March 2016 | Down East Yachting

Brian: 5 Years with Back Cove Yachts

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In our latest interview we caught up with Brian, who recently celebrated five years with Back Cove Yachts. Brian began in decking, and in the time since he has established himself as a go-to for help of all kinds. Now, in his role as Purchasing Agent, he puts all his friendly helpfulness to expert use, keeping the production lines running smoothly and ensuring everyone has what they need when they need it. Thanks Brian, from everyone here at Back Cove Yachts!

We went into the archives to find pictures of Brian (left) from his five years at Back Cove.

Do you have a lucky number?

11 – my birthday is on 11/11 and I’m the 11th of 13 siblings. The oldest of us is 73, I’m 49, and the youngest is 45. It’s been a few years, but we occasionally get everyone together for a Christmas party.

If you could learn any instrument what would you play?

Guitar or Saxophone.

Tell me about something that was difficult but made you a better person:

Overcoming the death of my parents at a young age.

If you could send a message back through time to your younger self what would you say?

Enjoy life and travel more.

Tell me about the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen:

The birth of my four boys.

Tell me about the person who has impacted your life the most:

My mother.

What do you cook when no one else is home?

Grilled Cheese.

What is your dream car?

69 Camero SS

What are you best at?

Helping others.

What are you most proud of?

My boys.

If you had to sell everything you own, and could only keep one thing, what would it be?

A photo album of my family.

Tell me one thing that none of your coworkers know about you:

I have eight brothers and four sisters, and I’m the only lefty in my family.

What is your theme song and why?

The theme song from Rocky – it inspires me.

What’s something your mother taught you that you’ve never foregotten?

Always be respectful to others.

What’s the most important thing you learned in school?

How important friends are.

Tell me about your best childhood friend:

My neighbor. We did everything together and most nights I ate dinner at his house or vice versa.

Tell me about your earliest childhood memory:

Riding the school bus with a broken arm when I was five years old.

What movie, no matter how many times you’ve seen it, do you have to watch every time it’s on?

Shawshank Redemption.

How honest are you?

Very.

What super power would you like to have?

Teleportation. My youngest son helped me come up with that one.

What’s your favorite dessert?

Cheesecake with strawberries

What’s your favorite song of all time?

Every Rose Has It’s Thorn, by Poison

Is it ever okay to break the rules?

No.

Name one thing that always makes you smile, no matter what:

My boys.

What is your least favorite thing about the world today?

The government.

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When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A successful business owner.

When you’re 80 what story will you tell your grandchildren?

How easy things were without technology.

If you won a million dollars what would you spend it on?

My friends and family.

If you could talk to someone who has passed away who would it be and what would you say?

My mom – I miss you and I wish you could be with me.

Would you rather be deaf or blind?

Deaf.

Tony: 30 years with Sabre Yachts

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30 years is an impressive amount of time to devote to any career, and we at Sabre Yachts are extremely lucky that Tony decided to give them to us! Tony’s dedication, attention to detail, and excellent technical skills keep him in high demand and extremely busy. Even more than his dedication to his work, our interview with Tony made it clear that his dedication to his family exceeds anything else. His work station, while full of family photos, is also in close proximity to actual family – we are fortunate to have both Tony’s brother and youngest son as part of the Sabre team as well! It’s not hard to see why Sabre’s usual 30-year Anniversary gift, a wooden rocking chair, just wasn’t going to cut it for a young-at-heart and apparently excellent dancer like Tony – instead, we gave Tony a beautiful coffee table and the deep gratitude of everyone here at Sabre!

Tony’s 30 year Anniversary gift

If you could learn any instrument what would you play?

The guitar so I could sing Kim her favorite song – Heaven’s Already Here, by Collective Soul. But first I guess I would have to learn how to sing.

If you could send a message back through time to your younger self what would you say?

You’re going to be okay. Lay off the salt and butter.

What do you cook when no one else is home?

Cream chip beef, or peanut butter and lots of fluff.

If you had to sell everything you owned and could only keep one thing, what would you keep any why?

I wouldn’t want to lose my family’s memories, so I would probably keep a box of our pictures.

Tell me one thing that none of your coworkers know about you:

I’m as transparent as they come.

What’s something your mother taught you that you’ve never forgotten?

Don’t play with matches – but the lesson sank in a little late!

Tony and his son Kyle

Tell me about the person who has impacted your life the most:

Kim. She’s the person that completes me.

What’s the most important thing you learned in school?

Better to ask what I didn’t learn in school…

Tell me about your earliest childhood memory:

My brother, Timmy, and I were playing under the kitchen sink and got locked in – claustrophobia set in pretty quickly.

What movie, no matter how many times you’ve seen it, do you have to watch every time it’s on?

Anything with John Wayne, if I had to pick one I’d probably say True Grit.

Tell me about someone who is your hero:

My mom. She has always been there for a lot of people.

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Tony, hard at work when I found him for this interview

What super power would you like to have?

The power to heal, if that’s a super power.

Name one thing that always makes you smile:

Thinking about my family, Kim and the kids, and the Andy Griffith Show.

If you won a million dollars what would you spend it on?

I would take Kim, and our kids and grand-kids, away on an awesome vacation. Then I would take a vacation just Kim and I, probably to the Grand Canyon – she’s always wanted to go there.

If you could talk to someone who has passed away who would you talk to and what would you say?

Grandpa Eino, he passed when I was in Jr. High School. I’d say “Thank You,” he would know what I mean.

Would you rather be deaf or blind?

Deaf. I can see and feel the good things. It’s hard to listen to the news these days.

Tell me about the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen:

That’s easy, my wife Kim. It’s been twenty-six years since we met, and she’s still the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.

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Congratulations and Thank You, Tony!

Tony: 30 years with Sabre Yachts

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Photo Jan 28, 3 28 26 PM

30 years is an impressive amount of time to devote to any career, and we at Sabre Yachts are extremely lucky that Tony decided to give them to us! Tony’s dedication, attention to detail, and excellent technical skills keep him in high demand and extremely busy. Even more than his dedication to his work, our interview with Tony made it clear that his dedication to his family exceeds anything else. His work station, while full of family photos, is also in close proximity to actual family – we are fortunate to have both Tony’s brother and youngest son as part of the Sabre team as well! It’s not hard to see why Sabre’s usual 30-year Anniversary gift, a wooden rocking chair, just wasn’t going to cut it for a young-at-heart and apparently excellent dancer like Tony – instead, we gave Tony a beautiful coffee table and the deep gratitude of everyone here at Sabre!

Tony’s 30 year Anniversary gift

If you could learn any instrument what would you play?

The guitar so I could sing Kim her favorite song – Heaven’s Already Here, by Collective Soul. But first I guess I would have to learn how to sing.

If you could send a message back through time to your younger self what would you say?

You’re going to be okay. Lay off the salt and butter.

What do you cook when no one else is home?

Cream chip beef, or peanut butter and lots of fluff.

If you had to sell everything you owned and could only keep one thing, what would you keep any why?

I wouldn’t want to lose my family’s memories, so I would probably keep a box of our pictures.

Tell me one thing that none of your coworkers know about you:

I’m as transparent as they come.

What’s something your mother taught you that you’ve never forgotten?

Don’t play with matches – but the lesson sank in a little late!

Tony and his son Kyle

Tell me about the person who has impacted your life the most:

Kim. She’s the person that completes me.

What’s the most important thing you learned in school?

Better to ask what I didn’t learn in school…

Tell me about your earliest childhood memory:

My brother, Timmy, and I were playing under the kitchen sink and got locked in – claustrophobia set in pretty quickly.

What movie, no matter how many times you’ve seen it, do you have to watch every time it’s on?

Anything with John Wayne, if I had to pick one I’d probably say True Grit.

Tell me about someone who is your hero:

My mom. She has always been there for a lot of people.

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Tony, hard at work when I found him for this interview

What super power would you like to have?

The power to heal, if that’s a super power.

Name one thing that always makes you smile:

Thinking about my family, Kim and the kids, and the Andy Griffith Show.

If you won a million dollars what would you spend it on?

I would take Kim, and our kids and grand-kids, away on an awesome vacation. Then I would take a vacation just Kim and I, probably to the Grand Canyon – she’s always wanted to go there.

If you could talk to someone who has passed away who would you talk to and what would you say?

Grandpa Eino, he passed when I was in Jr. High School. I’d say “Thank You,” he would know what I mean.

Would you rather be deaf or blind?

Deaf. I can see and feel the good things. It’s hard to listen to the news these days.

Tell me about the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen:

That’s easy, my wife Kim. It’s been twenty-six years since we met, and she’s still the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.

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Congratulations and Thank You, Tony!

Destiny: 5 years with Back Cove

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Destiny’s time with Back Cove has been both productive and successful, to say the least. Luckily for us, she was able to take a few moments out of her busy schedule as a newly appointed Lamination Team Leader to answer a few of our questions. In the world of Back Cove Lamination there’s a lot of timing, logistics, and shuffling molds, but Destiny’s abundant knowledge and natural leadership quickly became apparent as we spoke, as did the deep respect of her coworkers. Everyone here at Back Cove would like to offer our thanks and congratulations to Destiny for five amazing years!

Do you have a lucky number?

Eleven. It was my jersey number from high school field hockey all the way through softball in the military.

If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go?

Italy to visit the vineyards. I love the culture of Tuscany, the art, the food and wine. I did a lot of traveling in the military, discovered that I love Korean food, but I never got to go to Italy.

If you could learn any instrument what would you play?

Guitar

Tell me about something that was difficult but made you a better person?

Leaving home and joining the army. I grew up a military brat, but I never anticipated the effect it would have on me. I always wanted to be a soldier, even when I was a kid.

If you could send a message back through time to your younger self what would you say?

Don’t grow up too fast.

Tell me about the person who has impacted your life the most:

My grandmother. She is my hero. She taught me a lot about life, compassion, and working hard. She was always ready to listen. I wish I could talk to her today, not about anything in particular, just about life.

What do you cook when no one else is home?

Margaritas and take out!

What is your dream car?

Range Rover

Pepsi or Coke?

Coke

What are you most proud of?

Joining the Army.

What’s something your mother taught you that you’ve never forgotten?

The Golden Rule

What’s your favorite book of all time?

The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein. I love the lesson of selfless generosity.

What movie, no matter how many times you’ve seen it, do you have to watch every time it’s on?

The Goonies.

How honest are you?

I’m very blunt.

What super power would you like to have?

X-Ray vision.

What’s your favorite dessert?

Chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting!

Is it ever okay to break the rules?

That’s a tough question to answer. I guess it depends on whether or not someone will be hurt by it.

Name one thing that always makes you smile:

Tacos!

What’s your least favorite thing about the world today?

The general lack of empathy people have for each other.

If you won a million dollars what would you spend it on?

Family and friends, then bank the rest.

Where would you go in a time machine?

I think I’d go to Medieval times. I’d break all the social constructs about women though, because I would want to learn a trade, support myself with the work of my own hands. Not to mention, I could ride horses everywhere.

Would you rather be deaf or blind?

Can I choose to be blind in one eye and deaf in one ear?