First Posted: 10/6/2014
Cory McCaffrey loves his job. He enjoys driving to work in the morning around the lake he calls home. As owner of Laumeyer’s Landing Marine Sales and Service at Harveys Lake, he seems to have fulfilled a lifelong dream – and he’s only 23 years old
A 2009 graduate of Lake-Lehman High School, McCaffrey is passionate about mechanics and spending time at the lake amidst the boats and boaters who provide a nautical atmosphere.
When Michael Laumeyer was selling the business in 2012, it seemed the perfect opportunity for McCaffrey to fulfill both those passions. Having graduated from UTI Technical College in Philadelphia, he was well equipped to take the helm of the business, which sits beside the water with a wonderful view of the lake and the recreational activities it provides.
“From obtaining funding, to overseeing accounting, to managing employees, Cory has done it all himself,” said dad Bernie McCaffrey. “We are very impressed.”
Initially, customers were surprised to see such at young face and would ask, “You’re the owner?”
In the two years since he took over ownership of the business, however, McCaffrey has proven himself not only as a mechanic, but as a capable entrepreneur and a friend to those at the lake.
He is quick to give credit to his employees who stayed on after the business changed hands. Not only are they qualified and experienced, McCaffrey has worked side-by-side with some of them since he was a teenager.
“At 14, my first job was here at Laumeyers,” he said. “I learned from the best.”
McCaffrey’s entire family plays an integral part of the lake’s history. One of his great-grandfathers owned a restaurant and built Sandy Bottom Beach, while the other worked on steamboats at the lake. Grandparents Jim and Carlene McCaffrey owned and operated Sandy Bottom Beach until its closing. His parents met there.
“We are so very proud of him,” said mom Annie McCaffrey. “And happy to have him here at the lake.”
McCaffrey’s mechanical skills are not limited simply to boats. He has fixed hover crafts, motorized surf boards and jet skis. If it moves across the lake, he can fix it. He also offers “shrinkwrapping” a process that protects boats and other vehicles when in storage.
McCaffrey’s fiancé, Alyssa Scutt, is the business’s bookkeeper, and joins him in both activities of the business and of the lake.
“I’m grateful to have the opportunity to serve residents of lake, doing something I truly love to do,” he said, “I help people keep their boat afloat.”