Company History

Our journey from mom-and-pop shop to industry leader—it’s a thrilling tale!

Well, it’s been thrilling for us, anyway, and we’re still enjoying the journey. While we’re still growing and gaining ground in our industry, it’s nice to look back and see how we got here.

Pardon us as we continue to grow…

1995

Kurt and Cindy Kalkomey incorporate Boat Ed® to offer boating safety education and certification tests.

1998

The first boating safety video and home-study test are launched in Texas. Georgia and South Carolina begin offering the boating safety video course. Kalkomey begins delivering online safety training with the introduction of boat-ed.com in Texas.

2000

Boat Ed publishes a boating manual on behalf of the U.S. Coast Guard and United States Power Squadrons, the first outside company to do so in the history of those organizations.

2001

Southeast states ask Kalkomey to develop a hunter education manual.

2002

Hunter-ed.com, which provides online hunter education, is launched. Kalkomey prints its first hunting manual, Today’s Hunter. A Spanish-language edition of Boat AmericaNavegando America—is printed.

2003

Kalkomey is the first boating safety course provider to introduce interactive animations to enhance online learning.

2004

The bowhunting education course and exams debut online at bowhunter-ed.com.

2005

Offroad-ed.com, an online source for off-road vehicle safety education and certification, is introduced. A Spanish-language edition of Today’s HunterEl Cazador de Hoy—is printed.

2006

Kalkomey buys Outdoor Empire Publishing’s education division—a library of print publications.

2007

Boat Ed is the first boater safety course provider to stream video segments for online instruction.

2008

Kalkomey’s Event Manager is introduced for Missouri and soon gains wide acceptance. It’s a secure, Internet-based system for state agencies to manage any event offered to the public.

2009

Kalkomey begins recruiting a team of highly skilled programmers and user experience professionals to meet the needs of a rapidly growing Internet-based product line. Snowmobile-ed.com, an online source for snowmobile safety education and certification, is introduced.

2010

To better represent the company’s growing diversification, the Kalkomey brand begins to encompass the full spectrum of print, online, and DVD courses and data management tools. Kalkomey moves its offices to 14086 Proton Road in Dallas, Texas. The new building complex encompasses 30,000 square feet: 10,000 square feet of office space and a 20,000-square-foot warehouse.

2011

Kalkomey releases responsive versions of all of its online safety education courses, allowing course pages to adapt the layout and presentation to be appropriate for whatever electronic device and screen size the student is using—from mobile phones to desktop computer monitors.

2012

Kalkomey’s Register Ed is introduced. It’s a secure, Internet-based system for students to find and register for safety education events offered by agencies and organizations. Kalkomey converts all of its official state boating handbooks into ebook format and launches the Kalkomey online bookstore to complement the Amazon and iTunes storefronts. Kalkomey films and releases a new Hunter Safety Video Series. These videos, unique in the hunter-education space, feature a combination of professional actors, entertaining storylines, and up-to-date scenarios that are as engaging as they are educational.

2013

Kalkomey’s Hunter Safety Video Series is selected as bronze winner in the 34th Annual Telly Awards and wins the Pinnacle Award from The Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA). Kalkomey launches its first online snowmobile course in Canada for the British Columbia Snowmobile Federation and purchases the assets of Canadian Marine Safety Course (CMSC) in preparation to launch an online Canadian boating course. Kalkomey debuts ilostmycard.com, which allows students to easily order replacement certification cards. Certification Manager—a secure, Internet-based system for state agencies to manage student certification data—is launched for Pennsylvania and later Virginia.

2014

Kalkomey proudly introduces its Transport Canada-approved online Canadian boating course. Handgunsafetycourse.com, an online source for handgun safety education, is launched, and the Handgun Safety Course video series wins POMA’s 2014 Pinnacle Award. Kalkomey undergoes an interior expansion, which increases office space from 10,000 square feet to 16,000 square feet.

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