Barry Kelley is a 26-year veteran of the marine industry, having spent the last 19 years with West Marine. As an avid boater, Barry was able to take his passion for boating and transform it into a successful career. He joined West Marine in 1989 in Southern California as a Store Associate. He was soon called upon to support the company’s expansion on the east coast. He and his wife moved to South Florida where he took on the role as the first District Manager of the Southeast Region. He was soon promoted to Southeast Regional Vice President and under his management the region grew quickly from the original 5 stores to well over 100. By 2005, the Southeast Region had grown to the largest volume sales region with over 140 stores in 10 states. In addition, the Southeast region had the highest wholesale growth for 7 years running. Managing this incredible wholesale growth made Barry the ideal candidate when the position of Vice President Port Supply opened up. Barry was promoted to this role in December 2007.
Barry is a life long boater and equally enjoys a good day sailing or one spent offshore fishing. He, his wife and three children regularly enjoy their family time together out on the water.