Meet our Board of Directors

Valerie Fuller
Commodore

My husband Dick and I have been boating on the St. Croix River for 35 years and STILL think it is the best thing Minnesota has to offer!  We live in Apple Valley, but our weekend address from May-September is Slip B-14 at Bayport Marina aboard “FILLING TIME.” I retired from my full time career in 2009 after 33 years of marketing Dental Specialists. I then developed Practice Forward, LLC and work on a limited consulting basis upon request. I am an active officer of my husband’s dental practice (Gentle Dental Eagan) and help provide community education and public relations on behalf of the office.  I enjoy boating, downhill skiing, interior design, formal entertaining and volunteering my time.  I am now in my second term (sixth year) on the Board of Directors as Commodore.  I look forward to representing the best interests of our members and Bayport Marina Association.  I consider it an honor to contribute to our outstanding marina. See you on the docks!


Brien Slawik
Vice Commodore

I am the President and CEO of Har-Mar, Inc./Slawik Properties with nearly two decades of expertise in planning and executing sales and operational strategies for purchasing, ownership and management of real estate assets. Additionally, I have a proven record of sustaining bottom line results in turbulent economic times and a track record for negotiating numerous transactions including lease agreements, purchase agreements and lending instruments that have led to profitable results.

I have been involved with Bayport Marina since its founding in 1988 as one of the charter owners, slip A-57. I would like to return to the board, after a number years away, having already completed one term and holding the position of Commodore in 2003. I believe my business experience and history with the Marina can be very beneficial to continuing to make this the premier Marina on the St. Croix.


Dave L. Peterka
Treasurer

I began boating on the St. Croix in 1965 when my family moved to Croixside, three miles south of Marine on the St. Croix. My first boat was an 8-foot skimmer with an 18 HP OB Evinrude motor…and did it fly, much to my mother’s discontent! After graduating from Stillwater High School and then Hamline University in 1973, I had a 43-year career in banking and am now retired! We live in the Excelsior area.

After my parents moved to Bayport in 1982, I started watching the Bayport Marina site and its eventual growth into what it is today. In 2001, my wife, Deb and I purchased slip A-12, and this year (2016) will be the first year we will keep our boat, Croixsening, in the Marina. The St. Croix River is near and dear to my heart and being a part of BMA has been a wonderful connection. As I start my third year on the BMA Board, we are looking forward to spending more time at the Marina and meeting fellow BMA members on the docks!


Joel Lemanski
Secretary

My name is Joel Lemanski. My wife and I have owned slip (C-33) at BMA for 18 years. We came to Bayport in 1994 for gel coat repairs, fell in love with the marina and never left. I have spent my entire life boating here on the St. Croix, the Mississippi, Florida’s coast, and the Great Lakes. I am a small business owner of three companies, one which deals with Antique Classic watercraft. My son, Lucien and daughter, Erin have had the pleasure of spending their summers at Bayport Marina, enjoying the wonderful amenities we have to offer.

In 2002 – 2004, I served on Bayport Marina’s board and was Commodore in 2004. My main concerns for Bayport Marina have always been consistency and maintaining our excellence. With my past experience as a BMA Board Member and a small business owner, I believe I have much to offer by rejoining the current board of directors. As BMA finishes up the dock project, it will be the Board of Director’s duty to plan for the future and develop a long range plan to ensure that we continue to be the number one marina on the St. Croix.


Eric Pederson

Hi everyone. I have been a board member since 2013 and I look forward to working with you to keep our Marina a great facility. I am a civil engineer and currently work for the Foundation Group at Veit, a civil construction company. My wife, Meredith, and I are lifelong boaters having met on the Whitefish Chain when we were 16. We have kept a boat at Bayport since 1997, and have been slip owners (A-10) since 2004. Meredith and I live in Stillwater having moved there in 1991. We enjoy all the amenities that Bayport Marina, the St. Croix River, and the River Valley have to offer. Please stop by A-10 and say hello when you have a chance.


Bob Reilly

My wife, Shelly, and I have four children.  Three are now finished with college and out in the working world.  Our fourth is enjoying his first year in college in California.  We have enjoyed boating on the St. Croix since 1997.  As our interest in boating grew, so too did our boats! We came to Bayport Marina in 2011 when we purchased our 441 Meridian, BobShell.  We have subsequently purchased B13 to become a permanent part of the marina, but continue to lease B29 as our marina base.

I graduated from the U of M in 1980 with degrees in Clinical Physiology and Forensics, and undergraduate degrees in Architecture and Construction.  I worked for the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department and Medical Examiner’s Office and during that time, I served as the Deputy Coroner for Chisago County until an injury forced me into change careers in 1986.

I developed and own LADC Companies, a property management and commercial construction company.  We now cover nine states with seven separate divisions.  My broad spectrum knowledge and application from commercial construction to asphalt and concrete maintenance/repair would be a sound fit for Bayport Marina.  With this skill set and those of the current engineers and many other talents on the board of directors, Bayport Marina would be well represented by a diverse knowledge base, well suited to serve, maintain, and improve efficiencies along with fiduciary goals and management of a marina we are all so proud to serve.


Albert Sturm, PE

Marlys and I have 3 adult children and 6 grandchildren. We have been at Bayport Marina since 2004 first renting on C dock and in 2007 purchasing slip B2, the best decision we ever made. We have resided in nearby Stillwater for the past 40 years.

I am a Mechanical Engineer and graduate of the University of Minnesota. After 42 years in engineering, I recently retired from PaR Systems, Inc. (www.par.com) a major automation company. As longtime CTO for PaR I was responsible for engineering management, technology portfolio management and innovation for a high-tech company. Now that I have more time I would like to dedicate some of my energy to serve organizations that are important to us as well as preserving and protecting this beautiful St. Croix River Valley. Bayport Marina is one such organization with a rich history and it is truly a jewel on the river; I am honored to serve as a member of its board of directors and believe I can help make our marina even better.


Keith Vinje

Mary and I have enjoyed boating at Bayport Marina since 2006; first as renters of slip A52 then purchasing slip A67 in 2012.  We both retired in June 2013.  We like to spend time aboard Aurora exploring all that the Marina and St. Croix River has to offer.  We have lived in Stillwater with our two (now adult) sons since 1997.  Prior to that we lived in Taiwan, Kentucky, Woodbury, and St. Paul.

I am fortunate that my work and family holidays have allowed me to visit many places.  I have seen how water is a common thread for all.  So, enjoying life on the river is a natural extension for me.  Through my experience with business and engineering leadership, I have contributed to several non-profit companies and service organizations.  Bayport Marina is a jewel.  I would like to add my energy to the team and keep it bright for us all.  I am looking forward to meeting more Bayport Marina Owners and serving on the Board of Directors.