Mike Ramirez President Distinct Marine Mike A. Ramirez, President of Prime Marine, brings close to 20 years of aftermarket industry experience to the corporation.
As acting General Manager of Prime Time Marine, Mike Ramirez helped establish Prime Marine as a leader in marine repair, fabrication, and installations. While attending junior college under the leadership of the late Kent Fisk (Lockheed aircraft – development), Mike earned several performance automotive-based certificates in chassis, engine, fabrication, design, and development departments. At that time, Ramirez decided that a career in the aftermarket industry would provide him latitude to pursue his interest in the boating world.
Ramirez grew up in the Inland Empire and took an interest in his Grandfather’s mechanical skills at Shepherd’s Shop (Los Angeles, CA). Mike spent many hours inside his parents and grandparents garages building a variety of gadgets. Additionally, his family’s trips to the Colorado River and local lakes opened his eyes to the boating world.
Starting his professional career in the aftermarket industry as a cylinder head porter alongside innovator, Charlie Hupp, Ramirez then transitioned his career into sales at SuperShops Inc. alongside friend/co-worker Randy Robinson (Carb Shop). There, Mike developed knowledge about the performance automotive and marine industries. In 1997, Ramirez joined Brad Anderson Enterprises in Ontario, CA where he ported cylinder heads for top fuel – alcohol dragsters and funny cars. Eager to gain more knowledge about the marine industry, Ramirez went to work for a local performance boat shop where he learned about high performance repairs and modifications.
Mike joined Prime Marine in 2000 under the ownership of Randy Davis, working closely with management and staff to develop new design strategies and help expand the company’s profile. It was at that time that the small-based business began cornering the consumer market in marine installations and repairs. Alongside co-workers as well as domestic/international contacts, Ramirez helped develop the first single-engine twin stern drive boat. In 2002, Ramirez was promoted to the general management position handling the day-to-day operations of business as well as strategic productions.
In 2007, Ramirez became President of Prime Marine, where he continues to transition the corporation into a world-renowned leader in performance development, design, and assembly. In addition to being a boating enthusiast, Ramirez is an avid fisherman who enjoys spending time in the Western Sierra’s. His passion and interest in classic cars and mechanical engineering are leisure activities, which contribute to his leadership at Prime Marine.
Johnny Sahagian Jr. brings over 50 years of boating experience to Prime Marine. When Mr. Sahagian was a child, his father purchased a 1964 Guasti wood deck flatbottom boat. Johnny’s family spent many summers and holidays in Parker, AZ, Long Beach, CA and later Lake Havasu City, AZ. During the 1970’s and 1980’s, Sahagian worked on drag race flatbottom boats.
Before coming to Prime Marine, Mr. Sahagian owned and operated BJ’s Sub’s and Grubs as well as BJ’s Pizzeria in Montebello, CA for 25 years. In 2007, Sahagian successfully sold the restaurant and ventured into the boating industry by working at GT Performance in Upland, CA. Sahagian currently runs and manages the day-to-day operations of Prime Marine as well as vendor and client relations.
In addition to being a boating enthusiast, Sahagian enjoys spending time with his wife of 37 years and two daughters at the Colorado River. Sahagian is a fan of Country, Heavy-Metal and Blues music and also enjoys working with high-end audio equipment.