Meet the Team

The best in the business at what they do!

Keith Rhodes

Principal Owner & CEO, Bluewater Capital, Inc. / Tri-State Marine

Keith and his wife Stephanie Rhodes are the owners of Tri-State Marine, only the second owners in Tri-State Marine’s 50+ year history. Keith leads day-to-day operations of Tri-State Marine, where he excitedly merges his passion for entrepreneurship and the marine industry. Prior, Keith spent 25+ year career in various executive leadership roles in the marketing and advertising industry — primarily in New York City and Boston. Keith is a proud graduate of Babson College, where he earned an MBA, and Quinnipiac University, where he graduated with a B.S. Marketing.

As the founder of Bluewater Capital, Inc., which includes ownership of Tri-State Marine, Tri-State Marine Tackle and Deale Marina, Keith brings his entrepreneurial spirit and marketing acumen to the marine industry — building on the incredible legacy created by the equally passionate and spirited team that have been at Tri-State Marine for decades.

Keith and Stephanie live in Annapolis/Eastport with their three children–Reiley (12 1/2), Beckham (9) and Carolina (5) – where they enjoy spending time off meeting new people and exploring the Chesapeake Bay Area.

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 bringing 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 the 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.

Lisa Gates

Office Manager, 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 Ogilvie

Marketing, Joined Tri-State Marine in 2017

Heather has been involved with us since she was 7 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.

Paula Martin

Parts Department, Joined Tri-State Marine in 1994

Paula is one of the first friendly faces you meet when you come into Tri-State Marine. She has been a dedicated employee working in our Parts Department for the past 28 years. If you don’t know Paula you haven’t spent much time at Tri-State Marine. She is filled with experience of getting customers their needed parts and supplies to get them back on the water. When she isn’t at Tri-State Marine you can bet she is spending time with her dog, Daisy and enjoying time with friends on their boat. Paula says being surrounded by good coworkers who are like family to her is what keeps her loving her career at Tri-State Marine.

Lynn Stark

Parts Department, Joined Tri-State Marine in 2003

Lynn has been with Tri-State Marine for over 19 years, first as our full-time receptionist to now working full-time in our Parts Department. Lynn is one of the first friendly faces you see as soon as you come into Tri-State Marine and is always ready to help you with questions regarding your visit. Prior to joining our team full-time, Lynn was already part of our family as her husband, Tim Stark, is our Certified Yamaha Technician and has been one of our “go-to” techs since 2001. Along with her husband, Lynn has been a great asset to Tri-State Marine over the years — always ready and willing to jump-in to make our customer experiences the best that it can be. When Lynn isn’t working at Tri-State Marine, she enjoys helping her husband with his antique outboard engine hobbies, driving her Hydroplane Race Boat and spending time with her dog and cat.

Theresa Vass

Bookkeeper, Joined Tri-State Marine in 2012

Theresa is one of our many behind the scenes faces, where she actively manages Tri-State Marine accounting across departments, while working directly with general management and ownership to ensure timely transactions and reporting. Theresa is one of our “go-to” individuals that supports the base function of our operation – there is little that Theresa doesn’t know about and when in doubt “Go ask Theresa.”  When Theresa isn’t managing Tri-State Marine books, she can be found spending time with her family, especially her 7 grandchildren. Theresa enjoys attending family events, working out and enjoying all that the “land of pleasant living” has to offer.

Service Department

Our certified techs will maintain your Grady-White, Parker or Sea Pro boat.

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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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Renee Cranford

Sales Associate