Our Team

David Ballard

Pier One Yacht Sales Broker
Dave has been in the marine industry for over forty years in the Fort Myers area. Originally from Rowayton, CT, he followed in his father's footsteps, who owned a marina in the town. The family…

Tony Burkhart

Broker, Pier One Yacht Sales
Tony’s background is in sales and marketing and he has been boating for over 50 years. He has owned numerous boats, both sail and power, and currently owns a 42 ft Grand Banks Trawler. Growing…

Capt. Ralph Bush

Broker, Pier One Yacht Sales
Ralph has been on the water, in some form, all his life. He grew up around the lakes and rivers of Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma. A move to Florida allowed him to spend time sailing…

Gary Butler

Broker, Pier One Yacht Sales
Gary's passion for boating began during his college days as a sailing and canoeing instructor at his local Scout camp. He has been on the water ever since. He spent his entire career with the…

Dick Dowling

Broker, Pier One Yacht Sales
Dick has been a yacht broker for over 11 years. He is an experienced off-shore sailor, in addition to being the owner of a classic Bertram 42′ Sportfish. Dick grew up on the Maine seacoast…

Daryl Hall

Broker, Pier One Yacht Sales
Daryl Hall has been a professional yacht broker in SW Florida for over 12 years and is very knowledgeable of boating from the Sarasota area waters south through Fort Myers. Daryl has a passion for…

Nick Hay

Broker, Pier One Yacht Sales
Nick is a licensed USCG Captain and in boating since the age of 12. He has cruised the Bahamas and raced in the Newport Beach to Ensenada, Mexico Sailboat Race many times. He became an…

Mike Hancock

Pier One Yacht Sales Broker
Mike grew up on the east coast of England, sailing in North Sea and the Norfolk broads. Interesting fact: Barton Broad is where Lord Nelson sailed in his youth. Married with two children, Mike moved…

Turk Hemseri

Broker, Pier One Yacht Sales
Turk is a licensed USCG Captain. His love affair with boats began in the mid 1970’s. At that time, he owned a 19′ bowrider and eventually graduated to a 45′ aft cabin “live aboard,” owning…

Geoff Hewett

Broker, Pier One Yacht Sales
An active boater for over 40 years, Geoff has been a licensed yacht sales broker in Florida since 1999. He is a resident of Punta Gorda Isles and member of Twin Isles Country Club.

Lou Hodac

Broker, Pier One Yacht Sales
“Sweet Lou” retired after a highly successful and adventurous 25-year career in the U.S. military, which included serving as a Coast Guard officer and rescue helicopter pilot. Lou has more than 300 lives saved to…

Steve Hugo

Broker, Pier One Yacht Sales
As a native of Portland Maine, Steve moved to St. Petersburg Beach at the beginning of his high school years; he then graduated New Hampshire College with a B.S in Business Administration after which he…

Mike Kelly

Broker, Pier One Yacht Sales
After marrying his high school sweetheart, Mike and his wife moved to Florida to raise their two children. He started his yacht brokerage career as a manager for Underwood Marine in Miami, one of the…

Wayne Lea

Broker, Pier One Yacht Sales
Wayne has been a licensed yacht broker for 15 years but has been boating since his teen years. Wayne’s career in the marine industry began at the age of 19, when he served in Her…

Dan Leather

Broker, Pier One Yacht Sales
Dan has a 50-ton USCG Masters license, is a private pilot and was manager of Marina Yacht Brokers in Florida before joining Pier One Yacht Sales. He has been a licensed & bonded yacht broker…

Barry Lipoff

Broker, Pier One Yacht Sales
As a young man in college studying Business Law and Marketing, Barry Lipoff captained yachts for private owners in Atlantic City, NJ.  He began a long and established career in the food industry in Philadelphia,…

Joe Maggio

Broker, Pier One Yacht Sales
Joe has 40 years experience in building and outfitting custom boats for the world’s most discriminating buyers and avid boaters. Joe Maggio is the former CEO and owner of Salt Shaker Custom Yachts. He offers…

Skip Mansfield

Broker, Pier One Yacht Sales
Skip Mansfield has been in the sailing and boating business most of his lifetime. His working career has spanned work with Mt. Desert Yacht Yard (Maine), Wm. Edgar John Shipyard in Rye (NY), Atlantic Mutual…

Ray Mason

Broker, Pier One Yacht Sales
Ray has been a licensed and bonded yacht broker for over 10 years, specializing in trawlers and motor yachts. As managing partner with SeaAmerica Yacht Sales, he opened and managed the Punta Gorda sales office;…

Lee Messina, CPYB

Broker, Pier One Yacht Sales
As a Florida Licensed & Bonded Yacht and Commercial Ship Broker and Yacht Charter Broker since 2004, and a Certified Professional Yacht Broker, (CPYB), since 2007, Lee has the knowledge, tenacity, ethics, and skills to…

Nick Metro

Broker, Pier One Yacht Sales
“Passion.” Nick is the embodiment of boating passion and he has been lucky enough to live his passion. For 25 years, Nick has either lived aboard or cruised in Florida, the US Eastern seaboard and…

Shirley Nelle

Broker, Pier One Yacht Sales
I have always loved being around boats, but being from Oklahoma was a problem. So, in 1991, I moved to Clearwater, FL to get into boat sales. I eventually became a yacht broker. In 1993,…

Greg Postle

Broker, Pier One Yacht Sales
Greg has been a licensed and bonded broker for over 25 years. He grew up boating on the lakes and rivers in Alabama and has been an avid boater most of his life, owning many…

Rene Savalle

Broker, Pier One Yacht Sales
Rene is a sales/engineering kind of guy. Degreed in both Chemical Engineering and Physics, he likes to understand what makes things tick. He utilized that understanding to pursue a career in commercial and military communications…

Frank Strouse

Broker, Pier One Yacht Sales
Frank has been an avid boater for over thirty five years.  Until moving to FL five years ago, his cruising waters were primarily in the Northeast US, during which time he owned and operated various…

Nick Twillman

Broker, Pier One Yacht Sales
Nick was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, where he was boating even before he could walk. And he's been in love with the yachting world ever since. Nick's passion for boating and sailing…

Ron Vendegna

Broker, Pier One Yacht Sales
Ron offers his buyers and sellers the benefit of 25-years experience in the boating industry, including 18 years as an executive with the world’s largest marine retailer. He is a seasoned professional with cruising experience…

Don Venlos

Broker, Pier One Yacht Sales
Don grew up in the Chicago area and started boating in his early teens. He says,  "I've owned more boats than I care to remember!" Don moved to Florida 7 years ago to pursue his…

Donald Wark, Jr

Broker, Pier One Yacht Sales
Don has been involved in boating for over 50 years and has participated in the America 500 and the Caribbean 1500 sailing events. Born and raised in New Jersey, Don graduated Temple University with an…

Jerry Wheeler

Broker, Pier One Yacht Sales
Jerry Wheeler has over 25 years of diverse professional experience in the Marine industry.  In addition to his work for the past 5 years as sales associate with Crown International Yacht Sales, he was a…

Renee Wilson

Broker, Pier One Yacht Sales
Renee has over 30 years of experience in the Yacht Brokerage industry in the Ft. Myers area. She began her career in the marine industry as a graphic artist in 1984. Working alongside her late…

Mike Wyckoff

Broker, Pier One Yacht Sales
Mike has been navigating the waters of the Gulf coast since the age of 12 in vessels ranging in size from a 12’ Jon boat to a 58’ motor yacht.  Mike has had a lifelong…

Patti Trusel

Yacht Charter Specialist & Management
Patti Trusel, a respected long-time member of the charter industry, has a versatile & lengthy history within the Marine Industry and has a wealth of charter knowledge. Her experience in working with industry leaders, experienced…

David Hobbs

Broker, Pier One Yacht Sales
While David is younger than most salesman in the industry, he definitely has the experience to help you find or sell the vessel of your dreams. David is extremely knowledgeable and well-versed in many aspects…

Martin Lewis

Broker, Pier One Yacht Sales
Martin has been on the water in some form all his life. He grew up around Lake of the Ozarks and the rivers of Missouri. He has bought, sold and owned numerous boats of all…
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