Steve Young, formerly of the U.S. Marine Corps, experienced security contractor, and police officer, is an expert in military operations, counterterrorism, and emergency management. He’s also a world traveler and all-around good guy.
Back in 2011, on a long motorcycle trip, he found himself miles from civilization with a dead cellphone battery, and therefore unable to use his GPS or to call for help in the event of emergency.
Luckily, there wasn’t an emergency that time, but a security expert always plans ahead, so he bought himself a plug in adapter for the cigarette lighter. Unfortunately, such chargers don’t hold up too well in bad weather.
Fortunately, Steve’s a good improviser, and tried again with a USB cable. But it was an unreliable solution and the cable didn’t always charge as needed. After these setbacks, he came up with a much-needed invention for similar power sport enthusiasts, and RidePowerUSA was born.
The RidePowerUSA charger ensures that people can use their electronic devices on motorcycles, jet skis, ATVs, snowmobiles, personal watercraft, scooters, golf carts, and electric wheelchairs, and never be stranded.
They’re water resistant, simple to use, and reliable. (And Steve promises to replace yours if it stops working.)
I end up seeing Steve every so often when he passes through New York, most recently when he was here for the Tunnel to Tower Run this past fall: http://tunnel2towers.org/event/tunnel-to-towers-5k-run-walk-new-york-city/
It is now extremely cold in the northeast. Steve, wisely, is remaining in Florida for the time being. So, we have been catching up via phone and e-mail as an alternative. Here’s some of the latest…
The Q&A with Steve Young, Founder and Manager, SeaNick, LLC
Birthplace: Las Vegas, NV
Current town: Jacksonville Beach, FL
Occupation: Police officer, entrepreneur, inventor
What’s the funniest or saddest thing that’s happened to you this week?
The saddest event is finding out a brother, friend, U.S. Marine (retired) died this week.
The funniest thing this week, my future mother-in-law keeps turning the coffee maker off and the water is cold in the morning.
What’s your favorite movie?
I really enjoy many movies but I think my favorite is Hair. It’s about war and peace, the contrast between the two. Hair is the first real movie about this war during my life that I saw, and showed me the other side of the war, which I would not understand for years to come.
What’s the biggest risk you’ve taken in life?
If you could go back in time and do one thing over, what would that be?
Study the books and not track and field in school.
What’s something that most people don’t know about you?
I lived in foster homes as a child until I was 7-years-old.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever heard?
Never give up!
Who’s your favorite celebrity and why?
This is tough, between Bob Hope and John Wayne. Both were caring yet tough men, they were giving and helped others. Bob Hope was funny, John Wayne was a man’s man, tough.
What’s your strangest phobia or superstition?
I cannot stand a dirty sink when I go to bed.
What’s a book everyone should read?
The Art of War, by Sun Tzu. I have lived most of my adult life chasing an enemy, protecting people from the enemy, giving my blood to preserve the Constitution. You need to master your craft to be successful. Once I retired from the Marines, I learned that the skills taught by Sun Tzu are really lessons of everyday life.
What’s your personal checklist for leaving your house every day?
Gun, badge, keys to house, wallet with cash.
Do you have another invention in the works? Now that people have extended battery packs, is there a danger that your RidePowerUSA Charger will become obsolete?
No, RidePowerUSA cell phone chargers are for the riders and sports enthusiasts who need the independence and have a need to travel light on sport vehicles such as motorcycles, jet skis, scooters, ATVs, and snowmobiles. Space and weight are important. A RidePowerUSA cell phone charger can also be used in extreme emergencies as a tie down strap.
Last, but not least, is there anything you want to pitch, promote, or discuss?
Yes! If you love power sports, get yourself a RidePowerUSA charger, or get one for a friend: http://ridepowerusa.com/ We also offer a military discount.
At the present time there are no cell phone chargers on the market that compare to ours. All the others (if you read the fine print) are adaptors or kits. You are still required to use your charger from your automobile.
These chargers are not designed for outdoor use. You are plugging into a cigarette lighter or auxiliary connection. Put this in rainwater or salt water on a jet ski and you have shorted out your electrical system. RidePowerUSA does not do this.
We recommend you unplug RidePowerUSA cell phone chargers while you are not using them, but it is not required. They can attach to any motorcycle, jet ski, scooter, ATV, snowmobile, or golf cart.
We want to ensure your cell phone is charged if you need it.
Images Courtesy of Steve Young and RidePowerUSA