Eric Johnstone purchased Anchors Way Marina in 2013 and has come a long way in bringing the marina back to full service and capacity. Eric has owned several businesses including a construction company and at the same time, buying, developing and selling real estate. Eric has a BA from University of Illinois Circle and has attended Graduate Studies for Urban Development. He has an extensive background in commercial real estate sales and rehab all while accumulating a portfolio of real estate. Eric has been a huge supporter of Youth Guidance in Chicago which his mother founded many years ago. Eric has relocated to the St. Joseph area with his wife to pursue this incredible opportunity.
Katie has been on the crew for over 4 years and has had many positions in that time! She started in the office handling administration, customer service, and boat sales. She also works on the yard crew during haul out and launch seasons, assists in the gas dock and ship store in the summer, and does detail work. Katie is pursuing a degree in Business Administration while working full-time at the marina and is eager to continue to grow with the company and learn as much as possible about boats and the marina industry.
Ken purchased his first sailboat at age 15 and has been on the water ever since. Prior to Anchors Way Marina, Ken's experience is nothing short of remarkable. As a Manager at Biscayne National Park, 3 of those years at Biscayne, he served as the Hurricane Incident Commander. He has also been the Maintenence Manager at Indiana Dunes State Park and has worked at Great Lakes Naval Training Center and Fort Benjamin Harrison. Ken is an experienced welder, plumber, electrician, commercial HVAC, steam pipe fitter as well as control electronics and he is also a licensed Captain. Ken can be found in the dog house repairing engines or at the top of the mast working on rigging. Ken is the proud grandfather of 6.
Nolan brings over 50 years of sailboat knowledge and expertise to the Anchor’s Way team. Nolan has traveled the inter-coastal to the Gulf of Mexico, to the Apostle Islands to Whitefish Bay, from the Port of Texas to Clearwater. Prior to Anchor’s Way Marina, Nolan worked for Mercedes, Volvo and was charged with beginning a Fleet Vehicle Truck Division for Volkswagen. Nolan also had a boat and automobile sales business for 14 years, naturally called “Surf & Turf”. Nolan has been married to his wife Deanna for over 12 years.
Lauren can be found with a smile on the gas dock in the summer selling fuel, snacks, ice and more from our ship store in the summer. She also helps out in the office with administration duties and making sure all of our customers are taken care of. Lauren started at Anchor's Way summer of 2018.