Star City Six – Brandon Delaney
Meet Brandon Delaney, branch manager of Bath Fitter in Omaha.
Tell us a little about your business.
Bath Fitter was born of the idea that a bath tub remodel didn’t have to be a major disruption to your life. With over 30 years of experience, we specialize in tub solutions and tub-to-shower conversions that can be completed in as little as a day in most cases. Our premium acrylic tubs and walls are custom made to ensure a perfect, watertight fit.
How did you get started in the business?
I came from the retail paint industry of 22 years and was looking for a smaller company that values its employees as much as its customers. I found a home with Bath Fitter.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally?
I would have to say staffing is always the biggest challenge. I always want to put the right people in the right position and watch them grow. When they grow and move up, the process starts all over again.
Tell us a little about your family.
I’ve been married to my beautiful wife Cara for 22 years. We have three boys. Our oldest is 20 and finding his way in life. My younger boys, 15 and 13, are self-taught musicians and both linemen on their respective football teams.
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life?
It may be cliché, but it was a car accident that I shouldn’t have walked away from. I was the passenger and had no control of the situation. In the 11 years since, I have made it a point to be very aware of my surroundings/situation and to not take anything for granted. Being happy and making memories with my boys became a priority.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
I enjoy finding things to do with my wife and boys or spending time in my workshop creating sawdust, curse words, and the occasional finished wood project.
What is your favorite quote or the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
“Perception is reality in the eyes of the perceiver.” It makes you think about other people’s perspective. Whether business or personal, it allows me to understand and choose my words and actions carefully.
Which talent would you most like to have?
One of my few regrets in life is that I did not continue to learn a musical instrument. I took a few years of piano as a kid and stopped playing when I reached my teenage years. As I watch my boys learn and appreciate being able to play music, I kick myself for not keeping up with it.
If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be?
I have always wanted to teach. I find great joy in helping people achieve their goals and helping them help themselves.
What is your favorite local restaurant?
I love all good food and many restaurants in Omaha. If I had to choose, it would be a three-way tie between Smokin Barrel BBQ, Maria’s, and Ralston BigWay Burger Bar & Grill.