Since joining the team at Statement Marine in January of this year, Craig Barrie has had a great time getting to know everyone at the St. Petersburg, Fla., company and helping grow the business to new heights. Bringing nearly 30 years of industry experience to the table, not only has Barry improved the production process at Statement, he’s managed to set up a dealer network and get CE Certification so the company can sell boats in the European Union. Although he didn’t provide much detail, Barrie teased a company poker run boat that will be touring the country in 2014—an updated version of the 42 Ultimate V-bottom.
High: I’ve had quite a few highs thanks to my transition over to Statement Marine. First of all, we’ve got some really great people that know how to build boats here, and that helps tremendously. One of the highs has to be the acceptance of the styling changes we’ve implemented, which we’re extremely proud of. The CE approval is a big deal, too, because now we can sell boats worldwide. As you know, a lot of my strengths have been in overseas or export business. Add in the fact that we’ve got a dealer network up and running and 2013 has been a very positive year.
Low: I know this sounds like a cop out, but I can’t come up with a low. Everyone I know is healthy and this year, which has flown by, really has been good to me. I guess I’m lucky enough to not have a low point in my life personally or professionally.