The Port KY website was officially launched in 2008 as an informational resource for our Louisville-area Ohio River boaters. Thanks to boaters such as yourself, our growth has been fast-paced, yet predictable and controlled as we added beneficial features.
During the same timeframe, two Pittsburgh boaters, Terry Grantz and Michael Joyce, had the same vision for the Pittsburgh market and their original "Boat Pittsburgh" site. Over the years, I have gotten to know Terry and Mike, and we shared some of our best ideas for growing our respective sites. For example, Port KY added a forum, and they duplicated the "River Cards," both successes that benefited our boaters. As in any good synergy, they have complimentary interests and skills that have enabled their site to grow in the same fashion as the Port KY site.
Terry and Mike are both avid, lifelong boaters. Terry is a school teacher from Pittsburgh's Allison Park area, and is also the manager of their downtown Lock Wall One Marina. Mike specializes in information technology and web development, and resides in Pittsburgh's Mount Washington area, where the residents enjoy a commanding view of the Three Rivers. Their site, later renamed "Boat Local," has grown past the Pittsburgh area, and they are actively looking at ways to expand.
Terry and Mike have been very active in promoting the social side of boating, and previous successes include organized boating events such as waterfront concerts and sporting events. They also have a strong presence at their annual Pittsburgh Boat Show at their convention center.
As your Port KY founder and webmaster, I have looked at ways to keep the expansion going while being able to find somebody more technologically savvy to administer the site's future technology.
We are pleased to announce that effective immediately, PortKY.com and the Port KY River Forum are joining forces with BoatLocal.com! This will be a win-win for our boaters, as the information available and ease of access will expand exponentially. The BoatLocal sites and forums have specific pages for each geographic area, and their regions so far range from Pittsburgh to Cincinnati and Louisville, to Lake Cumberland and Dale Hollow. The Louisville area will retain its local flavor, while forum members will have access to a much larger group of boaters.
You have been a valued part of our success. I will continue to produce the content for Louisville's newsletter and help with our local coverage, while the administrative tasks and business functions will be handled by Terry and Mike from their home office. I plan to work with our local businesses as we transition into 2015 to maintain continuity and the local flavor of the Louisville site.
Looking toward the future, all of the great features of Port KY will still be available, and in some cases enhanced, on PortKY.com and later, in a section of BoatLocal.com that will be dedicated to Louisville boating. The River Forum will soon be incorporated into the Boat Local Forum with its Port KY link, and in the future you will see Boat Local benefits such as an interactive map of area businesses. We also have a new set of "Port KY, Now Part of Boat Local" River Cards to distribute to our boaters.
You are encouraged to call or write Eric, Terry and Mike with any questions or comments. Thank you again for being part of our growth!
Above, Terry Grantz, President and Mike Joyce, Vice President, Boat Local.com meet with Eric Grubb at their Pittsburgh office to plan site synergies. Here is some biographical information for Terry and Mike so that you can get to know them:
Terry Grantz, President
Terry's love of boating was fostered at a young age as he cruised Pittsburgh's Three Rivers in various boats owned by his parents. Although his father sold his last boat when Terry was only 6, the seed had been planted and Terry longed for the day he would again hit the water in his own boat.
The first summer after graduating from college, Terry bought his first boat, a 19' Sea Ray Cuddy Cabin. Since then he has owned various boats including a PWC, a small cruiser, a 43' houseboat and a 36' offshore performance boat. Currently Terry travels the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio Rivers with his wife aboard their 38' Chris Craft Catalina and they can occasionally be seen taking a short ride on their mini-speed boat, a 10' Mercury Mouseboat.
Terry's career in education allowed him to work seasonal jobs at local marinas and it was during this time he developed the idea for the website BoatPittsburgh.com and subsequent network of boating websites. With the help of a childhood friend, Terry launched BoatPittsburgh.com, but he realized that he was limited by his basic knowledge of web development.
As luck would have it, the following summer Mike Joyce, a web developer and avid boater, rented a slip right next to Terry. It didn't take long for the two boaters, who actually grew up just a few miles apart, to get the site redesigned, much to the delight of Pittsburgh boaters. After a few years the original plan of expanding to new boating markets was put in motion and BoatLocal.com was born.
Terry's passion for boating is demonstrated in his involvement in the boating community. He is an active member of the historic Oakmont Yacht Club and a member of both the Pittsburgh Safe Boating Council and the Pittsburgh Power Squadron. In addition, Terry also owns a marina management company that provides management services for two small downtown Pittsburgh marinas. He truly enjoys using his experiences in various aspects of the boating community to help make BoatLocal.com a valuable tool for all types of boaters.
Mike Joyce, Vice President
Mike began boating at a very young age with his family on their houseboat at Kinzua Lake and has continued to be involved with boating ever since. During college Mike bought his first boat, a small SeaRay Cuddy Cabin and began boating on Pittsburgh's Three Rivers. Since that time, Mike has traded up to a houseboat that he keeps at a marina near downtown Pittsburgh. He and his family spend as much of their free time as possible boating locally as well as taking trips up and down the rivers.
In addition to being a dedicated boater, Mike owns an internet development company that specializes in creating dynamic web sites and applications for a wide range of companies. He enjoys bringing that knowledge together with his favorite hobby to help local boaters share and learn with one another on BoatLocal.com.
Boat Net Enterprises, Inc.
Publishers of BoatLocal.com
477 Terazzo Drive
Allison Park, PA 15101
412-308-5900 - Office