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
Dick founded Thayer's Marine in 1966 in hopes of creating a family business that would span generations. Over the years, Thayer's Marine has become a mecca in the boating industry, but more importantly, it has become a place people stop by just to say "hello," and have a cup of coffee. Customers have become friends, and then extended family. Dick would be so proud if he could see what his dream has become.
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 ownership 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.
Richie Thayer - General Manager

Richie Thayer

General Manager
Having been deemed "Richie" by friends, family and customers, it helps to differentiate him from his Dad, Rich. With hard work, long hours, and high expectations of his team, Richie has elevated Thayer's Marine up to the forefront of the marine industry. Richie strives to provide the kind of atmosphere that makes everyone feel like they are part of the family, and with his "customer first" attitude, you can be sure to receive 5 star customer service. Richie has never had coffee, loves the Patriots, and building lego creations with his son.
Rachel Thayer-Tarner -

Rachel Thayer-Tarner

Along with her brother Richie, Rachel grew up at Thayer's Marine. She can do just about anything, from changing a water pump, picking sand worms, designing ads and graphics, to writing the bank contact for your new boat. Although Rachel likes to remain behind the scenes and leave Richie to maintain customer relations, she's happy to greet everyone from her desk in the center of the store. Rachel is an avid collector of rare tropical plants and adores her two yorkies, Abe and Alf.
Zack Tarner - Sales Manager/Online Sales Extraordinaire

Zack Tarner

Sales Manager/Online Sales Extraordinaire
Zack graduated from University of Hartford in 2010 with a degree in Accounting. He is an avid outdoors man and a cornerstone of Team Thayer's. Specializing in sales and the customer experience, Zack is the go-to guy to find the right boat for you. His knowledge and experience will help you enjoy more time on the water... And even if it didn't, he's out of luck because he married into the family. Zack enjoys going plant shopping with his wife, Rachel, playing fetch with his yorkies, and tallying up his ERA during softball season.
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.
Jenn Hibbard - Service Manager

Jenn Hibbard

Service Manager
Although Jenn has only been on the Thayer's Team a little less than a year, she has made herself an invaluable member. On her first day, she wriggled her way into her new position and our hearts. With 13 years in the industry, Jenn is a champ at running the service department and her tenacious "can-do" attitude will get you back on the water fast. Jenn loves off-shore fishing and hanging out with daughter, Liz, and future son-in -law, Justin. She enjoys watching football, "because is there any other sport?", and is an avid collector of "cool" socks.
Elwin Sherman - Lead Technician

Elwin Sherman

Lead Technician
Elwin is our lead technician and has been with us for about 17 years. After retiring from the Air Force, he found his way into the marine industry. Elwin is a Certified BRP tech who 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 he will. In his free time, Elwin is an avid bass fisherman, self proclaimed food critic, and shark expert.
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.
Jason Terryn - Electronics Pro / Tackle Dept.

Jason Terryn

Electronics Pro / Tackle Dept.
After 14 years teaching special education, Jason made the transition into the boating industry, following his passion- bass fishing. Jason's knowledge of electronics and networking is vast, so if you are having technical issues with your Humminbird or Lowrance, Jason is the man to see. You might also find him out in the yard delivering bass boats and helping new boaters better understand how to use their new rig. Jason loves hanging out with his daughter, Gia, and eating Italian food with a glass of red. He also claims to love long walks on the beach.
William Gwiazdowski - Technician

William Gwiazdowski

Technician
William started with us in 2008 while still in high school, and with Elwin's help, has progressed rapidly through his certification process with Evinrude and Mercury. He is also a pro at installing electronics and rigging new boats. Over the past decade, we have seen him grow and develop into a great technician and strong team member. William's hobbies include collecting vintage outboards and other vintage mechanical items. He loves to go boating with his girlfriend to test drive all of the old engines he brings back to life.
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!
Jarrett Leonard - Technician/Yard Management

Jarrett Leonard

Technician/Yard Management
A graduate of Norwich Technical High School, Jarrett loves to work on his truck and go fishing. He came to us through his shop - automotive, looking for a more challenging field. His love of boating pushed him toward engine repair and he has been working with us now for 4 years. More often than not, you will find him riding around on the tractor moving boats and making sure the yard is in tip-top shape. Jarrett is learning more and more each day from the more experienced techs, and you will always find him with a smile on his face and a laugh at the ready. On his off time, Jarrett enjoys spending time in NY hunting with his dad.
Juan "Little J" Rodriguez - Head Detailer

Juan "Little J" Rodriguez

Head Detailer
Juan has been a huge asset to the Thayer's Team for about a year. As lead boat detailer, Little J takes great pride in making sure your new or pre-owned boat is gleaming. Recently, he has also started learning how to use the tractor and fork lift to take boats of the tractor trailers upon delivery. He thrives in our close-knit team, and looks forward to growing and learning new things about the marine industry. Juan enjoys watching football, talking football, and everything in between.