Buckeye Marine Restructures Management


Buckeye Marine, Bobcaygeon, Ontario, has announced a new management structure after the passing of Co-owner Gary Poole.

Debbie Poole, will now hold the position of President and General Manager. She brings over 30 years of business experience in the marine industry to the position. Debbie Poole has owned and operated Lakeside Sewing Limited since 1983 as well as working with Buckeye Marine in various capacities. She is a past president of Boating Ontario (formerly known as the OMOA) and currently holds a position on its advisory board. She continues to sit on the Toronto Boat Show Committee, which she has done for 15 years.

Chris Poole will move on to own and operate the Muskoka Boat Gallery, Minett, Ontario, which is now an independent operation that sells and services MasterCraft boats in the Muskoka region. “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,” stated the dealership in its announcement.

Grant Jowitt will continue to serve Buckeye and its customers as Service Manager. Jowitt has worked in the marine industry for over 20 years and has been with Buckeye for 14 years.

Jeff Mackay, who has been with Buckeye for 14 years, will now lead the sales team.

Carly Poole continues on as Marketing Manager having worked with the business for 17 years.  She is very active  in the marine industry working with Boating Ontario and the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas among other boards and committees.

Jay Poole will continue his job as Service Liaison, overseeing new boat delivery. Jay Poole has worked with Buckeye for over 16 years and has a wealth of technical knowledge as well as  expertise in the water sports industry. He works with Water Ski Wakeboard Ontario and Waterski Wakeboard Canada as a National Team Coach and NCCP Master Learning Facilitator.

“Buckeye is excited about this new structure,” concluded the dealership in the announcement. “Management will lead the now 64-year-old business into the future by creating an even better experience for its customers.”

Buckeye Marine is a family owned and operated dry-land boat dealership located in the Kawartha Lakes region. The business offers Chaparral, MasterCraft, PrinceCraft, Regal, Starcraft and Yamaha PWCs. It's also a dealer of Mercury, MerCruiser, Volvo Penta, Yamaha and Ilmor power products.