Rick Velasquez is the owner & patent holder for the Bolster Buddy. Rick was compelled to follow his vision to provide an affordable option for people to improve their boating experience and get more comfort and height while driving. Bolster-Buddy

Rick approached United Commercial with a rudimentary prototype and asked for assistance with the design work and manufacturing of Bolster Buddy.

In less than a year Bolster Buddy has taken off, sold in over 36 states, Brazil, Australia and Canada. Overtons recently agreed to pickup Bolster Buddy and WaterSki Magazine, a leading authority on anything boating, did a fantasticproduct review.

“I was in search of a manufacture, hopefully local in Minnesota, to develop my recently patented idea.”

Greg Olson of PowerBlock introduced me to Chris at United Commercial Upholstery. The company was not only based out of Minnesota but also, more importantly, great to work with. Not all companies are willing to work with a startup, but Chris was amazing after seeing my prototype and hearing my vision, Chris came up with an terrific design and matched it with high quality material, just as I hoped.Rick

The design was just the start of our relationship.  United Commercial has been wonderful to work with as I’ve placed orders throughout the year, some of which were not as close to making the minimum quantity, but Chris was more than willing to work with me, allow the order, and get me the inventory I needed. I couldn’t have asked for a better fit for Bolster Buddy. United Commercial is visionary, with a great eye for design, and extremely customer focused.”

Rick Velasquez
Owner Bolster Buddy


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