Chairman: Steve Baum
Boat Owners Warehouse, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Phone: 954-463-4307, Ext. 302
: Steve Baum started his career in the marine
industry in 1981 right out of high
school when he took a job at Cable
Marine, a full service boat yard. He worked his way
up from the bottom,
starting as a bottom painter and doing ... Read more.
Vice Chairman: Randy Wattenbarger Term: 2013-2014
Cleveland Boat Center, Cleveland, Tenn.
: After receiving an engineering degree , Randy
worked at a nuclear plant being
constructed by Duke Power before buying
in to a small resort in southeast Tennessee.
When the marine business
outgrew the facility, property was ... Read more.
Secretary/Treasurer: Joe Lewis
Phone: 352-383-3150 Bio
: Joe Lewis came to the marine industry in 1989
with the purchase of Mount Dora
Marina after a 20-year career in the
outdoor power equipment distribution business.
Since than he has
served as it general manager over seeing all aspects ... Read more.
Immediate Past Chairman: David Foulkrod
Ron Hoover RV & Marine, LaMarque, Texas
Phone: 409-935-7101 Bio
: David Foulkrod began his marine carrier in
January of 1983 as a partner/owner
in a new start up yacht sales and service business named
Ship and Sail, Inc.
Throughout the years he evolved with the dealership
as it evolved ... Read more.
Rob Soucy, Region 1: Maine, Mass. N.H., Vt.
Port Harbor Marine, South Portland, Maine
Phone: 207-767-3254 Bio
: Rob Soucy grew up in the boating business and boating has always been a
way of life for him. Rob has been involved with every aspect of the
the age of 15 and after graduating from Northeastern
University in ... Read more.
Jeff Strong, Region 2:
Conn., N.J., N.Y., R.I. Term: 2013–2015
Strong's Marine, Mattituck, N.Y.
Phone: 631/298-4770, ext. 23 Bio
: Having been brought up in the
marine business since he was 8 years old,
Jeff Strong has been exposed to all
areas of dealership operations. He began his
marine industry career on the glamorous side,
raking leaves, painting ... Read more
Joe Hoffmaster, Region 3:
Del., D.C., Md., Pa., Va., W.V. Term: 2012-2014
Hoffmaster's Marina, Woodbridge, Va.
Phone: 703-494-7161 Bio
: Joe is the 2nd generation owner of Hoffmaster's
Marina. He graduated from the
University of Virginia in 1984 and has
worked at every position at the marina over the
ensuing years. He won
Chris Craft's Top salesman award in ... Read more.
R.T. (Bob) McMahan, Region 4:
Kent., N.C., S.C., Tenn.
Erwin Marine Sales, Chattanooga, Tenn.
Phone: 423-698-1982 Bio
: Bob is the COO for Erwin Marine Sales, Inc. with
headquarters in Chattanooga,
Tenn. The company is a full line
dealer for Sea Ray Boats and other Brunswick marine
products. They own
and operate three sales and service locations in ... Read more.
Darren Plymale, Region 5:
Ala., Fla., Ga., Miss. Term: 2013-2015
Galati Yacht Sales, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Phone: 727-576-8336 Bio
: Darren Plymale has been involved in the marine industry since 1992, holding
various management roles at the dealer level
and within the marine lending sector.
His tenure with the marine
industry lenders provided an excellent ... Read more.
Jim Thorpe, Region 6:
Ill., Ind., Mich., Ohio Term: 2012–2014
Spring Brook Marina, Seneca, Ill.
Phone: 815-357-8666 Bio
: Jim Thorpe started Spring Brook Marina with
father in 1961 with 7 acres of land
and 17 slips. Over the next almost
50 years the original marina has been developed
to 200 acres and 225
slips. Ten storage buildings have been built for ... Read more.
John Vallely, Jr., Region 7:
Minn., N.D., S.D., Wis. Term: 2011–2013
Vallely Sport & Marine
Phone: 701-258-9223 Bio
: John Vallely, Jr. began his business career in
1974 working in his family business
while completing his college
education at the University of North Dakota. In 1976 he
boats and motors in Williston, N.D., and in the fall of ... Read More.
Colo., Iowa, Kans., Mo., Mont., Neb., N.M., Wyo.
Colorado Boat Center
: Nancy Smith is co-owner and vice president of
Colorado Boat Center. She
actively directs the consumer and business
financing, marketing, communications,
HR, website and administrative
duties. Nancy has been working in
... Read More.
Rod Malone, Region 9: Ark., La. ,Okla., Texas Term: 2011–2013
Sail & Ski Centers, Austin, Texas
Bio: Rod Malone was an avid boater from childhood and
after graduating from The
University of Texas School of Engineering in
1963 and serving a 12 year stint in the
electronics industry, Rod, a 36-year marine industry veteran, turned a ... Read more.
Linda Nelson, Region 10:
Alaska, Az., Calif., Hawaii, Idaho, Nev., Ore., Utah, Wash.
Dry Dock Boat Sales, Las Vegas, Nev. Term 2011– 2013
Phone: 702-451-2992 Bio
: Linda Gripentog Nelson began her marine career
upon birth, as she was born the
same year her parents, Bob and Betty
Gripentog bought a small marina on Lake Mead,
Las Vegas Boat Harbor. Over the years the family (including ... Read more.
Carly Poole, Region 11: Canada
Buckeye Marine, Bobcaygeon, Ontario
Phone: 705-738-5151 Bio
: Carly Poole has worked in the marine
industry through her family's business,
Buckeye Marine since childhood.
a boat washer and moving her way
through the business after
graduation from college, Carly moved into ... Read more.
Directors At Large
Larry Tague, Director at Large
Lake Viking Marine, Gallatin, Mo. Term: 2013
Phone: 660-663-3722 Bio
: Beginning as a boat mechanic for Tate Marine,
Gallatin, Mo., in 1968 Larry has
extensive experience working in,
building and promoting the boating industry. Larry has
been a sales
representative and managed several marine dealerships ... Read more.
, Director at Large
Boats, Inc., Niantic, Conn.
: Don MacKenzie joined the marine industry in 1989 as a sales person
Incorporated. His interest in
the company had peaked the August before as he was
working for Anheuser Busch
where they were the corporate sponsor ... Read more.
Brett McGill, Director at Large
MarineMax, Inc., Clearwater, Fla.
Phone: 727-531-8150, ext. 10103 Bio
: Prior to joining MarineMax, Inc., in 1996, Brett McGill began his professional
career with Integrated Dealer Systems, a software
development firm where he was
recognized for helping grow business 300 percent. In 1996 ...Read more.
Ryan Hebert, Director at Large (YLAC Representative)
Texas Marine, North Beaumont, Texas
Phone: 409-898-7632 Bio
: Ryan Hebert was raised in the boating industry.
His father, Mike Hebert, opened
Texas Marine in 1981 in Beaumont Texas.
Having grown into a three-location
dealership in and around the Houston
Texas area, Ryan
... Read more