Staff

Our team of sales personnel and service technicians are 100% dedicated to you, the customer, and are always here and happy to help.

Meet Our Team

Dick Thayer - Founder

Dick Thayer

Founder
Since founding Thayer's Marine in the mid 60's, Dick has worked hard to expand the business to what it has become today. Dick has taken more of a back seat ownership role. He has allowed Rich and Richie to take a little more control of the business, while he sits back and enjoys life. After Mary passed, he really started to take a look a what life was all about.
Mary Thayer -

Mary Thayer

For years, Mary sat next to Dick, behind the desk crunching the numbers. In 2010 Mary left us to visit a much better place (heaven). This beloved Wife, Mother and Grandmother will be greatly missed, but her legacy will always live on through her family.
Rich Thayer - Owner

Rich Thayer

Owner
Rich has recently taken more of an ownershjp role here at Thayer's. He is working on many different projects right now for our future expansions. His ideas and leadership have helped to bring Thayer's Marine, Inc. to the forefront of the boating industry. Thayer's Marine, Inc. being his only employment, and the boat business being his only industry has helped him to grab a much deeper understanding of how to do it right. If you have an issue, chances are, he can find your solution.
Dolores Thayer - Office Manager

Dolores Thayer

Office Manager
Dolores, Rich's wife, is our Office Manager. She is in charge of the business financials and accounting. She also has been learning more about how to run and work in the store. She realizes the importance of being behind the counter and working on the ground level with our customers. She enjoyed speaking with everyone, and is definitely our social butterfly. She also works full time for the Norwich Public School System as their Facilities Supervisor.
Richie Thayer -

Richie Thayer

Having been deemed Richie by friends, family and our customers it helps to differentiate him from his Grandfather and Dad. Richie firmly believes that his strong relationship with every customer, and potential customer that walks through the door will help bring Thayer's Marine, Inc. to the next level. Like his father, he only knows one business, and has been in it since he was a boy. Having graduated from the University of Hartford, Richie brought back some new and fresh ideas, and has helped to create a better customer experience at Thayer's Marine, Inc.
Rachel Thayer -

Rachel Thayer

Rachel is a graduate of the University of Hartford Barney School of Business and has built herself a successful graphic design and screen printing business. You can find her hanging around the store sometimes, or at her shop, www.rachiets.com.
Allison Thayer -

Allison Thayer

Allison is Richie's wife and currently works for Target as a Customer Experience Manager. Her strong retail background has influenced many of the decisions and layout in our store, and it is playing an even larger role in our current expansion projects. She is a graduate of St. Josephs University.
Elwin Sherman - Lead Technician

Elwin Sherman

Lead Technician
Elwin is our lead technician and been with us for about 13 years. He is a Certified BRP Master Technician and also a Certified SeaDoo Technician. He carries Mercury and Yamaha certifications as well. Elwin's experience and expertise is vital to continuing our "fix it right the first time" mentality. With over 4 decades of engine repair under his belt, Elwin is without a doubt one of the best technicians in New England. If you cannot solve the problem with your boat, we can guarantee that Elwin will.
Paul Morrison - Inboard/Outboard Specialist

Paul Morrison

Inboard/Outboard Specialist
Paul has many years of marine experience while working in Niantic. He came to us looking for a place that made him feel like family, and well, that was a match made in heaven. Paul is an inboard/outboard specialist and carries with him many years of Mercruiser schooling.
William Gwiazdowski - Technician

William Gwiazdowski

Technician
William works in the service department repairing engines and SeaDoos. William started with us in 2008 and with Elwin's help, is progressing rapidly through his certification process with Evinrude and Mercury. We have seen him grow and develope into a great technician and strong team member. William has recently completed several classes for both Evinrude and Mercury. Smart Craft 1, Verado Installation and O/B System Function just to name a few.
Zack Tarner - Online Sales

Zack Tarner

Online Sales
Zack graduated from University of Hartford in 2010 with a degree in Accounting. He is an extremely avid outdoorsman and a cornerstone of Team Thayer's. Zack heads our online sales division and works next to Richie inside the store. He has brought some great ideas to the company, and introduced many things that we otherwise would have missed. He has single handedly grown our internet sales division, while maintaining the same strong belief in customer service that got us where we are.
Don Wallace - Yard Manager

Don Wallace

Yard Manager
Don has been with us since 1995 after he retired from the Navy. With 22 years of experience in the Navy he manages our boat yard and dock slips to ensure organization, safety, and work efficiency. As a native of Oak Dale, CT Don has been a part of the boating industry for 50 years. If you need assistance with your boat in the yard Don will be there to help!
Steve Brown - Fiberglass Repair

Steve Brown

Fiberglass Repair
Steve has been with Thayer's Marine for over 10 years and has over 35 years of fiberglass, woodwork, and boat making experience. He's worked with Davis Yachts in North Carolina and Chris Craft Boats as a shipwright. Whether it's a 35' or 16' fiberglass boat Steve can handle the repair in a fast, professional, and precise way. With his expertise and fine eye for detail will get you back on the water safe and fast!