The Team at South Central Outboards
James - Owner
I started this business in 2009 on a full-time scale and I did it with one engine on a dirt shop floor. I had spent 13 years in the military and decided to move on from that. I don't have any special skills to brag about. I'm willing to work 20-hour days, 7 days a week but by and large, I'm a big-picture person. I suppose that work ethic counts for something but beyond that, this page is about the staff below. Take it with a grain of salt. This is largely how I see them, but I've tried to be generally accurate. There is not a single weak link on my staff and I'm hugely proud of that fact. Individually and as a group, they are goal-oriented, organized, and 100% dedicated to customer service. This is far and away the best group of people that I've ever had here and if you try to lure one of them away, I'll hunt you down like a rabid dog.
Janet - Carburetor Specialist and Shop Manager
Janet has been with us since 2011 and has been a valuable asset since the day she got here. When you get a carburetor from here and realize the fantastic rebuilt condition it's in, she's the one you write and thank because she did it. Flawless attention to detail combined with a great work ethic and what you get at the end is Janet. Because she's obsessive, she usually must be kicked out of the shop to get her to go home and I'm always grateful for the work she puts in on a daily basis. Do not attempt to hire her. I will find you.
Jane - Shipping and Inventory Management
Jane has been here since 2016 and she came from a management background. I love hiring people from management positions because they've already proven that ability to take ownership of what they do and since I'm not the most detail-oriented person, I like people who own what they do. Essentially, they keep me straight. Jane's that person and from the day she arrived, she took 100% responsibility for everything she does. She seems skeptical of most of us, so it's clear that she's also highly intelligent and as you get to know us, you'll probably be able to see it from her point of view as well.
Derrick – Quality Control
Derrick is my other former Navy guy, leaving us with a lot in common and I've appreciated having someone who knows where I'm coming from when I come in and call everyone "shipmate". He's been a jack of all trades since he arrived here and always expresses a willingness to help the people around him. He's detail-oriented, willing, and a positive asset to both the business and his teammates.
FFFFFF – Lower Unit Specialist
Honestly, I have no idea how many F's are in there but yes, that's the name his parents abused him with. Just F. Who knew? F builds lower units here and he's been exceptional. He's very detail-oriented, and organized, and can't be overwhelmed by the tasks handed to him. We're very pleased to have this guy with us and I hope that you'll feel the same if you order a lower unit from us.
Taylor – Office Support Staff
Taylor joined us in our customer service office earlier this year. She is infinitely organized, superbly versed in annoying Derrick, and an overall asset to our team. In her short time here, I'd freely admit that she's had a positive impact on both the office and myself with her goal-minded nature and drive. I'm pleased to have her along for the ride.
Dalton – Tear Down Specialist
Alright ladies, take it easy. He's awfully young yet so don't ruin him too soon. Dalton is Janet's kid, by the spirit if not by blood. She keeps him straight but he's an eager, growing mechanic who is always positive and upbeat. We couldn't be happier with him, even if he is no longer a long haired hippie.
Finkle, Mama Cat, & Smokey – Vermin Detectors
Finkle - On a normal day, Finkle can be seen in our window laying in the sun under the lovely blue boat. She is also known for greeting the office at the front door every day.
Mama - You can almost always find Mama on our shipping table. She is probably the only cat to have as much attitude as a human. She definitely will give you dirty looks if you pet Toby before her. She loves to throw pens on the floor.
Shop cat "Smokey" - This beautiful little kitten made her way into the shop and into our hearts. Although she is pretty white, you can sometimes see her with some grease on her. She likes playing hide and seek.