ABILENE, Texas – After building one of Tigé Boats’ most successful dealerships, Terry Barrett has joined the company as national sales manager, the company reported in a recent statement.
Barrett comes to the Abilene, Texas,-based inboard company after operating Tigé Precision Boats in Mesa, Ariz. He founded the dealership with his wife Betsy in 1996. The Barretts immediately began building market share in the area and earned “1996 Tigé Rookie of the Year.” Since then, Tigé Precision Boats has become one of the world’s top performing Tigé dealerships and has been a consistent market share leader in the highly competitive Phoenix market, the boat builder reported. The dealership also continues to rank among the world’s top three Tigé dealerships in terms of volume and customer service ratings.
While operating his dealership, Barrett has also been active with Tigé on a corporate level, assisting with photo shoots, events and serving on the company’s dealer advisory council.
Before becoming a Tigé dealer Barrett completed a 25-year career with the fire department in Tempe, Ariz., where he served as assistant fire chief and earned numerous merit awards including “Firefighter of the Year.”
In his new position as national sales manager, Barrett will bring a wealth of real-world dealership and retail sales experience to the Tigé sales team, according to Tigé CEO Charlie Pigeon.
“Terry has demonstrated the ability to build a successful dealership from the ground up,” Pigeon said. “That experience will be a tremendous asset in meeting our need to aggressively expand our dealer network and increase sales for existing dealers. His longstanding dedication to our company plus his extensive knowledge of the Tigé product and our market means that Terry will likely have an immediate positive impact on our entire organization.”
Barrett said that healthy, successful dealers are essential to Tigé growth.
“Dealers are key to making Tigé the most competitive boat company in the world,” he said. “I’ll be working hard to increase dealer margins and to help our dealerships achieve greater profitability and higher market share.”