FACES OF OBEXER'S BOAT CO
Obexer's Boat Company
Sarah Obexer: 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, wake-surfing or on a motorcycle adventure in the desert.
Jacob & Kaleb: Keith and Sarah’s firstborn son, Jacob and his little brother and co-
conspirator, Kaleb, will often be seen watching the goings-on in the yard and doing little
projects with some of the staff or with their mom and dad.
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 moved with her family from Southern California in the spring of 2010,
most recently working as a Bid Administrator with North American Bus Industries. Joanne is
married to her husband Aaron and they have one daughter, Katherine. Joanne was raised in
southwest Michigan, spending long days on Lake Michigan boating with her family; so she is
thrilled to live in the small town of Homewood at Lake Tahoe watching Katherine enjoy all of
the fresh-water lake activities that she was able to do growing up. Joanne is our Office
Manager, supervising all office operations. Additionally, Joanne oversees all our commercial
and residential tenant properties, including The Lodge At Obexer’s, which she co-manages
with her husband, Aaron.
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 is our Office Assistant, who has been with the Boat Company
since the spring of 2011. Lindsay moved herself and her dog, Stella Blue, to Lake Tahoe in the
Fall of 2010 from the small town of Quakertown, Pennsylvania. Prior to living in the basin,
Lindsay had never been on a boat. Needless to say, one season as a pier attendant has
solidified her love of the lake and all things boating! Lindsay spends most of her time in the
office, but is still active on the gas dock managing the pier attendants and training all staff
on AIS Inspection protocols.
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.