You can say it’s been a rollercoaster of a year for Ryan Werner, the general manager and part owner of Wake Effects in Osage Beach, Mo. After becoming the exclusive MTI dealer for Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks last summer and working diligently to put Wake Effects on the map in the performance boat industry, Werner and his hard-working team of associates were feeling the positive effects of being a one-stop sales, retail and service shop for all types of boaters located in and around the Midwest hot spot.
Want a new MTI-V 42 and don’t want to wait? Wake Effects is choosing colors and options soon for a 42-footer similar to this one that did the MTI Owner’s Fun Run following the Miami International Boat Show in February. Photo courtesy Joe Marin/Luminetic Media
A few months after the passing of his brother in law, David Rambo, who helped start Wake Effects in 2010, Werner learned that his three-year-old daughter, Reese, was diagnosed with AML (Acute Myeloid Leukemia), which is a type of cancer of the blood and bone marrow with excess immature white blood cells. His family has been dealing with that nonstop for a few months and he shared the good news yesterday that Reese’s cancer is currently in remission.
“The entire Wake Effects team, which consists of an amazing, talented group of individuals, really stepped up in my absence recently, and my family and I are thankful for their dedication and hard work,” said Werner, who grew up boating on the lake as a kid. “Blake Kelly really impressed me because he took over and held the reigns tight—he handled more than what was expected of him.”