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Sneak Peek: The Jeff And The Geoff Of It

What do Jeff Harris and Geoff Tomlinson have in common? Even readers who barely keep tabs on the high-performance marine aindustry probably recognize those names, many of you also probably know that Harris is the chief operating officer of Fountain Powerboats in Washington, N.C., and Tomlinson is the dealer manager for Nor-Tech Hi-Performance Boats in Fort Myers, Fla.

And yes, of course, despite the different spellings their names sound the same.

A pair of true marine industry veterans who worked for the famed Reggie Fountain, Jr., at Fountain Powerboats, Geoff Tomlinson (left) and Jeff Harris traveled to a secret Mercury Racing location Fond du Lac, Wis., for their video shoot in January.

But did you know that earlier in their careers both worked for Reggie Fountain, Jr., though in different years?

Casual offshore racing fans will recognize Harris as an offshore racing world champion most recently with the CMS Unlimited-class racing team owned by Bob Bull. But only the most dedicated offshore fans will recall that Tomlinson is the son of retired referee and former Eliminator Boats dealer Mike Tomlinson of Fort Worth, Texas, one of the finest and most-respected referees in the history of the sport.

Fewer still will know that before they arrived at their current positions Harris worked for CMS, Bull’s thriving HVAC company and Tomlinson worked for Lexus USA

Soon Harris and Tomlinson will have something else in common. They are among eight pairs of marine industry notables who will be featured in an eight-episode video series celebrating Mercury Racing’s 50th anniversary produced by Speed On The Water and Scrapyard. The monthly video series kicks off in March.

Just wait till you learn about them when their episode airs.

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