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BoatUS / GEICO Marine Insurance Cut Ribbon at New Headquarters Location
5323 Port Royal Road, Springfield, Virginia
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SPRINGFIELD, Va., Nov. 15, 2018 – After more than 40 years at its location at 880 South Pickett Street in Alexandria, Va., Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) and GEICO Marine Insurance officially opened the organization’s new headquarters at 5323 Port Royal Road in Springfield. Attending yesterday’s ribbon cutting event were Fairfax County Springfield District Supervisor Pat Herrity, GEICO President and CEO Bill Roberts, and BoatUS CEO Kirk La.
BoatUS is the nation’s largest advocacy, services and safety group for recreational boaters and employs nearly 400 in the region. BoatUS’ South Pickett Street location was a former US Army depot when BoatUS Founder Richard Schwartz developed the building for the association’s national headquarters. The new headquarters is the first in the 52-year-old organization’s history built for the sole purpose of serving the more-than-half-million BoatUS members and GEICO Marine Insurance customers.
“This new 65,000-square-foot building will help us grow for the next 50 years,” said BoatUS CEO Kirk La. “We will need new team members who are looking for opportunity and a solid career path. With its great amenities, this facility makes BoatUS and GEICO Marine Insurance a very appealing place to work.”
The newly constructed building is home to association and corporate headquarters with insurance policyholder and claims customer service, as well as nationwide 24/7 dispatch operations for recreational boat owners. BoatUS’s 24-hour TowBoatUS on-water assistance fleet is the largest in the nation with more than 600 towing-response vessels.
In a unique twist of fate that some say is a homecoming for the organization, 40 years ago Founder Schwartz had an early BoatUS headquarters office located just one block away.
For more background on BoatUS, see 2018 BoatUS By The Numbers.
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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. We are The Boat Owners Auto Club and help ensure a roadside trailer breakdown doesn’t end a boating or fishing trip before it begins. When boats break down on the water, TowBoatUS brings them safely back to the launch ramp or dock, 24/7. The BoatUS Marine Insurance Program offers policies underwritten by GEICO Marine Insurance that give boat owners affordable, specialized coverage and superior service they need. We help keep boaters safe and our waters clean with assistance from the nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water. Visit BoatUS.com.