Team Introduction: Randy Bouldin

This week we are introducing to you Randy Bouldin, our ‘do-everything’ guy who is great at everything he does. Have a look.

Hey Ya’ll!

My name is Randy Bouldin. I am 27 years old. I was born and raised here in Memphis, TN. I am the oldest child of Rand and Leslie Bouldin. I have a 24 year old sister, and a 22 year old brother. Ever since I can remember, I have been going hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, kayaking/canoeing, boating, skiing/snowboarding, and almost anything else in the outdoors with my family. I love the outdoors and it is usually the way I fill my free time.

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I played many sports growing up as well. In high school I played on the football, baseball, golf, wrestling, and trap shooting teams. My Junior year of high school at the Trap Shooting State Championship, I tied for 2nd Place by shooting a 98/100.

I grew up doing Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. This gave me the opportunity to learn many skills to use in life and the outdoors. It definitely helped solidify my love of the outdoors. I started Cub Scouts in 1st Grade. I bridged over to Boy Scouts in the 6th Grade. In Boy Scouts I was able to go to summer camp at Kia Kima to learn skills and earn merit badges every summer. I also attended two of the three Boy Scout High Adventure Bases. I completed Sea Base and Philmont. I climbed through the Boy Scout ranks and earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 2009.

I have studied Landscape Architecture at Mississippi State University. I have also studied Business at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and at the University of Memphis.

Along with my father and brother, I have climbed the two tallest mountains in Colorado. Mt. Elbert and Mt. Massive, which are both over 14,000ft in elevation. We climbed each one on two separate cross country fishing/camping/hiking trips. Every summer, we also go on a family fishing trip with all of the boys in the family. We have been doing it ever since I was a kid. We call it the Bouldin Bass Classic. We try to go somewhere new each year. However, this year we are returning to Dale Hollow Lake because the smallmouth bass fishing is amazing.

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I have been kayaking/canoeing down the Wolf River here in Memphis ever since I was about 14 years old. I would take friends to float during the summer in high school. Then after high school, I started a kayaking/canoeing club that floats the Wolf River year around. We made a Facebook group for anyone who wants to know when we are floating and wants to join. It is called ‘Trust the River’. Since we created the group, it has grown to almost 300 people. The largest group that I have had floating down the river together was around 60 people. I invite anyone reading this who is interested, to join the group and come float!

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My family used to own a farm in Mississippi when I was growing up. That is where I did a lot of hunting, fishing, shooting, and riding dirt bikes and four wheelers. We also trained hunting dogs there. Unfortunately, we sold that farm when I was about to graduate high school. Since then we got a farm in Tennessee where we do most of our hunting and fishing. For the last few years we have been growing corn.

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I started working at the Memphis Boat Center in April of 2018. I love it. I get to do a lot of the delivery/pickup driving, and testing boats. Then I do anything they need me to do around the shop to help move things along.

Thanks for taking the time to get to know me. I look forward to meeting you all in return.

As always, stay tuned for next week’s edition on Sean Sullivan, our reliable accountant. 

Team Introduction: Ken Billings

When you call or come in, chances are that Alex or Ken will be your first point of contact. Ken helps so many of us, other employees and customers combined. It’d be impossible to provide the service we do without him. So without further ado, meet Ken Billings, an invaluable member of our Parts Department:

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Ken says he knows two things about boating: one, that Leo DiCaprio made a lot of money from filming the movie, Titanic, and secondly, that World War I started when the Lusitania sank… and yet he still does a phenomenal job.  

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Ken was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. He says there were “no televisions at all” back then, but I’ll let you figure out the math. He has been married twice and has three lovely children.

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Ken loves to spend his free time reading, which makes sense given that he majored in English at the University of Tennessee before completing his degree at Memphis State. Ken is also very involved in his church. He does ‘Meals on Wheels’ every Monday, delivering hot, nutritious meals to homebound seniors around Memphis.

 

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When asked if he could do anything in the world, what would it be? Ken said he would “retire to the coast and eat seafood”. Sounds like a pretty great plan to me.

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We are so blessed to have Ken’s help here at MBC, and look forward to a few more years before he heads off to the coast. Stick around, next week we will be introducing Randy Bouldin, our guy who literally does everything.

Team Introduction: Alex Walker

When you call or come in, chances are that Alex will be your first point of contact. He is hard-working. He is dependable. Meet Alex Walker, our Parts Department Manager:

Howdy Doody everybody! Let’s give you a little insight on the life of your friendly parts manager. Some quick facts about me; I am the youngest of four, two brothers and one sister. I was born and raised right here in the wonderful city of Memphis, where I attended the University of Memphis. I am a huge animal lover especially mans’ best friend, the beloved dog.

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Growing up, the lake life was always a treat, but my main passion was baseball. From T-ball to high school ball, baseball was my life. Unfortunately, I ended my baseball career when I was a Junior at Germantown High School and decided to get a job.IMG_2304

Every year my family would take a beach trip to Pensacola, Florida. All week I would be out on the shore line from sun up till sun down running back and forth with my skim board. I loved working on my spins and aerials. Recently I’ve been able to put my skim board experience to use by wakesurfing behind the boat.Alex on beach

About 5 years ago I truly found another one of my biggest passions, dog training. I studied under multiple different trainers for a number of years, learning different methods and behaviors. While studying, I found my first dog, Bennett, a red retriever from a local rescue.

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Dog training was great for many reasons, but meeting the love of my life, who just so happens to also be named Alex, was by far my favorite. Luckily for me, she loves dogs even more than I do. She is now a vet technician for a local vet here in Memphis. Together we have 5 dogs that have all been rescued from various situations. If you haven’t realized it yet, we love to rescue dogs, especially the infamous “scary” Pittbulls. We are in the process of buying a home with high hopes of owning our own rescue shelter in the near future.

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Stay tuned, next week we will introduce another phenomenal member of our parts department, Ken Billings. 

Team Introduction: Jonas Jarnagin

This week we are introducing our savvy salesman, Jonas Jarnagin.  Take a read.

What is up everybody! I am coming in hot this week with a little peak into my life. Just some starter facts about me; I have 3 brothers. I have lived in Southaven/Olive Branch my entire life and I graduated from Mississippi State University last year.

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Growing up, anything involving water was something I wanted to be a part of. Outside of school a lot of our time was spent either at the lake or the beach. My favorite of the two was definitely the lake.

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I grew up with the majority of my summers being spent at Sardis Lake. My grandparents had a 1994 Four Winns Horizon that we loaded with hours. We spent most of our time either tubing or skiing, and loved every second of it.

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While we spent the majority of our lake time at Sardis, one of my favorite places to go was and still is Lake Norfork in Arkansas. Our family goes every Labor Day weekend. The amount of memories that have been made there are endless for our family.

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I love traveling, and I have been blessed to be able to have been to different places and do different things. I took a trip out west with my college roommates last spring, and it was absolutely incredible. We hiked in the Grand Canyon, went snowboarding, and drove through some incredible places.

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I’ll close with the most recent update in my life. This past weekend I got engaged to the most amazing woman in my life. Lucky for me, she loves the lake just as much as I do. I can’t wait to start this new adventure in life with her.

Jonas Out.

Many congratulations to the future Mr. and Mrs. Jarnagin. Stay tuned, next week we will introduce the most proficient member of our parts department, Alex Walker. 

Team Introduction: Jeanie O’Bryant

This week we are introducing our service department superstar! Most of you probably already know her and love her as much as we do! Meet the one, the only, Jeanie O’Bryant:

Hey! I would much rather hear about all of you but I am assigned to tell you a few facts about me so here is a few simple truths.

I grew up on Table Rock Lake in Branson, MO. My parents built a house 30 minutes from the lake. My Grandparents retired on the this lake before I was born. Every Sunday we would go to church, then race to get behind one of my Grandad’s boats to water ski until sun down. I started at age 4 and was a “ski cat” at age 5!
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I spent EVERY summer on Table Rock Lake as a kid. I was the tomboy digging for worms in our compost, fishing for bass, sunfish, and catfish between the chores of feeding the goats and tending to the acre garden of sweet corn, tomatoes, green beans, strawberries, zucchini, and squash. We had plenty of honey with 4 bee hives near the end of our property.  We ate well and drank tons of goats milk!  HA
I am a twin. My sister and I worked and played together constantly.  We are best friends even though she lives a state away. (Yes, we still  dress alike and play tricks on our husbands and friends) I think its time to play a trick on my co-workers now! HA
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Decades ago,  I finally met THE guy, the real deal. Our second date was a full day on Table Rock. He saw how much I love the lake and he began to call me “Lake girl”. Back then, he’d call me every Wednesday to ask “what’s Lake Girl doing this weekend?” The nick name kind of stuck from then on.
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I invite you all to visit Table Rock Lake. Table Rock is an average of 52,000 acres, more than 800 miles of shoreline, and it was formed when White River was dammed between 1954 & 1958. It has more than 1,100 camp sites. It’s very clear water and it’s only a short 5 hours from Memphis, TN!!
In 2015, my husbands job brought us to Southaven, MS. I had the opportunity to work at Memphis Boat Center and now my passion is helping others enjoy family time on the Lake.
Come by and share your fun times of your favorite lake!     #lakegirl  #queenbee
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Stay tuned, next week we will introduce the wittiest member of our sales team, Jonas Jarnagin.