Industry mourns Jack Barnes

Longtime Perko, Inc. employee John “Jack” Barnes passed away on Sept. 3.

Barnes started his career in the marine industry in 1972 when he joined the Henry S. Gartner & Associates rep firm and focused on OEM accounts throughout Florida. Six years later, he became president & majority shareholder. In 1995 he relinquished his presidential and administrative duties to focus on the aftermarket. At the end of 2000 Barnes sold his interest in Gartner Associates and retired.

Not being one to stand still for long, Barnes decided it was time for a second career. He joined Perko, Inc. as the aftermarket sales manager in January of 2001. For the next 16 years he traveled the country working shows, developing aftermarket programs and cementing relationships.

Barnes was well loved throughout the marine industry and will be sadly missed. Online condolences may be made at

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