ABA November Monthly Member Highlight:


Every month we sit down with one of our amazing ABA members to get to know them a little better! For November, we spoke with Joe Howard, Location Manager of Irwin Marine of Alton Bay. We ask each member the same questions, providing an opportunity for our members to highlight the important work that they do in our communities. If you’re an ABA Member and would like to be considered for future Monthly Member Highlights, please reach out to us via email at info@altonbusinessassociation.com

Q:  Tell us about your business?

A:  Irwin Marine, New Hampshire’s most respected name in boating, is a third-generation, family-owned, and operated marine business. The company was founded in 1919 by Jim Irwin Sr. Irwin Marine is now recognized as a boating industry leader. At Irwin Marine of Alton Bay, we’re not just a smaller version of Irwin’s flagship facility in Laconia. We feature a mix of products unique to our store and our customer’s needs. Walk up the steps to our showroom and you’ll see our huge selection of personal watercraft’s and accessories, a tow-sports pro shop stocked with top quality gear, and in the winter we become Irwin’s home for snow-machine action. Make it a point to visit us at “The Bay”. We would value the opportunity to serve you!

Q: Tell us about yourself:

A:  Born and raised on Lake Winnipesaukee, I have been involved with boating since an early age. Feel free to stop by our Alton Bay location to meet our team and discover our customer service commitment.

Q: How did your business get started?

A: The company was founded in 1919 by Jim Irwin Sr. Irwin Marine and is now recognized as a boating industry leader. The Irwin Marine of Alton Bay store was acquired in July 2014. “The Bay” is unique from Laconia’s Irwin Marine flagship location because we carry Sea-Doo personal watercraft’s, Yamaha Waverunners, Ski-Doo snowmobiles, Monterey boats, and Berkshire pontoons. We also carry an assortment of accessories for all of your winter and summer needs.

Q:  What has your relationship with the Alton Business Association done for you or
your business?

A:  The Alton Business Association has been fantastic in helping us stay involved with the community. We were able to participate in the Alton Old Home Week parade this year which was a blast and we couldn’t have made it happen without the help of the Alton Business Association!

Q:  What do you value most about this community?

A:  The thing we value most about this community is the constant support from residents and surrounding businesses.

Q: Why did you want to open your business in this community?

A:  We wanted to open the store in Alton Bay because of the beautiful location right on the lake. We also love the wonderful surrounding community and local businesses that are right around the corner.

Q: What business accomplishment are you most proud of?

A:  Restoring and building upon the trust and confidence of our local customers.

Q: What does the future hold for you and your business?

A:  My main focus is continuing to improve our efficiencies to better serve our expanding client base. We are also adding a few new product lines to our current offering. Personally, I look forward to helping my family and businesses grow and prosper.

Q:  What is one piece of advice you wish you had as a new business owner?

A:  Surround yourself with people who inspire you to become better. Listen well. Learn from every healthy resource available. Act with integrity and confidence. Trust yourself and stick to your core values. (Sorry, that’s more than one).

Q:  How can people who want to learn more about you or your business get in
touch with you?

A: You can visit www.irwinmarine.com or give us a call at 603-875-8848. We are also on Facebook and Instagram as @irwinmarineofaltonbay!

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