Jim Abel has been with West Marine since 1983 and currently supports the team of Store Associates in the Northeast Region. In his role as Regional Vice President, he is responsible for all aspects of Customer service, Associate relations, sales and store operations for the stores in Mid Atlantic, New England, Great Lakes, and Ontario, Canada.
Jim has been involved in many levels of West Marine store operations for 29 years. He gained a wealth of experience managing store locations in Maryland, Florida, Western Florida District Manager and Regional Manager working in the West Marine Watsonville Support Center. Jim was promoted to the West Central Regional Vice President position in June 2007 and transferred to the Northeast Regional Vice President in February 2012; he living in Annapolis, Maryland.
In 2004, Jim was honored as the recipient for the Walter Scott Excellence in Leadership Award. The Walter Scott is awarded annually by West Marine to the individual Associate who demonstrates outstanding leadership within the organization.
A lifelong boater, Jim grew up sailing, water skiing and fishing on the Chesapeake Bay. He enjoys spending time with his family and continues to be involved with every aspect of family boating which often incorporates boat restoration, saltwater tournament fishing, sailing, kayaking and wakeboarding.