Johns life-long love of all things nautical naturally led him to pursue a career in mega yacht brokerage.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, John moved to Jamaica temporarily when he was 4. Here his father introduced him to sailing and all things to do with the water. "He gave me a love for the sea that grew with me. The first boat I sailed on was a 38' wood sloop out of the Kingston Yacht Club."
Earning a 500-Ton US Coast Guard Masters License, John has spent 18 years enjoying a
life around the ocean, logging over 80,000 nautical miles of experience. John has
sailed on every ocean in the world. "To be a competent captain, you have to have total knowledge of the yacht. The first job I earned money for in yachting was cleaning the bottom of a 90' schooner in St. Thomas harbor. I worked my way up from there and have worked in every position on a boat including chef and engineer." For many years John ran his own business delivering yachts,
managing projects and working in systems integration in AutoCAD prior to his brokerage career, which has
kept him hopping the globe for the past 14 years.
Steve sold his first yacht in 1978. He spent his childhood getting on the decks of whatever boats he could, which included extensive yacht racing on Chesapeake Bay. While working on his degree in International Trade at American University in Washington, D.C., he lived and worked on an 87' 1916 converted ice cutter. After graduation he sailed to Europe.
The years of 1976 through 1978 Steve worked at a manufacturing and sales management training program in a high tech mini-steel mill outside of Philadelphia before returning to work as brokerage and marina services manager at a new 400 slip marina, also in the Washington D.C. area.
Vince was born and raised in Oak Park, IL a western suburb of Chicago and graduated from the prestigious Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. After four years of computer related sales with national accounts in the city, at age 25 he moved his young family to Breckenridge, Colorado. In the mountains, he managed a Holiday Inn before owning and managing several restaurants. During the spring thaw of 1975 he journeyed to the Virgin Islands for a sailing charter and that lead to ten years of sailing and sometimes living in the USVI aboard his sailboat, CALYPSO.
Sharing time between the mountains and the Caribbean set the stage for his career in the yachting industry. In 1985 he had seen enough snow for any lifetime and moved to San Diego, California to begin his career in yachting. Vince currently lives in San Diego with his wife Cindy and nineteen year daughter Olivia.
Born in California and raised in Indiana, Curt Stevens found his love of sailing at a young age through one-design sailboat racing on Midwest lakes. He attended Indiana University as a music performance major, and spent a number of years performing professionally as a vocalist.
In 1984 Curt moved to "America's Sailing Capitol," Annapolis, Maryland, where he and his partner, Thom Wagner, formed Wagner Stevens Yachts. Over time the company grew to become a premier sailboat builder. Curt spent 20 years developing and building the Passport line of semi-custom, blue water cruising sailboats. Having built and sold over 350 Passport Yachts, Curt has an extensive background working with high line clients to achieve their goals in a custom build.
Jim St. Julien was born in Louisiana and grew up in New Orleans. He comes from a background of both the Aviation and Marine environment. Jim's father was a pilot for Delta and his grandfather owned a marina in South Louisiana. Jim was driving small inshore crew boats with oilfield workers during his summers when he was only 12 years old.
Jim's first career was as a pilot which he did for over 20 years. That would have continued but a 5 minute phone call changed that back in the 90's. A very high profile yacht owner hired Jim to be Captain of his 130' yacht and he has been in the yachting world ever since.
Born in Sweden to Swedish-Italian parents, Gabriella spent her childhood and in fact most of her life traveling through Europe where she learned to speak 5 languages fluently. Her roots are from Sweden, where she grew up and attended school, and Venice, Italy, where her father still lives. Before retiring he worked as 1st officer in the merchant marine, and has had a tremendous influence on Gabriella's love of the ocean, different cultures and travel in general.
Long before entering the Yachting world, she was working within the travel industry; acquiring experience while working with a Nordic based company owned by Scandinavian Airlines Systems, booking charters to destinations throughout the world.