Bret Draxten grew up in Edina, Minnesota. At the age of 18, he joined the United States Navy as a Seabee and proudly served our country for 8 years. He was honorably discharged from active duty in 2001. He went on to attend Dunwoody Institute to study Drafting and Design. Since then, Bret has been a force to be reckoned with in the construction industry with expertise ranging from carpentry to foundation drilling. 
Bret began building flags out of his garage in 2014, officially forming  American Grains in 2016. American Grains grew from a small scale garage hobby to an established woodworking operation.