Mike: 20 Years with Sabre Yachts

We love featuring our talented and hard-working associates on this blog, and Mike is no exception. This week, Mike celebrated his twentieth anniversary with Sabre Yachts, and while he’s usually pretty busy making sure every Sabre is in top form before it leaves our Raymond factory, he agreed to take some time and answer our questions. Mike’s excellent work is no surprise to us after twenty years, but we were intrigued to learn that Mike is a twin, a fan of Eva Cassidy, and plays the guitar. Everyone here at Sabre would like to offer Mike our thanks and congratulations on twenty awesome years!

Cobblestones Playing Norway

If you could learn any instrument, what would you play? 

I play guitar but wish I could play better…I’m a member of a band: www.thecobblestones.net  (Pardon my shameless plug!)

Tell me about something that was difficult, but made you a better person? 

Years ago I got the position of Customer Service Representative at Sabre.  That was very challenging at first.  I had to completely leave my comfort zone.  It was rewarding but at times stressful.  I grew into it.  My hat’s off to Tucker, Glen and Jen. 

If you could send a message back through time your younger self what would you say? 

Bullies are going to regret their behavior.  They won’t come to class reunions.

What movie, no matter how many times you’ve seen it, do you have to watch every time it’s on? 

Oh jeez that would have to be “Fargo”.

What super power would you like to have? 

The power to push slow drivers into the breakdown lane.

Tell me about the person who has impacted your life the most:

My fraternal twin brother Mark.  Together we survived Parochial grade school and played in bands.  He’s always been there for his family. We’ve shared some of life’s worst moments and some of the best.  And besides that, everything I have, I borrowed from him!

What are you best at?

I hope that I’m best at listening. People need to share things and someone must listen.

Mike - AL Path

What’s your favorite book of all time? 

“Into Thin Air” by Jon Krakauer.  It’s a true account of a disaster on Mount Everest in 1996.  As soon as I finished the last page, I turned to page one and started reading it again.

Tell me about your earliest childhood memory: 

Sitting in our living room with my sister in a pair of rocking chairs listening to her Motown and Beatles records.

What’s your favorite song of all time? 

“Autumn Leaves” by Eva Cassidy.  I don’t understand how anyone could listen to it and not get a lump in their throat.

Name one thing that always makes you smile, no matter what: 

When my wife gives me directions in the car.  I’m terrible with directions and I’ll admit that.  She’s a little better than me.  We argue very politely and it’s funny.

If you won a million dollars what would you spend it on? 

My wife would donate to animal shelters and causes.   I’d pay off my daughter’s student loans, share some with family and put the rest away for retirement. 

Where would you go in a time machine?

Blues Alley, Georgetown, Maryland on January 3rd, 1996.  I’d watch Eva Cassidy perform.

Mike at Harrington's Marina

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One Response to Mike: 20 Years with Sabre Yachts

  1. Rob Noll Pittsburgh Pa. USA says:

    Way to go Mike! I was Sabre’s Customer relations guy years ago. Loved the job , the staff, the dealers and the company. Wonderful boats too. As a life long sailor I can not imagine answering questions about powerboats however. Hats off to you! You chose a great career. I would go back to Sabre in a second. I worked for Bass Harbor Marine with the Hinckley charter fleet, and then was sales manager for Morris in Southwest Harbor. Both companies are now defunct with Hinckley recently absorbing Morris. Sad for me. So good to still have Sabre around and it looks like you are in another golden age with beautiful boats and those precious new orders rolling in. My advice is to keep on going strong with Sabre….not a better company out there and your years of experience make you one valuable employee.

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