|Posted by deb47779 on March 5, 2014 at 7:30 AM|
I was born and raised in Kosta Boda, Sweden. Kosta Boda is famous for its crystal factory. Sweden is famous for soccer. My nickname was "Kosta", and I played soccer and worked in the crystal factory with my family. I played for one of Sweden's best teams at the time & Kosta-Boda became my sponsor when I moved from a 5th division team to a top division team at age 17. I spent a lot of time in the Kosta-Boda Crystal factory & learned a great deal in all aspects of crystal making.
I came to the United States in 1979 to play professional soccer for the San Diego Soccers . While working thru challenges with a Visa, I ended up at the University of Tampa playing soccer and winning the national championship in 1981. This is also where I met my wife of 31 years. I was drafted to the Witchita Wings going as #2 in first round, and ended up playing with the Tampa Bay Rowdies. After soccer, my business choice was simple. I used my knowledge of crystal to design, create, and import crystal to the USA. Back then I hand cut lead crystal in my garage and sold it to gift shops and country clubs. The crystal business fit nicely with my soccer background since I was used to traveling the world to play soccer and now I could travel to find the finest crystal products at the best prices. I have connections with crystal factories in Sweden, Poland, and Romania. My current studio is in China. I have taken the knowledge I have from my family that has worked in the crystal factory for generations and I have trained my own people in China to produce crystal products following my high standard of quality and perfection.