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”.
Peter was born and raised in Chicago Illinois. He was 5 years old when his father, godfather and their best friend purchased a 1907 Friendship Sloop. He joined the crew cruising up into Canada as an 8-year-old and has been a boater ever since.
Peter moved to California and continued sailing on San Francisco Bay. In 1986 Peter joined Jack Barr Yachts as sales manager, representing Choy Lee & Hylas sailboats and and an active brokerage fleet of power and sailboats.
The following year he was enticed by Michael Han, Manager of Sea Ray Boats of San Diego to move to Southern California. He sold five new Sea Rays his first day on the job and it was soon named brokerage Manager. Peter has managed offices for some of the biggest companies in the business and recently opened San Diego Yacht Sales.
Currently serving as the Boat Show and Membership Committees Chairperson for the CYBA, Peter supports building our Association and working with the Show Promoters to bring better experiences to our Members and Customers.
One of Peter’s goals is to get more people out on the water and encourage current owners to use their boats more often.
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.
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 interested in the idea of modifying boats in the California Delta for resale purposes.Tony has been the owner operator of Delta Marine YachtCenter in Stockton, CA (a 5-acre boatyard and sales facility) for nearly 20 years and continues to run the boat yard today along with two other sales facilities at Willow Berm Marina and Village West 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 of Directors where he can best help 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 San Francisco Bay Area, Don is sensitive to the needs of advertisers as well as consumers.
He is now back 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 magazine, he has been publishing Yachts For Sale magazine since June 1987, Pacific Northwest, Oregon, Northern & Southern California and Mexico Chart Books and the annual Northern California Marina Guide.
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.
Dennis and three other senior Ardell brokers, joined the international yacht brokerage firm, Northrop & Johnson, in February 2016 to open a new N & J office in Newport Beach. Dennis had been with Ardell Yacht & Ship Brokers since 1968, when the 2016 sale of the landmark Ardell Marina waterfront property in Newport Beach, after the founder’s passing, included closure of the brokerage operation, which began in 1959. Dennis had previously managed the Newport Beach office for 10 years with heavy involvement in contract negotiation and sale administration.
Leilani Wales, a Certified Professional Yacht Broker, is the owner of AGL Yachts Sales, located at Sunroad Resort Marina on Harbor Island in San Diego. Leilani, formerly a brokerage co-owner in Seattle, moved to San Diego in 2015. Leilani initially hung her broker’s license at Cruising Yachts until incorporating her brand, AGL Yacht Sales, Inc., and opening her own brokerage. Leilani is an active member of CYBA, San Diego Power Squadron, San Diego Yacht Professionals, and Coronado Cays Yacht Club. In addition, Leilani was certified and trained in France on the Jeanneau 64 sailing yacht.
Leilani has been in the yachting industry since 2005. She was co-owner and manager of Emerald Bay Yachts in Gig Harbor, WA and Ocean Trawler Yachts in Seattle. Leilani has over 15 years of experience in yacht brokerage industry. Leilani has sold cruisers, sailboats, motor yachts, trawlers and catamarans. Leilani has participated in countless sea-trials, surveys, and offshore deliveries of yachts in Canada, Washington, Florida and California.
Leilani has lived in Asia, Canada, and the USA. She loves to travel, whether it’s by air, land or sea. She enjoys visiting countries all over the world and learning about their cultures. She is an outgoing people-person and a lot of fun to work with. She is also a certified Open Water PADI Scuba Diver.
Leilani has a California Yacht and Ship Brokerage License (B-03422). She is also a member of CPYB (Certified Professional Yacht Brokers) and is currently the Chairperson of CYBA’s GEO (Growth Expansion & Outreach) Committee.
Born and raised in Wyoming, Mark and his family had a small boat dealership that sold and serviced lake and river boats. While attending the University of Wyoming, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management, Mark remained in the marine industry by working as an independent representative for several watersport companies such as Hydrodyne Boats, HO Water Skies and Eagle Wet Suits.
Mark spent over a decade with Olympic Boat Centers working his way up from a single store General Manager to the Regional Manager overseeing all operations for the 6 Southern California boat and yacht dealerships. During this same time period, Mark was on the board of directors for the S.C.M.A. (Southern California Marine Association).
Most recently, Mark has been on the Finance and Insurance side of the business, working first as the Finance Manager for Silver Seas Yachts and then most recently as the Financial Services Manager for Alexander Marine USA. Mark is a licensed insurance agent in California, Washington, and Florida.
Mark has put thousands of happy families into boats and yachts for over 30 years. Now, as the West Coast Sales Manager at Denison Yachting, he looks forward to growing the west coast operations while introducing more clients to the yachting lifestyle.
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.