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Officers

Chairman: Steve Baum                                                                                        Term: 2013-2014
Boat Owners Warehouse, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Phone: 954-463-4307, Ext. 302

Bio: 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, Tennessee
Phone: 423-472-1201

Bio: 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                                                                           Term: 2013-2014
Mount Dora Boating Center, Mount Dora, Florida
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                                                        Term: 2013-2014
The Nautic Group, Inc., Elkhart, Indiana
Phone: 281-334-26281

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.

 


Regional Directors

Rob Soucy,                                                                                                           Term: 2013-2015
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 dealership since the age of 15 and after graduating from Northeastern University in ... Read more.
Jeff Strong,                                                                                                          Term: 2013–2015
Region 2: Conn., N.J., N.Y., R.I.    
Strong's Marine, Mattituck, New York
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,                                                                                                    Term: 2014-2016
Region 3: Del., D.C., Md., Pa., Va., W.V.
Hoffmaster's Marina, Woodbridge, Virginia
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.
Jeff Hall,                                                                                                              Term: 2014–2016
Region 4: Kent., N.C., S.C., Tenn.
Hall Marine Group, Lake Wylie, South Carolina
Phone: 803-831-2101

Bio: Jeff began working in the family marine business at a young age. Hall Marine Group started in the 70's as a dock building company and has grown into a company with multiple boat dealerships and marinas ... Read more.

Darren Plymale,                                                                                                   Term: 2013-2015
Region 5: Ala., Fla., Ga., Miss.
Galati Yacht Sales, St. Petersburg, Florida
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.
Jeff Haradine,                                                                                                      Term: 2014–2016
Region 6: Ill., Ind., Mich., Ohio
WakeSide Marine, Elkhart, Indiana
Phone: 574-264-2874

Bio: Jeff is the President of WakeSide Marine. He began his career in the marine industry in 2001 when an acquaintance purchased a boat storage facility and hired him to help with the business operation. Within a year, Jeff, and a partner, took ownership of the facility themselves and founded of WakeSide ... Read more.
Dave Briggs,                                                                                                        Term: 2014–2016
Region 7: Minn., N.D., S.D., Wis.                                                                
Wayzata Marine, Orono, Minnesota
Phone: 952-471-7000

Bio: Dave is the President of Wayzata Marine.

Nancy Smith,                                                                                                       Term: 2013–2015
Region 8:
Colo., Iowa, Kans., Mo., Mont., Neb., N.M., Wyo.
Colorado Boat Center, Loveland, Colorado
Phone: 970-663-6473

Bio: 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.

Martin Boyer,                                                                                                       Term: 2014–2016
Region 9: Ark., La. ,Okla., Texas                                                          
Austin Boats & Motors, Lakeway, Texas
Phone:
512-263-2811

Bio: Martin is the VP/General Manager of Austin Boats & Motors. Martin's career in the marine industry began in 1990 while serving as porter and grounds keeper for Austin Boats & Motors. In 1994 he was trained in personal watercraft repair and became assistant service writer. Read more.
Craig Brosenne,                                                                                                  Term: 2014–2016
Region 10: Alaska, Az., Calif., Hawaii, Idaho, Nev., Ore., Utah, Wash.
Hagadone Marine Group, Coeur D Alene, Idaho
Phone: 702-451-2992

Bio: Craig is the General Manager of Hagadone Marine Group.
Carly Poole,                                                                                                          Term: 2013–2015
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. Starting as a boat washer and moving her way through the business after graduation from college, Carly moved into ... Read more.



Directors At Large

Larry Tague,                                                                                                                   Term: 2014
Director at Large
Lake Viking Marine, Gallatin, Montana
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.
Don MacKenzie,                                                                                                              Term: 2014
Director at Large
Boats, Inc., Niantic, Connecticut
Phone: 860-739-6251

Bio: Don MacKenzie joined the marine industry in 1989 as a sales person at Boats 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,                                                                                                                     Term: 2014
Director at Large
MarineMax, Inc., Clearwater, Florida
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.
Josh Vallely,                                                                                                                     Term: 2014
Director at Large (YLAC Representative)
Vallely Sport & Marine, Bismarck, North Dakota
Phone: 701-258-9223

Bio: Josh Vallely is the third generation to be involved in his family's marine and powersports business. Founded in 1974, Vallely Sport & Marine is located in Bismarck and Minot, N.D. Upon graduation from The University of North Dakota in ... Read more.

 

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