Meet our Staff
Eric Thomas, Marina General Manager & CEO Sailboat’s Inc.
Messing around in boats has been the life-long activity of Eric. Approaching his twentieth year at Barker’s and in the marine repair industry for over thirty years he has seen just about everything that can and will happen on the waterfront. Eric’s passion is preparing and racing sailboats with his family and alone. Having raced solo to Hawaii and spent weeks cruising with his family of three generations on the same boat, he understands how important ones free time spent on the water can be. Look for him on the water or in the marina helping clients make decisions on boat priorities and trying to keep the fleet both afloat and functioning well.
Eric’s free time is spent with wife Sarah and daughter Téa in the kitchen or on the water.
Megan Brevak, Ship Store Manager & Communication Specialist
Megan is originally from Washburn, WI where she worked at her first marina in Bayfield, WI and loved the industry. She started working at Barker’s Island Marina as she was going to school at the University of Wisconsin-Superior and has been here since. While at work, she looks forward to working with customers and making their boating experience a great one.
In her free time she enjoys camping, hiking, skiing, sailing, beach days, and generally being outside.
Sterling D. Weatherford, Parts Department & IT Manager
Before Sterling came to work here he worked in the computer industry for 25 years and owned his own business for 7. He has had a sailboat at Barker’s Island Marina for over 15 years and has been sailing his own boat for 25. Sterling has worked here for 10 years where he enjoys supporting the technicians, solving complex technical problems, and organizing the areas that he is responsible for. We here at the marina appreciate his vast knowledge of technology and his readiness to fix problems.
In his spare time Sterling enjoys cooking, sailing, fly fishing, and hiking.
Allen Thomas, Project Manager
Allen has been playing with boats since he was born. From boating as a lad on Lake St. Clair in anything that would float or running his 38’ fountain T-Top out to fish tuna in the Carolina Gulf Stream, he has been involved in the maritime industry all his life. Plain and simple; he loves and understands boats and their systems. Recruited in 2007 as a project manager here at Barker’s Island Marina, his depth of knowledge is fantastic. We admire his passion for everything he does.
When not managing projects at work, Allen is the Race Committee Chairman for the Duluth Yacht Club and is responsible for a large portion of the racing in the Duluth / Superior area. In his spare time he serves a delegate to the Lake Michigan PEHRF Committee. Occasionally in the winter he will get out ice fishing just to be close to the water.
John Hoenig, Yacht Broker
John started his love for boats when he began racing on a Pearson Ensign with his father when he was 4. Later Competing in offshore races on the great lakes while crewing aboard the Open 60 Trimaran and Trans Superior record holder (28hrs 38 mn) “Earth Voyager”. After touring extensively as a roadie for over 25 years and not being able to resist the pull of the great Gitche Gumee he settled in Duluth. John started at Barker’s Island Marina in 2007 working in the service department, eventually becoming our full time resident Yacht Broker.
In his free time, he is the Primary Race Officer (PRO) for the Duluth Yacht Club. He also enjoys sailing the same Pearson Ensign he grew up on with his son.
Scott Munson, Service Coordinator
Scott has been our Service Coordinator for 16 years. Before Scott worked at Barker’s Island Marina he spent 12 years in the U.S. Navy and is a nuclear submarine service veteran. Following the military, he moved from San Diego back to Wisconsin where he owned his own over-the-road semi-truck driving it over one million miles before joining the marina. While he’s at work Scott enjoys working with customers from which he has made many valued friendships.
In his free time he enjoys Ham radio (his call sign : k9cdx),volunteering in the local community with multiple organizations, working on his classic Chevy pickup truck, bird watching, and watching the Badgers beat the Gophers.
Jason Worsfold, Service Technician
Jason is a cabinet maker and composite construction expert. Prior to joining us here at Barker’s Island Marina, Jason spent time on the Professional Snowboard Circuit and designed and manufactured snowboards. Growing up, he has been surrounded by boatbuilding his entire life. Jason races with DYC on his custom built sport boat.
In his free time he can be found spending time on one of his sailboats, or driving one of his classic cars.
Randy Lemmerman, Master Marine Mechanic
Randy started with us in 1982 while a student attending Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College. He’s widely recognized as one of the best marine mechanics in the region and has a depth of experience working on a wide range of engines, drives and mechanical systems, from Atomic Four sailboat auxiliary engines to the CAT 3208 diesel he’s pictured with. Randy is certified for Mercruiser, Volvo Penta and Yanmar engines and stern-drives. We value Randy’s mechanical skills and his service approach, which is to not just repair or replace but try to understand, if possible, why something has failed so he can make the most reliable repair.
In his free time Randy enjoys being outdoors boating, kayaking, dirt bike riding, hunting, snowmobiling, skiing and more.