FACES OF OBEXER'S BOAT CO
Obexer's Boat Company
Sarah Obexer-Fields: Sarah was born and raised around the marina over 30 years ago. While
coming up to spend the summers with her grandparents, she started learning the business
whether it be sorting mail with her grandmother, pumping gas, stocking shelves at the General
Store, selling boat parts and accessories to management skills needed later in life to operate the
family business. After getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a
concentration in Human Resources, she started running the marina full time in spring of 1998.
Sarah’s smiling face and her recognizable red-hair all often seen all over the marina. She may
even be the one making your sandwich, ringing you up at the register, answering the phone or
pumping your gas. Stop her and say Hi!
Keith Fields: Keith is involved in numerous facets of the operation; from assisting with the
day-to-day operations, to solving information technology issues to operating equipment in the
yard he is involved with just about all of it. He has a long history and love of boating. Keith
was General Manager of Tahoe Yacht Club for nearly 6 years and was involved with the sail
race program and the Concours d'Elegance. When he is not at the Marina you can be sure he
is either boating, skiing or on a motorcycle adventure in the desert.
Jacob & Kaleb Fields: Keith and Sarah’s first son is Jacob. Kaleb is their second son. Jacob
and Kaleb will often be seen watching the staff around the yard and doing little projects with
mommy and daddy.
Drew Krawczuk: Drew moved out to Lake Tahoe in 2003. After growing up on Lake Erie, Lake
Tahoe was a good fit. When Drew is not skiing in extreme free skiing competitions or
enjoying the other outdoor activities that the area provides, Drew can be found in the
Obexer's Showroom where he is a Parts Technician and retail extraordinaire.
Jimmy Lane: Jim is a very familiar face around the marina. After getting his feet wet at Sierra
Boat Company, he started as a yard assistant to Herb Obexer back in January, 1981. Jim has
a wife - Annie, two children - Dylan and Kelly, and 8 or more boats - we are never really sure!
Jimmy can be found in the office and educating the guys in the yard.
Darren Kramer: Darren is our Operations Manager, joined Obexer's the beginning of 2010.
He's in 5 days a week all year-round and splits his time between the office and the yard.
Darren grew up around boats in Annapolis, MD and brings several years of marina
experience. Contact Darren for any of your marine and boating needs!
Joanne Kilburn: Joanne is our Office Manager, joined Obexer's in the spring of 2010. She's in
the office 5 days a week so be sure to drop in and introduce yourself so she can put a face to
all of those names and account #'s!
Kendra Doyle: Kendra is our office assistant, who has been with the boat company since
spring of 2009. Kendra spends a lot of time on the gas dock managing the pier attendants, AIS
Inspections and Blue Boating Program. You will also see her in the office. She's a very hard
worker and sure to impress no matter what the task!
Ted Slabik: Ted is our Showroom Purchasing Agent. Ted joined Obexer's in the spring of
2004. He keeps our chandlery, restoration, and mechanical shops stocked. Ted can track
down those hard to find parts for you or special order just about anything that we don't have
Tony Fejer: Tony has been a mechanic at Obexer's since April 2009. He has over 30 years of
experience and has worked on everything mechanical from wooden boats to airplanes. Tony
brings a wealth of mechanical knowledge and is known around the lake for his attention to
detail. No matter what your boat needs, Tony can take care of it.
Brett Oberacker: Brett is Obexer's Harbor Master and Yard Foreman. Brett has been with us
since 2004 and is one of the very best operators at Lake Tahoe. You will see Brett all over the
marina, running forklifts, launching boats and handling all duties related to the yard. Brett
has a wife - Amanda and two small children. Feel free to ask him ANY questions about your
Dan Ray: Dan is heading up Obexer’s newest venture, “Obexer’s Water Sports”. Dan brings
a competitive background and over 11 years of water sports instruction experience. He is
capable of teaching all ages and abilities, is a United States Coast Guard licensed boat
captain and is sure to show anyone a great time on the water no matter what their goal!
Lindsay Chandler: Lindsay moved to Tahoe in the fall of 2010 from a small town in
Pennsylvania. This is her second summer with the boat company. Expect to see her outside
pumping gas, inspecting boats for the Blue Boating Program, answering phones in the office
or just about anywhere else on the property! When Lindsay isn’t at the marina, she is out
sailing or photographing live music.
Thad Bianco: Thad is Obexer's Mercury, PCM, Volvo-Penta Certified Marine Technician. He
is also forklift certified. Thad has a long mechanical history in and around boats. He hails
from Long Island, New York where he grew up working on vessels of all types and sizes. He is
known to many in the boating world as the "Nautique Whisperer" solving problems no other
mechanic could diagnose or solve. It must be genetic; Thad's father is nationally recognized
as a legendary marine mechanic too.
Mikey Walker: Obexer's. Obviously his love for Tahoe runs deep, he spent his first night
here sleeping in a boat! You can find Mikey working alongside Brett in the Yard operating all
of our equipment or wake surfing behind Runnin Bear.
Vivi Misiewicz: Vivi is the Reservations Manager for Obexer’s Water Sports. She grew up in
the warm, tropical weather and sunny beaches of Brazil, and like many others, came to Tahoe
for Lake Tahoe keeps growing. This is her first summer joining the Obexer’s team and is the
go to person to arrange your water sport adventure!
Jeremy Frost: Jeremy is Obexer's longest employed mechanic on staff. Jeremy is a certified
Mercury technician. He enjoys wake surfing and spending time outdoors.