Women in Business: Kerri Byler

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Back in the day when I was younger and starting a family of my own, it was always a struggle to shop for a baby gift in town. I was searching for that unique baby gift or that something special no one else had. This is what started the beginning of a great journey. I am the proud wife of Bill Byler and mother of three wonderful children, Brenna Byler Smidt, Lynette Byler Parrott and William Troy Byler III. I have two sons-in-laws, Caleb Smidt and Rowdy Parrott and two grandbabies, Cru Tatum Smidt and Pacen Jude Parrott.

After graduating from Bellville High School and attending Blinn College, I went to work at Gulf States Toyota for five years. Then as we started having our children i decided to be a stay home Mom at that time is when I began to work at Buck Fergeson Originals alongside my parents, Buck and Jo Ann Fergeson 25 years ago.

Buck Fergeson started the store with his artwork. He was very active in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and was also the artist that would go on to provide the bronze trophies for the champion calf ropers, steer wrestler, bull riders and barrel racers. As Buck’s health start to decline, I played a more active role in running the store and managing the shows.

Starting the baby room in Buck Fergeson was an exciting time. Little did I know as my kids got older, we would continue to grow and move into ladies clothing which then started Cowgirl Corner. We gave these names as it was inside Buck Fergeson Originals. Today we have continue to grow the ladies clothing line and we have now added home décor, furniture and accessories. To add a whole new twist to things we will soon be offering our own design center to help our customers bring a little of our style to their home. We are finishing up with restoration of our 1855 building that has been the home to Buck Fergeson Originals for the past 28 years. We hope you will come out and see the historical building as it looked 162 years ago.

We are moving into another generation as my daughter Lynette Parrott joins Buck Fergeson to further our style and décor. She has already taken the online store to a whole new level.

Over the years I have been very active in the community. Austin County Youth Rodeo Secretary for five years, Austin Count Board of Director for 23 years, Faith Academy Booster Club, Faith Academy Sports, Chamber of Commerce of Bellville Board of Directors 3 year, Chamber Parking Committee, Friends of Bellville and Bellville Golf Course Committee and the Bellville Methodist Church.

This has been a passion of mine for so many years. I am blessed that all of my dreams are coming true. I would like to thank my family for putting up with me and most of all, my wonderful husband for his support. Without him none of this would be possible.

Above all I would like to leave on a good note. Believe in your dreams, pray daily and trust that whatever you feel it can happen. Keep God first and always be passionate for the love of Christ. All things happen in time.

We offer baby registries and bridal registries.

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