April 25, 2017 Q&A with Featured Hockey Players in Business Member: Eric Douglas
VP of Business Development, Bullard Company
Where did you grow up?
Born in Lafayette, Indiana; grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota from age three through college
What is your hockey history?
- Played travel, high school, and college hockey in Minnesota
- Have coached at the AAA youth level, high school, USA hockey, Juniors, Division I and III college
- Instructed at Mitch Korn Defensive Camps and USA Hockey Player Development Camps
What business are you in now?
Bullard Company is an industrial mechanical contractor based out of Ottawa Lake, Michigan. We are a full-service contractor specializing in process piping, safety access equipment, and transloading. My role as VP of Business Development includes sales, client relations, and overall project management. As an industrial contractor, we battle the economic flows of heavy industry and oil-production costs. Our most significant battles currently are finding qualified and reliable apprentice labor, and having the mobility required to service large clients.
How has hockey helped you achieve success?
Hockey has provided me with discipline, leadership, loyalty, and the ability to handle adversity on a daily basis. I believe being a part of a strong team is crucial to business success. The relationships I created throughout my playing and coaching career not only taught me about the type of people I want to surround myself with, but those relationships have also made me into who I am today — giving me the personality and networking skills to grow the footprint of my business.
Can you share a few fun facts about yourself?
I am an avid golfer; I enjoy college football and hockey; and I have been known to offer up a good joke or story over a beer with friends. I continue to coach youth hockey and love teaching the game. I participate in our Sylvania North Stars organization and enjoy instructing in development clinics. I have a beautiful wife, Julie, along with my cheerleader daughter, Morgan, and hockey- and baseball-playing son, Darian. (Yes, I borrowed the name from Darian Hatcher!) We reside in Perrysburg, Ohio.