Success Story for:
Kelly Powers of Final Flight Outfitters Inc
Kelly Powers calls it a calling. Kelly reached the pinnacle of his profession as a professional goose caller at the age of 21 and then he retired. But he wasn’t done. Not by a long shot. In fact he and his brothers were just getting started. Now instead of geese flocking to Kelley Powers, customers flock by foot, by truck and plane to visit Final Flight Outfitters Inc. in Union City, Tennessee, to the business that Kelley and his two brothers, Jon Ed and Tripp built from the ground up.
Final Flight Outfitters Inc. is a mail-order catalog company, ecommerce site, and waterfowl store specializing in high-end hunting products for consumers in 40 states as well as Canada and Mexico. The family business which started in 1998 out of a storage trailer now offers a showroom of over 25,000 square feet of products and employs 35 people. The company’s mail-order catalog business has increased from 5,000 to 100,000 printed copies in the past 5 years.
Kelley’s accomplishments include an award started in his name entitled the “Kelley Powers Humanitarian Award” that is given yearly by the “Liv For A Cure Foundation” of Chicago, Illinois, to individuals that display outstanding outdoor humanitarian efforts. Kelley was also recognized by the Governor of Tennessee, the State Senate and the State House of Representatives through Resolution 72, honoring him for his accomplishments and work with Tennessee’s youth. Final Flight has been the proud host sponsor for many nationally recognized events such as the televised Super Retriever Series, the HRC Grand, US Duck Calling Contest, Tennessee State Duck and Goose Calling Contest and many more. Final Flight recognizes the value of their community and has donated over $40,000 to local organizations.
Kelley has found the training events and quality speakers offered by the Tennessee Small Business Development Center at the University of Tennessee at Martin (UTM) extremely helpful. “Attending the small business seminars and hearing tips and suggestions from other business owners have been very beneficial to our business. Business training sessions like the TSBDC offers are typically found only in larger cities. To have a resource like the TSBDC at the UTM in rural West Tennessee is a treasure,” said Kelley Powers.
Attending the small business seminars and hearing tips and suggestions from other business owners have been very beneficial to our business. Business training sessions like the TSBDC offers are typically found only in larger cities. To have a resource like the TSBDC at the UTM in rural West Tennessee is a treasure