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Nikki Boxler is a woman of many talents. She’s a successful influencer, hunter, dairy farmer, maple syrup harvester, marketing whiz and owner of a safari animal park. The entrepreneurial spirit runs in her blood. She accredits her great grandfather for her relentless drive. He immigrated from Switzerland with nothing in the 1920s and opened the dairy farm and then Boxler Maple. “He started with 10 cows,” Nikki says. “We now have about 6,000 head of cattle.” The maple syrup business came shortly after the dairy farm. Small batch bottles of maple syrup we’re sold locally. The business eventually became more of a hobby project for her great grandfather and her father. It’s currently run by Nikki, her brother and father. She wears many hats in the company from tapping trees to manual labor and marketing.
Family, animals, and the outdoors are continuous themes in Nikki’s life. Her family’s drive-thru animal safari park, Hidden Valley Animal Adventure, has over 50 species of animals. Visitors interact with the animals who tend to pop their heads into vehicles while looking for treats on these tours. “Animals had a major impact on my life,” says Nikki. “I was bullied badly in high school and being around the animals was a place I could go to keep my sanity.” She brought in a camel for her final English exam.
She attributes hunting for the strong bond she shares with her father and brother. She grew up stalking prey in the woods following her father’s lead. Her love for the outdoors led to Nikki connecting with her husband. Fishing is their shared sport, one she rarely participated in before he came into her life. It didn’t take long for her to excel. She and her husband’s team won biggest fish in a muskie fishing competition they participated in.
Nikki continues to pursue and succeed in her many endeavors. She’s relentless and rarely takes time off. Yet, somehow, manages to find time outside of her daily responsibilities within her family’s businesses to work as a freelance marketer for other businesses.
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