Anyone who knows anything about performance boats and/or offshore racing, is likely to recognize the face of Teague Custom Marine, the legendary Bob Teague, who founded the company nearly 50 years ago. But those familiar with the Valencia, Calif.-based business know there is a couple of women supporting him at all times.
Andrea Teague and her daughter, Cherilyn Noack, are the behind-the-scenes powerhouses behind Teague Custom Marine. Photo by Tom Leigh copyright Tommy Gun Images.
First and foremost is Andrea Teague, his wife of 45 years and the company’s controller. Second is the first of their two children, Cherilyn Noack, the 36-year-old vice president of marketing for TCM who is married to Josh Noack, a corporate officer with the business who is a dual-certified Mercury Racing mechanic and the company’s lead service writer. Together Andrea and Cherilyn have helped steer the business and provide dedicated assistance to the world champion racer and walking powerboat encyclopedia for many years.
Andrea Teague, who met her husband, a decorated Army veteran and member of the Los Angeles Fire Department, in 1975, admitted it wasn’t love at first sight. Soon enough though, she came to see that there was a lot to love about the smart, passionate and hard-working gentleman who enjoyed all things water related. Together, they cultivated TCM from a part-time business into a highly respected engine builder, rigging and service shop serving Southern California and beyond that eventually grew to include a parts superstore accessible to performance boaters worldwide. They also raised two intelligent, well-mannered children.
Cherilyn Noack is the mother of two boys, Cru, 7, and Nixon, 3, who have grown up around boats their entire life just as she and her younger brother, John, did. In fact, Noack—thanks to the dedication of her mother, who was a critical care unit nurse prior to leaving that profession to work full time at Teague Custom Marine in the early ’90s—traveled with her parents to boat shows, poker runs and offshore and endurance races up and down the West Coast and beyond from the days before she could walk or talk.
Both Andrea Teague and Cherilyn Noack are strong, independent women who thrive under pressure and embrace the challenge of being a working mom. And, as you’ll notice in this interview, they see eye to eye on many things and have a work ethic similar to the one-and-only Bob Teague.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT WORKING TOGETHER?
Andrea: We make a good team. We always divide and conquer to get the work done.
Cherilyn: Definitely the teamwork. There’s an ease of communication that happens between us.
OTHER THAN BOATING, WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING TOGETHER?
Andrea: Probably painting. We like doing different art projects.
Cherilyn: Yeah art for sure. We enjoy shopping, swimming and simple things like hanging out and drinking coffee. We’ve gone to some fun art festivals, too. We like doing stuff like that together.
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