In mid 2003, Braswell was approached to market and distribute the Kanga line of products, as well as the Boxer line. He knew this undertaking would require tremendous sums of money and expertise. By the end of 2003, Compact Power, Inc. was born. It specializes in a wide array of equipment from full sized skids, tractor loader backhoes, to mini skid steers and backhoes, attachments and trailers.
Braswell, with his wife Teresa, live outside of Charlotte, North Carolina. They have a daughter, Angela, 32, who is raising two children of her own. For relaxation, they have a mountain retreat they like to visit. The Braswells enjoy playing golf once in a while, but love playing with their grandchildren, and are very active in their church.
Braswell has a passion to see how high is high. He loves the opportunity to give back to his community, his church, and the industry that has been so good to him. One of the greatest compliments Braswell can receive is the accolades he gets when he talks to some of his former employees. In and around the Charlotte, North Carolina area, you can find some fifteen companies where the owners were former Braswell employees.
Roger Braswell had a vision; he saw something very few people saw only a few years ago, a market for equipment in miniaturization. ?The idea of replacing labor with equipment will drive the business,? commented Braswell. ?To be able to put equipment in places you couldn?t get to before is exciting. Areas that had to be done by hand can now be done by machine, because of miniaturization of the equipment. This is the perfect tool for the landscape contractor, among other building trades contractors.
It was as clear to him then as it is now that hydraulic power and miniaturization charts a whole new course, and with it new opportunities.
Braswell is truly self taught, his achievements will be a high water mark for others to attempt to reach. Yet through it all, he maintains an integrity that speaks volumes.