Michael grew up outside of Cleveland, Ohio and had his first boat at just 14 years old. During the summers, he started working for the marina (where he kept his boat) and learned how a full-service marina works from the ground up. He went on to become the Sales and Service Manager and spent about 20 years in the business, before moving to Chicago. For the next 16 years, he was a Partner in a petroleum transport/service company, which mostly serviced the major railroads in and around the city. After many years, he realized how much he missed the marina business and moved his family to Pinellas County, Florida. He then partnered in a marina that offered sales and service of new and used boats, along with several rental locations. In 2012, he decided to take a Sales position at Sara Bay Marina and has had the pleasure to provide hundreds of families the opportunity to live a dream and enjoy the boating lifestyle in beautiful waterways of Florida!
Jesse grew up in north Florida visiting the beaches of Jacksonville and St. Augustine where much of his family lived. As an adult he moved to the Tampa Bay area. He fell in love with the boating lifestyle after purchasing his first jet ski and then his first boat over 20 years ago. Being able to explore the area by water and see things you can only see from a boat, sold him on staying here long term. He has over 20 years of experience in selling boats, outboard engines, and power-sport vessels and is also a licensed yacht broker. What he enjoys most is spreading the enthusiasm and the dream of being on the water, fishing, boating and just relaxing.
Michael was born and raised in the ‘Salt Life’ of Florida. He entered the boating industry in 1993, quickly moving through the ranks from detailer to sales to management. Since that time, Michael has been involved with many different aspects of the business from brokerage to new boat sales. Today, he enjoys the mid-sized dealership experience, specializing in World Cat and showing customers everyday what real boat ownership satisfaction is all about.
Lexi is a native to Sarasota. She grew up showing horses around the U.S. and joined the Sara Bay team in 2018. She's responsible for handling all new boat check-ins and making sure that the boats look perfect for delivery! When she's not working, she is out on the water fishing for fun or in tournaments. If you see her, expect a friendly hello!!
Tim joined Sara Bay's service department as our service writer in June 2015. Tim's been in the marine industry for 32 years. He owned a marina in Michigan for 25 years and was a General Manager for another marina for 8 years. With his experience, he can fully understand your service needs and recommend services to keep you on the water!! When Tim's not writing your work orders he will be boating or riding his Harley!!
Our Service Advisor, Angela Niemeyer, was born and raised on the water. She started in the marina industry working the docks and was promoted 1 year later to Service Manager (at another local marina) where she worked for 12 years. She started with Sara Bay in 2016. She holds a Master Captains License issued by the Coast Guard and loves boating, fishing, and hunting in her free time.
Doug started his marine career 30 years ago at Wellcraft Marine in 1986. He started working at Trailer Estates Marina as a tech in 1997. He earned his first certification from OMC, Evinrude & Johnson in 1998, Honda in 1999, Volvo Penta in 2001 and Yamaha in 2013, and is currently working on his Yamaha Master certification. He is dedicated to repairing and maintaining your boat like it were his own, making him a crucial part of our service team. Doug loves to go boating offshore, loves to spearfish, and ride his motorcycle!!
Joe began his career as a Technician when he joined Sara Bay Marina in 2004. His experience includes certifications from Yamaha, Evinrude, Honda, Volvo, and Mercruiser. He's a valued member of our Service Department and takes pride in his work with a friendly smile!
Felipe is our newest member of the service team. He just graduated from Manatee Technical School Marine Technicians program. While helping the other techs and learning the ropes he takes care of the boatyard for us. You will know him by his smiles while you are getting your hooked up to leave!! He is a dedicated new dad that loves his family.
Bob is a native of Holmes Beach and split his time between there and Bradenton growing up. He's had family on Anna Maria Island since 1968 and has been boating our local waterways his whole life. As a toddler he remembers his father as a commercial fisherman who ran the “Miss Cortez” and the “Admiral Boats” out of the old Anna Maria Yacht Club. He also ran the “Mary Bee 2” owned by Earl Badcock, founder of Badcock Furniture. He later spent most of his time fishing for himself and took people out on charter. Bob spent his weekends boating and fishing with his family ever since he can remember. Naturally, he started working in the boating industry in 2007 for MarineMax in Sarasota. He started as a detailer and fuel dock attendant, working his way up to Rigger. His knowledge and passion for boating make him an asset to our Parts Department.
Jason Silverman, our Dockmaster, has been in the Marine Industry for 20+ years. He started his career in the West Palm Beach area and decided, with his wife Michelle, who is the love of his life, that Sarasota was the place they wanted to be. Joining the Sara Bay Marina family in 2018, Jason handles his work with professionalism and a very positive attitude. He states that he is able to keep such a positive attitude with his fellow employees/staff/customers because he has a career that he absolutely loves!
Steve has been part of the Sara Bay Family for 11 years. He's happily married and the proud father of 2 cute dogs!! When he's not working hard, he's out with his family on their boat.
A Sarasota native, born and raised here and graduated from Sarasota High School. Bryan has worked in the marine industry for 44 years, the last 15 of them at Sara Bay. He's presently the Lead Forklift Operator working in the Storage Department. Happily married to his wife, Bonita, for 32 years. His great attitude and friendly spirit help him to excel at both team work and customer service.
Born in Scotland and immigrated with his family in 1975 @ 8 years old. Traveled in the U.S. and internationally as a Nuclear Certified Welder for 20 years. Greatest accomplishment is marrying the love of his life, Annie. He joined our Marina team in 2018.
Our Office Manager, Amy Nichols, has been in the banking/finance industry for 22 years. She and her family moved to Florida from South Dakota in 2012 and she joined Sara Bay Marina in 2014. She's been happily married to her husband Mike for 13 years and has one son and a granddaughter. In their free time they love enjoying the beach, their pool, watching Minnesota Vikings football, golfing, and attending the many festivals in our area.
Veronica has worked with Sara Bay Marina since 2015 and has been involved in the Marine Industry for over 5 years. As our Receptionist, she's excellent at taking care of our customers who call and/or walk-in. As our Administrative Assistant, she's responsible for handling boat registrations and warranties, along with all aspects of Administrative and Sales support. She's proud to be a part of the Sara Bay Marina team and we're just as proud to have her!
Paige joined Sara Bay Marina in April of 2018. She studied Sales & Marketing at FAU and began her career 16+ years ago as a Manufacturer Representative selling to retail buyers in the fashion industry, working with E-commerce companies, and consulting clients on their marketing efforts. She then spent 3 years in the yachting industry, traveling the world as a Chief Stewardess on privately owned mega yachts. In the past few years, she's worked to combine her passion for boating with her career and is focused on Marketing and Customer Relations at Sara Bay & Estero Bay Marinas.
Chris started his career in the boat business in 1999, moving boats with tractors and fork lifts. He was promoted to a Salesperson in 2000 and quickly to a Sales Manager position in 2002. Since then, he has held a Sales Management role in small and large boat dealerships throughout South Florida. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his sons, grandsons, and his 2 chihuahua's. His boating experience and knowledge have made him a great fit for our Sales Manager at Estero Bay Marina.
Bruce joined Estero Bay Marina in 2018 after 15 years selling boats in the Florida Keys. His customers love working with him and his extensive knowledge allows him to help you find the boat that's perfect or you! He says "The Keys are hard to beat, but he loves the southwest Florida boating community