Although Mitch Whitehead joined the Shangri-La team as Marina Manager in 2020, he is a well-known fixture around the marina where he and his wife Glenna have operated Sail Grand Waterfront for more than 20 years, providing boat and personal watercraft rental, yacht charters, and parasailing.
It was in 1997 that the couple began their foray into the watercraft industry, although they didn’t realize it would become one of Grand Lake’s thriving industries. After years of commuting between Monkey Island and their home in Joplin, Missouri where Mitch’s business interests and Glenna’s teaching duties kept them grounded, the couple wrapped up both those ventures and made the full-time move to Grand Lake.
The waterfront operations at Sail Grand have always been a family affair. The Whitehead children, Corey and Hayley, grew up in the business. Hayley still works with her parents during the summer season at Sail Grand – as do the young members of the third family generation.
With the continued growth and development of Shangri-La, Mitch Whitehead has the experience, ambition, and attention to detail to expand and improve the great service, merchandise, amenities and personal attention that make Shangri-La Marina and Shangri-La Resort the #1 destination on Grand Lake. Mitch and Glenna live near Shangri-La Marina on Monkey Island.