Spring is in the air -- 2018!
It is that time of year again! It is definitely our favorite time. Our customers are gathering up their plans for a new summer season. Budgets are being laid out to decide what watercraft, water toys, and dock infrastructure to add this year.
We talk with thousands of people every year... and are alway delighted when we get a call back from a contact at one of our shows... or someone who has been following us on the web or via Facebook. It is very gratifying to know that our great products are remembered and sought after. At this time of year, we also hear back from our recent and more distant previous customers. It makes my day when our customers give feedback on the fun they have enjoying our wonderful Aqua Cycles, Pond Kings, and Hyrdobikes. If you are reading this.... and have not given us your feedback... please do so! We love hearing from our customers.
Enjoy this Spring Season. Take a moment and thank God for the gifts of beauty and renewal Springs delivers to us! May your Spring Plans turn into Outrageous fun this summer!
Owner, Leisure Lifestyle Products
I always get excited when everything falls into place to represent a new, high quality, made in America product! I found another great product that is best of breed, helps our customers have fun on the water, and fits our operations and core competency.
Welcome Connect A Dock! We represented the Connect A Dock at the Atlanta Boat Show and a couple of shows since then. We sold our first large Connect A Dock to the Peachtree City Rowing Club -- a great solution loved by the entire rowing community!
Connect A Dock has a high profile and low profile line of dock configurations. They also have the best Jet Ski Port on the market! I love the huge bumper stop on the front of their ports that keep you from hitting the dock!
It is amazing that when I started Leisure Lifestyle Products, I had no idea where we would wind up. And today, we have an great portfolio of products and services that transform our customer's lifestyle on the water! Mike Krull at Connect A Dock helped us to learn about the products, helps us with configurations and pricing, and presented us with the opportunity to represent their fine products across Georgia. We are excited to do so!
If you have any needs for a dock for your pond or lake... please give us a call. We would love to help you with the best modular dock system on the market!
Continuing on my series of tributes to our manufacturing partners, I wanted to focus on the incredible story at Pond King. Located in Gainesville Texas, Pond King provides an array of products and services to support pond habitats, fish stocking, docks, mini pontoons, deer feeders, turtle traps, duck blinds, and even fajita cookers. They also offer an on-line fishing pro guide service and an incredible retail store. Pond King's products are all manufactured right on site. This gives the customer the opportunity to see their fabrication process. When you are there, you totally understand that each of their products are made with the highest quality products and standards -- build by passionate and dedicated employees. The products we focus on at Leisure Lifestyle Products is Pond King's small Pontoon Boat Line. (Pond King Sport, Pro, and Ultras!)
Every month or two we try to make the 1800 mile round trip to Gainesville, Texas from Peachtree City, GA and pick up a load of Pond King Boats. Sports and Pros... The wonderful bonus in our relationship is that Pond King helps us tremendously by selling our Aqua Cycle Pontoon Pedal Boats! So... the truck is loaded both ways! And often, we can deliver a boat or two on the way! Pond King is among the best of our dealers for the Aqua Cycle!
What makes the trip special for me is that I get the chance to say hello to the team members at Pond King. Jill Roush is Pond King's marketing and sales specialist. Jill always has a smile and a greets us with a warm hello! She is incredibly professional and wonderful to work with. The production team is lead by Mark Neu. Mark and his team are incredibly knowledgeable about manufacturing, customer service, fishing, and all things Pond. The entire vision for Pond King was created by Brad Metzler -- the founder, owner, and President of Pond King.
Now Brad, to me, is an entrepreneur hero. When you visit Pond King, you actually are at the front door of his house. Literally. You feel as if you are living within a man's entrepreneurial dream. His company, his family, and employees are first rate. To be honest, all of his employees and family seem to be one and the same! The facilities are clean, orderly, modern and new. As you look around his retail shop, you can't help but have a gawk at all of the coolest of fishing equipment, accessories, and apparel. I can't help but think... Brad is the entrepreneur that i want to be when I grow up. :)
His inspiration for all of this is best captioned by his own words.... "“THE BEST TIMES ARE SPENT DOWN AT THE POND. Since I was old enough to hold a pole, I have enjoyed fishing small ponds and lakes. Nothing beat a Sunday afternoon fishing with Dad after collecting the required jug of grasshoppers or can of worms. It was no surprise to my parents that I later pursued a degree in Wildlife & Fishery Sciences at Texas A&M University. I have my own family now and some of the best times are spent down at the pond. That’s why I have built my business around the family experience of fishing in small ponds and lakes.” - Brad Metzler
When I get to work with great small companies, get to represent their quality products, and meet so many wonderful customers, it makes me think what a great country we live in! What a blessing God has given us that we can follow our passion and create reality from wonderful dreams. When I leave Pond King, I always feel more optimistic and appreciate what is possible.
Because of Brad's passion and the hard work of all of his employees, we get the opportunity to sell the best small pontoon boats on the market! I so appreciate the opportunity and the entrepreneurial spirit at Pond King!
Our Manufacturers are our heroes!
I believe that we at Leisure Lifestyle Products have a very unique, high quality portfolio of watercraft that we sell to many different individual and commercial customers. We are proud of our products and the wonderful feedback we get from all of our customers.
However, it is always important for us to remember that our success depends on wonderful entrepreneurs who have designed and manufacture the incredible products we sell. Each of these Made in the USA companies -- American Pleasure Products, (Aqua Cycle), Ultraskiff, Pond King, and Hydrobikes have an incredible and unique story of innovative success. We enjoy a wonderful relationship with the owners and employees of these vendors. We do our best to serve our customers and our vendor manufacturers to ensure success for the customer experience and the entire supply chain and the jobs that depend on the entire sales & distribution process.
I would like to tell the story of these wonderful companies in future blogs. Creating innovative products and bringing them to market is a challenging experience for any company. In the boat industry, it is even harder... as the products fit unique niches within a highly discretionary boating industry. The smaller relative market leaves fewer financial resources to do mass marketing ... and the path to "getting the word out" on these products is challenging.
At Leisure Lifestyle Products, we are dedicated to breaking down the barriers for customer to enjoy these wonderful products -- Aqua Cycle Pontoon Pedal Boats, Ultraskiff -- round fishing skiff, Pond King all aluminum small pontoon boats, and the best bicycle on the water -- the Hydrobike. Exhibiting the products at shows, demonstrating the products wherever we can, driving half way across the country to deliver these products are just a few ways we work hard to helping bring these products to market. We strive to do this in a way that keeps cost low for everyone.
I applaud our vendors and appreciate their quality work, responsiveness, customer service, and innovative products. If they were not best of breed, they would not be in our portfolio. Thank you -- American Pleasure Products -- Thank you -- Ultraskiff Thank you -- Pond King. Thank you -- Hydrobikes! We appreciate your partnership. Our customers love your products.
Owner, Leisure Lifestyle Products, LLC.
Many of my customers have spent hundreds of thousands... even millions of dollars on their lake house properties. However, what I have learned is that almost universally, these customers did not enjoy their water as frequently as they wished.
Why is that? BARRIERS to BOATING! Inherently, we as humans tend to be a bit lazy and easily distracted. Uncovering a boat, using the lift to launch a boat, cleaning a boat before use, stocking the cooler, starting the engine, completing needed maintenance, and maneuvering a boat out of the slip are all "barriers" that stand in between the idea of enjoying an activity on the water... and actually doing it! These launch and put away routines often can take 15 to 30 minutes an to complete. And we often avoid the fun of boating because we choose not to endure the launch prep and post boating chores. If we do go through the routines, we feel obligated to load up the cooler and spend hours on the water to make the chore and prep time worthwhile.
Leisure Lifestyle Products has aligned ourselves with best of breed -- Made in the USA -- Manufacturers of quality watercraft that are designed to minimize those barriers.... so our customers can enjoy the water with minimal effort and drama. Rather than loading up the cooler, our customers can enjoy one of our watercraft for a short period of time while finishing their glass of wine. After purchasing one of our Aqua Cycles, or Pond King Pontoon Boats, customers come back to us and say.... Our family is enjoying the water more frequently, and for shorter periods of time because of the ease of launch and use of Leisure Lifestyle Products.
With An Aqua Cycle Pontoon Pedal Boat, a Pond King All Aluminum Pontoon Boat, Ultraskiff, or Hydrobike... you will have a variety of tools all designed to have you on the water in seconds to minutes. Now it is practical to go on the water to catch a fish that jumped near the dock, or catch a setting sun for a romantic moment with your special someone, or to just get away from the dock to read a book, visit a neighbor, or jump in for a quick swim! This Blog will further discuss how you can improve your lifestyle on the water with creative, fun, reliable, and easy-to-maintain watercraft! I hope you enjoy this blog and learn more about how you can enjoy the water -- Stress Free!
- Rob Rothley
Rob Rothley - Owner of Leisure Lifestyle Products. 678-938-4837