After a 16-year career, Mercury Racing products integration product manager Mike Griffiths—a familiar face to high-performance boat builders and owners around the country—is departing the Fond du Lac, Wis., company at the end of the month to take on the general manager role at Marine Technology, Inc. Griffiths and his wife, Ruthie, and their three Labrador retrievers are in the process of relocating—their Wisconsin home is for sale—to Wentzville, Mo., which is home to the high-performance catamaran and center console company.
Griffiths final day with Mercury Racing is July 27.
“I am leaving on good terms,” said Griffiths, who is 49 years old. “But I sure won’t miss the Wisconsin winters.”
Griffiths cited the opportunity at MTI combined with the travel demands—helping boat builders from coast to coast with setup for the company’s products from the Verado 400R outboard to engine to the entire quad cam four valve (QV4v) stern drive engines— of his role at Mercury Racing for his decision.
“I have been doing this for so many years, and you have to park aside your family and friends and hobbies to do it—and I’ll be 50 soon,” he said. “Randy called me in April, told me what he was looking for and asked me if I knew anyone interested. I said, ‘Yeah, I’m interested.’ So about a month ago, he flew up and we had dinner. We shut off the phones and had a nice conversation. I gave my notice last week.”
“Mike has been a tremendous asset and key part of our success at Mercury Racing for the past 12 years and his total 16 total years at Mercury Marine,” said Stuart Halley, the general manager of Mercury Racing. “We are sad to see him leave but he has been presented with a great opportunity. MTI is a great partner of ours and having Mike and his knowledge of Mercury Racing at the helm of MTI will continue our great partnership.”