I grew up in the Rhode Island area and have been sailing recreationally for over 30 years. I took part in junior sailing at the Bristol Yacht Club and college sailing at the College of Charleston. I have also taught sailing and sailing-related programs around Narragansett Bay. Until just recently, my family owned a J/24 for over 25 years. We competed locally and nationally at a high level. I am currently involved in a few big boat race programs, but I also love just cruising with my wife and kids locally in the summer and in the Caribbean when possible.
After college I started working for a manufacturer’s rep company for two years, selling engine-related products in the New England market. Soon after, I began at Jamestown Distributors, working in almost every one of their departments. During my nine years there, I advanced to managing the purchasing and product development teams. In 2010, I took a one-year contract position, helping Hood Sailmakers restructure their manufacturing, sales and distribution network to prepare the company to be sold. Next, I moved to Spinlock as the marketing and sales manager for their U.S.-based office that manages the territory that includes the U.S., Central and South America and the Caribbean for the Spinlock brand. I am proud to continue to be part of the Spinlock team.
My family and I now live in Newport, Rhode Island. I have always believed in staying engaged locally in the sport/industry I love and helping to educate newcomers and encourage them to get involved in sailing on either a personal or professional level. As a board member of Newport’s Ida Lewis Yacht Club and a member of Sail Newport, I have the chance to do just that. Meanwhile, I look forward, as a board member of Sail America, to embracing the association’s mission to support the industry I have been a part of my whole life.