CELORON – As Ready About Sailing, Inc. enters its third decade serving boaters on Chautauqua Lake, new owners and officers have been announced by outgoing President and Owner, Greg Swan.
The full-service marina, located at 32 Venice Ave., Celoron has been purchased and will now be managed by employees Rebecca Wallace, Dennis Newhouse and Brett Swan. The marina was founded in 2001.
Rebecca (Becca) Wallace, former chief commercial officer, becomes president and CEO of the company. Her employment with the company began in 2010, but Wallace says she basically “grew up at the marina.” She has been passionate about sailing since the age of 5 and has been spending weekends and family holidays at the marina ever since. Wallace Becca has held positions at the company’s dealership in Long Point State Park, as office assistant, office manager and currently business manager for the past five years. She graduated from Jamestown Community College with a degree in business administration.
Dennis Newhouse has been a Service Manager with Ready About Sailing Inc. for over 15 years and was employed as a Chief Engineer at the Marina prior to the establishment of Ready About Sailing. Newhouse has been a qualified powerboat, engine and navigation system mechanic for over 30 years.
After the founding of Ready About Sailing, Newhouse developed skills in the repair and maintenance of sailboats of all kinds, not only on Lake Chautauqua, but from Cleveland to Pittsburgh, to Lake Erie, to Buffalo. and the Finger Lakes.
Brett Swan is one of the founders, owners and general secretaries of Ready About Sailing and has worked there for over 20 years. Swan has been a property manager since the company’s inception and maintains the permanent dock systems, storage and service buildings and all grounds on the property. He was trained at WholeSail Yachting in Buffalo and is an experienced rigger and splicer of simple and complex sailboat rigging systems, mooring and anchoring lines and systems, as well as decorative knots and splicing. Brett Swan was the Manager of On-site Marina Fittings for many years.
Greg Swan will serve as a consultant to the company through an extended transition period.
“I have full confidence in this talented and experienced group and all the key employees who will support them for the future,” said Greg Swan. “Our customers know each of them for the unique value each brings to the business and as they step into their new roles, I know they will take their customer service to an even higher level. higher.”
Ready About Sailing was founded in November 2001 with a stated mission to serve the sailing community with local, friendly products and services. In 2004, the company purchased the Holiday Harbor West docks and storage properties and expanded its range of product and service offerings to include powerboats and paddle steamers. Since then, services have expanded to include managing food and beverage and fuel concessions at Long Point State Park for the past 15 years.