"I have a pretty simple approach towards product design; give the consumer their moneys' worth. Make the difference between price and value apparent by building products comprised of the latest technology and produced to the highest standards of quality.”
- Jack Charlton
Jack Charlton began his career in precision aerospace machining in 1965 in the Los Angeles area, where he worked for companies producing components for leaders in the high technology arena. While there, Jack experienced and mastered different industry-based technological advances. With the expertise gathered in the industry, Jack established his own precision aerospace machining company in 1974. Together with his wife, Judy, they acquired Computer Numerical Control (CNC) equipment in 1978, which increased the quantity, quality, and durability of their products, and with time, they became suppliers to many major aerospace and medical manufacturers.
For 33 years, Jack owned and operated a group of companies heavily involved in technology innovations, precision machining, computer hardware, and engineering software. He employed the latest precision machine tools and computer systems to design his first fly fishing reels under the Charlton Outdoor Technologies. These first reels were made to standards of precision and engineering that met or exceeded those of the aerospace works Jack has performed for three decades. Jack knew this was his calling, and he needed to explore his passion and help other fishing enthusiasts with the best reels.
After over 40 years of activities in the aerospace industry, Jack decided to leverage his in-depth knowledge and experience to produce a product surrounding the activities he loved. He decided to apply his engineering, machining, and computer skills to develop a product that had become antiquated over time – The Fly Fishing Reel.
He brainstormed for ways of developing a precision instrument for fly fishing using current technology, advanced materials, and innovative design. In 1991, he decided to relocate his aerospace machining facility from Southern California to Washington to enable him to focus on his passion. He began to formulate the original design for what he’d later call the Charlton Signature Series reels. Although he still engaged in his regular business, when commuting to and from his home in San Juan Island, Jack would make sketches on napkins. He would then feed the sketched information to advanced computer software when he arrived at work. This was the beginning of the new generation of fly reels by Jack Charlton.
In 2011, Jack passed away, and Judy decided to continue the Mako brand. She managed the company up until her retirement in 2015. After her retirement, Mark Vorobik stepped into the role of director of operations, running the business until June of 2018. Nick Garcia has now been "handed the torch" to continue the legacy of Jack's passion, and commitment to precision and quality.