohio on October 10, 2010.

Photographer: Darcy Holdorf


Pottmeyer and business partner Chet Burdette designed and marketed a unique hunting blind that uses mirrors to better camouflage the hunter, enabling them to get closer to wildlife.

Photographer: Darcy Holdorf


The local entrepreneurs have received support from TechGROWTH Ohio and Ohio University's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, who helped the small company through grants and business advising.

Photographer: Darcy Holdorf

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Invisible hunting blind hits the mark with TechGROWTH Ohio support

"From the kitchen table to the Board of Directors table."

That's how TechGROWTH Ohio Director John Glazer characterizes the development of GhostBlind Industries.

Founded by hunting enthusiasts Chet Burdette and Kevin Pottmeyer, the Ohio-based company's signature hunting blinds utilize lightweight, reflective panels to create a fool-proof camouflage in any landscape.

And according to Glazer, the concept is completely unique to the industry.

"There is nothing on the market that embodied this. The notion of reflective camouflage technology had escaped the prior art," he said.

Based on its potential to attract a large market, create jobs and contribute to the regional economy, GhostBlind Industries was a prime candidate for TechGROWTH Ohio support. The program, which operates under Ohio University's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, and in partnership with the Innovation Center and the Edison Biotechnology Center, connects early-stage companies in southeast Ohio with the tools and capital to succeed.

The partnership was not an instant sell, said Burdette and Pottmeyer. But after teaming in 2009, TechGROWTH's financial support and advisory services proved invaluable.  

According to Burdette, TechGROWTH Ohio has been instrumental in accelerating GhostBlind's growth over the past two years. In the past nine months alone, the company has taken on nearly 200 dealers in the U.S. and abroad – some as far as Australia and New Zealand, noted Pottmeyer.

According to Glazer, such quick and effective development would not have been possible without TechGROWTH assistance.

"TechGROWTH was instrumental in developing and accelerating the company's business plan and prepared the company to be both investment-ready and investment worthy," he said.

Glazer is also quick to recognize Burdette and Pottmeyer, noting that the high caliber of their management team was, in part, what attracted TechGROWTH to GhostBlind in the first place.

"They have turned an innovative idea into a high-growth business," said Glazer. "They embody the spirit of entrepreneurism in the southeast Ohio region."


This special Compass series features the programs and initiatives through which Ohio University students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends are realizing their promise as they elevate lives across the region. These people-focused success stories take you behind the scenes and highlight the many meaningful ways OHIO serves society by supporting educational, economic, creative and wellness endeavors, as well as other humanitarian efforts.

TechGROWTH Ohio was a direct outcome of business development efforts at Ohio University made possible through the Appalachian New Economy Partnership.

Photojournalism fellow documents success stories for Voinovich School

Hailing from a small farm in Northern California, Darcy Holdorf* says she pursued photojournalism because “it was the perfect excuse for me to learn about everything.” Today, as a graduate student in the School of Visual Communication, she is well on her way.

Prior to arriving at Ohio University, Holdorf spent time working and studying in Venezuela, Mexico, Chile and most recently China, where she has been fine-tuning her Mandarin. Her experience is punctuated by coverage of the Sichuan Earthquake in China as well as Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar.

Today, as the GVS/VisCom photojournalism fellow, Holdorf’s work focuses on Appalachian Ohio. Over the course of the academic year, she will create three photo essays on the impact of Voinovich School projects on the region’s organizations, communities and individuals.

The GhostBlind essay shown here offers a sneak preview of Holdorf’s work to date on the impacts of TechGROWTH Ohio. Other projects focus on OHIO’s Master of Science in Environmental Studies (MSES) program and a Zero Waste initiative through the Sugar Bush Foundation.

Holdorf will also assist Ohio University’s Multimedia Visual Literacy Project by delivering visual literacy instruction to OHIO graduate students and faculty as well as educators in grades K through 12. The project marks the first collaboration between the School of Visual Communication and the Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education and Human Services.

According to Merry Foresta, former director of the Smithsonian Photography Initiative who is advising Holdorf on the project, the fellowship serves to enhance Holdorf’s academic experiences at Ohio University.

“In the world of photo journalists, experience in the field is an invaluable asset,” Foresta said. “Working fellowships provide a fantastic opportunity to practice the profession and at the same time make a creative contribution towards a practical situation.” 

-Monica Chapman


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