A veteran in the yacht industry, Jan Byers Boone died of colon cancer on May 29. She was 57.
Ms. Boone began in the industry in marketing and sales at Hatteras Yachts. She eventually became vice president of sales and was with the company for nearly 25 years, according to an online obituary.
Ms. Boone also ran Jarrett Bay and then served as president of Bluewater Yacht Sales for 12 years.
An online obituary includes the following memorial:
“The world lost a jewel. Jan was a leader, a visionary, a giver, and a deeply caring person. She will be missed by many.
“Jan was a pioneer in the boating and yachting industry. Very few women reached her level of responsibility in such a highly competitive industry. She began her career right out of college at Hatteras Yachts, working in marketing and sales for nearly 25 years, finishing her time there as VP of Sales. Jan then took the helm at Jarrett Bay and later Bluewater Yacht Sales, where she was President for 12 years. Jan appreciated the trust placed in her and she worked tirelessly to retain that trust. She loved her work and the opportunity it gave her to meet so many great people in the boating industry over the years.
“Jan loved spending time with her family, enjoying weekends at the beach house, taking the boat out and relaxing by the water. She dearly loved her pets, along with working in the yard… ‘digging in the dirt’, as she called it.
“A sharp mind and business acumen, but mainly caring about people, were the reasons Jan was so successful. Jan was not an extrovert, but she made deep connections with those whose lives she touched.
“We are all blessed to have had Jan in our lives, and she will forever be remembered as a caring, fun-loving woman with an immense heart.”
A celebration of life service and visitation was held in New Bern, North Carolina, on June 4. The family requests memorials be made to Garber United Methodist Church. Visit Pollack-Best for a memorial video and online obituary.