Kim Shaller
Purchasing Manager
Boston Whaler Boats

“Working in manufacturing is more than a job, it’s a life full of ever changing technologies, challenges, rewards and great people. I am proud to be part of Boston Whaler; a legendary boat manufacturer made up of passionate employees, dealers and customers.”

Kim Shaller serves as Purchasing Manager at Boston Whaler, one of the world’s leading boat brands. Beginning her career with the company as an intern more than 25 years ago, Kim has grown with Boston Whaler—making a strong impact every step of the way. Today, Kim and her staff of seven, are responsible for raw material purchases for all commodities at Boston Whaler, including marine engines maintenance, repair and operations, and various bulk materials. As Whaler continues to grow, Kim’s leadership has proven to be critical to ensuring that Whaler can meet its burgeoning sales, while still garnering significant cost savings and production efficiencies. Together, Kim and her team made this possible by implementing various process improvements and skillfully leveraging supplier relationships. 

Kim is generous with her time and counsel, and mentors many young women, who like herself, have developed into integral members of the Whaler workforce. By helping them enhance their skillsets and improve leadership qualities, many of Kim’s mentees have earned promotions within the company. For example, Kim helped a new female buyer for Product Development & Engineering master the process for new product purchasing and supplier quality tracking. When Kim was promoted to her current role, her mentee was awarded Kim’s previous position.

Kim is committed to building a strong bridge between the company and the community. In addition to managing the annual golf tournament, she has participated in the company’s Activity Committee, which organizes numerous community outreach events and fundraising opportunities. Through Whaler’s company picnic, donations were made to several local organizations that were personally selected by the committee. Kim also has co-led the “Boatload of Backpack” program for eight years, collecting school supplies and cash to distribute 160 backpacks full of school supplies to three local elementary schools. 

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