- a number of individuals gathered together for a particular purpose
- the fact or condition of being with others, especially in a way that provides friendship or enjoyment
- a commercial business
Thank you for this opportunity to introduce ourselves. Please click on each member of our team to learn a little bit more about who we are and how we got here.
Integrity. Boating. Company.
This is Valley Marine.
Andy Winkler, President
I grew up in Valley and graduated from Valley High School. After high school, I attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln where I earned a degree from the College of Engineering in Construction Management. I also had a short stint playing football while at Nebraska. During the summers, I would come back home and work for Peter Kiewit & Sons. This eventually turned into a full-time position with Kiewit, so I transferred from UNL to UNO to finish up my degree and work full time. My family jokes that I may not have graduated if Traci would not have had her foot up my backside! After graduation, I was transferred to Denver where Traci and I got engaged. After a few more transfers, Traci and I decided that this career may not be the best for us. I traded my hardhat in for a pair of slalom skis and we were suddenly in the boat business!
Traci and I came on board here in June of 2003 and have never looked back. It has been a fun and challenging business. As our business has evolved, so has our family. There are 5 of us now. We have a daughter, and twins – affectionately known as “The Twinklers”. Traci and I used to think that owning our own business was difficult, but we now think it is very easy compared to being parents of twins! We do not even remember the first two years of their lives it was so hard! As our kids have gotten older we are now putting them to work at the dealership. Our oldest has been on several new boat deliveries with me and the twins love cleaning the boats. It has always been our dream to create the kind of company that we would want to work for. Thank you to all of our customers for supporting us in doing something we love!
Traci Winkler, Vice President
I grew up in Ginger Cove, just outside of Valley. After graduating Valley High School and receiving my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Marketing from Creighton University, I moved to Denver to start a career in advertising. With my family still living at that time in Ginger Cove, I would come back often to visit. It was on one such visit back home, at church on Christmas Eve, that Andy and I became reacquainted after having gone to high school together. Andy’s job with Kiewit would take him out to Denver, and well… as they say… the rest is history. After our wedding, Andy was transferred from Denver to Little Rock and soon thereafter we faced another transfer to Memphis. Andy and I quickly realized that a nomadic lifestyle was not what we wanted for our future. In 2003, we took a giant leap of faith, quit our jobs, moved back to Nebraska and purchased Valley Marine from long-time owners Buddy and Janet Piercy.
Valley Marine started as a family company, and that continues to this day. We have introduced our daughter and our twins to this fun business as well. It is not uncommon for you to see them at our shop being put to work after school. We are also the proud parents of one furry baby, sweet Rocco, our 12-year old St. Bernard/Pyranees mix. He was raised at the dealership too and our customers from the early days still remember and check in on him. When I am not working or carting the kiddos around to their activities, you will find me at the barn with the horses or on the tennis court. We have been so blessed on this journey. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for supporting our family business and letting us get to know your families along the way!