Bass Pro Shops: A Family Business

August 24, 2012.....a day I won't soon forget. Myself, along with 11 other members of my "family" were invited to join the groundbreaking ceremony for the Bristol, TN Bass Pro Shops. I say "family" because these are members of my Bass Pro family. Below is a picture of my "family" and me along with John L. Morris, owner and founder of Bass Pro Shops.

John L. Morris and part of the family from BPS #29



We all met at our store in Sevierville, TN at 4:30 am to travel the 1 1/2 hours to our destination...exit 74B. I think we were all somewhat nervous but very excited at the same time. Only a very few of my family members had ever been a part of something like this and I surely wasn't one that had!

The usual attendees were expected; John L. Morris, owner and founder of 58 Bass Pro Shops across the country and Canada and legendary fisherman Bill Dance of Bill Dance Outdoors. Jaimie McMurray, driver of the Bass Pro Shops #1 racecar, Richard Childress and Ty Dillion were also on hand for this ceremony.

I was completely blown away by the kindness and generosity of EVERYONE there! Dignitaries that were present talked to us "little people" like they had known us all their lives! The locals too!  People you would think would be a little on the "stuffy" side because of their powerful positions, were as kind and genuine as can be. I have honestly never met a group of nicer people anywhere.

One of my "sisters", Vickie, and I were posted at the media table to hand out hats, posters, raffle tickets and "media stuff". Our first visitor was a older gentleman who walked up to the table, took his cap off and threw it in the trash can nearby. He proceeded to take a Bass Pro cap and place it on his head and proclaimed, "That's better!"

We had catered Catfish, grilled chicken, cole slaw and potato salad with Ice Tea to drink. It was divine!

I wanted to share my day with you because of one reason; the opportunities that have been put before me and my "family" here at Bass Pro. I can honestly say that I have NEVER in my life (and that's a long time!) worked with a company that presented me with more opportunities to learn and experiences to share than right here at Bass Pro Shops Sevierville, TN. I have been with BPS for almost 7 years now and I can't think of any other place that I would rather work. I have learned so much and have met so many people in my time here. It's a never ending thing! Every day I find something new to learn or see and look forward to learning and seeing every day.  I am proud to say that I am a part of the family here at Bass Pro.

My point being; it doesn't matter who you are or where you are, if your an associate at Bass Pro Shops....ANY Bass Pro are family! I look forward to meeting my new brothers and sisters coming to the Bass Pro in Bristol next year.


See ya soon!
Deedee Smith
Camping Team Lead
BPS Sevierville, TN



Comments for Bass Pro Shops: A Family Business

Name: Lynn M Mbarki
Time: Saturday, December 15, 2012

I urge Johnny Morris and Bass Pro to step up for support of gun control. The shootings in Aurora touched this company since guns were purchased legally, but in the wake of Newtown surely it is clear that something has to change. If restrictions were made on gunshows, ammo and guns sold on the internet, gun registrations it would prevent at least some of the wrong people of purchasing guns. I know that the company does teach gun safety and hopefully is responsible about sales, but, as a company and a business it would mean alot to the country to be a real leader, and maybe save lives. I know there are the survivorists in the area that might disagree but if their children or grandchildren were in Sandy Hook Elemntary they might feel it was a good idea.

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