Jimmy Franklin-General Manager (Managing Partner)
Jimmy was born in Fredericksburg and grew up on Boscobel Farm in Stafford County. He graduated from James Monroe High School and then attended Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida. After graduation he was involved in many different business, including a grocery store (Jumpin’ Jim’s), Hotel (General Washington Inn), a fast food restaurant (Mr. Dee’s), and country music dance halls (The Silver Slipper, Cool Springs Landing and The Poplar Tavern). His boating life started at the age of 10 when his parents launched their boat at Belle Plains Boat Club on Potomac Creek every Sunday in the summertime. He has always owned at least one boat since then. He even spent one winter after college working on the fuel dock at Pier 66 in Ft. Lauderdale. His love of the water shines through by his display of pride in Hope Springs Marina.
David Self-Operations Manager
David was born in Fredericksburg and graduated from Stafford Senior High School. After graduation he then went on to a Tech School in Philadelphia where he got certified as a marine technician. David is also currently enrolled at Germanna for business management. Having grown up in the beer business working with his parents and grandparents, He is very talented worker with forklift experience, and has transitioned from working in the parts department at Prince William Marina to our Operations Manager. He loves boats and the boating industry and is a perfect fit for our marina.
Max Geel-Forklift Operator
Max was born in Wisconsin and lived there until his family moved to Virginia when he was three. Max spent his elementary school years in Caroline County, until his family moved to Spotsylvania, where they still reside. He attended Massaponax High School and after graduation, began attending Germanna Community College to further his education and now is enrolled at VCU to finish his degree in becoming an electrical engineer, a field that Max is very excited to enter. He enjoys the outdoors, going hunting and fishing as often as he can. If you get here just before our Captain’s Store opens in the morning, you can almost always catch Max fishing off the docks.
Larry has been a proud Virginia resident for his whole life. He was born in Fairfax, and graduated from Hayfield High School in Alexandria. Now living in Stafford, Larry performs a number of services around the county. He has been an employee of Hope Springs Marina for eighteen years, working security at our boat ramp and bottom painting boats as well. If you come to the marina on weekends, chances are you’ll meet Larry at the entrance. The weather may be hot some days, and he may be out in the sun for hours on end, but he always has a smile on his face and will treat everyone with kindness and respect. Larry also works security at our local Best Buy, making sure all electronic sales run smoothly and without any problems. When he is not out working his hardest, Larry enjoys boxing and boating; on the water is one of Larry’s favorite places to be. His fun loving and caring personality makes him a joy to work with.
Carol El-Bisi-Store/Office Manager
Carol grew up in Manassas and attended Osbourn Park high school. After graduation, Carol started working and has not stopped since. She lives in King George with her husband and they have four grown children, some with children of their own. She cares very much for her family, and enjoys spending as much time as possible with them. One of her favorite pastimes is riding on her husband’s Harley Davidson, which is something she tries to do often. Her caring and pleasant attitude makes her a joy to work with.