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On July 15, 2010, in News From Gayle, by Gayle Brantuk
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Gayle & Buckshot–The Glen-L Lab

This is the official blog of Glen-L Marine Designs in Bellflower, California. This site will cover all things related to building boats. We may discuss various topics, answer some questions we receive by phone or email… whatever we feel might be of interest to those of you building or considering building your own boat.

My name is Gayle Brantuk and I’m the Vice President of Glen-L Marine and also the daughter of our founder, Glen L. Witt. We have been in business since 1953 and provide plans, kits and supplies to support the beginning builder.

Glen-L currently has a very robust website. We have thousands of articles and information available to answer most questions. Besides the website, you can also join our very active Boatbuilder Forum where you can ask questions and communicate with other builders.

My involvement began with our company officially in 1987. At the time, I was a single mom and had been running a day care business in my home. My son Ryan, was just starting kindergarten and I was ready to get out of the house and do something different. I only wanted to work part time so I could pick Ryan up when he was done with school. So, I contacted my brother Barry who had been with Glen-L since 1969 and asked if they needed any part-time help.

I had grown up with our family business and had done various jobs throughout the years, so was no stranger to the company. I really didn’t have any long-term plans to eventually run the company on my own, but that’s what ended up happening!

Barry hired me to work in the front office and help the Office Manager, Darla. I primarily took phone orders and processed credit card transactions and other various office duties. I really enjoyed what we did and once Ryan was going to school for a full day, I began to work full time.

So much has changed since then! When Barry turned 65, he decided to retire. Dad had been turning the business over to both of us for quite a few years by that time. Since my love for our business had grown so much over the years, it was a no-brainer to choose to buy out Barry’s shares of the company. That was 2008.

Business is great and we look forward to many prosperous years. Maybe I’ll share more in future posts…

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