Meet Kerry McCoy: An unlikely introduction to the history of American flags led this Little Rock entrepreneur on a lifetime adventure manufacturing and selling flags of every kind imaginable
Q. How did you become interested in flags?
A. Honestly, I like to say it was a series of bad luck. After a semester of college, I came back home to Little Rock and got a job as a telephone operator. I was 18, and they offered great benefits; everyone told me I had it made. But my mother could tell I was miserable. She suggested I go to fashion merchandising school in Dallas. I loved it and wanted to be a buyer when I graduated a year later. However, it was 1974 and there was a recession—meaning no jobs for buyers. I wanted to stay in Dallas, so I went to an employment office. They sent me to Betsy Ross Flag Girl, and that was my start in the flag business….