Hans HerrmannBoatshed Tacoma
About Hans Herrmann
I started working with Boatshed in March 2022.
As a young boy, I used to occasionally help my dad with the brightwork maintenance on his 36-foot wooden classic motor boat at the Yacht Club in Tacoma, WA. He kept her in immaculate condition. This father-son bonding eventually allowed me to operate our 8-foot dinghy powered by a 1.5 hp British Seagull outboard (people on the shoreline were walking faster than me when motoring against a current).
As my siblings and I became older, we convinced our dad to sell his yacht and get a 16-foot runabout with an outboard motor to use for fishing and waterskiing. I’ve since owned various types of small watercraft, including a Zodiac inflatable and a PWC.
I was also a Sea Scout back in high school and a Coast Guard Auxiliarist, getting my Boat Crew certification and working several local boating events. And I’m a current member of the Gig Harbor, WA Yacht Club.
What did you do before working at Boatshed?
Prior to coming on board with Boatshed, I recently retired after a38-year career as a sales and marketing professional. I’ve always enjoyed developing creative strategy, understanding what motivates the consumer through value attributes, and forming an integrated go-to-market initiative to meet their needs. I adhere to relationship management and strive to reach consensus through inspiring verbal persuasion and contagious enthusiasm.
What do you enjoy most about working with Boatshed?
What stands out most about working with Boatshed is their passion, knowledge and commitment to everything boats! Their business model truly aligns with the components of any successful enterprise; transparent integrity with the customer, state-of-the-art resources for customer/prospect relational management and expansive reach.
Are you a motorboater or a sailor?
I grew up around boats that were always powered by an engine of some sort. I guess you could say I’ve been a “stink potter.” Although I’ve never owned a sailboat, I plan to someday crew on a wind-powered vessel and experience that element of boating.
What is your most memorable boating experience?
I would have to say that cruising from Tacoma, WA to Princess Louisa Inlet in BC as a Sea Scout back in high school was quite memorable. It was nota pleasure cruise by any means, as you were part of a working crew aboard a78-foot former Coast Guard patrol boat constructed in 1932. However, the nautical knowledge I gained while experiencing some of the most majestic waterways was incredible.