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.
Randall started his career at Marine Mechanics Institue in 2003. He started working at a marina in Orlando while attending school to develop his skills. He moved to the West Coast of Florida to work on Siesta Key as a marine technician then joined Sara Bay Marina in 2013. He earned his Yamaha Master Technician Certification in September of 2018 and is also a certified technician for Mercruiser and Volvo and is a Seastar Optimus installer. He loves the outdoors. When he is repairing your boat he pays attention to every detail and is commited to making sure you're able to enjoy your boat trouble free!
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.
Ken started his marine career 31 ago at Wellcraft Marine. He started working at Trailer Estates Marina as a tech and rigger in 1998. He earned his first certification from Mercruiser in 1990, OMC, Evinrude & Johnson in 1996, and Honda in 2011 and Garmin certified installer in 2015. He is working on his Mercruiser Master Technician certification. Ken has attended many boat manufacturer trainings to keep up with the newest boating trends. Kens scope of training is well rounded, he keeps up with the latest technology to install your new electronics and keep your engines running trouble free.
Suzanne began her career in 1978 at Excalibur Marine as the Parts Manager. In the 20 plus years before joining Sara Bay Marina in 2006, she continued adding to her experience in Parts, Service/Repair, and Warranty work. As the Parts Manager, she's a valued member of our team and brings extensive knowledge to her department. You can count on her to help with any questions you may have!
Our Dockmaster, Jason Silverman has been in the Marine industry for 20+ years. He started his career in New Jersey, spent a short time in Seattle, and has been in South Florida for several years before joining Sara Bay Marina in 2018. Jason handles his work with professionalism and a very positive attitude. When asked about working here, he said - "I married the woman of my dreams, Michelle, in 2018. Then we moved to Sarasota, which we both love. I'm happy to be a part of the Sara Bay Family!".
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.
Cody joined the Sara Bay family in 2019. Duties range from taking care of the wet slips to a myriad of projects for our dry storage customers and is responsible for keeping up with the grounds surrounding the marina. He's always ready to lend a hand where it's needed. On the weekends, he can be found exercising or watching sports.
Our Director of Operations and General Manager, Matthew Ray, has been passionate about boating from a very early age. As the son of Sea Ray founder, C.N. Ray, naturally the “water gene” has played a pivotal role in his professional and private life. He has been delivering boats to clients for almost 2 decades and has always shared his joy for boating with his 3 children, first teaching them how to water ski on Lake Wallenpaupack in the early 1990’s. Matthew worked with MarineMax for over 18 years in Brick, NJ and Sarasota, Fl selling and promoting the boating lifestyle to countless families and individuals in the Northeast and West Central Florida. During his time at MarineMax, Matt led numerous getaway trips from NY to Newport R.I & Block Island, as well as the Baltimore Inner Harbor, Annapolis and Cambridge, MD. Prior to this Matt was in Commercial Real Estate as an Owner/Partner for 18 years with his own firm and was the Operations Executive with the Cendant Corporation’s CBCRE Unit. Matt’s love for boating is rivaled only by spending time with his family - his wife Cathyann, and now adult children - Callie, Maddy, and Jack. He now shares his enthusiasm for the boating lifestyle throughout our organization and is focused on providing the best boating experience possible for our customer's in Sales, Service, Parts, and all aspects of the Sara Bay & Estero Bay Marina's.
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