President, Premier Marine, Inc.
Education: B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Information Systems Management
Years in the marine industry: 34
What are some of the biggest lessons you have learned working in the marine industry? The marine industry is a large extended family. As a tight-knit industry most of us have learned to compete with ethics and at the end of the day sit down and talk about industry obstacles and goals.
Was it difficult to navigate a career in this industry? Why or why not? I have found the industry to be very accepting of individuals willing to work hard. Honesty and hard work are necessary credentials in our industry. Working in a family business it was necessary to be willing to do the extra work without expecting recognition. As in any industry, learning the ropes was important and being respectful to those that have paved the way for bigger and better things.
If you had to choose one memorable achievement in the marine industry, what would it be and why? The appointment the NMMA BMD Board in 2015 was very important to me. My father, Bob Menne, served on the BMD Board as well as the main NMMA Board for many years and was very passionate about my participation. Growing our industry has been equally as important to our family as growing our business.
What advice do you have for women starting their careers in the marine industry? As in any manufacturing arena, women’s roles are constantly changing and opportunities will be there. Show your strengths and always be willing to participate on committees, boards, and discussions.
What would you be doing if you weren’t working in the boating industry? I have an entrepreneurial sprit, I am sure I would be starting a new business.
What are some of your favorite non-boating hobbies? Photography and Landscaping/Gardening.