Douglas J. Traina
Founder, President and CEO, TEI
Doug was fortunate to be able to incorporate his love of boating when he founded T.E.I. in April, 1981 with the purchase of a small marina outside of Atlanta, GA.
From this start, he has grown T.E.I. into a vertically integrated enterprise encompassing nine divisions: Marinas, Boat Sales, Boat Service, Marine Retail, Boat Rentals, Hospitality, Food and Beverage, & Real Estate. Through this growth T.E.I. has grown from two employees to over 400.
With over 37 years as CEO of T.E.I., he continues to play a leading role in capital decisions and expansion at T.E.I. Doug graduated from Georgia Tech with an engineering degree in 1974. Doug is the proud father of 4 and lives in Naples, Florida with his wife where he leads a healthy and active lifestyle.
Kent S. Gable
Kent Gable has been employed by T.E.I. since July of 2004 as Chief Financial Officer. With the rapid growth and projected future growth of T.E.I. it became necessary to create a corporate accounting staff. Mr. Gable leads the team from the corporate office to establish effective company-wide systems of internal controls, financial reporting and operational accountability. He has forty years of experience in accounting, finance, operations, human resource and systems management, and is a CPA. During his career, Kent has held leadership roles at several large multi-location companies, including Domino’s Pizza Distribution, Liberty House Restaurant Corporation and Metro Media Corporation. Kent is married with 3 children and 9 grandchildren. He enjoys traveling, in 2015 he and his wife rafted the entire 277 miles of the Grand Canyon, he is an avid tennis player, and enjoys Lake Tahoe the ski slopes.
J. Brent Pearson
Brent Pearson joined T.E.I. in 1998 and currently manages the general operations of the Georgia facilities, while overseeing Indiana’s operations as well. Brent earned his Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1988, then went on to complete the Masters of Business Administration program at Berry College in 1999. Prior to his tenure with T.E.I. Brent held positions of increasing responsibility for 10 years with the Torrington Company division of Ingersoll-Rand Corporation, including Production Supervisor, Project Engineer, Quality Assurance Manager, and Engineering Manager. His broad and diverse experience and knowledge of engineering, design, and operations are tremendously beneficial to T.E.I. for marina expansion, facility construction, and operational improvement. His expertise has helped to more than double revenues from slip leasing and boat rentals over the past decade, including nearly 10% annual growth in available slips from construction projects since 1998 (exclusive of acquisitions). Brent provides extensive IT, Systems, Training, HR support and operational guidance for the Boat Storage, Rentals, Sales, and Service business activities at all T.E.I. locations. With a lifelong fascination of all things mechanical, Brent is a tinker and loves motorcycles, woodworking, and precision metalworking. He and his family love boating and spending time on Lake Lanier and Lake Allatoona.
Managing Partner of M&A and Business Development
Dan is a Managing Partner of M&A and Business Development at TEI. In this role, Dan’s primary responsibility is to focus on growth initiatives, both organic and through acquisitions.
Before joining TEI, Dan worked in Private Equity at Blackstone in New York and was involved in the firm’s investments in Servpro, Paysafe, and Vungle. Prior, Dan worked at Morgan Stanley where he worked with companies across the Media & Telecom sectors.
Dan received a BBA in Finance from The University of Notre Dame where he graduated summa cum laude. Having grown up playing a number of sports, Dan enjoys an active lifestyle and loves to play golf, tennis, ice hockey and ski. He also loves to boat, read, watch Notre Dame football, travel, and try new restaurants.
Charles A. Dixon
Chief Maintenance & Projects Officer
Charles Dixon was the managing partner of Outdoor Media Group. Outdoor Media Group division was successfully sold in 2017 and upon the sale Charles was given the position of Chief Maintenance & Projects Engineer for T.E.I. Charles has been part of the team since 1996.Â He holds a Bachelors of Business Management degree from Auburn University and he brings to T.E.I. more than 16 years of industry experience in outdoor advertising. Charles’ dedicated efforts combined with his extensive experience have been instrumental not only in the development of a solid long-term base of rental income on billboard land lease sites but also in two very profitable sales of OMG assets.
Charles and his wife Monica have 4 children including a set of triplets! Charles and Monica enjoy traveling and spending time with their family.
Brent L. Danneman
Vice President, Boat Sales Operations
Brent Danneman is a 37-plus year veteran of the boat sales and service industry and has completed all management training courses and programs offered by Brunswick Inc., the industry’s premier manufacturer. Brent has served as Chairman of the Education Committee of the National Marine Manufacturers Association, President of the Metropolitan Marine Trade Association and continues to serve on several industry association Boards of Directors and Committees. He has owned and operated highly successful Atlanta-area boat dealerships and currently oversees the boat sales operation for all T.E.I. properties. Under his direction, company-wide annual boat sales have grown impressively from $4,000,000 in year 2000 to over $10,000,000 in 2006, while posting net inventory reductions of more than $1,500,000 and profit margin increases on all boat lines over the same time frame.
Brent and his wife Phyllis have been married for 53 years and have 2 grown children. They live near the lake and Brent spends many happy hours teaching his 3 grandchildren how to fish and drive a boat. Brent also has a lifelong passion for collecting and refurbishing old cars.
William M. Archer
Vice President, Boat Rental Operations
William Archer began his employment with T.E.I. at an early age as a seasonal boat rental attendant in 1990. Destined to join the ranks of the T.E.I. management team, he earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Georgia Southern University with a minor in Human Resources and Marketing. He currently manages the company’s Boat Rental, Gas Island, and Ship Store operations in Georgia and Indiana. His extensive marina, boating, and management background has helped enable the expansion of the boat rental operations and increase revenues to more than triple during his tenure, with similar growth in profitability.
William and his wife Beth enjoy traveling and spending family time on the lake with their 4 young children. The Archers live in Cartersville, GA near Lake Allatoona.
General Manager, Resort & Hospitality
David has been a prominent figure in the hospitality industry for nearly 30 years. Most recently, he served as the General Manager for the Hilton Washington Dulles, in the Washington D.C. market. For 4 years prior to that, he served as Area General Manager of Hilton Charlotte University Place and Holiday Inn University Place in Charlotte, North Carolina. Through energy conservation and employee community service efforts, in 2017, his Hilton hotel won the prestigious Hilton Travel With Purpose Award.
From 2004-2015, Mr. Schaum served in several roles at the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Resort, including Director of Revenue and Director of Hotel Operations, culminating as Hotel General Manager from 2012-2015. David drove increases in the Hilton Satisfaction and Loyalty Tracking (SALT) Service scores, elevating the hotel from the top 40% to top 1% of ALL Hiltons within the Americas.
David also served as Vice President of Operations at the Panos Hotel Group, for 12 limited-service hotels, consisting of two Comfort Suites, three Hampton Inn & Suites, four Hilton Garden Inns, and three Hampton Inns in the Charlotte area. During his tenure, he guided one hotel through a renovation and two through the final construction and opening phases. From 1990 to 2000, David held a variety of hospitality positions, including General Manager at the Newcastle Hotel and Dolphin Inn in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and multiple Front Office Manager roles.
Finally, David is a proud Veteran having been Honorably Discharged after serving 5 years in the United States Air Force.
David is best known as a high-energy motivator, and for achieving success in fiercely competitive, rapidly evolving marketplaces. He will focus on developing and maintaining relationships with all hotel stakeholders, including brand leaders, owners and vendors, and most importantly – guests. His emphasis on customer service and multi-faceted general managerial skills perfectly complement the existing talent at T.E.I. Industries.
Kevin Allen joined the firm in May, 2001, with acquisition of Rocket Marine. He currently manages the service departments at all of our marinas and retail stores after an award-winning tenure in management at our Kennesaw location. He started his career as a part time service helper, working his way through the service department to manage the most profitable service operation in the company. Mr. Allen is currently pursuing a degree in business management at Kennesaw State University’s Cole School of Business.
Kevin and his wife Rickie recently had their first child, and are looking forward to many days on the lake with family. The Allens are avid boaters on both Lake Allatoona and Lake Lanier.
Amy Looby, Marketing Director for T.E.I. Industries, began her employment in 2007 as a Rental Boat Reservationist while attending college. With a passion for the hospitality industry, Amy has always strived to improve and use her creative talents by constantly thinking of ways to improve operations and enhance the customer experience. In 2008 she became Rental Supervisor and headed the move from a one room store and gas dock to the now 5000 sq ft. Port Royale Store and Gas Island. After graduating in 2011 with a degree in Marketing from the University of North Georgia, she was promoted to Rentals Assistant Manager. In October 2012, T.E.I. Industries had an opening for a Marketing Director of which Amy was awarded that position. Since 2012, Amy has redesigned menus for the restaurants, brochures and signs for boat shows, increased social media visibility for all entities, redesigned the website and continually maintains current events, and is part of the core management team.
Amy’s hobbies and interest include two common things, lake and dogs. She is an active volunteer with Angel’s Among Us Pet Rescue here in Atlanta. She enjoys spending weekends at the lake or doing some kind of activity outside with her pets.