After completing his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering on campus at ASU, he accepted a job with Raytheon as a manufacturing engineer. Fast forward a couple of years into the workforce, and Tyler decided it was, quite literally, time to pursue entrepreneurship.
“I was really interested in watches, and decided to design my own because I couldn’t find something I wanted to wear that fit my price range and lifestyle,” he says. “After designing a watch for myself, I did custom watches in small batches and sold those off to people who were really interested. I then worked with suppliers to scale up from there.”
In May 2017, Tyler launched a Kickstarter for his business, Fellman Watch Co. The company strives to “create an affordable wrist watch that will survive generations of adventures.”
“I describe it as an all-purpose watch,” he says. “You can be camping one day and at the office the next. I assemble all of the watches in the United States using high-quality components. They are designed with a vintage feel.”
Currently, Tyler handles the entire assembly and selling process himself, and he hopes to keep as much control over the manufacturing as he can while pursuing the business at a larger scale.
In 2016, Tyler returned to ASU, enrolling in the online Master of Business Administration and Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering degree programs. He had taken a couple of online classes during his undergraduate career at the university, but fully realized the flexibility that being an online student could offer once he became a business owner.