Meet Our Sales Team

Chad Marine - Sales Manager

Chad Marine

Sales Manager
I grew up and spent most of my life in Vero Beach, Florida where boating was a central focus of life and became one of my biggest passions--from fishing, wakeboarding, spending weekends on the water with friends and even driving my boat to school. My family also owned Island Hopper Boats where I worked on the assembly floor, learning how to manufacture and produce high quality boats from start to finish. I graduated from Auburn University, majored in Aquaculture and Fisheries Science, and started my career in the irrigation and construction industries. I moved to Pittsburgh in 2014 and am excited to be working at Fox Chapel Marine. I love helping customers find the perfect boat to fit all their needs on the water and sharing my experience with both new and veteran boaters. In my spare time, I enjoy being active outdoors, golfing, camping, biking, snowboarding and following Pittsburgh sports--Steelers, Penguins, Pirates and Auburn football.
Nia Lafferty - Sales Representative

Nia Lafferty

Sales Representative
Being on the water has always been one of the my life’s biggest passions. Growing up as a child, I fell in love with boating when my family would spend summer days at Moraine State Park renting speed boats. In college I was a Division I rower and A-10 gold medalist at Duquesne University, where I spent every morning on the Allegheny River watching the sunrise! After graduation, my first “adult purchase” was a pontoon boat and I have been boating ever since. Over my career, I have been in a variety of sales/marketing positions from owning my own company to corporate sales. I am also a newly enrolled student and fitness instructor at Penn State University’s New Kensington campus where I will be earning an additional degree in IT and Cyber-security. In my spare time when I’m not on the river, you can find me in the gym pursuing my second love of bodybuilding and fitness, or traveling to new exciting places in pursuit of the perfect pictures with my trusty camera!
Jon Mealer - Sales Representative

Jon Mealer

Sales Representative
I was born and raised in Michigan. Where I grew up on large lake. Waking up every day knowing I would be out on the water from sun up till sun down was a great feeling. Growing up on the lake my family had a variety of boats from small fishing boats, to pontoons to ski boats. I attended school and graduated from Central Michigan University. I moved to the Pittsburgh area in the fall of 2000. Soon I started my career in the RV industry. I then changed my career path to boating, since it was always my passion. I began working at Fox Chapel Marine in August of 2018. I love to interact with customers and share stories about boating and fun memories. Learning from other boaters and their experiences is always rewarding. Stop in to chat and let me find your first or next boat! In my spare time I enjoy traveling, the outdoors and home repairs to my new house I recently purchased.

Meet Our Service Team

Mike Burnside - Service Manager

Mike Burnside

Service Manager
I have been a boater for 43 years. I owned a 20' speed boat, in which I raised my four children on for twenty years. I have worked in service shops since 1976. I came to Fox Chapel Marine, hired as Service Manager, in June of 2018. I take pride on helping out our customers no matter how big or small the work is. You may also see me in the shop or on the docks helping out our technicians on repairs. In my spare time, I like to restore boats.
Pat Nuzzo Taylor - Parts Manager

Pat Nuzzo Taylor

Parts Manager
Boating has been an important part of my life since 1962 when my Dad started his marina along the Allegheny River. Growing up in a marina has given me a lifelong appreciation of the pleasures and enjoyment boating brings to those who live and love the boating life. Fishing, pleasure boating, waterskiing, tubing, camping, boat racing and spending every possible minute on the river has been some of the greatest times of my life. Over the years, I've done almost every job there is in a marina from swinging docks and pumping gas to washing boat bottoms and managing a service department. I joined Fox Chapel in 2006 as the Parts Manager and I've enjoyed the opportunity to spend every day working with people who love boating. I love my work because it's true; boaters are some the best people in the world!
Trish Nichols - Service Administrative Assistant

Trish Nichols

Service Administrative Assistant
I have been working at Fox Chapel Marine since 2012. During this time I have learned a lot about the boating industry especially regarding boat service. I enjoy meeting new boaters as well as seeing our regulars. The professional yet comfortable setting here makes it a great place to work. When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my children Abigail and David. We love to go camping, fishing, and swimming as much as we can. I was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania and can't imagine a better place to live, work and raise a family!

Meet Our Front Office

Diane Schafer - General Manager

Diane Schafer

General Manager
I have been employed in the Marine Industry over the past 30 years. I was part of Fox Chapel from the very beginning and witness the many changes over the years. Our marina is the nicest and best equipped facility around. I feel I have acquired a vast comprehension of the Marine Industry over the years and hope this will help me better serve our customers' needs. I attend a variety of industry meetings throughout the year looking for new ways to help improve our boaters overall experience. Because I love what I do and where I work, my personal life is based around boating as well. My son, Joey, grew up with boating being a big part of his childhood and even though his life is taking him in different directions he still tries to fit in as much boating as possible.
Jes Roberto - Finance Manager | AR/Collections

Jes Roberto

Finance Manager | AR/Collections
I graduated from Bradford School in 2000 with an Associate's Degree in Business Administration. I came to work at Fox Chapel Marine as the receptionist in 2004 and since was able to learn more fields and become a part of the Financing, Accounting and Marketing/Social Media Departments. I feel lucky to have grown at Fox Chapel as well as working with the people I do. I enjoy interacting with our boaters and customers, they are the best! While not at work, I love to spend time with my family and friends. I live in Lower Burrell with my son and our dog, Shelby.
Lisa Bogart - Accounts Payable

Lisa Bogart

Accounts Payable
I became a part of the Fox Chapel Marine team in December of 2016. This is a brand new adventure for me and I look forward to learning and experiencing everything I can about the boating industry. All of our customers are kind and captivating individuals. I'm thrilled to be here and get to know them! I grew up with a big family and all kinds of animals. I frequently visit some of my family that live in Nova Scotia. When I'm not at work, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, going to Penguin's games and going to concerts and the movies.
Ashley McClammer - Receptionist

Ashley McClammer

Receptionist
I was hired as receptionist for Fox Chapel Marine in November 2017. Growing up in Pittsburgh, I have always loved any chance I got to be in or near the three rivers (don’t ask me which is which…I’m still trying to figure that out). I love boating and being around boaters. Our customers are some of the best people out there and I enjoy getting to know each and every one of you! In my spare time I enjoy traveling to new places, photographing beautiful people, attending concerts, or dancing with my fries at the Baja.

Meet our Techs & Yard Workers

Our Certified Service Department is on hand for all of your mechanical, technical and overall care for your vessel(s).Our professional staff also maintains the grounds to make your boating experience memorable with a "Resort" Atmosphere.

Loren Stocker - Shop Foremman | Marine Tech

Loren Stocker

Shop Foremman | Marine Tech
Blaine Nichols - Marine Tech

Blaine Nichols

Marine Tech
George Clayton - Marine Tech

George Clayton

Marine Tech
Chuckie McNabb - Marine Tech

Chuckie McNabb

Marine Tech
Dave Watterson - Fiberglass/Gelcoat Tech

Dave Watterson

Fiberglass/Gelcoat Tech
Josh Griffin - Yard Laborer

Josh Griffin

Yard Laborer
Vince Popovich - Tech Apprentice

Vince Popovich

Tech Apprentice