Getting to Know GTG: Josh Dykstra the Boat Guy

Towering over everyone in the office at 6 foot 5 inches, Josh is our go-to guy for files on the top shelf or if you need a really high, high-five. Being our marina and boat insurance specialist, you can usually find him on Lake Erie with his wife and son, catching as much Cleveland sunshine as possible before Winter sets in.

Recently, Josh’s passion for our Great Lake moved him to starting a non-profit dedicated to protecting and preserving this resource. The aptly named Eriesponsible has a mission to take steps now to preserve the health of Lake Erie for future generations. They take a common sense and economically viable approach that anyone can be a part of. From simple trash pick up as we boat or enjoy a beach front park to being more careful and using proper procedures when refueling your boat, Eriesponsible is dedicated to leading the charge. They will be offering educational programs, selling ecofriendly boating equipment, and doing their part to protect the lake for generations to come.

Do you own a boat, marina, or dock along Lake Erie? Reach out to Josh at Josh@Eriesponsible.org or Josh.D@InsureOhio.com with all your questions on keeping our Lake clean, marine and boat insurance, or to be a part of the next beach clean up.

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Community support has been one of the pillars of organization since our founding over 80 years ago. It started with the orginal Graydons being a part of the Chambers of Commerce and other outreach programs. Our clients and business partners have always been our neighbors and we take great pride this great state of O-H-I-O. We were honored when Westfield Insurance, one of the insurance carriers we represent, selected our nomination, the North Royalton Family YMCA, to be the receipient of a $5,000 grant. The YMCA holds the same values as us when it comes to providing a positive impact on the community and it was a pleasure to present them with a check. To commemorate the occasion, owners Tim Graydon, Pete Graydon, and Kevin Toole visited the Y to present the check and say a few words. Tim Graydon said the following: Westfield Insurance has endowed a private foundation that reflects Westfields desire to support communities and impact those areas that align with their objectives. Westfield

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By Jay Toole
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