Kennebunkport Marina has hired Shawn Dumas as operations manager. In his new role, Dumas will help with the marina’s expansion.
“We are thrilled to be bringing Shawn aboard,” said marina owner Mike Shea in a statement. “His keen insight and broad industry experience will provide strong guidance in evolving our operations. Together with Cathy Norton, marina manager, and Gary Muslow, yard supervisor, this skilled management team will work to upgrade current marina amenities and expand and enhance service offerings.”
Dumas, 47, is from Dayton, Maine, and has been in the marine industry since the early 1980s. he started as a yard worker at a local family marina and became a certified master technician. Dumas moved on to Yankee Marina in Yarmouth where he worked on everything from marine engines to systems on large yachts. In 2004, he was hired as an outboard technician at Yarmouth Boat Yard where he moved up through the ranks, eventually becoming general manager.
“Between Yankee Marina and Yarmouth Boat Yard, I’ve been driving to Yarmouth for 20 years,” said Dumas in an interview this morning. “I have kids in high school and middle school and my commute is now about 20 minutes.”
Shea has recently purchased some additional property on Elm Street in Biddeford, Maine, to expand the marina’s service and storage businesses. Dumas had been involved in similar expansion projects at Yarmouth Boat Yard, so his experience was a natural fit. “There’s genuine interest in doing it for the right reasons,” Dumas explained. While his experience helped answer questions from personnel the day he started, Dumas added, “Just as important, I knew what not to try.”
Like many service-oriented businesses in the marine industry, Kennebunkport Marina faces the challenge of making sure it has properly trained personnel. “We’re putting systems in place to crank up the service level and attention to detail that people in this area expect,” said Dumas.