Honesty, integrity, hard work, passion and attention to detail define Jeff’s approach to life and to running a business. His grandfather and parents operated marinas, and Jeff immersed himself in all aspects of the trade from a young age. Jeff worked his way from painting boat bottoms and pumping gas at age 8 to running a small store of his own at 16, selling boats and boat accessories. He now runs Strong’s Marine with Re, his wife of 36 years, and the business continues into its fourth generation with son Ryan running operations.
Jeff believes the world’s service expectations are constantly rising, and he is passionate about embracing this trend. He leads by example, providing a superior level of service to clients and employees, and encouraging an environment that promotes consistent customer satisfaction.
Outside of work, Jeff takes time to go boating, golfing and motorcycle riding, and is fortunate to be able to spend time and resources helping others. Jeff loves to have fun, and brings his contagious fun-loving spirit to his job leading Strong’s Marine.
Re flies under the radar, helping others shine. She's always loved the sound of a humming motor, whether it be a car, motorcycle or boat – and the 'ping' of a golf club hitting the ball is a great sound to her lately!
In 2000, Re joined Strong’s Marine on a full-time basis to manage accounts payable. Re says the best part of her job is working with her family; she feels very lucky to be with her boys.
Ryan grew up at Strong’s Marine. Like his father, he began painting boat bottoms and running the gas dock. He received his Yamaha engine certification at 16 and worked 30 hours a week at Strong’s while getting his college degree. After college, he continued to grow in the family business. Ryan now oversees facilities and manages marina operations company-wide. He is happily married to wife Tiffany, and they have a baby boy named Bradley. Ryan enjoys traveling the world, and makes sure to visit marinas wherever he lands, seeking out good ideas he can implement back home to improve the productivity of Strong’s facilities.
Jay sold his first boat to his sixth grade teacher, and has been an integral part of the family business since this first transaction. He worked at the Mattituck location throughout grade school; after earning his degree at Babson College, he returned to Strong’s, first running the marina in Southampton and then overseeing boat sales. Jay is an active member of the Strong’s Marine Board of Directors, and runs Laurel Crown Farms, a full-service horse and pony facility in East Quogue, with his fiancé Laura Beth.