PTX Award Honors Employees



The success of Premier Marine is not simply found within the aluminum, fabric, and features that comprise our world-class luxury pontoons. Instead, it is within our people; from those who design and manufacture our boats to the front office staff and everyone in between. Its people who embody our core values and put them into action daily.


The moment Chris Carlson acquired Premier Marine, he knew he couldn’t make the business a success without the people: from those who manufacture the product, to front office staff and everyone in between. He wanted to surround himself with people who embody Premier Marine’s Core Values:  

Integrity – Doing the right thing every time

Excellence – Relentless pursuit of improvement

Attitude – Contagious optimism that fuels a powerful can-do culture 

Collaboration – Leveraging teamwork to achieve world-class results


It’s having the integrity to do the right thing every time, even when nobody is watching. It’s the relentless pursuit of excellence and continuous improvement. It’s an attitude of contagious optimism that fuels a powerful can-do culture. And it’s a collaboration of leveraging teamwork to achieve world-class results.

The PTX Award was established under Premier’s new leadership and recognizes employees who exemplify these values. Candidates are nominated by their peers and then reviewed, and hand selected by a leadership team. In addition to company-wide recognition and receiving a plaque, selected employees and those who nominated them also receive a monetary prize. Recipients of the PTX Award to date include:


John Cain

John consistently demonstrates exceptional dedication, leadership and work ethic, setting an example for not only his team,  but for everyone they work with.  John has shown remarkable initiative and resourcefulness among all departments and his strategic thinking and positive approach have lead to noticeable improvements. He is always willing to go above and beyond, demonstrating his commitment to ensuring every job is completed successfully and on time. He is highly respected for his professionalism, reliability and positive attitude.


Matt Olson

Matt embodies the core values daily, giving credit for great ideas his team members have and empowering them to execute.  He always find time to help with anything that comes up and has a fantastic way of keeping things light as the team works through solutions. Additionally, Matt’s collaboration and excellence were on full display as he spearheaded a recent project.  His leadership, guidance and tireless effort drove immediate positive results for Premier.


Lexie Hartl

Lexie consistently displays Premier’s core values day in and day out. Her attitude is always positive and she strives to make Premier the very best it can be. If you look closely at most of Premier’s past successes, you will find that she has a hand in it from behind the scenes. Her ability to maintain composure and approach difficult situations with a rational, composed, and can-do mindset is a valuable asset to Premier. It fosters an environment where clear thinking and sound decision making prevail, even in the most demanding circumstances. Her passion for excellence within herself is contagious and motivates excellence from her peers to strive for better results and a stronger organization.


Dan Clemens

Dan is constantly demonstrating unwavering integrity in every aspect of his work. No matter the challenge thrown at him, even if it is something urgent, Dan keeps a level head and approaches the problem with a can-do spirit, which in return inspires those around him. In terms of excellence, he is the epitome of dedication and high-quality performance. He consistently goes above and beyond, setting a standard for achievement and delivering outstanding results.


Gabriel Arzola

Gabriel demonstrates integrity everyday in all he does. His commitment to excellence is evident in his commitment to quality and attention to detail. He is always bringing a great attitude to work each day and is a great problem solver, pushing the can-do culture we need. Perhaps most notably, he excels in collaboration by always being willing to help anywhere at anytime.


Travis Ganong

Travis is the perfect example of an employee that not only works by but also lives by Premier’s core values. His moral compass consistently points true north and it shows in his  integrity, reliability, and trustworthiness from his peers. His positivity spreads far beyond himself with his strong collaboration that influences teams to move in the same direction for one ultimate goal.


Engineering Team

From developing a roadmap for the future of Premier to taking in data that will help drive results. Premier’s engineering team delivers excellence, speed, and large cross-functional collaboration within our factory walls. The team as a whole is a tremendous example of what Premier can accomplish with great leadership, passion, and teamwork.


Pete Spoelstra

Pete shows how our core values and determination can help all of us accomplish our goals here at Premier. Ask him a question and he goes out of his way to figure it out. He always jumps in when needed and recognizes the hard work put in by his fellow peers. His forward-thinking solutions and compassionate heart helps his teams daily operations run smoothly.


Travis Rehfeld

Travis consistently exemplifies Premier Marine’s core values every day. His work has been described as excellent with high integrity, a great attitude and strong collaboration with people all around Premier. He leads with focus, humility, and purpose. Acting as the glue that holds his team together, his peers feel like they are making a difference collectively under his leadership. 


Cedrik Peterson

Cedrik Peterson earned the honor of being the final PTX Award recipient for 2022. Cedrik has been described as the quiet warrior at Premier by letting his actions on the job speak for him. Immediately following the move to the new Big Lake manufacturing facility, Cedrik excelled in getting the console department up and running at full operational levels.


Erin Streit

Erin is a deserving PTX winner for many reasons. A recent example was our Dealer Meeting. Her attention to detail and follow through were awesome. She not only predicted the problem and challenge, but also had a plan for you to overcome it. Her leadership helped bring different teams together with strong accountability and good attitudes.


Clay Hanson

Clay leads with integrity. He strives for excellence and works hard to do so with a positive attitude while collaborating with other departments throughout the company. When you take into consideration the values of this company, Clay’s name comes to mind quickly. He moves with purpose, is humble, and acknowledges when he makes mistakes. Premier is fortunate to have Clay as an operations leader, and his future growth within the company could foster more opportunities for him moving forward.


Anne Johnson

With the company in rapid growth mode, Anne exemplifies a team player who has championed several major projects with grace. She works well with her teammates and pushes hard for excellence. Anne’s mindset is focused on the betterment of Premier not only for today, but for years to come. We are lucky to have her on the team. 


Rick Betsinger

Rick has changed the culture of his department. His leadership is on display through his actions and his positive, can-do attitude. Rick operates with integrity and is a person of character who perfectly reflects our core values. Rick came into a challenging situation and now his department has never operated with more success or efficiency. He not only works well with others, but also entrusts them with decisions and core responsibilities, which is a true testament to his leadership. 



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