George grew up in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. He started racing sailboats by 14, and spent the summers racing, moving, or working on boats.
At college in Boston he was frequently at Hood Sails in Marblehead, where they were developing their first spar for a boat he raced on. While in college, he went from regatta to regatta… match racing and crewed on a Canada’s Cup contender. He spent a great deal of time at boat yards, and around yacht builders, Derektor, Palmer Johnson, and one-off builders.
After college, he was always sailing, racing or delivering a boat. In 1992 George was invited to join Charlevoix Boat Works, a firm that brokered boats, managed boats for clients, and had a ship chandlery. He became a partner. After the firm was dissolved he moved to San Francisco and became the Manager of California for a firm that imported Bavaria Yachts from Germany. After 2 years he more than doubled the sales. He met Gene Fox, owner and founder of Kensington Yachts and was asked to come aboard in 2002; he worked the prerequisite 1 year as salesman, and bought the company from Gene in 2003.
He has been a CYBA member since “03”.
Dean A. West
DEAN A. WEST has been in yacht sales since 1980, beginning as a salesman for WASSON YACHTS on Shelter Island in San Diego, then spending 20 years with THE CROW’S NEST- San Diego, before leaving to start his own company, DEAN A. WEST MARINE ENTERPRISES. In 2006 he joined with the international brokerage firm of MERRILL-STEVENS YACHTS to assist them in opening a California office, then moved on to assume the position of Chief Operating Officer for Honor Marine Electronics, a diverse electronics firm servicing the yacht, commercial, fishing and military markets. Today Dean focuses exclusively on his yacht brokerage business, representing buyers and sellers, managing client’s boats, and offering consulting services on new construction, chartering, rebuild/renovation, and marine insurance. Dean is also available for expert testimony.
Over the years Dean has not only sold, but built boats, captained boats, and cruised the Pacific, Caribbean, East Coast and the Great Lakes.
Dean has been a member of the CYBA for 19 years, serving as President in 1996. He is currently the Chairman of the Ethics Committee, and serves on the Arbitration, Internet/Media, and Social committees.
Dean was among the first California yacht brokers to attain Certified Professional Yacht Broker (CPYB) status, and has served on the Certification Advisory Council of the CPYB and on the Board of Directors of the International Yacht Council (IYC). Dean was a Founding Member of the San Diego Superyacht Association (SDSA), and served on their first Board of Directors
Dean greatest honor as a yacht broker was in 2002 when he was awarded the Merle B. Parke Merit Award, the highest honor bestowed on a California broker by the CYBA.
Dean resides in San Diego with his wife, Carol, and son and daughter, and spends vacation time at his summer home on an island on Lake Huron in Northern Michigan.
In 1986 Peter accepted a position with Jack Barr Yacht Sales at the new Marina Village on Alameda Island. The following year an opening with the Sea Ray dealership brought him to San Diego.Over the last 30 years Peter worked at several dealerships and have had the pleasure to get hundreds of families get out on the water and learn to safely operate and enjoy the beauty of the California waterways.For the past 11 years Peter worked for MarineMax and is the General Manager and Broker of Record. MarineMax is a long time member and supporter of the CYBA and NMMA, Peter has earned the Certification of Professional Yacht Broker.MarineMax offers Women on Water, Kids in Boating and General Boating education Classes to the public. Getaways, Docktail Parties and other events help us to archive Peter’s personal goal, to get more people out on the water and get current owners to use their boats more often.
Mik Maguire completed his education using the GI Bill at San Francisco State College in 1972, then worked with a national corporation managing 40 independently owned dealer outlets for five years. He entered the sales side of the marine industry and have been a licensed salesman and broker for 38 years. During that time, owning his own business and managing others.Recognized nationally for his efforts in marine safety he has worked closely for the last ten years with the California Department of Boating & Waterways & USCG.Credentials and/or accomplishments:
• Licensed California Marine Salesperson (Since 1982)
• CYBA Board of Directors Officer
• Past Licensed Marine Insurance Agent
• President & Board Member, Northern California Marine Association
• California/Nevada Boating Safety Council (charter member)
• National Association of Boating Safety Administrators Award Recipient
• NorCal ‘Million Dollar’ Club (5 years)
• Host: KNEW 910′s ‘The Boating ShowPersonal Boating…Mik has cruised the West Coast to the Sea of Cortez, some Caribbean cruising and the Bay & Delta since 1954.
Tony Faso has been around boating since the days of being dragged behind ski boats in lake Shasta as a 5-year-old. He began his professional boating life after building custom homes in the north bay got him interest5ed in modifying boats in the California Delta for resale purposes.Tony has been the owner operator of Delta Marine Sales and Services in Stockton, CA (a 5-acre boatyard and sales facility) for nearly 15 years and continues to run the boat yard today along with another sales facility at Tower Park Marina in the Delta.He has been able to bring his experience as a boatyard owner to help others in the CYBA better understand that side of the transaction process, as it can often be a contentious portion of any deal.Tony joined the CYBA in 2013 as a master member and now is proud to serve on the board where he is excited to be able to make a difference in all aspects related to improving the overall experience for boat buyers and sellers.
CYBA Mailing Address:
3545 Airway Dr., Suite 112, Reno, NV 89511
A boater himself for over 30 years, Don Abbott brings his expertise to every page of Bay & Delta Yachtsman magazine. A former sail and power boat broker in Hawaii and the Bay Area, Don is sensitive to the needs of advertisers as well as consumers.
He is now backs as Executive Director of the California Yacht Brokers Association, and has been President, long time Board Member and Boat Show Chairman of the Northern California Marine Association.
In addition to Yachtsman, he also publishes Yachts For Sale magazine, Pacific Northwest, Northern & Southern California and Mexico Chart Books, Northern California Marina Guide and Showtime Magazine for the Reno/Tahoe area.
His love for boating brought him into the publishing business years ago so he could help keep the industry strong and share his enthusiasm with other boaters
Nick is president of the Shoreline Yacht Group, comprised of San Pedro Yachts in San Pedro and Pacific Sailing and Motor Yacht Sales in Long Beach. Nick learned to sail in the Sea Scouts in San Francisco as a boy and has enjoyed boating for much of his life.
He began his career selling boats in 1995 and in 1998 purchased San Pedro Yachts. He and his staff have dedicated themselves to helping each of their client’s dreams of boating come true.
Nick has been a CYBA member since 1999 and joined the board of directors in 2006. He was president of the CYBA in 2008 and is proud to have been the 2011 recipient of the Merle Parks award for dedicated service to the California yacht industry, the highest award given by the CYBA.
My experience in this Yachting lifestyle will help people enjoy boating to its fullest. I built my business around repeat customers and listening. Boating is my passion and this is the career I chose after graduating from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo School of Engineering. I have worked for one company, Bayport Yachts, for more than 30 years.
Dennis and 3 other senior brokers from Ardell (read below), partnered with the international yacht brokerage firm, Northrop & Johnson, in February 2016 to open a new office in Newport Beach.
Dennis had been continuously affiliated with Ardell Yacht & Ship Brokers from 1968 to 2016 when the sale of the landmark Ardell Marina waterfront property in Newport Beach and the founder’s passing followed with the surprise announcement that the brokerage operation, which began in 1959, was closing its doors. Dennis had previously managed the Newport Beach office for 10 years with heavy involvement in contract negotiation and sale administration.
– President of California Yacht Brokers Association, 1995, 2013-2014
– California Yacht Brokers Association Board of Directors, 1994-2000, 2012-current
– Arbitration Administrator for California Yacht Brokers Association.
– Served on CYBA forms committee to draft original and revised industry standard listing and sale agreements.
– Served as Subject Matter Expert (SME) for California Department of Boating & Waterways on Salesman & Broker license exam revision project
– Board of Directors – Catalina Island Conservancy Marineros. Support Group
Mark began his boat sales career back in 1996 with Ray Danet at Dream Catcher Yachts in Dana Point Harbor. His work ethic was quickly rewarded and he succeeded in selling many brokerage sailboats. Mark also enjoyed selling new sailboats when Dream Catcher became the southern California dealer for Pacific Seacraft and Ericson.
As his clientele began expanding, so did his need for more knowledge in the power boat market. Mark moved to Dana Island Yachts in 2000 where he had the opportunity to grow his expertise in both power and sailboats.
Mark earned his yacht broker license in 2000, and his California real estate license in 2007. In 2009, Mark moved to the Dick Simon Yachts office in Dana Point where remains today.
Mark’s commitment to the yacht brokerage Industry is ongoing. He joined the CYBA in 2013 and enjoys being an active member, currently serving as the CYBA Membership Chairman.
Thomas A. Russell has been the Senior Advisor to the California Yacht Brokers Association for two decades. A nationally-recognized maritime lawyer, Russell currently serves as is the Port Attorney for the Unified Port of San Diego. Prior to that he served for a decade as General Counsel to the Port of Los Angeles. He is past chair of the Recreational Boating Committee of The Maritime Law Association of the United States. Russell is a contributing author to several national publications, including Benedict on Admiralty and Moore’s Federal Practice. After serving as a law clerk to Justice Robert Kingsley of the California Court of Appeals, Russell studied dispute resolution at the Harvard Law School. Russell is a Proctor in Admiralty of The Maritime Law Association of the United States, is listed in Who’s Who in American Law and Who’s Who in America, and holds an “AV” peer-review rating from Martindale-Hubbell for achieving the highest standards of legal ethics and competence. Russell received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley and his law degree from the University of Southern California Law School.