Thanks to a late spring in the Midwest and Northeast, 2013 was an up and down year for Brett Anderson and his crew at BBlades Professional Propellers in Princeton, Wis. Business started sluggishly before ramping up to unprecedented levels for the company in June, July and August. With even bigger things on the horizon, Anderson is optimistic for the coming year but grateful for his company’s progress during this one.
High: I guess those middle three months of the season this year would have to be a high. It showed us that people are still enjoying boating—it’s just a matter of finding the time and having the good weather to do it. This summer showed a lot of promise for us. Another one our highs was the success of our customers Jason and Johnny Saris in Saris Racing—they won an OPA World Championship this year. (Read the story.) Jason and Johnny have become good friends of ours, and Jason does all of his propeller work though us.
Low: My flight to Key West (for the Super Boat International Offshore World Championships) had to be my low for the year. Due to a bird strike, we were delayed leaving Wisconsin for Chicago, so I missed my flight to Key West out of Chicago. The rerouted me from United to Delta, which meant I had to stop in St. Louis and Atlanta to get my flight to Key West. It took me 15 hours to get to Key West—it should have taken about 6-1/2 hours—but it was worth it. I had two great days there, saw a lot of our clients and had a great time.