About Us

About Us

Our Team

Family Owned Marina

Located on the St. Joseph River, Pier 1000 is tantalizingly close to the pristine sandy beaches, pure shimmering waters and amazing sunsets of Lake Michigan. We have been a family owned marina since 1998, which creates an environment where you will want to spend your precious leisure hours. In our relaxed, homey atmosphere, we know each and every one of our customers by their first names. Owners Kathy and Bob Myers are not only onsite managers who personally ensure a smoothly operating marina, but they are also avid boaters who can predict and address your every boating need.

They live by their motto, “Satisfied Customers are the Foundation of our Business.”

You will be satisfied with our staff, comprehensive marina services, and nearby attractions. The area abounds with both challenging and affordable public golf courses, including the premier destination course, Harbor Shores Golf Club, within walking (or running) distance of Pier 1000. Adding to your boating pleasure, close by you will enjoy walking paths, over 430 biking routes, and some of the best beaches in the world, including Silver Beach and Jean Klock Park.

You can explore the vibrant downtown areas of St. Joseph and a revitalized Benton Harbor, with unique boutiques, restaurants, bars, nightly entertainment, outdoor concerts and cultural events. Several wineries and breweries are in close proximity, so that you can really get a taste of Michigan.

While all of these attractions are nearby, you will return to your own little spot of paradise at our marina. So pitch the tie, get rid of your long sleeves, kick-off your shoes and make yourself at home with us at Pier 1000!

We are very proud of our exceptional Pier 1000 team

They are experienced, professional yet personable, and dedicated to satisfying every customer. Meet them here; then, get acquainted at the marina. We guarantee that soon you will be on a first-name basis!

Bob and Kathy Myers have owned Pier 1000 since 2004, having purchased it from Kathy’s parents who owned it since 1998. Kathy and Bob both serve as daily, onsite managers. Bob takes care of boat sales.

Michael Myers and Harold Hillock are the yard management team at Pier 1000. They take charge of all launches, in/out service, haul outs, and all other facets of the outdoors operations. They know all of our boaters personally and ensure the smooth handling of yard operations at the marina. 

Our service department can take care of all your boat repair and maintenance needs. Derek Ratke is the Service Manager and Matt Myers is the Parts Manager and service writer. Working together, they can quickly assess your needs, schedule service work, and order any parts you may need to keep you on the water all summer long.

Service Manager: Derek Ratke
Ship Store Staff: Kristin Hook
Service Staff: Shaun Angelo, Michael Myers, Brandon Baum, and Will Teeple

Our mechanics and technicians, with impressive longevity at Pier 1000, work as a team to keep your boat in great repair:

  • Richard Bronson (at Pier 1000 since 2000) is a certified Mercruiser technician specialized in engine tear downs and repairs.
  • Derek Ratke (at Pier 1000 since 2002) is a certified Mercruiser technician who also specializes in gel coating and woodworking.
  • Anton Martin (at Pier 1000 since 2011) is our expert boat detailer.