Nordhavn Yachts, Southwest Office - Dana Point, CA
Larry Gieselman Sales Representative
Larry Gieselman started working for P.A.E. in 1981 managing the commissioning/purchasing department. He then moved to sales in 1983 selling brokerage boats and Mason Sailboats making him P.A.E's first salesman. Larry continued selling Nordhavns starting with their introduction in 1989 and, to date, has sold more pre-owned Nordhavns than anyone in the world. Having traveled to and sold Nordhavns in Europe and Australia, one of his more famous clients is the singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett, who bought a Nordhavn 62 from Larry in 1997. With thousands of cruising miles behind him and a professional career in the marine industry that spans more than 35 years, Larry is ready to guide you along your next boat purchase. Contact Larry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paul Hutton Sales Representative
A licensed captain trained in the Royal Navy, Paul has always been a man of the sea. He has sailed, sold and delivered yachts of all sizes around the world, and fished in tournaments far and wide. In 2007, he led his team to 2nd Place in the release division of the world's biggest marlin tournament. A native of Cornwall, England, he will charm you with his wit. More importantly, he brings an impressive wealth of knowledge from spending a lifetime on the water. Paul takes pride in matching you with the perfect yacht to fit your needs and fulfill your dreams. Contact Paul at email@example.com
Eric Leishman Sales Representative
Having grown up part of the Nordhavn family, Eric started his career with PAE as a commissioning team member in both California and Florida. After 3 years, he moved into the sales office in Dana Point. Eric's experience includes the California to Hawaii leg of the ATW trip and all legs of the historic Nordhavn Atlantic Rally. He has also extensively cruised the east and west coasts of the U.S. Contact Eric at firstname.lastname@example.org
James Leishman Sales Representative
James Leishman is the most recent addition to the Nordhavn Sales staff having joined the West Coast office in early 2005. A long-time boater, James grew up on Mason sailboats and Nordhavns with his family. He also currently enjoys spending free time on his sailboat where he hones his fishing and free diving skills. James graduated from California State University at Fullerton with a degree in anthropology. James spent three months participating in PAE’s Nordhavn Atlantic Rally as a crewmember on the Nordhavn 57 Atlantic Escort. Prior to that he spent a month cruising a Nordhavn 40 around the waters of Alaska and delivered three Nordhavn 35s from Florida to Rhode Island. Contact James at email@example.com.
Jeff Merrill, CPYB Sales Representative
With an extensive sailing background including intercollegiate racing for Stanford University and crewing in the America’s Cup trials in Australia, Jeff Merrill came to P.A.E. in 1999 from cruising sailboat builder Pacific Seacraft (original builder of the Nordhavn 40) where he was vice president of sales and marketing. After three years as project manager for the Nordhavn 35 Coastal Pilot, Jeff made the switch to sales of the entire Nordhavn product line in 2003. Jeff crewed a leg of the Around the World voyage on our Nordhavn 40 and has made numerous trips – accumulating over 11,000 miles - on all sizes of Nordhavns including participating in the G.S.S.R. homecoming to Taiwan in August, 2010. Many of his suggestions for improvements to clients have become available options on new builds. Jeff travels frequently and has sold Nordhavns to clients from many countries including; Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Panama, Poland, Mexico, Canada (plus the Great Lakes and both US coasts). Jeff has been a featured speaker at PassageMaker magazines TrawlerFests for many years and is a regular contributor to our www.nordhavn.com web site. In his spare time Jeff races dinghies with his wife Pam and served in 2011 as the commodore of Alamitos Bay Yacht Club in Long Beach, CA. Contact Jeff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nordhavn Yachts, Northeast Office -Portsmouth, RI
Dave Balfour Sales Representative
Dave Balfour comes to P.A.E.’s northeast office after nearly 2 decades in the boating industry. He worked as manufacturing engineer at Boston Whaler and then jumped to Freedom/Legacy Yachts where he was customer service manager and later a salesman. As a broker with P.A.E.’s Rhode Island office since 2003, Dave has recorded scores of new and used Nordhavn sales as well as countless bluewater miles on board them. A highly skilled boat handler, Dave was handpicked to help crew a Nordhavn 43 taking part in the Med Bound rally on the Bermuda to Newport leg. He’s also completed dozens of deliveries up and down the east coast – many done in less than ideal conditions. Contact Dave at email@example.com.
Ben Sprague Sales Representative
Ben Sprague joins us after having spent 12 years working as Director of Sales and Marketing for GMT Composites – a carbon spar and marine composites manufacturing business. Prior to that he was a salesman with Hood Yacht Systems for 6 years. Ben has been around boats much of his life from sailing dinghies to 80 ft. maxi-ocean racers. He is experienced offshore having voyaged from Newfoundland to Honduras, trans-Atlantic and six times to Bermuda from his native New England. On a delivery to the Bahamas he was caught by a late season hurricane, spent three days in a lifeboat and rescued at sea by a Cuban tanker. He’s got an extensive sailing background and just returned having participated in the Newport to Bermuda race on board a 70-ft sailboat. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nordhavn Yachts, Southeast Office - Stuart, FL
Andy Hegley Sales Representative/SE Sales Manager
Andy was born and raised in England where he developed a passion for adventure and meeting people. This led to years spent exploring places like the Canary Islands, Canada, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and finally, New Zealand and Australia where he spent three years surfing Manly Beach, diving the Great Barrier Reef and sailing Sydney Harbour. He later returned to the U.K. and he developed a successful sales and marketing business which he ran for 10 years. After coming to the U.S. with his young family in tow, Andy thrived in retail sales before joining P.A.E. in 2003. While managing the Florida office, he continues to enjoy his experiences and friendships built with the staff, the Nordhavn owners and future owners. He enjoyed taking part in the MedBound 2007 trip as crew onboard a Nordhavn 47. Contact Andy at email@example.com.
Ted Robie Sales Representative
Ted brings a wealth of boating and sales experience to Nordhavn. Ted has spent more than 33 years in the marine industry, starting in Portsmouth, RI selling new and used sailboats. He later joined Pearson Yachts as regional sales manager. He returned to retail sales running Eastern Yacht Sales in Rhode Island before moving to Alden Yachts where he was Senior Broker. While at Alden, Ted helped bring several new sail and powerboat designs to the marketplace and soon rose to VP of Sales. He relocated to Florida in 2003 where he served as Sales Director for The Hinckley Company. Ted came to work for Nordhavn Yachts SE in the Spring of 2008. Contact Ted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nordhavn Yachts, Northwest Office - Seattle, WA
Don Kohlmann Sales Representative/NW Sales Manager
Don started sailing from an early age on San Francisco Bay with his father, eventually getting involved in racing various types of boats from high performance dinghies to IOR maxi boats, and the Santa Cruz style sleds. Sailing became a fulltime profession following college, and included two America’s Cup campaigns - including the successful defense by “Freedom” in 1980 - race boat project management, and as a salesman for North Sails, sometimes sailing as many as two-hundred days per year, often with some of the best sailors in the world. He made the connection with Nordhavn while managing the boatbuilding company Pacific Seacraft, the builder of the original tooling and the first 44 hulls of the Nordhavn 40. In 2005 Don was tapped to open and manage the new Nordhavn Yachts Northwest office in Seattle. Since that time, nearly 25 boats have been commissioned in Seattle. Don’s objective remains to promote, sell, and provide a center for Nordhavns based in, or transiting through, the extraordinary cruising grounds of the Pacific Northwest. After 38 years in the marine industry, Don says “there is no other company that I would rather be with than PAE/Nordhavn, and in one of the most beautiful regions imaginable”. Don spends breaks from business cruising and fly fishing in the Northwest and along the coast of Maine. Contact email@example.com.
Barbara Lippert Sales Representative
Barbara’s impressive career in the Pacific Northwest Marine Industry covers more than 25 years. Her earliest years of expertise were with a yacht leasing company, specializing in assisting buyers who wished to place their yachts in commercial service (yacht lease or charter). Barbara opened up the brokerage division for the yacht lease company, representing both new boat lines and pre-owned yachts - power and sail. Barbara is the past President of the Northwest Yacht Broker’s Association (NYBA), and is currently Co-Chairperson of the Ethics Committee. She presently serves on the Board of Directors the Board of Directors of NYBA. She is also proctoring for the National Yacht Brokers Certification Program. Barbara looks forward to using her extensive knowledge of the boating industry to assist you in purchasing the perfect yacht for your needs. Contact Barbara at Barbara.firstname.lastname@example.org
Nordhavn Europe, Ltd. - Southampton, UK
Neil Russell European Sales Manager
Neil spent 10 years in California after he graduated from the Maritime Institute. For the first 8 years, he worked for Pacific Seacraft (builders of the Nordhavn 40). Neil joined PAE in 2003, working as a salesman out of the head office before moving back to the United Kingdom to open and head up the European office. Contact Neil at: email@example.com.
Philip Roach Sales Representative
Philip comes to Nordhavn Europe after several years experience in the marine industry, most recently in sales of a marine electronics. A keen sailor, Philip often is found yacht racing around Cowes and the Solent. Contact Philip at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nordhavn Australasia - Brisbane, Australia
Peter Devers Sales Manager
Having served the Australian boating industry as a Yacht Broker and Principal of a respected Australian Brokerage House for 15 years, Peter is dedicated to sharing his extensive knowledge and experience to assist in choosing the right Nordhavn for his clients, and consummating every sale with honesty, integrity and in a professional manner. Peter has a lifetime of hands-on experience in the boating arena, from dinghy racing and keel boat racing to sailboat cruising and more recently powerboat cruising Peter brings this experience to the fore in all aspects of the Nordhavn experience, from initial client discussions and contract negotiations, through the project management and building phase, right through to the commissioning, handover and training for new owners. Peter can advise on a variety of services which Nordhavn owners will encounter as they move through the exciting process of watching their boat being built. His close ties with the PAE Inc. Nordhavn executives, Design and Project Management team and administration ensure his clients benefit from a wealth of experience in the negotiation of contracts, the monitoring of each stage of construction.
Peter’s passion for the unique Nordhavn brand and his desire to go the extra mile when working with his clients, will ensure that the Australian and New Zealand Nordhavn community are well served into the future. Contact Peter at email@example.com
David Flynn Sales Representative
David grew up on the South Coast of England where he started his long sailing career on the waters of the Solent. He has spent almost all his life on the water. David has cruised extensively in the Med, Bahamas, Caribbean and the waters off North and South America. He has a thorough knowledge of the overseas boating market, with a background of 17 years in sales and management in the marine industry. David is committed to performance and results. He is a Commercial Yachtmaster and Professional Photographer, and he brings to Nordhavn Australasia a deep passion for boating, a unique blend of knowledge and skills, and a focus on delivering the absolute highest standard of service. Contact David at firstname.lastname@example.org
Don Lees Sales Representative
As the Australasia location expanded its offices, it also added to its sales staff. Don came to the new Scarborough location in Spring 2010. Don started as a qualified shiprwright originally from New Zealand where he developed a love of sailing. After relocating to Sydney, Australia, Don helped establish Compass Yachts Australasia, which at one point were Australia’s largest yacht builder, designing and building production GRP yachts for local and overseas markets. Don can be reached at email@example.com