Business Member Spotlight: Premier Custom Trailers
A $5 million success story that began with poor customer service
When a simple trailer purchase left Brian Davis bewildered, he knew there had to be a better way.
“I just couldn’t understand why it was so confusing,” he said. Like many successful entrepreneurs, Brian realized that his frustration was a seed for a new business. If he found buying a trailer difficult, so did a lot of other people. If he could simplify the process and make it easy for customers to get trailers, there were a lot of customers who would benefit.
In 2010, Brian opened the doors to Premier Custom Trailers with the help of his son, Zack. Brian’s business instinct proved right – the market needed a knowledgeable trailer dealer that would guide customers to get the exact trailer they want without hassle. Today, Premier Custom Trailers in Kalamazoo has grown to $5 million in annual sales and employs six people. They serve customers at home, as well as in the Czech Republic, Russia and Dubai. And, Consumers is their bank of choice.
“I’ve been a member for a good 25 years,” Brian said, “and we had our business accounts at another bank. My wife Amy, who does our banking, wanted to make things easier.” In anticipation of building a 2,000-square-foot addition this spring, Premier Custom Trailers became a business member and simplified Amy’s work.
“[Business Development Manager] Trent Pierre worked with us to refinance the entire property at a competitive rate. Whenever there were questions, Trent would clear them up right away. In 10 minutes we’d have answers. The closing was smooth and easy and we were very pleased,” Brian said of the transition.
When Brian and Amy weighed their banking options, they chose Consumers with 100% confidence.
“We like the at-home feel when we go in the office. It’s like Cheers where everyone knows our names whether we do the drive thru or go inside,” Brian said. “There’s also the ease of Online Banking. When issues have come up, tech support is always eager to help. They drive to resolution and they always follow up.”
Brian, we admire how you prove that custom does not need to be difficult or expensive. We’re also proud to have you and your business as part of the Consumers family! If you’re a business owner who’d like bank with a team who cares about your business as much as you do, call us at 800-991-2221. We’re here to help you grow your business!