A bad accident led to a good career change for Mark Leatherman, who has owned repair and custom shop Quick Draw Motorcycles since 2003.
He left Austin, Texas, in 2000 to attend what is now WyoTech, Three years later he had a riding accident that shattered a leg. The other motorist had good insurance, so his medical bills were paid. But or six months he could not work at his part-time job at a South Daytona bike shop.
"Once I started walking, I said, 'I gotta do something,' " he told the Daytona Beach News-Journal.
Later that year, he opened Quick Draw in Ormond Beach with some of the settlement money from the wreck. He's since moved to a new, 1,400-square-foot space, where he keeps his Texas roots on display with a state flag and portraits of western celebrities.
"I would have worked probably for several more years and then tried to open my shop" if not for the accident, he says. Turned out, starting his own business wasn't as hard as he expected.
Now he has two employees and a local following that keep the business going year-round, but Daytona Bike Week is an important part of annual revenue.
"If we're able to sit down for an hour during Bike Week," he says, "then it's not very busy."
Posted by Holly Wagner
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