Vincent Windel of Bass Pro Shops
Founded in 1972 by avid young angler Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops is a leading national retailer of outdoor gear and apparel, with 200 stores and Tracker Marine Centers across North America. Johnny started the business with eight-square-feet of space in the back of his father’s liquor store in Springfield, Mo., the company’s sole location for the first 13 years of business.
Johnny’s passion for the outdoors and his feel for the products and shopping experiences desired by outdoor enthusiasts helped transform the industry. Today Bass Pro Shops locations are more than just stores — they are destination experiences that draw more than 200 million visitors annually. Each location is heavily customized to reflect the character of the region. In addition to giant aquariums teeming with live fish and extensive wildlife mounts and dioramas, many locations feature unique restaurants and ocean-themed bowling alleys. In 2017 Bass Pro Shops acquired Cabela’s to create a “best -of-the-best” experience with superior products, dynamic locations and outstanding customer service.