Before buying Beech Fork Lake Marina in 1986, Phil and Diane were in the oil business, working for Texaco in New Orleans in offshore oil exploration and development.Phil was a geologist and Diane was a geophysicist, and it was in New Orleans where they met and got married. Phil grew up in Huntington, got a bachelor’s degree in geology at Marshall University and a masters degree in geology at the University of South Carolina, then started work at Texaco in New Orleans. Diane got a bachelor of science degree in geology at Indiana University and continued graduate studies in geology and biology before beginning work at Texaco.
They got into the marine business because of their love of the outdoors, and now get a lot of satisfaction out of helping people have fun and enjoy the boating lifestyle. They still participate in outdoor activities like boating, fishing, and bicycling, and Phil hunts while Diane takes pictures of animals and outdoors scenery.