These are the people who are Little River. They are the reason this company exists, and they built your enchanting rowing craft for you. There are many others, but we wanted you to meet the long term guys who are the core of our efforts:
Ellen: She is the voice, and the heart, of our team. She manages the office, takes care of the team, handles all paperwork, satisfies all regulations, keeps track of everybody and everything. On top of this, at home she takes care of 2 kids with type 1 diabetes and a great husband. She will answer your phone call with a no-nonsense tone, then get your needs met pronto. But if you really have a need, she’ll listen to you for hours, then call you later to see how you’re doing. To us she’s one of the guys, always cheerful, and the easiest person in the world to get along with. ( We are very sad to share that Ellen passed away unexpectedly August 2, 2013. She will always be a part of the team. “Rest up, Ellen, we got this…”)
Darryl: He is our go-to guy. He makes sure your beautiful boat leaves here right, and on time. He does it all. If there is ever a need in production, or from a client who bought a second hand boat 20 years ago, or a vehicle that won’t run, Darryl is always there to help. He’s creative, loves to get everything done, always there. This six-foot, all country boy, has the skills of an executive and the will of a warrior. But there’s not a day we don’t hear him call his wife or grown kids and tell them he loves them.
Al: Most likely this is the guy you will meet in your front yard delivering your boat to you. This will likely be after he spent all week making it (He’s one of our gifted craftsmen), then all night driving across country to be at your place on time. He’s never angry, always faithful, and always trusting. He’ll give you the shirt off his back and he can fix or make anything. Al has a giant heart; at 60+ yrs young, he recently took in his 4 grandchildren full time. A better man you’ll never meet.
Ronnie: Our lead Heritage laminator. He is the Master Chef who turns rolls of fabric and buckets of resin into that stunning rowing craft you’re so proud of. He is steadfast, always here, always has a smile and a joking attitude. Ronnie is also a committed family man with a plethora of kids and grand kids living under his roof.
Mike: He is a master craftsman and manages the Heritage line from out of the mold to final packaging. Mike never, ever, complains. He never misses work. He never, ever, stops working. He’s an example to everyone around him. He never preaches, he just acts. He’s a perfectionist, with a heart. I wish he’d run for president, but I think heaven would consider that a step down from what he does now, which is being an inspiration.
Wayne: A friend for 20 years, Wayne prefers to innovate, think, and do what the “experts” say can’t be done. He heads up the R&D department.. He is also the lead Shell builder, and challenges himself to build a better one each time. If you like talking FRP, this is the guy. He also delivers many of the big loads, and loves meeting and talking with our clients.
Bill: That’s me. Not much to tell you haven’t learned from elsewhere on the site, but if you haven’t already, read a couple of the posts in Designer’s Corner