Our Team

Administration

Randy Ramsey

Randy Ramsey

President
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Tate Lawrence

Vice President of Operations
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Ed Stack

Vice President of Administration and Development
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Dew Forbes

Vice President of Special Projects
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Renee Lawrence

Accounting Manager
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Dan Carraway

Human Resources & Safety Manager
Stacie Johnson

Stacie Johnson

Recruiting and Retention Manager
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Dylan Cox

Health, Safety, Environmental Director

Custom Construction

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Gary Davis

New Construction Superintendent
Nile Mitchell

Nile Mitchell

Project Manager
Bryan Gray

Bryan Gray

New Construction Project Manager
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Chad Voorhees

Product Design Engineer
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Brandon Davis

Marine Systems Engineer
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Peyton Lanier

Marine Engineer

Service & Repair Yard

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Steven Blackwell

Project Manager
Donnie Lee

Donnie Lee

Service Liaison
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Kendra Lawrence

Service Administrator

Marine Parts, Surplus & Salvage

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Rich Melke

East’ard Marine Supply Store Manager

Merchandise & Apparel

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Brandy Doughman

Accounting Coordinator
Jarrett Bay Clothing Co.
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Katlyn Gillikin

Project Manager
Jarrett Bay Clothing Co.
Kennedy Worcester

Kennedy Worcester

Boathouse Store Manager
Jarrett Bay Clothing Co.

Stacie Johnson

Stacie Johnson

Recruiting and Retention Manager

Stacie Johnson joined Jarrett Bay in July of 2019 as the Recruitment and Retention Manager. Her primary focus is on cultivating relationships with local high schools, schools specific to boat building, and other organizations to promote and develop future employment opportunities at Jarrett Bay. Additionally, Stacie works to maintain a strong workforce for Jarrett Bay.

Stacie was born and raised in Claysville, Pennsylvania, just south of Pittsburgh. After graduating in 2000 from West Virginia University, she moved to Raleigh where she started her career in the pharmaceutical industry. In 2013, she moved back to Pittsburgh to become the business manager of Asti’s South Hills Pharmacy. After too many cold winters, the decision was made to move back down South. In 2016, she and her daughter, Harper, made their home in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina. For three years, she was the Business Operations Manager for the Medical Park Pharmacy group in Eastern North Carolina.

In Stacie's free time, she enjoys playing and watching sports, especially WVU and all professional Pittsburgh teams (but NOT Pitt!).

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Bryan Gray

Bryan Gray

New Construction Project Manager

Bryan Gray brings 25 years of professional experience in the marine industry specific to boat building and manufacturing to the Jarrett Bay family. Eight of those years he served as program chair of the North Carolina Marine Training & Education Center within the local public sector. Prior to that, his career working in industry consisted of managing many successful production teams within various aspects of both custom boat building and composite boat manufacturing. His love and passion for the trade of true custom wooden boat building landed him at Jarrett Bay where he joined the construction management and design team in June of 2019.

Bryan was born in High Point NC, however most of his childhood summer and fall months were spent on the waters around Beaufort Inlet fishing with his father since the age of three. Growing up in a family of fisherman with a father who was keen to the inshore waters of Bogue Sound and an older brother who had a desire for catching freshwater bass, Bryan quickly discovered that for him it was all about the boats and the salt waters that held them. Bryan framed his career around his passion for the art of boat building and has yet to work a day in his life.

He holds an AAS degree in Occupational Technologies along with numerous industry certifications including multiple A.B.Y.C certifications, advanced composites, 3D modeling, CNC technologies and is currently pursuing a degree in naval architecture.

When not working on boats, he can normally be found on his skiff with his wife and two boys catching fish, surfing, diving or just enjoying the simplicity of sitting in a beach chair on an isolated sandbar.

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Peyton Lanier

Peyton Lanier

Marine Engineer

Peyton joined Jarrett Bay in 2018 as a marine engineer. As the newest member of our new construction design team, he brings refreshing and unique perspective to the design process while collaborating alongside the rest of our team and customers to deliver world-class custom sportfish innovations.

Peyton grew up in central Florida, enjoying as much time as he could on the water fishing, boating and hunting. He has been a boat owner for as long as he can remember and knew that this passion was what he wanted to build his career around. In addition to earning his captains license in 2017, he received his Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Florida State University in 2018. He worked in the boating industry in Florida throughout his undergraduate experience, and in his final year, interned at Jarrett Bay. Upon graduation, Peyton moved to Beaufort, NC to begin his career with Jarrett Bay.

He enjoys spending his time outside the office hunting, fishing and exploring the outer banks on his skiff.

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Randy Ramsey

Randy Ramsey

President

Randy Ramsey is the founder and president of Jarrett Bay Boatworks and principle at Bluewater Yacht Sales. He has been involved in almost every aspect of the boating and fishing industries from running a successful charter fishing operation to co-founding the Harker's Island Sportfishing School, and serving as a marine surveyor and consultant. Randy earned his USCG captain’s license at 18, and today is proud to be at the helm of the world's leading custom boat construction and service facility.

Randy lives in Carteret County, North Carolina, and is a very active member of numerous local and regional boards. Most notably, Randy has served on the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament's Board since 1983, serving as president for two terms. He also serves on the boards of the North Carolina Manufacturer's Association and the American Boat Builders & Repairers Association, is the Vice Chair of the Board of Governors for the University of North Carolina System, past President of The North Carolina State University Student Aid Association and past member of the North Carolina State University Board of Trustees, among numerous others. Randy and his wife Tiffany are avid boaters and enjoy participating in billfish tournaments together. Randy has one son Alan and a granddaughter Autumn.

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Tate Lawerence

Tate Lawrence

Vice President of Operations

As VP of Operations, Tate oversees all personnel and daily business at Jarrett Bay Boatworks. He joined the Jarrett Bay family in 1999 while the company was in the process of building Hull 30. Today, with more than 80 custom & semi-production hulls on the water, and an internationally recognized, full-service boatyard keeping the marine industry buzzing, Tate has proven to be an effective hands-on manager, ensuring success in all facets of business at the 175-acre Jarrett Bay Marine Park. Growing up on Harkers Island, North Carolina, Tate spent his youth working around- and on boats with Gary Davis, Jarrett Bay’s New Construction Superintendent. Later the duo joined forces at Jarrett Bay to build a superior custom product that can be found plying the mid-Atlantic and Gulf Coast waters, and as far as Japan’s deep Pacific drops. Tate is an avid boater, fisherman and also enjoys hunting. He continues to live “Down East,” close to where he spent his formative boating days, with his wife Kendra - Jarrett Bay’s Yard Service Office Administrator. And they are the proud parents of three wonderful children.

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Ed Stack

Ed Stack

Vice President of Administration and Development

Ed joined the Jarrett Bay team in June of 2014. He came to Jarrett Bay from the NC State Wolfpack Club, where he was Associate Executive Director and was responsible for the day to day operations of the athletic fundraising organization. During his 16 years at the Wolfpack Club, he was responsible for various facets of generating private financial support for NC State University athletic scholarships and sports facilities. At Jarrett Bay, Ed applies the business fundamentals garnered from managing one of the largest philanthropic programs in the U.S. to bringing the highest level of product integrity and customer service excellence to the many operations here.

Ed is a 1992 graduate of the College of Textiles at NC State University. Following graduation, he spent 6 years in textiles manufacturing with Sara Lee (Hanes) in Galax, VA and Greenwood, SC. Originally from Enochville, NC (Rowan County), Ed is married to Elizabeth and along with their children, Worth and Hubbard, they reside in Morehead City, NC where he enjoys outdoor activities with his family and attending college football games.

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Dew Forbes

Dew Forbes

Vice President of Special Projects

Dew is primarily responsible for overseeing the company's strategic planning. In 1998, Dew and Randy Ramsey relocated Jarrett Bay operations from Marshallberg, NC to our current Beaufort ICW 175-acre parcel that is now home to numerous boating related businesses.

Prior to joining the Jarrett Bay team, Dew graduated from UNC Chapel Hill and soon after began charter fishing up & down the east coast and in the Bahamas. In the 1990s, Dew owned a charter fishing operation, as well as built three custom Jarrett Bays. Dew has built two Jarrett Bays' and owned a third one. He has fished in numerous tournaments and won the Hatteras Marlin Club Tournament with JB Hull # 18 in 1998. Dew is also on the Board of Directors of Big Rock and was president of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament from 1993-1995.

Dew resides in Beaufort, NC with his wife, Valorie.

Renee Lawrence

Renee Lawrence

Accounting Manager

Renee is the Accounting Manager at Jarrett Bay Boatworks. She handles all accounts payables and receivables for Jarrett Bay Boatworks, The Jarrett Bay Group as well as the Marine Industrial Park. Renee has been with the Jarrett Bay family since 1997 while they were still located in Marshallberg. Renee grew up on Harkers Island, where she observed her grandfather as he built wooden boats. She still enjoys fishing and boating for pleasure and loves cooking for her family. Renee and her husband, Mckinley reside on Harkers Island. Mckinley is in charge of security for the Jarrett Bay Marine Industrial Park. Renee takes great pride in her son, Josh, who is a UNC graduate and is quickly becoming a very accomplished young man.

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Dan Carraway

Dan Carraway

Human Resources & Safety Manager

Dan was born and raised in Carteret County, NC. He joined the US Coast Guard to learn a trade and spent 11 years maintaining machinery, and 12 years surveying commercial vessels for structural conditions & safety. Two years were then invested with Atlantic Dry Dock in Jacksonville, Florida as a safety coordinator, leading to a similar opportunity with Jarrett Bay Boatworks in November 1999. His initial duties included yard repair assistant manager, but soon after he was promoted to Human Resources & Safety Manager in 2001. Dan resides in Newport, NC with his wife, Evelyn. They have three children, Nick, who works for Jarrett Bay in the shipping and receiving department, Chris and Sabrina.

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Dylan Cox

Dylan Cox

Health, Safety, Environmental Director

Dylan was born and raised in Carteret County, NC. In 2015, he graduated from Methodist University with a degree in Environmental and Occupation Management with a Concentration in Regulatory Compliance. He joined the Jarett Bay Boatworks team as the Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) Director in August of 2015. Here at Jarrett Bay, Dylan is responsible for maintaining a safe and healthy workplace for our employees, as well as preserving our surrounding environment. During his free time, Dylan enjoys numerous outdoor activities including hunting, fishing, and surfing.

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Gary Davis

Gary Davis

New Construction Superintendent

Gary has been with us since 1998, when he merged his custom boat company with Jarrett Bay Boatworks. Gary oversees all day to day operations in the New Construction department and creates the designs for new builds.

Gary grew up around a boatshed apprenticing under his grandfather, Ray Davis. After he had honed his skills, Gary started his own business and has proudly crafted over 100 unique custom boats over his career.

Gary lives “Down East” and enjoys fishing on his skiff and any other outdoor activities. He stays fit & healthy by running in numerous marathons and triathlons during the year.

Gary and his wife, Karen, have two talented sons, Ramsey and Zack.

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Chad Voorhees

Chad Voorhees

Product Design Engineer

Chad joined Jarrett Bay Boatworks as a Product Design Engineer in 2014. Working directly with Gary Davis, Chad helps design & document all aspects of the custom build process. Prior to joining our family, Chad spent over 20 years at Hatteras Yachts in product development, designing new boats and working with customers on their custom design dreams. He brings 18 years of CAD experience and expert hands-on knowledge of the boat building process. In addition to his boat building experiences, he earned a degree in Furniture Design from Virginia Commonwealth University and ran his own furniture design business for over a dozen years.

Chad lives in Morehead City with his wife Amy. He has three grown children and a growing family. He enjoys being on and near the water whether he is fishing, stand-up paddle boarding, or out on his boat.

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Brandon Davis

Brandon Davis

Marine Systems Engineer

Brandon signed on with the Jarrett Bay team in 2015 as a marine systems engineer. He is responsible for assisting the design team in the development of marine systems including propulsion, power generation and distribution, control systems, HVAC and other related functions.

As a Raleigh native, Brandon grew up vacationing on the Crystal Coast where he developed a passion and respect for the water. This led him to join the U.S. Navy after graduating high school, where he served 5 honorable years as an avionic technician working on H-60 helicopters. Upon separation from the navy, he set out to obtain a B.S. degree in naval architecture and marine engineering from the University of New Orleans. Following graduation, he worked for a marine design firm in support of the oil and gas industry along the Gulf Coast. After three years, Brandon decided to return to his roots, move back to North Carolina, and pursue a career in sportfishing yacht design.

Brandon enjoys rooting for his hometown team, the NC State Wolfpack, as well as attending collegiate and professional sporting events. He lives in Marshallberg, NC, and spends as much time as possible on the water- fishing, duck hunting, wake boarding or just enjoying a nice skiff cruise.

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Steven Blackwell

Steven Blackwell

Project Manager

Steven grew up in the foothills of the NC Mountains, where he graduated from Appalachian State University with a B.S. in Technology. He was always drawn to the coast and in 2005, he realized his dream of coastal living and relocated to Beaufort where he joined the Jarrett Bay team as a finish carpenter. He quickly gained a great deal of respect from his peers and customers alike for the amount of work and the quality of craftsmanship that is the standard at Jarrett Bay. In 2007, Steven’s attention to detail and hands on prowess was recognized with a promotion to General Yard Foreman, where he managed our restoration and repair work for four years. In the summer of 2011, Steven was promoted to Project Manager where he is responsible for managing projects that range from routine maintenance to large scale repowers.

Steven lives in Beaufort, NC with his wife Amber where they love spending time in, on and around the water.

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Kendra Lawrence

Kendra Lawrence

Yard Service Office Administrator

Kendra’s primary responsibility is generating service work orders & billing for all boats we welcome here at Jarrett Bay. Kendra also assists all three service managers, as well as handling customer service. She is the friendly voice on the phone when you call to schedule the haul and launch of your boat or have a question on your statement.

Growing up on the Crystal Coast, Kendra is right at home in this industry. She enjoys boating and fishing on the weekends with her family.

She now resides in Beaufort, NC with her husband Tate, our Vice President here at Jarrett Bay. Together they have three children, Brooke, Ashton and Chandler.

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Rich Melke

Rich Melke

East'ard Marine Supply Store Manager

As Jarrett Bay's Purchasing, Shipping & Receiving Manager, Rich is responsible for all orders made within the company for new construction builds, boatyard repairs and facility maintenance, and oversees all incoming and outgoing Jarrett Bay freight.

In addition, Rich also manages one of Eastern North Carolina’s newest and largest retail marine supply stores located within the Jarrett Bay Marine Industrial Park - East'ard Marine Supply.

Rich joined Jarrett Bay after serving our country in the United States Coast Guard for 23 years. A well decorated Coast Guardsman, he achieved the rank of Senior Chief Machinery Technician (E-8) where he served as Chief Engineer / Engineer in Charge aboard numerous Coast Guard Cutters and Shore Units.

After retiring from the Coast Guard, Rich and his wife Sherilene returned to their home town of Beaufort, where they have two sons, Joshua and Matthew, and a Granddaughter Lily.

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Brandy Doughman

Brandy Doughman

Accounting Coordinator
Jarrett Bay Clothing Co.

Brandy joined the Jarrett Bay Team in December of 2015, as Accounting Coordinator for Jarrett Bay Clothing Co. Brandy is responsible for accounts payables and receivables, invoicing, and inventory for Jarrett Bay Clothing Company. She joins our family with over 12 years of retail and finance experience.

As a Cincinnati native, growing up, Brandy spent her summers with family in Marshallberg. She answered the calls of the salty shore, in 2007, relocating "Down East". Brandy and her husband, Patrick, reside in Beaufort with their three children (Austin, Kayla, and Beckett), two dogs (Charlee and Chloe), and cat (Weezer). In their free time, they enjoy taking advantage of outdoor activities along the beautiful coast we call home.

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Katlyn Gillikin

Katlyn Gillikin

Project Manager
Jarrett Bay Clothing Co.

Katlyn re-joined the Jarrett Bay team in August of 2014 as Retail Sales Manager. She worked at the Jarrett Bay Boathouse from 2007 and throughout her school years. Now, as Project Manager for Jarrett Bay Clothing Co. she is responsible for project implementation, including process standardization and improvement. She is also responsible for the JBCC warehouse facility.
Katlyn was born and raised in the "Downeast" community of Carteret County. Throughout her childhood, she watched her grandfather and uncle build boats and tend to fishing nets. At that young age, her love for Custom Carolina boat building was born. This admiration led her to Jarrett Bay.
Katlyn attended East Carolina University and majored in Business Administration with a concentration in Management. Katlyn resides in Beaufort with her dog Tanner and spends free time with her family taking trips to the Cape, and cheering on her alma mater, the ECU Pirates.

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Donnie Lee

DONNIE LEE

SERVICE LIAISON

Donnie strives for excellence in all he does, making him a natural fit for his work at Jarrett Bay. His focus is customer service support for our sister company Bluewater Yacht Sales. He ensures all of their Beaufort and Wrightsville Beach stock boats are kept to the highest standards, while also providing an exceptional customer experience for Bluewater's new boat purchase orientations.

Donnie is a highly respected and experienced captain, most recently running the "Diamond Girl" for the last 10 years for Bailey's Jewelry. Adding to his extensive hands-on knowledge base, are four years spent honing his engine service skills with Performance Diesel, as well as serving in the United States Coast Guard out of Southport and Long Beach, North Carolina.

When not supporting Bluewater's service needs, you can usually find Donnie enjoying his favorite pastime of traveling with his daughter and son and watching their high school soccer games. Originally haling out of Charlotte, North Carolina, he now calls Morehead City and Beaufort home where his passion for all things salt air holds him steady.

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Nile Mitchell

NILE MITCHELL

PROJECT MANAGER

Nile Mitchell is a North Carolina native with an impressive background in the marine industry. Professionally trained as a cabinet maker after graduating high school, Nile quickly put his skills to work at Helms Construction before landing a career with Hatteras Yachts in New Bern.

Within his first five years at Hatteras as a cabinet maker and installer, Nile was promoted to Production Supervisor and maintained that position for over a decade. Successfully overseeing the numerous facets of construction to include mechanical/electrical and cabinetry installations for Hatteras made Nile an ideal candidate for a promotion to Construction Manager in August of 2001.

With 15 years of management experience and nearly 35 years overall with Hatteras Yachts, Nile brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and expertise to the Jarrett Bay family. As Project Manager, Nile will be working side by side with the seasoned management, design and construction teams at Jarrett Bay to ensure our new construction customers' dreams are realized in the most efficient and exceptionally executed manner. In his spare time, Nile enjoys restoring old antiques and spending time with family on the water.

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Kennedy Worcester

Kennedy Worcester

Boathouse Store Manager

Kennedy split her childhood years growing up between North Carolina and Connecticut but found her home at Jarrett Bay. She created a new philosophy to the Boathouse, bringing a new clientele into the store for boutique fashion and gifts. When she’s not seeking out new vendors for the store, you’ll find her floating on Wade Shore with her black lab, Debo.
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