Marine News from the Great Lakes

MBIA Recognizes Staff At Belle Maer Harbor

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Voted as the network WDIV’s “Best of Best” in 2016 and 2017, Belle Maer Harbor marina is a 60 acre full service marina located on Lake St. Clair, Michigan. Since 1983, Eric Foster has served as General Manager and Jim Krause, who joined Belle Maer in 1984, has served as Harbormaster. Belle Maer Harbor marina was one of the first two marinas in Michigan to be certified under the Clean Marina Program back in 2005, and are proud to continue as a positive image in our local community of marinas. With 405 rental slips, 108-rack in/out storage building, 20 service slips, and 406 dockominiums, Belle Maer holds over 900 boats in total when at full occupancy. Find out more at

In 2017, the Michigan Boating Industries Association (MBIA) awarded the following honors:


Eric Foster is a CPA and graduate of University of Michigan. He was born in the Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Va., on March 9, 1952. His family moved to Dearborn, Mich., at the age of three and Eric has lived in the greater Detroit area ever since. Eric is coming up on 35 years of experience in the marine industry. As President of Harbor/Marina Management, Inc. (H/MM), Eric has managed two marinas and one dockominium association. With his partner, Marc Howard, who unfortunately died early at 62 years of age in March of 2003, they formed a Limited Partnership to purchase a bankrupt marina in 1984 and developed what is now Belle Maer Harbor. You could say that Belle Maer Harbor (BMH) was their baby. Eric and Marc’s family are rightfully proud of what they have built and created at BMH.

Foster’s educational highlights include:

  1. Graduated from Dearborn High School in June 1970
  2. Completed college in 3-1/2 years receiving a BBA degree from the University of Michigan, December 1973
  3. CPA license in January 1976

Foster’s business history includes:

  • Price Waterhouse & Co - CPA audit staff, December 1973 - 1976
  • Treasurer of Fort Wayne Mortgage Co, 1986 - 1978
  • Treasurer of Global Mobile Homes, 1978 - 1983; Also where he first met his Partner, Marc Howard.
  • Marc Howard and Eric became owners of Global Mobile Homes through a stock redemption in 1981.
  • Global Mobile Homes was sold to Champion Home Builders in 1982.
  • Treasurer of Champion Home Communities, 1982 - 1983; in addition to his Global Mobile Homes duties
  • General Partner of Belle Maer Harbor, 1984 - Present
  • President of Harbor/Marina Management, Inc., 1984 - Present

Foster’s other business affiliations:

  • Inducted into Michigan Boating Industries Association Hall of Fame, 2017
  • Director of the Michigan Boating Industries Association, 2005–2010
  • Chairman of the Michigan Boating Industries Association, 2009–2010
  • Director of the Michigan Clean Marina Foundation, 2005–Present
  • Co-Founder and Director of the Lake St Clair Tourism Initiative, 2008–Present
  • Member of the Selfridge Air National Guard Base Community Council, 1988-Present
  • Member of the Harrison Twp EDC, 2010-Present
  • Member of the Harrison Twp Civil Service Commission, 2012–Present
  • Chairman of Boat Town USA, 1996–2001

Jim Krause, 2017 MBIA Ray L. Underwood Lifetime Achievement Award

Jim Krause has lived his entire life in the boating industry. At 79 years young, Jim is still the full-time Harbormaster at Belle Maer Harbor since September 1984. Jim has lived his entire life on Lake St Clair in Harrison Township and he is a wealth of information on the history of the area.

Jim was a board member of the Michigan Marine Dealer’s Association which was the predecessor to the MBIA.  Additionally, Jim was involved in the boat shows at the Light Guard Armory on Eight Mile Rd which eventually became the Detroit Boat Show at Cobo Hall under the MBIA.

In his younger days, Jim raced offshore boats and today he enjoys being a pilot and flying. Jim has done it all from selling boats and repairing boats to marine construction and marina management.

Eric Foster (Left), Jim Krause (Right)

About MBIA

The Michigan Boating Industries Association is a non-profit trade association dedicated to the promotion, protection and advancement of the recreational boating industry in Michigan. The MBIA currently represents more than 350 marine businesses in Michigan and serves as the voice of recreational boating in Michigan.

This article first appeared in the Winter Issue (Jan/Feb) 2018 of Great Lakes Scuttlebutt magazine.

tags: Awards, Lake Erie, Lake St. Clair, Marina

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