We could not be more excited for the good folks at the Antique Boat Center and some of the big positive changes they have set in motion. I have personally known the gang for some time and it’s always exciting when pals make the tough changes to make things better for the long haul. In a hobby, passion, business that is all about not changing, it’s even more special. Rob Lyons who is named in the below press release is an amazing energetic passionate guy who bleeds varnish and knows business very well. We are also jazzed to announce that Matt Balough is now the President. He has vowed to start out by working on a universal health plan for….. Oh god! Just kidding.. Matt’s a great guy who is dead serious about continuing and growing the fantastic reputation of the Antique Boat Center. From our conversations in Tavares, there is some cool new stuff in play. Anyway, I could go on and on, but its kinda repetitive and they wrote,a nd spelled it better in there, thier… official press release.. Happy reading.
The Antique Boat Center is excited to announce several recent changes that will further enhance services to our customers and build our organization for its next 25 years for both our local and international markets.
As of the first of the year, Matt Balogh was named President of Antique Boat Center and Modern Marine Center (MMC). Matt brings over 20 years of experience in the Marine Industry with a great passion that blends the old and the new into the boating experience. Matt’s leadership guarantees a great mix of spirit, sales experience, and customer focus to ABC/MMC. Matt is replacing Dennis Ryan (The Captain) who is assuming the role of CEO. Lou Rauh the founder of Antique Boat Center (ABC) will serve as Chairman. Both Lou and Dennis will remain highly active as they help Matt to lead ABC.
In addition to the new roles, Rob Lyons has joined ABC as a new Partner and is supporting our business growth and sustainability. Rob joins us with over 30 years business leadership experience and is an avid boater and collector.
We at ABC are delighted and saddened at the same time to announce the retirement of Joel Terbrueggen as of May 31, 2014. Joel has been a partner and leader at ABC for over 13 years. Over that time he has been an integral part of our success and contributed greatly to the antique and classic boat business and hobby. His unselfish sharing of expertise and skills has been the hallmark of his career. Although planning to enjoy his time away from ABC, Joel will continue supporting us on special projects that require his vast knowledge.
We are also happy to announce that Jeremy Bragg has been promoted to Shop Manager with responsibility for all service and restoration work. Jeremy’s 12 years at ABC have played an integral part in the success and quality of work performed by us. His innovation and attention to detail is essential to our service organization. We are looking forward to Jeremy’s leadership of our highly skilled and knowledgeable service team.
One of our old teammates, Jim Barach, is returning to ABC replacing Matt as General Sales Manager. Jim brings back his many years of experience in the antique and modern marine business as he leads the sales staff as they support our customers with sales, service and restoration. Jim like Matt has a great passion for the old and the new. His contagious enthusiasm is a welcome return.
These changes enable ABC to sustain their industry leading sales and service reputation, while expanding service offerings to boat enthusiasts worldwide. MMC is now positioned to provide the same high level of sales and service to the boating community. Please watch in the upcoming weeks as ABC and MMC will be announcing