Trenton Banwart is a local native, growing up in Fort Scott Kansas. After high school, he spent one year at Pittsburg State University studying Business and Human Resource Development. He then changed majors and transferred to Central Missouri State University to complete his Bachelors of Science in Aviation Technology, graduating Summa Cum Laude. During his final year at CMSU, Trent started his aviation career as a corporate pilot for Smith & Chambers out of Fort Scott. After graduating, Trent moved back to Fort Scott where he continued working as a corporate pilot.
In 2000, Trent acquired his Kansas state insurance license and securities license to begin building a local financial services business. In 2008, he received his Airline Transport Type certificate and became certified in the Cessna Citation Jet series. Also in early 2008 his wife Kristi started selling ribbon and crafting supplies from their basement through online sales via Ebay, and later her own website: www.hairbowcenter.com. Trent joined his wife and became involved with the HairBow Center operations in 2009 after the business began experiencing exponential growth. By 2010, they built a 8,000 sqft warehouse in Fort Scott to support HairBow Center’s growing operations that now expanded to Amazon as well. Today HairBow Center serves over 30,000 customers across the globe and has become a leading E-retailer supplier of ribbon, headbands, flowers and other embellishments to the crafting, packaging, and décor industry.
As a growing online merchant, HairBow Center prides itself on offering premium crafting supplies and creating the ultimate customer experience – great website user interface, great customer service, with ultra-fast delivery. Some of the challenges Trent and his wife had to navigate through with their business included a google ranking penalty, anti-dumping tariffs imposed on the ribbon industry, and 4 website re-designs/platforms over the years.
Staying ahead of the fast changing e-commerce landscape and changing technologies provides a constant learning experience.
Trent and his wife Kristi have 5 children. Trent is active in his local church, has served as a Fort Scott Airport Advisory board member, and is a member of the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce.