Bobcaygeon, ON- On Friday October 11, 2013 Buckeye Marine announced a new management structure, following the
passing of co-owner Gary Poole.
Debbie Poole will now hold the position of President and General Manager. Debbie brings to the position over 30 years of
business experience and connection to the Marine industry. She has owned and operated Lakeside Sewing Limited since
1983 as well as working with Buckeye Marine in various capacities. Debbie was the president of the Ontario Marine
Operators Association and currently holds a position on its advisory board. She continues to sit on the Toronto Boat Show
Committee, which she has done for the past 15 years.
Chris Poole has moved on to own and operate the Muskoka Boat Gallery, now an independent operation, selling and
servicing Mastercraft boats in the Muskoka region. His long tenure in the marine industry will be a great asset for the
boating public in the Muskoka area. The Buckeye family is grateful for his immense contribution to the business over the
years and wishes him all the best as he carries on with this exciting venture.
Grant Jowitt will continue to serve Buckeye and its customers as Service Manager. Grant has worked in the marine industry
for over 20 years and has been with Buckeye for 14 years, performing with excellence that will continue to serve our
Jeff MacKay will take on a new position to lead our sales team. Jeff has been with the Buckeye sales team for over 14 year
and brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and focus on customer satisfaction to his new position.
Carly Poole will remain as Marketing Manager. Carly has worked with Buckeye for 17 years, and is very active within the
boating industry in Canada and the United States, working with both Boating Ontario and MRAA, among other boards and
Jay Poole will continue his job as Service Liaison, in charge of new boat delivery. Jay has worked with Buckeye for over 16
years and has a wealth of technical knowledge as well as being active in the water sports world working with WSWO and
Waterski Wakeboard Canada as a National Team Coach and NCCP Master Learning Facilitator.
Buckeye is excited about this new structure. Management will lead the now 64 year old business into the future by creating
an even better experience for its customers. The company will continue to focus on building even stronger relationships
with vendors, employees, customers as well as the boating and local communities.
About Buckeye Marine
Buckeye Marine is an international award winning, family owned and operated boat dealership which has been located in
Bobcaygeon, Ontario since 1949. Our full sales and service dryland facility is conveniently located in the Kawartha Lakes
region between Pigeon and Sturgeon lakes on the Trent Severn Waterway. Buckeye proudly supports a great line up of
products including Chaparral, MasterCraft, PrinceCraft, Regal, Yamaha PWC's and Starcraft, as well as a variety of reliable
power products from Mercury, Mercruiser, Yamaha and Ilmor. Additionally Buckeye offers pre-owned & brokerage boat
sales, top notch service, storage, parts and accessories sales, in-house financing, boating courses, rentals and much more.
For more information about Buckeye Marine please contact:
Carly Poole (Marketing)
705-738-5151 ex 232