Sales Team Bios
As a Sales Consultant at B&E Marine for over 24 years, Keith has been able to help hundreds of satisfied clients find the boat of their dreams. Growing up in nearby Valparaiso IN, he has always been close to Lake Michigan and enjoy all the outdoor activity living by the lake has to offer. Thus, working at B&E Marine was a natural fit for Keith. His idea of success is enjoying what one does for a living, and he really enjoys selling boats. This attitude, combined with his knowledge of boats and seamanship, as well as a family history of boating has led to his success today. “In many cases our customers become like family to us. They don’t just buy a boat from me; they expect me to be there when they need something”, says Keith. In mid-season his phone rings from morning to night and he wouldn’t have it any other way. “After all, I feel if a client is investing his hard earned money in a boat I’m representing, he should be getting all the enjoyment from it he’s expecting”, says Keith. When selling a new, used, or brokered boat, he uses his expertise to give his customers the confidence that they have made the right choice.
As native of Michigan City, Chris grew up boating on Lake Michigan with his family from a very young age. His grandfather had 7 boats over the course of many years and his dad now carries on the tradition of boating together as a family. Chris has always had a passion for the water and he continues to enjoy it today with his wife and three children. He started working at B&E Marine during his college years, on the gas dock, and in the parts department and ship store. After completing his Bachelor’s Degree at Purdue University he was offered a sales position here at the marina. Chris has worked at B & E Marine now for over 17 years. He has enjoyed building relationships with customers, many who he has become friends with! Also, being a participant in the boating lifestyle has allowed Chris to better understand customer wants and needs. He looks forward to earning your business and helping you find the boat that fits your needs.
Capt. Darrell Nichols
Darrell began working around wood boats when he was fifteen helping his uncle John in the reconditioning shop at B&E Marine. At sixteen he worked part-time after school and in the summers at B&E. He became a full-time team member in 1972 (Over 43 year ago). During that time, he started as a technician and attended many schools. Darrell became a Mercury Certified Technician in 1977 and received his Mercury Masters Status in 1983. He was Senior Technician and Shop Foreman for many years, until 1998 when he transitioned into the B & E Sales Department as a Sales Consultant. He has always enjoyed working with clients both as a technician and a sales person. Because of his background in both Service and sales, in 2006, Darrell got his captains license and became the delivery Captain/Coordinator for B & E Marine. He is currently responsible for delivering boats, on-water client orientation, and additional client training as needed to ensure boaters are comfortable and well informed about their boats. “When something like boating gets into your blood, it stays there, like I have stayed at B&E Marine for all these years” says Darrell.