My passion for the water began early on, spending my summers hanging around the docks and fishing for flounder and stripers in the back bays behind Margate and Ventnor NJ. At the age of ten, I was offered a position in a local tackle shop in which my duties consisted of prepping rental boats, selling bait, and filleting fish that customers would bring in. Work? Nope- this was fun! After a few years of working with rental boats, I moved on to another tackle shop and full-service marina nearby in Margate as well. I would often pick up work as a mate on some of the local charter boats and head boats and had some opportunities to run a few of my own trips as well. Boating and fishing quickly turned into a lifestyle for me, and I knew that I needed to make a career of this if I wanted to be happy in life.
Ten years at the marina, a captains license, and a business degree from Florida Atlantic University, soon lead to a career in sales management for the well-known Bass Pro Shops in Atlantic City, NJ- where I have been for the past 5 and a half years. Responsible for boat sales and service, marine accessories, and fishing tackle, I was in a position to be doing what I love. Throughout the past ten years, I was also able to build experience through running privately owned vessels as a side job, focusing primarily on both inshore and offshore fishing. A few of the boats I have had the pleasure of running include a 29 Stamas, 32 Blackfin, a 39 Yellowfin, and a 435 Everglades.
Aside from fishing and being on the water, I enjoy spending time with my girlfriend, family, and dogs, cooking, and surfing. I enjoy and spend a fair amount of time, running around the back bays in my skiff looking for stripers on the flats.
When the opportunity to join the team at SJYS came up, I knew that this was going to allow me to continue to do what I love. To me, selling boats is more than just the boat- it’s a lifestyle. Many of my greatest memories were made on the water and I enjoy helping my clients make theirs. There are so many factors when it comes to choosing the right boat and I am here to make the process an enjoyable experience. I have worked with all types of clients including many first-time boat buyers, as well as some of the most experienced captains on the water. I look forward to sharing my passion and beginning the journey of finding the right boat for you.