Meet Our Team

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Curtis Bunch

Owner

Curtis was raised here in Roane County since the age of 8. His grandfather, Roy Bunch, is the founder of Bunch Marine. Curtis came to work for him at the tender age of 9. He now has more than 50 years in the marine business.

His grandfather taught him to rig boats, service engines, and order and sell parts and accessories.  By the age of 16, he was handling all the ordering, including new boats, motors, parts, and accessories.

His grandfather strongly believed in training, so he went to factory outboard training and attained a Master Technician Certification, which he maintained for many years.

His grandfather sold Bunch Marine in 1978. Curtis moved away to take a job outside the boat business. In the spring of 1980, he was approached by the current owner. At the age of 23, he was very fortunate to get a loan from the bank and buy Bunch Marine, returning it to the family fold.  He began by leasing the property from his grandparents and then buying it after several years.  He eventually purchased the adjoining two acres and has steadily grown since then.

Having been raised in the marine business, he has a passion for being on the water, whether it’s a fishing tournament or just boating with family and friends.

He has been married to his best friend, Shelia, for many, many years.  Together they have 4 sons, a daughter, two granddaughters, and a grandson.





Mark Bunch

Service Manager

Mark was born and raised in Bunch Marine as his grandfather built it. When he was in high school, he started working here and helped maintain the shop. In his 26-year career, he has done everything from cleaning boats and servicing engines to parts and boat sales. Mark currently holds Mercury Outboard Certification, and for a time held his OMC Certification. He looks forward to bettering his career by working toward Mercruiser Certification and a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management. 

Mark enjoys pleasure fishing and recreational boating on the weekends with his family and friends. As a family man, Mark and his wife, Angie, have three beautiful kids. His oldest daughter, Allison, 22, is a graduate from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He has twins, Marcus and Mackenzie, 16, who play competitive and high school soccer. Mark and his family also enjoy hiking in the Great Smokey Mountain State Park. Mark has dedicated his career to this business and works to help make Bunch Marine the best family business it can be.


Michael Heidle

Sales


Michael is from Kingston and has grown up in the family business.  He started out sweeping floors and cleaning boats.  He then finished up high school and moved away to Cookeville to attend Tennessee Tech.  He then moved back to Kingston to work at Bunch Marine.  Working in the rigging department for a few years and then moved up to the Parts Department.  He then moved up to the Sales Department and also handles most of the website.  He also helps with the Tennessee Team Trail alongside Kenny Barding and Matt McKee 

Michael's wife; Jodi, grew up on the water as well competing in collegiate swivel skiing.  Jodi volunteers for Patricia Neal during the summer teaching handicapped kids and adults how to ski.  Michael with some of the clinics as well.  They spend the rest of the summer skiing and surfing and then winter time fishing.  They are expecting their first child in December.    

Michael Heidle







Jeff White

Sales

 


Mary Lou King

Parts and Accessories/Service Writer

 Marylou is from Souderton, PA. She has a total of 29 years in the marine industry. In 1988, her career with the marine business started as a friend of hers in Quakertown, PA had an opening for a service writer at Highway Marine. From there, in 1992, she advanced to Nichole’s Marine in Lenoir City. Here at Bunch Marine she deals with sales, warranties, service and parts. She also takes care of all of the apparel department and accessories. Marylou works with us to achieve great boat shows and Tennessee Team Trail Tournaments. She loves to travel and spend time with her daughter, Christen.

Mary Lou King

Kenny Barding

Parts and Accessories/Service Writer

Kenny is originally from Havelock, NC but moved to Kingston with his family in 2013. Prior to coming to work at Bunch Marine two years ago, he had over 20 years’ experience in the automotive industry. He worked in service, the body shop, and parts. Kenny has completed three years in college. He is a Ford Master Certified Automotive Service Consultant, Master Certified Body Shop Manager, and a recipient of General Motors Mark of Excellence Parts Manager. As he is new to the marine business, he came to Bunch Marine to gain education about boating. Kenny works alongside Marylou to provide the best service to their customers. In Kenny’s free time, he likes to fish locally, including our very own TN Team Trail, and Nashville tournaments. As a member of the Percy Priest Fishing Tournament, he has won a 200+ boat tournament, and in 2004, a 1st place. Kenny and his wife, Jamie, have one daughter, Bailey

Kenny Barding

Gina Cotton

Customer Service Administrator

 

Gina was born and raised in the big town of Kenosha, WI. She moved to our area in 1997 and spent the next 15 years as a retail manager and an office manager.  Gina started out as the Sales Coordinator and five years later she also handles boat pricing, inventory, finance and insurance, warranties, advertising, etc. As the Customer Service Coordinator she goes above and beyond to see that every boat purchase is a smooth one. She is our all-around lady who “touches” nearly every aspect of Bunch Marine. When off work, Gina loves to fish with her family and friends. She has one son, one daughter, and 3 gorgeous grandchildren. Gina truly enjoys the marine business and plans to pursue her career at Bunch Marine.

Gina Cotton

Elizabeth Hanley

Accounting Manager

Elizabeth is originally from Georgia, and now lives in the  local Sweetwater area. She has a Bachelors Degree from Tennessee Wesleyan College in Accounting. To pursue her education, she received her Masters of Accountancy Degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Elizabeth has a total of 7 years of accounting experience, and two years experience in the boating industry. She started out at a manufacturing company, and came to Bunch Marine in 2015. Here, Elizabeth tracks cost inventory, takes care of bills, and book keeps. As an active church member, Elizabeth and her husband, Jonathan, have three beautiful kids. 



Whitney Cox

Sales Coordinator





Chris Loy

Service Rigger

Chris, a Tennessee native, grew up in Clinton, TN. He has been working at Bunch Marine for 6 years now. Chris developed a strong interest in boating at a young age as he grew up around boats with his family. He fishes tournaments and loves to take his two daughters skiing, tubing, and boarding. He is a Certified Mercury Technician and plans to progress his limits by learning more and more each day. Excellent customer relations/interaction. On water demonstrations at time of pick up

Chris Loy


 



James Monroe

Service Rigger




Michael Shelton

Service

Michael Shelton

A J Jenkins

Service- Mechanical Technician

 Aaron (AJ) is from the local town of Maryville, TN. AJ has grown up fishing and boating. He has 18 years of experience in the boating industry. Straight out of high school, he started his career at a boat dealership. There, he did everything from cleaning boats, parts, service and management. He maintained his learning by graduating from Louisville Technical Institutes Marine Mechanical Technology course. He is Indmar certified and has attended service schools from Mercury, Yamaha, Evinrude/Johnson, and Skiers Choice. Along with that, he is also an avid fisherman. AJ has 3 young boys.



Brian Leach

Service Rigger

Brian has been born and raised in Kingston, TN. He grew up boating and finally bought his first boat when he was 20 years old and became an avid fisherman. Prior to working at Bunch Marine, he was in lawn care and landscaping. He has been here for 2 years and is a very hard worker as he promotes his abilities every day. Brian has fished numerous local tournaments and has finished 4th on Cherokee for Fishers of Men on April 22nd of 2017. Brian has two kids, one daughter and one son whom of which he enjoys fishing with.


Chris Hill

Service