About Us

Star Powersports History

Founded in 2012 by Michael Powers and Randy Merritt, Star Powersports is proud to serve East Tennessee and the surrounding area by offering premium off-brand vehicles accompanied by the highest level of customer service and support.

One day, while they were out on a boat with mutual friends, Michael and Randy began talking about starting a business together. Before long, they were assembling ATVs and dirt bikes in Randy’s garage and selling them on Craigslist to build up income. Star Powersports, as their business came to be called, soon outgrew the garage and the guys began to look for a location for their store, ultimately settling on the current spot in Maryville.

Our Mission

At Star Powersports, we choose to sell “off-brand” vehicles because we know that in this difficult economy, our customers need affordable options. We select brands and models for their good track records, overall quality, and availability of warrantees. Customer service is our top priority, and we strive to earn your repeat business. Star Powersports is owned by friends, and we treat our customers like friends – we’ll bend over backwards to help you find the best off-road vehicle to suit your needs.

Our full-service shop is a large part of taking care of our customers. We don’t carry anything that we can’t easily get parts for, so we can fix your problems in a timely manner. We service not only our products, but all off-road vehicles and even boats. Scores of new off-road vehicle brands have entered the market recently, and while many shops are unable to service or find parts for those products, Star Powersports offers those customers a place to come for parts and skilled, competent service.

Who We Are

Michael Powers, Co-owner and Co-founder

Michael became a part of Star Powersports after spending 18 years working in nursing, primarily Emergency and Critical Care.  Ready for a change, he welcomed the chance to combine his childhood love of dirt bikes with his goal of starting his own business. Today, in addition to his responsibilities as a co-owner, Michael is the day-to-day manager of Star Powersports.

Hailing from Marietta, Georgia, Michael moved to Knoxville in 2000. He and his wife Dana have two young children, ages 5 and 7, who keep them busy. They enjoy spending time on their boat, when they have the time.

Now that he has children of his own, Michael is focused on safety. Just as he was taught to respect the dirt bikes he rode as a kid, he plans to teach his children early how to operate off-road vehicles safely.

Favorite off-road vehicle:

The compact but powerful Odes UTV, which can easily pull a trailer carrying a wakeboard boat.


Randy Merritt, Co-owner and Co-founder

Originally from Tampa, FL, Randy has a long history with off-road vehicles. He began riding motorcycles as a teenager, and started his own powersports business after leaving high school. After earning an Associates degree in General Applied Sciences, Randy began to work in hospitals, eventually moving into tissue recovery.

While he remains involved with the business as an owner, Randy continues to pursue his medical career in addition to his love of off-road vehicles. He and his fiancée are busy planning for their wedding in October, and in their free time enjoy going out on Randy’s boat.

Favorite off-road vehicle:

His first love – motorcycles!


Favorite off-road vehicle:

“Anything that has a little pep in its step,” especially dirt bikes and the Odes UTV.