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BoatUS / GEICO Marine Insurance Break Ground for New Headquarters Building

5323 Port Royal Road, Springfield, Virginia

(L to R) W. Klotz, I-95 Business Parks; B. Lynch, Port Royal Pride; P. Herrity, Fairfax County; R. Saslaw, Senate of Virginia; K. La, BoatUS; J. Cook, Fairfax County; B. Roberts, GEICO; N. Pierce, GEICO; T. King, BoatUS; M. Vignerot, BoatUS.
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ALEXANDRIA, Va., November 15, 2017 – After 40 years, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), a subsidiary of GEICO, is returning to Springfield. The nation’s largest advocacy, services and safety group for recreational boaters and 17th largest employer in Alexandria, broke ground yesterday for its new 65,000-square-foot association and corporate headquarters at 5323 Port Royal Road, Springfield.

The new BoatUS / GEICO Marine Insurance building will be located just one block from where BoatUS was headquartered in the early 1970s. In addition to BoatUS operations, the new facility will house customer service and nationwide 24/7 on-water/on-road dispatch operations for recreational boat owners.

In attendance at yesterday’s groundbreaking event were BoatUS CEO Kirk La; GEICO President and Chief Operating Officer Bill Roberts; Fairfax County Braddock District Supervisor John Cook; Fairfax County Springfield District Supervisor Pat Herrity; Virginia State Senator Richard Saslaw; staff from BoatUS and GEICO Marine Insurance and building owner I-95 Business Parks; and the design, build, engineering team for the new facility.

Said La, “Some may say we are going back to our roots, because after our founder Richard Schwartz started BoatUS in 1966, he located one of the association’s first offices just down the block at 5261 Port Royal Road. However, when our new building opens in October 2018, it will be our first headquarters built for the purpose of serving the more than half a million BoatUS members and GEICO Marine Insurance customers and helping us make boating better for the nation’s nearly 12 million registered boat owners.”

“To help us grow for the next 50 years, we will need new team members who are looking for opportunity and a solid career path,” La added. “We know our new headquarters will make BoatUS and GEICO Marine Insurance a very appealing place to work.” The new building offers enhancements that appeal to a millennial workforce, including an open design that encourages collaboration, a fitness center with showers and lockers, a full cafeteria, ample parking with electric vehicle-charging stations, and better access to highways and public transportation.

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About Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS):

Celebrating more than 50 years, BoatUS is the nation’s largest organization of recreational boaters with more than a half-million members. We are the boat owners’ voice on Capitol Hill and fight for their rights. When boats break down on the water, the largest recreational boat towing fleet in the nation, TowBoatUS, brings them safely back to the launch ramp or dock, 24/7. The BoatUS Marine Insurance Program gives boat owners affordable, specialized coverage and superior service they need. Boat policies are underwritten by GEICO Marine Insurance Company with BoatUS staff handling sales, service, claims and towing for both BoatUS and GEICO boat policyholders. We also help keep boaters safe and our waters clean with assistance from the nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water. Visit BoatUS.com.