The Pike's Bay Team

Meet our staff.

Steve Linton, CMM

General Manager
Certified Marina Manager #264

Steve has been involved in many different aspects of the marine industry for over 40 years. He started his career in Law Enforcement working in the Marine Rescue/Dive Rescue field and is the author of numerous text books and training manuals. Steve was the founder of Dive Rescue International and trained Public Safety Dive Teams at the federal, state and local level throughout the U.S. and overseas. In 1998, Steve changed the direction of his marine career and worked as a Harbor Operations Manager in Southern California and then moved to Colorado where he and his wife, Donna, owned and operated a sailboat dealership for many years. Steve moved to Bayfield in 2009 and is excited to be living in a place as special as the Apostle Islands and Pike’s Bay Marina.

Krishna Paterson

Office Manager
Krishna brings a diverse Customer Service and Sales background. Before attending Northland College in Ashland, Krishna worked at Continental Airlines, Great Lakes Airlines and also as a Travel Agent. Her career continued with running her own Massage and Yoga business while collecting sea time for her 100 ton license on the Madeline Island Ferry Line. Krishna then spent a few years at home raising her young children. Once her kids were in school, Krishna managed retail clothing stores in Bayfield. Krishna has lived in the area for over 20 years. She is thrilled to work at Pikes Bay Marina, combining her love of the Lake Superior, customer service, and sales. If you have questions about the Bayfield area, slip availability or customer relations, she is great person to ask.

Paul Burback

Service Operations Manager – Serving the marine industry since 1997

Paul is a certified Master Marine Technician and understands the importance of keeping boats on the water. In addition he has attended dozens of marine technical training schools across the U.S. Paul brings a broad range of diesel engine repair, electronic installation and marine systems repair skill sets along with a high level appreciation for customer service and providing sound advice.

Recent Certifications:

  • 2011 Con-O-Lift and Marine Travel Lift Operator
  • 2012 Raymarine Advanced Electronics Installation
  • 2013 ABYC Marine Systems
  • 2014 Yanmar – Small Engines and Saildrives
  • 2015 Yanmar Advanced Diesel Training
  • 2016 ABYC Diesel Engine Certification
  • 2016 West Systems Epoxy Training Program Graduate

Melissa Nicoletti

Service and Parts Coordinator

Melissa has spent time boating on Lake Superior growing up. She grew up in Cornucopia and spent some time away but has returned to her home town.  Her and her husband have a boat and still enjoy getting out on the water when they can. Melissa has been a RDH (Registered Dental Hygienist) for 20 years plus.  She has worked in private practice and public health. Accomplishing most everything she wanted to in dentistry Melissa felt it was time for a change.  Working as a RDH has allowed her to meet some amazing people.

Stepping out of her comfort zone she came to the marina. Melissa started out here at Pikes in the ship store and has moved into the service department as our new service and parts coordinator. Once again she is meeting amazing people as well as working with a great team.  She said she has found her new forever career.

Sherry Dunlap

Ships Store Coordinator / Administrative Assistant

Sherry serves as our Ship Store Coordinator and Administrative Assistant and is excited to be starting out the 2017 Boat Season at PBM. Sherry and her husband are from a Jim Falls WI and have always made the Apostle Islands their vacation spot and love being on the Lake Superior boating and fishing.  They have recently moved to the area full time.  Sherry looks forward to taking care of your boating needs.  Stop by and say Hi.

Larry Nelson

 Larry Nelson

Dockmaster / Boat Broker

Larry joined the staff in 2010 and is our Dock Master here at Pikes Bay Marina.   Prior to coming to Pikes Bay, Larry spent over 36 years in Resource Management with the Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources.  As the Dock Master he is here to make your stay on the docks and at the marina a Safe and Memorable experience.  Want to know about fishing on Lake Superior – Larry is the one to ask. Also see Larry if your are looking to sell or purchase a boat.


Brandon Miller

Fuel Dock Team Leader
Brandon started working on the PBM Fuel Dock in 2014 and his Customer Service Skills are top notch.  He and his crew are there to provide fueling and pump out services for your boat or even help you into your slip if the need should arise. Brandon is currently getting his Associates Degree, hopeing to accompolish a mahor in Wildlife Biology and a minor in Criminal Justice.  During his free time he loves to be outdoors whether it being hunting, fishing or even working on his photography,

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