CUSTOM MARINE - Key Persons
Brad Lanier began his boating industry career in January of 2000. He is a native of Bulloch county and been an avid outdoorsman most of his life. Brad's ties to southeast Georgia run deep, as he is a native of Bulloch County and has been an avid outdoorsman most of his life. During his career at Custom Marine, Brad has helped hundreds of boaters find the perfect vessel to match their boating needs. He has made many lifetime memories fishing and boating with his father, family, and close friends on our coastal waters. Brad takes great pride in sharing his vast knowledge of the boating lifestyle to educate each and every one of his customers on the boat they are looking for, as well as having a safe and enjoyable boating experience. Brad resides in Statesboro with his wife, Abby, and their two sons. He loves spending time with his family hunting, fishing, playing backyard football and little league baseball.
If you've been to the Custom Marine service department, you've probably met Chris. Chris first joined the Custom Marine family when he was 16 years old. He has worked in most every department, but the service department is where he excels. With over 33 years of experience in the boating industry, Chris is a vital resource for our service customers. He is an expert in most every type of marine service, from routine maintenance and oil changes to more complex diagnostics. He thrives on finding solutions for all of his customers, finds joy in helping fellow boaters have a positive boating experience.
Chris is married to wife, Sheila, and has one son. In his spare time, you can find him spending time with his wife, fishing, relaxing and enjoying life.
When you enter Custom Marine, don't be alarmed if you hear a bark. That's just CJ saying hello. She's working on her inside voice, but she just loves her job so much she can't help it sometimes. Though she may look sweet, CJ takes her job at Custom Marine very seriously. As the Customer Service Manager, CJ spreads a little love everywhere she goes. Busted motor? CJ can help. Nervous about finding the right boat? Let CJ ease your mind. Spouse upset you bought another boat? No worries! CJ will keep you company. If you're really lucky, she may even bring you one of her favorite things. Crumpled paper, her new toy, a bone…she's willing to show you all of it in hopes they bring you as much joy as they do her.
When CJ isn't spreading love at Custom Marine, she enjoys spending time with her humans and four legged brothers and sisters. She loves eating, playing outside and running, and getting petted. Whether you're looking for a new boat, getting your boat serviced, buying parts, or just need a friend, CJ is ready to help!
Born and raised in Bulloch County, Danny has enjoyed the beautiful coast of the low country much of his life. Even as a young child, he has enjoyed fishing, hunting, and just enjoying the great outdoors. Danny's love for the outdoors and strong desire to serve others led him to serve in the United States Coast Guard for several years. Upon retiring from the Coast Guard, Danny returned home to Bulloch County. As a sports and fitness enthusiast, and you can usually catch him at most local 5k's and 10k's. Outside of work, Danny enjoys living life to the fullest with his wife, Nichole, and two children Mason and Maggie.
One of the things Danny enjoys the most about at working at Custom Marine is the strong family-centered environment. He is committed to helping each and every customer find the best boat for their needs. His experience on the water and dedication to serving others prove to be beneficial for each customer he has the pleasure of serving.
Originally from Jacksonville, North Carolina, James "Cory" Leary, came down to Statesboro looking for a forever home where he could enjoy the retirement life once it came knocking. Until then, he finds joy working at Custom Marine alongside his father. With 15 years of boating experience and certification in Yamaha, Mercury, and Suzuki, he was a natural fit for Custom Marine. He finds it is the perfect place for him with its great atmosphere, family-friendly environment, and workers who just get along. He likes working with fellow boat experts and helping customers solve boating problems. He knows, as any Custom Marine technician knows, the greatest sorrow for a boater is missed time on the water.
When not at work, he spends time with his two daughters, enjoying beautiful Statesboro and all it has to offer.
- Fiberglass Technician / Painter
Since James "Terry" Leary was 8, he's been messing around with boats, a child with a fascination for the nautical. Now 55 years later, he's still messing with boats-only this time, he's got a bit more certification to back him up. Nowadays, at 63, he comes at boats with certifications in DuPont 3M, Fiberglass Imron Paint, and Gel Coat. Hailing from Coastal North Carolina Morehead City, something brought him right to Statesboro's steps, his son, another technician at Custom Marine, and his granddaughter. After his son put in a good word, Custom Marine simply had to have him in our crew. Now he wakes up every day, looking forward to coming to work so he can keep messing around with boats alongside experts like himself.
When John West was a little boy, his father and uncle brought him out on a boat and taught him everything he knows now. Years later, John owns the boat, and his passion for boating still burns strong. He became a member of the team through Danny, our Parts & Service Manager, who he helped with some work. John enjoys the Custom Marine's hard-working, customer-focused environment and the sense of community it instills in him every day he shows up.
John is a Statesboro local with family all around town. By his side is his dog Gracie and his 20lb count named Floofy, who he thinks is pretty. When not at work, he spends his time out on the water fishing or hanging out with his buddies.
Born in Bulloch County, Jonathan was blessed to grow up in a sportsman's paradise. He'll tell you the top four things mattered to him while growing up: family, baseball, hunting and fishing. Years later, his love for the outdoors led in to his professional life, as a Sales Representative at Custom Marine. He supported his college years as a guide at a shooting preserve, which piqued his interest in instruction. He has provided shot gunning tips, dog handling and fishing advice to many. Growing up fishing off of the beaches of Georgia's Golden Isles provided the formation of one of Jonathan's early goals: boat ownership. Upon completing his degree at Georgia Southern University, Jonathan secured his first "real" job. He bought his first boat at Custom Marine; a '96 180 CC Sea Pro. Many boats and countless spring tides later, Jonathan still plies the waters of Coastal Georgia as often as he can. His strong knowledge of the boating industry, combined with his strong desire to help boaters of all levels are two of the main reasons why Jonathan has such a strong following of happy customers. His high school sweetheart, and now wife, Kim, shares his love of the boating lifestyle. They reside in Bulloch County, with two great kids: Jack and Jill. Jonathan first joined the Custom Marine family in 1999, and continues to build lasting relationships with many of his customers. In his spare time, he enjoys volunteering with his church and with youth athletics including baseball and football. He is dedicated to treating his customers, as he would like to be treated. Honesty, respect for one's time and true appreciation for one's business are his guiding principles while guiding a client to their boating lifestyle.