Our goal in business is to help people have fun and enjoy the outdoors by boating on our beautiful lakes and waterways.
We therefore believe that the boat buying and owning experience should be enjoyable, low-pressure, and hassle-free. We consider ourselves consultants rather than salespeople, and listen to your wants, needs, and concerns in order to help you get the boat that’s right for you.
We provide in-house financing, and work with many banks and lending institutions, so that we are able to offer very competitive rates and terms on boat loans to qualified customers . We also handle the title work for our customers to make it more convenient for them.
Mike is our most experienced salesperson, having worked at The Great Outdoors for 22 years. He managed our Great Escape location for 6 years. In addition to being a top-notch salesperson, he has extensive service training and experience as well. He is a Mercury and Mercruiser certified technician, and has attended Mercury and Yamaha online schools. His sales training includes Tracker Marine University (he is a certified Tracker salesman), Godfrey University, and Stingray sales training. He loves fishing (he has his own boat) and hunting. He is very dedicated to his family: wife of 34 years Penny, sons Tyler (married to Chloe) and Corey (married to Brittany), granddaughter Kalee Belle, and the newest addition to his family – his grandson Kye Braxley. He is also very active in his church. Mike says he enjoys meeting new people everyday, being part of a team, being around boats, and selling fun!
David has been with The Great Outdoors for 13 years. He grew up in Huntington, and lived for a time in Orlando where he worked for Regal Boats. He has worked in the rigging department for most of his time employed here. He has been in sales part-time, and was one of the main salespeople at our Great Escape location. This year, he became a full-time salesperson. He has attended Tracker University and became a Certified Tracker Salesperson, and also has attended Godfrey University to gain product knowledge of those pontoon boats. David is married to Pam and they have a teen-age son Adam. David’s main hobby in the spring and summer is gardening and yard work, and in the fall is hunting and watching Adam play football.
Jordan has been with The Great Outdoors for 4 years. She grew up in Huntington, graduated from Spring Valley High School and attended Marshall University. Before starting work at The Great Outdoors in 2012, she worked at our Beech Fork Lake Marina for 3 years, so she got first-hand experience helping people enjoy their boats at the lake and renting boats to new boaters. Jordan says, “The people I work with are great! We take our job very seriously around here, but we can also joke and laugh with one another. Everyone genuinely cares about one another and we’re like a family.” Jordan is very family oriented; She has two children – Braedyn (9) and Ashtyn (5).
Nikki has been with The Great Outdoors Marine since 2015. She grew up in Lavalette, WV & graduated from Marshall University. Before starting at The Great Outdoors, she was in the Pharmaceutical Industry and her family “Blatt’s Greenhouse & Garden Center”. She is a Certified Tracker Salesperson. She and her husband, Jamie, love
to boat and fish. They keep their pontoon at Beech Fork Lake Marina and take their children, Livia and Peyton, out every chance they get. They also enjoy traveling and gardening.
Tina is our accounting person and does a great job keeping up with all our financials. We recently revamped our accounting system and she has been instrumental in its design and execution. Tina has been with us since 2007, having previously worked in banking and in the coal business. She is married to Tim, and she has 2 children and 4 grandchildren who are her pride and joy. She is very family-oriented and loves to cook and have family gatherings at her house. She is one of the most upbeat people we have on staff, and sets a great example with her positive attitude.
Meghan is our sales/administrative assistant and has been with The Great Outdoors since 2007. She has been valuable in setting up our point of sale and dealer management computer systems, working with customers at the front counter, and generally being an administrative jack of all trades. She is originally from Arizona and is married to her high school sweetheart Ryan; they have 2 children, Liam (10) and Brianna (6). She is attending University of Maryland University College, studying accounting and business administration, and has contributed many ideas for bettering our business. Her hobbies include tae kwon do with her family, hunting and camping. She enjoys the close family feeling of working at The Great Outdoors, where everyone cares about one another. She says it is a fun work atmosphere, and the company is always striving for improvement.