About Us

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Tri-State Marine offers you over 50 years of integrity and experience.

We have worked hard continually to earn our 50-year reputation of intergrity, professionalism, and expertise. We are proud to be equal to the quality of our products. Our decades-long personal and professional partnerships with Grady-White and Parker Boats gives us an insider perspective and capabilities not usually found at other dealerships and services centers.

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Come aboard the boat of your dreams in the Nations largest indoor boat showroom and talk with our experts!

Every member of our team consistently provides high-quality sales and a full-spectrum of superior after-sales services as well as boating accessories that receive our customer’s highest approval rating. Our team does whatever it takes to deliver what we promised, when we promised, and how we promised!

We enjoy sharing our deep knowledge of boating knowing that an educated customer makes a better purchase. We understand that a boat is not just a major purchase for our customers – it is their dream come true, their lifestyle, their pride and joy, their passion. All of us at Tri-State Marine pledge to launch your boating passion.

Meet the Team

The best in the business at what they do!

  • John Byrnes

    President, Joined Tri-State Marine in 1982

    John's strong management style and commitment to absolute integrity is the mainstay behind Tri-State Marine. During his 3 decades of leadership he has steered our crew through many storms, calm seas, and invigorating rides. Through it all his business philosophy has never wavered, "Our work must adhere to the high-quality of our products and we must always, always make the customer happy". There are hundreds of satisfied customers who were delighted with the supreme extra effort that John and his Team gave to make them happy.

  • Bill Gay

    Sales Manager, Joined Tri-State Marine in 1972

    Bill has been a Bay area resident all of his life. Originally Sailor turned Power Boater and Fisherman. Bill has great knowledge of not only boats but of the local waterways as well. Bill has worked his way through the ranks at Tri-State Marine up to his current position of Sales Manager. Bill oversees the Sales and Rigging Team to ensure every customers dream is fulfilled.

  • Ron Young

    Sales, Joined Tri-State Marine in 1983

    Ron’s immense knowledge of the power boat industry, and the close attention he gives his customer’s needs has earned him a 100% in customer satisfaction ratings for the past three decades. His professionalism, honesty, and ability to provide critical information ensures that customers find the right boat for their lifestyle. An avid boater and fisherman, Ron knows his business. He also stays in touch with his clients for years after the sale serving as a valued resource and problem solver making most of them repeat buyer. Ron has 31 years in boat sales and completed nearly 2,000 sales transactions.

  • Robert Warren

    Sales, Joined Tri-State Marine in 1993

    Robert's in-depth understanding of power boats, coupled with his passion for fishing, ensure that customers love to talk to him about boats. Decades of working with buyers while personally living the power boat lifestyle has given him the ability to effectively match families with their perfect boat. Robert's customers quickly turn into friends as he continues to work with them through the years perfecting their boating experience. Robert has 25 years in boat sales and completed over 1,500 sales transactions making sure that he understands how to make your purchase swift and easy.

  • Harvey Gates

    Service Manager, Joined Tri-State Marine in 1980

    Third Generation of a Boat Dealer Family, keen interest in things mechanical, sharp mind for design and brining those ideas to fruition. Harvey has grown to be the backbone of Tri-State Marine and the go to guy for everything. He has been a dedicated member of Tri-State team for 39 years and our Service Manager for the past 26 years.

  • Michael Richardson

    Service Advisor, Joined Tri-State Marine in 2014

    One of the newest additions to the Tri-State Marine Service Team is Michael Richardson. Michael is eager to please, conscientious and efficient. What he lacks in years he makes up for with enthusiasm for his job.

  • Steve Felix

    Parts Manager / IT, Joined Tri-State Marine in 1987

    Our Parts manager is a multi-talented individual, lifetime boater, aviator and IT specialist. Steve uses his wide range of abilities to educate our customers in not only the best electronics package for boat, but how to get the most out of the electronics. He is not just an electronics expert, he knows everything there is to know regarding Yamaha and most other marine power systems. Steve Is also the Company Buyer. As Klinger was for his M*A*S*H unit on the hit show M*A*S*H, Steve is our Klinger.

  • Lisa Gates

    Executive Assistant, Joined Tri-State Marine in 1992

    Lisa has worked directly with John, our President for the past 33 years. She has done most everything involved in keeping a boat business running. Currently Lisa is the Title and Finance manager as well as all of the company’s Executive Assistant. She is married to our Service Manager Harvey who is the “Go to Guy” she is the “Go to Girl”. Should you need something special at Tri-State Marine, most likely you will meet with Lisa to get the request completed.

  • Dawn Yoder

    Tackle Shop Manager, Joined Tri-State Marine in 1996

    Dawn has been with our company for over 23 years. Her career began as our receptionist. In a short period of time we added “special events” Coordinator to her job. She managed 13 fishing tournaments which grew to over 50 boats and 400 people. Numerous other events were thrown in the mix too. In 2008 Dawn was moved to manage our Marina and Tackle store just a short distance away from our main location. Sales of Fuel and Tackle have more than doubled since we found the right person to run the operation. Dawn simply likes to please and that is what an operation like our Marina needs. The Tackle Shop and Marina is a full time position. The “special events” part of her job has moved to her Daughter Heather. Please visit our operation at 485 Deale Road and meet Dawn and her crew in person.

  • Heather Yoder

    Marketing, Joined Tri-State Marine in 2017

    Heather has been involved with us since she was 10 years old. Always on site helping with company events, fishing tournaments, flea markets, and demo weekends. It is exciting to have her now full time keeping us on track with social media and the constant business of keeping our website up to date. In 2018, she managed our 250 person Grady-White crab feast. She now manages all our company events.

  • Jack Devine

    Boat Delivery Captain, Joined Tri-State Marine in 2015

    Boater, Fisherman, President of the Chesapeake Bay Grady-White Club and Retired Arlington Fire Captain. Who has joined our team to provide our valued clientele with expert delivery and orientation of their new or new to them boats.

Service Department


Parts Department

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    Steve Felix

    Parts Manager / IT

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    Paula Martin


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    Brandon Suitt



We'll get you in touch with the right people

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    Lisa Gates

    Executive Assistant

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    Theresa Montgomery

    Book Keeper

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    Lynn Stark


Bait & Tackle Shop

Fuel, Bait & Tackle

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    Dawn Yoder

    Tackle Shop Manager

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    Marissa Helms

    Assistant Manager

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    Linda Poe

    Sales Associate

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    Renee Cranford

    Sales Associate

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    Jake Criste

    Sales Associate

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    Sean Duffy

    Sales Associate

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    Steve Lanham

    Sales Associate