Fredericksburg man to head Caroline YMCA

A Fredericksburg businessman with ties to the Rappahannock Area YMCA has been named to run the new Caroline County YMCA when it opens next year.

Keith Marine, 45, who lives in Fredericksburg and has operated Mailhouse Plus for the past two decades, already is involved with the development of the Caroline YMCA.

Marine served on one of the YMCA boards for over 10 years. He began by serving on the board of the Fredericksburg YMCA, but later moved to the board of the Rappahannock Area YMCA when the organization began to expand and add locations. As a member of the board of the umbrella organization, Marine held positions of president, vice president, and treasurer.

He was appointed to operate the Caroline YMCA by Bernard Reiley, executive director of the Rappahannock Area YMCA.

The Caroline YMCA currently is under construction on a site adjacent to Ladysmith Village, which is located off Jefferson Davis Highway. The project is expected to be completed in the spring.

Marine resigned his board seat in April. He began working as a part-time employee of the Rappahannock Area YMCA in June. His duties include marketing for the YMCA and its local branches. He also is working on marketing efforts for the Caroline YMCA as well as coordinating with the general contractor some aspects of the construction project, such as the selection of colors and other details.

Marine has been a partner in Mailhouse Plus, which offers shipping services and related products and has locations in the Fredericksburg region. He has done “pretty much everything” in the business, he said, from hiring and firing to marketing, accounting, and more. The company started with one location and expanded to five before downsizing in recent years to three.

Marine earned a bachelor’s degree in leadership and management from the University of Mary Washington and is a nationally licensed soccer coach.

The position of running the Caroline YMCA “just encompasses everything about me,” said Marine. “I love youth activities. I love sports. I love fitness. I’ve been a leader in pretty much any organization I’ve been involved with,” and he is a strong believer and advocate of the YMCA and its mission.

“I couldn’t be more excited,” said Marine.

Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 1:09 pm