How It All Started | Flight Fillow - Reinventing the Neck Pillow

We have all been there - you are packing for a trip and want to have the comfort of a neck pillow but don’t want the hassle of having to pack it or lug it around. I didn't plan or try to invent Flight Fillow, it happened when I was going on a trip to NYC for the weekend and was experiencing the common frustration of not wanting to pack a bulky neck pillow for such a short flight but still wanting the neck support.

 

Ultimately, I ended up deciding to pack lightly and did not bring the neck pillow. But once I was on the plane and trying to take a nap on the plane, I wished I had the neck support. In desperation, I took my sweater and crumbled it up to put behind my neck. It helped, but wasn't quite right. I played around with it a bit and found if I rolled it a certain way, it works just like a neck pillow!

 

The only downside was that if I moved the slightest bit, the sweater would unroll and not be in the perfect form it was before to provide the neck support I was looking for. I thought to myself “if only I had a sleeve of some sort to keep it rolled in this position” and that is where the idea for the Flight Fillow began!

 

Flight Fillows give you all the benefits of a neck pillow without any of the hassle. It fits in your pocket, easy to wash, a fraction of the price of your typical neck pillow, and you get to use your favorite sweater! Flight Fillow is patent pending and changing the way people travel so you no longer have to choose between comfort or convenience. 

 

The mission of Flight Fillow is to promote travel and make it more convenient. It is also my dream to get Flight Fillow onto Shark Tank one day! Moreover, as the Founder of Flight Fillow my personal mission is to promote and encourage entrepreneurs, small businesses, and to make a positive impact into the lives of others.

 

Check out our interview on WGN's Steve Cochran Morning Show: 

The Faces Behind Flight Fillow

Hey guys! My name is Georgia and I am the Inventor and Founder of the Flight Fillow. Over the next few days I’ll be posting about the many faces behind Flight Fillow that have helped to make my dream into reality. To kick it off, here’s my story - I have a full time day job in business and I work to change the way people travel (via Flight Fillow) on nights and weekends! When I’m not working, I’m either traveling the world, playing with my fur child named Tammy, or doing something new in efforts to grow as a person!

My name is Georgia and I am the Inventor and Founder of the Flight Fillow. I live in the suburbs of Chicago and have a full time day job in business. I spend my nights and weekends changing the way people travel (via Flight Fillow)! 

When I’m not working, I’m either traveling the world, playing with my fur child named Tammy, or doing something new in efforts to grow as a person. Some of my favorite trips include Ireland, Spain, Greece, and Japan. My most recent trip included Austria, Switzerland, Italy, and Germany for Oktoberfest! 

Want to get the inside scoop on Flight Fillow's journey to growth? Follow me on instagram - I am happy to share this exciting experience with you! @georgiamckinney

This is Chris, he wears MANY hats when it comes to Flight Fillow. He reviews every Flight Fillow to ensure the highest quality, takes our product photos, helps to sew prototypes, is my go-to for second opinions and heading checks for big decisions, and is the best moral support!

Chris is a US Army veteran and grew up in Germany. He loves to travel the world, his favorite place to visit being Japan.

Another fun fact? He’s my boyfriend and favorite travel buddy

 

This is one of our amazingly talented sewing contractors - Marriah! 🌟 Marriah lives in Washington state with her 5 dogs, 2 kids, and husband who is a cop 👮 She has been sewing since 5th grade as a hobby which naturally developed into a cut and sew business 🧵 Marriah is filled with wanderlust and travels as often as possible! ✈️ We are SO fortunate to have Marriah on our team.

This is one of our amazingly talented sewing contractors - Marriah! 🌟

Marriah lives in Washington state with her 5 dogs, 2 kids, and husband who is a cop 👮 She has been sewing since 5th grade as a hobby which naturally developed into a cut and sew business 

Marriah is filled with wanderlust and travels as often as possible! ✈️ We are SO fortunate to have Marriah on our team.

 THE FACES BEHIND FLIGHT FILLOW: This is Brad - our super sharp Accountant! He knows aaaall the ins and out of taxes and numbers making him an important part of the team (aka he keeps us out of trouble with the IRS, which is 🔑) . . Brad spent 3 months living abroad in Panama and likes to go back to visit often. When he isn’t visiting Panama, he is living in downtown Chicago with his dog Romper 🐶  . . Fun Fact: Brad and I used to ride the school bus together in high school. Who knew we’d be working together all these years later?!

This is Brad - our super sharp Accountant! He knows all the ins and out of taxes and numbers making him an important part of the team (aka he keeps us out of trouble with the IRS, which is 🔑)

Brad spent 3 months living abroad in Panama and likes to go back to visit often. When he isn’t visiting Panama, he is living in downtown Chicago with his dog Romper 🐶

Fun Fact: Brad and I used to ride the school bus together in high school. Who knew we’d be working together all these years later?!

 

This is our intern - Ian. Although he’s only a senior in high school, he adds a lot of value to our team. Ian does a ton of research to help Flight Fillow learn and grow. Have a question about PPC or SEO? Ian is your go to guy! He is also amazingly talented in video editing. He was key during auditions for Shark Tank (aka the audition video edits were all done by him). 

Ian has traveled all across the globe and loves to play video games. Another fun fact? He is my younger (but taller) brother

 

This is Jessica - she’s been overseeing the user experience and web design of Flight Fillow! Notice a change in the look or layout of our site? It’s likely a result of Jessica’s research and hard work!  . . Jessica loves to travel, sing, and attend concerts and musicals. When she travels she tries to get a workout in like hiking while sightseeing.  . . Looking for someone to help your biz with improving user experience or consult for a web design? Jessica is your girl

This is Jessica - she’s been overseeing the user experience and web design of Flight Fillow! Notice a change in the look or layout of our site? It’s likely a result of Jessica’s research and hard work!

Jessica loves to travel, sing, and attend concerts and musicals. When she travels she tries to get a workout in like hiking while sightseeing.

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This is Rachel, she is our Virtual Assistant! I had been trying to do all administrative tasks on my own, including being my own PR gal. But eventually I found myself letting things fall through the cracks and missing out on opportunities 😰

That’s where Rachel comes in. She helps with those tasks that weren’t getting the attention they need 🙌🏼

Rachel is a wife and mom of 3 adorable kiddos. She used to be a Kindergarten teacher but now she stays home with the babies. She also an Independent Color Street Distributor so if you’re looking to have some fab looking nails, send us a note via the "contact us" page and she’ll send you some free samples! 

 

This is Mandy! She is a key 🔑 player in making Flight Fillow successful as a seamstress at London Peach Sewing Co. (the company that cuts and sews our Flight Fillows). ✂️


Mandy is 35 years old and married for 14 years with two kids! She loves to sing 🎤 🎶 and often does so while she sews (Mandy Concerts can often be found on @lpsewingco’s IG Story).

Another fun fact? She has 14 tattoos!

 

This is Mike, he is our PR guru! A few months ago we learned the power of PR and because of that, we brought Mike onto our team. We are so thrilled and grateful to work with him.


Here are some fun tidbits about Mike:

🎤Mike lives in the Dallas suburbs but considers himself a transplanted Chicagoan. You can take the boy out of Chicago but you can’t take Chicago out of the boy.
🎤His dog’s name is Cubbie after their beloved favorite baseball team. 🐻💙❤️⚾️
🎤He was in the radio biz for over 20 years and has two sons. Josh is 20 and Zach is 17. Zach is an actor who recently starred in a short film.
🎤Mike has been married to his wife, Carrie, for 23 years.

This is Marc. He is our attorney and has been very helpful in many aspects of this business. We first started working together to patent Flight Fillow, which extended to Marc helping me establish an LLC, file for a trademark, and advise regarding licensing opportunities and many more! 🌟 


Here are a few tidbits about Marc:

🔹marc regularly appears on panels at comic and entertainment conventions about law and pop culture.
🔹he is a sushi fanatic even though he grew up in rural Iowa and never even had it until he was in his 30s!

🔹If he wasn’t a lawyer he would probably be a therapist. He’s a trained hypnotherapist and does volunteer mental health work for 7cups.com.
🔹his first granted patent was for a puzzle with fuzz on it to make it more appealing to small children.

Want to work with Marc? His company is called Legal Inspiration and you can contact him through his website: www.legalinspiration.com