SPOKANE, Wash. - "I'm here to solve problems," said Daniel Dylina, owner and designer of Titan Tactical Innovations.
The soon to be 19-year-old runs the company out of what used to be his mother's craft room in their basement.
"I guess I've probably always known I'd do something like this, so it's kind of like normal to me," Daniel told KXLY. "But it is kind of cool to know that I'm the only one in my friend group who has a business."
The idea for his business started when he was just 14, playing with airsoft guns with his friends.
"The way that I was carrying my magazines, I did not like. So I talked to my mom and she taught me how to use the sewing machine and I made my first prototype pouch."
In his senior year of high school, Daniel designed an elastic tourniquet holder and emailed North Carolina based OP Tactical about his new product.
Then, one day, in class, "I got the notification that I got an email from OPT and I read it and I told both of my buddies to come over here, because the email read, 'This is a really good idea. We want some. How much?' So January of 2017 was my first sale."
Soon, Daniel's mom moved her craft room to give her young businessman some space.
"And I bought him a sewing machine and just let him fly with the sewing needle on the machine," explained Kenya Dylina.
The velcro on Daniel's elastic tourniquet holder makes it easy to attach to a plate carrier. So when somebody's injured, and seconds count, you don't have to fumble around with a flapped pouch or worry about a rubber bands breaking.
"So all you do is just pull the tourniquet out," said Daniel. "It's there. It's protected, because it's under the side panels of the plate carrier and it's out of the way."
And the elastic, according to Daniel, "Really hugs on the tourniquet and it doesn't move at all."
Daniel has already sold 500 tourniquet holders. But what he loves is helping people solve problems with their gear.
"'Here's the issue. It sucks. What can you do about it?' And I come up with a solution, through sewing and designing, and I fix it for them. And that, in turn, helps them do their job better overseas."
And this young problem solver has a lofty goal for Titan Tactical Innovations.
"My goal is to be the number manufacturer of tactical gear in the United States."
And his mother has little doubt he can do it.
"I believe he can make that. I think he's got, I think he's got the motivation for it."
But when the company is big enough, Kenya will be excited for her Daniel to move.
"I think I'm going to demand my craft room back," laughed Kenya.
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