Island Water World: saga of a family business

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The fittings company celebrated its 50th anniversary last March. In 1962, Harry Draper teamed up with Bob Halsey to open the first Island Water World store in Philipsburg. Then the two partners decided to buy land at Cole Bay in 1965. In the late 1970s at Bobby's Marina. In the mid-1990s, the company sold more boats and engines than fittings. Paul Marshall and Sean Kennely, hired in 1994 to improve corporate profits, are reshaping the store and soon sales are increasing. In 1997, they started a catalog and the following year opened the company's first new store in Granada. Then a second in Saint-Georges and another in 2003 at Rodney Bay in Saint Lucia. Island water World started its online store in 2009, the year Jim Dickerson, grandson of Harry Draper, became director. Since then, Island Water World has also established itself in Curacao and Marigot. Sean Kennelly is now the general manager of the company while Jim Dickerson oversees operations. More details on www.soualigapost.com

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