Premier Leadership Academy



Emerging leaders Caleb Davis, Travis Rehfeld, Pete Spoelstra, Mindy Kelley, Doug Berthiaume, and Cedrik Peterson were celebrated upon the completion of the program.


Big Lake, Minn. December 18, 2023 – Premier Marine’s commitment to always putting people first was on display when the company recognized the latest graduating class from the Premier Leadership Academy. Designed to empower both self-guidance and the ability to lead and guide others with a positive influence, the following individuals were recognized for completing the academy: Caleb Davis, Travis Rehfeld, Pete Spoelstra, Mindy Kelley, Doug Berthiaume, and Cedrik Peterson.

“We have a people-first philosophy,” said Premier owner and CEO Chris Carlson. “Without great people, we have nothing. We developed this program to help our best and brightest to become not only better leaders, but better mentors both in their professional and personal lives.”

Selected by Premier leadership, participants in the academy complete a seven-month program where they learn about self-leadership, self-awareness, conflict management, team management, team development, and business acumen. The program is designed to help employees to become stronger and more productive in all areas of their life – both at work and at home.

“Good leaders never stop learning and growing as individuals,” said Carlson. “We all have unique talents, perspectives, and capabilities. Our goal of the academy is to help others uncover those talents and then put them in a position where they can thrive.”

“A program like this really aligns with our company vision of ‘Leaving a Wake, and Changing Lives’,” Carlson said, “and I’m really proud to have each of them on our team.”

Each of the graduates will continue to grow in their leadership roles and will have opportunities for coaching and leadership development tailored to their individual needs; be it through work assignments, additional class opportunities, or mentoring relationships.


About Premier Marine

Premier Marine, LLC is a manufacturer of luxury performance pontoon boats under the Premier brand. Premier Marine holds numerous patents and trademarks on manufacturing elements such as the Premier Ricochet Ladder System and the PTX® Technology performance package. The 30-year-old company sells its pontoons through boat dealers located throughout the United States and Canada. Premier Marine is headquartered in Big Lake, Minnesota and owned by Envision Company located in Elk River, Minnesota.


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