Front Office, Sales & Service Staff

Front Office

Lance Markham - President/CEO

Lance Markham

President/CEO
Phone: 706.400.6047
As Young Harris Water Sports’ President and Chief Executive Officer, Lance is responsible for overseeing all day-to-day-operations of the company, as well as controlling all aspects of the company’s overall direction and strategy. He started Y.H.W.S in 2002 while simultaneously acting as Sports Medicine Director and Head Athletic Trainer at Young Harris College. In 2009 Lance took Young Harris Water Sports on full time and it has grown tremendously. It is his dedication to quality and customer service that has made YHWS the number one boat rental company in Georgia. Lance holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science from Eastern Washington and a Master’s degree in Science from Marshall University.
Jacob Benoff - Regional Director: Central Georgia

Jacob Benoff

Regional Director: Central Georgia
Phone: 706.200.1720
Prior to arriving at Young Harris Water Sports Jacob has spent over 16 years in the travel and tourism industry holding a variety of leadership positions at Hyatt Hotels, Drury Hotels, IHG, and Best Western. He has served as a guest speaker for several convention and visitors bureaus and has been the recipient of several industry leading awards. Jacob is responsible for managing and overseeing all operations and company development for our southern locations including: the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds at Lake Oconee, Boat House Marina at Harbor Club, 44 Bridge, as well as Reynolds at Lake Oconee’s Marinas locations: Lake Club and Linger Longer.
Deborah Russell - Accounting/Office Manager

Deborah Russell

Accounting/Office Manager
Phone: 706.200.1713
Deborah has over 25 years of Business Operations experience from Office Management and Administration, Banking Operations and Technology, Customer Service, and Bookkeeping, to Shipping and Receiving, Purchasing, Quality Control, and Loss Prevention. Deborah has held positions at Fortune 500 companies such as R.J. Reynolds, PPG Industries, Office Max, and Sidel Inc, and most recently worked for United Community Bank for ten years, which has currently been placed on Forbes list of America’s Best 100 Banks. As Young Harris Water Sports’ Office Administrator, Deborah is responsible for activities including but not limited to office administration, accounts payable and accounts receivable, human resources, marketing, customer service and the day-to-day activities of the Dealership.
Patrick Seals - Northern Rental Manager

Patrick Seals

Northern Rental Manager
Phone: 706-896-0834
Coming soon.. Patrick is in charge of our northen rental opertions

Sales Department

Sales Department Staff

Dave McManus - Sales Manager

Dave McManus

Sales Manager
Phone: 706.321.4479
As Young Harris Water Sports’ Sales Manager, Dave is responsible for all aspects of the sales and finance department. He is dedicated to our best prices, best watercraft and best service, guaranteed every day. He is here to make sure every customer is completely satisfied with their experience. Dave joined Young Harris in 2018 and brings with him over 30 years of combined experience in the Marine, RV and ATV markets. He is an avid boater who loves the outdoors and nature. He has been around boating since he was a child and even served in the U.S. Coast Guard.
David Waid - Tag/Title/Inventory Administrator

David Waid

Tag/Title/Inventory Administrator
Phone: 706-896-0834
David has spent over 20 years working in the auto finance and finance factoring industry with the last 5 years working as a consultant to small businesses helping develop processes and efficiency improvements in administration, work flow, sales, marketing, project and strategic operations management. David comes from a boating family with many days spent on Lake Lanier and Lake Allatoona. Currently David enjoys spending his free time with his wife on beautiful Lake Chatuge.
Dave Greve - Store Inventory Manager

Dave Greve

Store Inventory Manager
Phone: 706-321-4479
Joined YHWS in March 2017. Has worked in Parts, Service and Sales departments. As our Store Inventory Manager he maintains the day to day operations of our Board Shop. With over 20 years of retail experience in sales, loss prevention and inventory control. He is a tremendous asset with great product knowledge of our inventory here at the dealership.
Mark Pohnl - Sales Associate

Mark Pohnl

Sales Associate
Phone: 706.321.4479
Mark has been with Young Harris Water Sports in sales since February 2017. He has a BA from Michigan State University and over 40 years of management and sales experience. As a life long boat enthusiast, Mark shares his knowledge and expertise with his customers to help them make the best buying decision. He is conscientious, enthusiastic and has a reputation for providing excellent customer service.
Michael Watson - Sales Associate

Michael Watson

Sales Associate
Phone: 706.321.4479
Michael joined Young Harris Water Sports in February of 2018 and has since proven to be a valuable asset of our sales team. He brings with him over 25 years of sales and management experience. He is responsible for assisting with sales all while delivering excellent customer service.
Rick Richert - Sales Associate

Rick Richert

Sales Associate
Phone: 706-321-4479
New here at Young Harris Water Sports but definitely not to the industry. With extensive background in the Marine industry from Racing, Tow Boats and family boats. Let my many years of experience assist you and your family with your boating selection, so that you will have years of enjoyment on the water.

Service Department

Service Department Staff

David Shultz - Service Manager

David Shultz

Service Manager
Phone: 706-200-1717
Coming soon...
Gary Cannon - Service Manager

Gary Cannon

Service Manager
Phone: 706.200.1717
Gary Cannon may be new to Young Harris Water Sports, but he is a veteran of the Marine industry. He began his career in 1974 where he owned and operated several successful, top 10 CSI marinas. Gary currently holds over 176 factory certifications including the most coveted title of “Master Technician” in both Yamaha and Mercury. Gary brings with him extensive knowledge and expertise to make Young Harris Water Sports your premier choice for service, warranty, insurance and upgrades on boats and PWCs. We welcome you to come in and meet Gary Cannon and experience friendly, professional service.
Nicole Rhea - Parts Manager

Nicole Rhea

Parts Manager
Nicole is native of Clay County North Carolina and the Lake Chatuge area. She is a graduate of Hayesville High School and Tri County Community College holding an associate degree in business administration. Having lived on the shores of Lake Chatuge her entire life and being a water sports enthusiast provide her passion in helping others enjoy their boating experience. She began her career in the powersports industry shortly after graduating college at Smith Power Sports where she worked in the accounting department and eventually parts and service. Nicole brings her years of experience at Smith Powersports to the parts counter here at Young Harris Water Sports. It’s her strong work ethic and never quit attitude that make her a great asset to our service team. She is excited to see what lies ahead for the future of Young Harris Water Sports and grateful to be a part of the team.
Kevin Woodring - Service Counter

Kevin Woodring

Service Counter
Phone: 706-200-1717
Kevin has over 20 years of Customer Service Management, Operations Management and Workforce Analysis for such companies as Primerica Financial Services and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia. He also has over 10 years of Adjunct teaching experience with University of Phoenix and Spartanburg Community College. Kevin holds a BSBA and a MSA from Central Michigan University.
Tyler Barrett - Certified Marine Technician

Tyler Barrett

Certified Marine Technician
Phone: 706.200.1717
Bio coming soon... Inboard specialist
Steve Miller - Marine Technician

Steve Miller

Marine Technician
Phone: 706.200.1717
Bio coming soon...
Glen Faast - Marine Technician

Glen Faast

Marine Technician
Phone: 706.200.1717
Glen has 40 years experience working on PWC's and jet boats.
Corey Heffley - Shop Helper

Corey Heffley

Shop Helper
Andrew Parks - Shop Helper (Technician apprentice)

Andrew Parks

Shop Helper (Technician apprentice)