When Vennie and David Bowden found a financial institution that believed in their business, they knew they found the right equipment financing relationship for them.
The Bowdens own and operate Arrow Fire & Land Management in Prescott, Arizona. They specialize in providing defensible space against wildfires and tree removal in Arizona. They focus on protecting homes and property with innovative ways while not destroying landscapes.
David used to be a “hotshot firefighter” that specialized in fighting wildfires throughout the country. He was a hotshot for six years before realizing he wanted to start his own business.
They have grown Arrow Fire & Land Management to 15 employees since then.
“We started working on defensible space fires and now have gotten into government contract work. That’s why we needed two used fire engines because a three-year window opened where we could sign those contracts. We had a skid steer, a caterpillar, a chipper truck and now we have the fire engines thanks to Stearns Bank.”
The Bowdens had previously worked with Stearns Bank on financing a landscaping truck and decided to turn to the bank again when they needed help purchasing the two fire engines.
“It was so quick the last time that I knew I was going to call Stearns Bank right away. I worked with (account manager) Brooks Anderson and he was awesome. He went above and beyond for us.
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The Bowdens needed the fire engines before February 2019 when their government contract officially started.
“These two engines are huge for us,” Vennie said. “We estimate making $3,000 a day when one of these are in use. We think they’ll be in use more than 100 days per year. That’s $300,000 for one engine in profit. With all of the fires happening on the West Coast right now, we will be very busy.
“Many requests for fire engines in California, and the rest of the western United States, go unanswered. We want to help as much as we can.”
“The payment structure was huge for us. We worked out a quarterly payment structure with Stearns Bank and that was another way they went to bat for us,” Vennie said. “We have four payments a year after one down payment. It’s a large loan, but one that is going to pay off for us.”
The Bowdens wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Stearns Bank to other small business owners in need of equipment financing.
“I’d recommend Stearns Bank to any small business owner I know. They’re my go-to lender,” Vennie said.