Rob Marsh, owner and General Manager of Wye River Marine, brings over 35 years of experience to the business. Rob started in the early seventies helping his Dad paint boat bottoms and clean boats in the family boatyard, Marsh Marine of Red Bank NJ. After completing the Commercial Fisheries and Marine Engineering program at the University of Rhode Island Rob began a career as a commercial fisherman working in both the offshore trawler industry as well as the inshore Menhaden purse seiner fleets. After 6 years of fishing Rob decided that commercial fishing was not for him and moved on to work for Buddy Davis of Wanchese, North Carolina building custom sport fishermen.
In 1990 Rob opened his first boat sales business, Warehouse Creek Yacht Sales, in a small boatyard off the South River in Edgewater, Maryland. Warehouse Creek eventually grew to be one of the largest boat dealerships in the Mid-Atlantic as well as a top Dealer for Cruisers Yachts, Monterey, Glastron, Maxum and Aquasport. Warehouse Creek developed a reputation as being the “go to” boat sales organization for those who wanted to move their boats quickly without the hassles of traditional brokerage firms. Warehouse Creek was especially affective in the sale of boats outside of the local market, selling boats throughout the US and the world. In 2006, after being virtually wiped out by hurricane Isabel, Rob sold the business to his largest competitor Clarks Landing Yacht Sales.
After a short retirement Rob recognized the wholesale opportunities presented by the recession coupled with the potential growth in international sales. In 2007 Rob decided to open up Wye River Marine to take advantage of these dynamic changes in the boating industry.
Rob lives with his wife Fran and 2 sons in Centreville, Maryland. When he isn’t running the business he can usually be found pursuing his hobbies of sailing, fishing and iceboating.
AJ Bowden grew up in lower Delaware on his family farm where he learned at a young age the value of hard work. Enjoying the outdoors with his close knit family, he quickly grew a passion for boating and fishing. His love of boating encouraged him at age16, to pursue a career with Boaters World, where after only two years he was promoted to Store Manager. Boaters World quickly recognized his achievements and promoted him to manage one of the highest volume stores in their chain in Solomon’s Island, MD.
After gaining valuable management skills, AJ moved back to Delaware to manage Mid Shore Boat Sales which he helped develop into a top ten dealer for both Sailfish and G3 boats. Deciding to move back to Maryland, AJ along with three other industry professionals, opened Jaws Marine, a full service dealership selling both Pro-Line and Donzi Boats. In 2009, AJ and his partners sold the business to pursue other career options.
AJ joined Wye River Marine in 2010 and shares all sales and purchasing responsibilities with Rob. AJ also manages our service department as well as our international packing and freight division.
AJ lives with his wife Jenn and their two kids, Taylor and Chace, at their new home on Kent Island.
Jack Marsh (son of Rob Marsh) handles sales for Hurricane. Used Boats, and our smaller Sea Hunts. Jack has worked on and off in the family business since he was 13 years old.
Between Warehouse Creek Yacht Sales and Wye River Marine, Jack worked the docks at Piney Narrows Yacht Haven. During that time, he studied at Salisbury University, pursuing a degree in Media Production & Marketing. After graduating and a brief stint in the news industry, he returned to Wye River Marine to join the family business.
Jack is always searching for a project boat of his own, and can be seen cruising the local waterways in the WRM Catamaran.
Eve our Office Manager began her career in the marine industry when she joined Rob Marsh and the team at Warehouse Creek Yacht Sales in 1994. She managed the daily functions of the office, as well as handling both finance and insurance after obtaining her MD Property and Casualty Insurance License in 1994. She remained at Warehouse Creek for 12 years leaving just prior to the sale of WCYS. If you ask her today about what she like most of her time at WCYS she will surely tell you it was the annual Customer events as well as the family at Warehouse Creek.
After leaving WCYS she joined the team at International Marine Insurance as a Client Service Representative learning more about the sailing community traveling the world.
In 2011, she rejoined Rob Marsh at Wye River Marine resuming her duties of Office Management for a once again growing marine company.
Evelyn resides in Queen Anne’s farming country with her husband Rick, their daughter and beautiful Grandchild Adeline. You will usually find Evelyn on her off time playing with Adeline, shopping, quilting or watching NASCAR.
Jeff originally got started in the maritime industry with a job at Wilkins Marine as a service mechanic. In a matter of months Jeff was head of the paint department. Over the years Jeff worked for a few different businesses as well as himself, perfecting the skills of gel coat, engine repair, electronics installation and is now the head mechanic at Wye River Marine.
Jeff has lived on Kent Island for 23 years now, and is known by nearly everyone in the industry.When Jeff isn’t in the shop, or fixing Rob’s boats, he’s usually playing with his dogs Fiona and Clubber, or spending time with his girlfriend, Beverly. Jeff recently restored a 1964 Wood Deadrise Workboat.
Robbie Marsh (son of Rob Marsh) specializes in delivery services for Wye River Marine. He has delivered boats all over the eastern seaboard including, Florida, Michigan, Massachusetts, and even Canada. He also helps out around the shop, and captains sea trials for prospective boat buyers. Robbie is also a full time fireman in Montgomery County, Maryland.
After volunteering with Grasonville Volunteer Fire Department for many years, he decided it was time to make a career out of it and enrolled in Montgomery County’s Fire Academy. After many grueling months of training, he graduated, and is now stationed in Takoma Park. He says the most rewarding part of his job is helping others.
Robbie is an avid hunter and enjoys working on his project boats. He recently purchased 5 acres of land in Grasonville and built a house on the property.
John “Butters” Messner
John leads our service department, specializing in engine diagnostics and electronics installation. He has been with the company since January 2014.
John was born and raised in Philadelphia but moved to the eastern shore of Maryland at the age of 13. After high school, he decided to pursue a career as a boat mechanic and enrolled at the Marine Mechanics Institute. During his time there he captained boats at one of the happiest places on earth, Disney World, 2nd only to WRM! After school, John returned to Maryland and worked for various boat companies before settling in at Wye River Marine. John’s pride and joy is his 1969 Monza that he’s currently restoring.