Growing up in New England with the family dock in the backyard provided Peter with plenty of opportunities to enjoy being on the water. Sailing and power boating was a regular activity on eastern Long Island Sound for him. Over the years, Peter obtained his 50 ton Masters license and honed the same skills he learned at a young age: relationship building, active listening, steadfast honesty, unwavering integrity and service excellence. Peter now uses these mastered skills to search and find the right boat for those looking to start their weekends on local waters or cruising the blue waters of the world's oceans. Although he is very well traveled, his favorite cruising grounds are where he has family - the islands of the Bahamas and New England. Peter is at the major boat shows, in our Stuart office or may be reached online though our website.
John Gear grew up on and around the Great Lakes. His interest in boats started at an early age with homemade rafts, rowboats, ski boats and sailboats. He continued this pursuit after college as he jumped at any and all opportunities to get on the water. A series of fortuitous events led him to purchase the Edward B. Freeman yacht brokerage in Stuart, Florida, in 1976. Then, in the early 1980s, other business opportunities presented themselves and he changed course for the next twelve years, but he was always close to the water. After successfully selling that business John "messed around in boats" for a year before deciding to re-enter the brokerage business. He joined Kadey-Krogen Yachts in 2002, concentrating primarily on brokerage. Having owned a Krogen (his only powerboat among numerous sailboats) he always imagined working for the Kadey-Krogen company, and when Krogen moved its operations to Stuart the dream became a reality. John says, "This is it. I'm home."
Captain Bill Harris was fortunate growing up to spend half the year on a farm in Monkton, Maryland, and the other half at a house on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. Here on the Bay he found his true love of boating that has only grown over the years. About the time Bill graduated from college he found himself volunteering to help Dennis and Joyce Maud commission their third Krogen, a 42'. While doing this he developed his love of the Krogen trawler yacht. Right off he recognized the quality inherently built into the boat and when he was offered a chance to sell them he jumped at the opportunity. Later he and his wife, Tracie, bought their own Krogen and lived aboard for six years on the Chesapeake. After being liveaboards for over 12 years, the Harrises moved to Florida to work out of the Stuart office and live ashore now. Still, they look forward to their next Krogen and being able to explore like the vessels are built to do.
Jodi is a native Pennsylvanian who began sailing the Chesapeake Bay as a child. After graduating from Florida State University, she learned to sail J24s in San Francisco-an experience that introduced her to life on the water and ultimately led her to cruising under power. Today, Jodi has become an integral part of the Kadey-Krogen Yachts East Coast sales team for new and brokerage yachts. With nearly 20 years of experience, Jodi has enjoyed a multifaceted career in marketing with global clients such as Sanofi-Aventis, Verizon, and American Express. And, most recently, before joining Kadey-Krogen Yachts in 2014, Jodi helped Norwegian Cruise Line launch two new ships as a manager within company's corporate marketing department. She's also led sales for a boutique charter management company in the heart of Annapolis, introducing many to the water. Both work and personal travel have taken Jodi around the world, and she continues to feed her passion for culture and adventure through everyone she meets at the international boat shows each year. Jodi's genuine interest in people, enthusiasm for boating and living in a yachting town, industry experience, and understanding of intelligent yacht design, has made her move to Kadey-Krogen Yachts in sales a natural fit. Backed by a seasoned team of marine industry leaders and Kadey-Krogen's reputation for excellence in manufacturing and brokerage offerings, Jodi brings brains, energy and fresh ideas to today's yachting enthusiast.
Greg's career in the marine industry began at Fawcett Boat Supplies in Annapolis in 1973 where he worked his way up to become an owner in 1986 and managed the company as president until its sale in 2005. Greg spent much of his time consulting with customers helping them to refurbish, outfit, and maintain their vessels. His personal boating activities have included big boat racing, cruising under sail, and cruising under power. He has coastal, offshore, and Caribbean experience on a wide array of vessels both power and sail-from J-boats to a log canoe to a Bertram 28 sportfish, Shannon Express Trawler, and a Back Cove 29. He has also done numerous deliveries and cruises on a variety of trawlers along the East Coast. Greg is well suited to work with Kadey-Krogen clients who are transitioning from sail to power as well as those just entering boating. Before joining the Kadey-Krogen staff, Greg served as a yacht broker with Martin Bird and Associates where he facilitated the purchase process for his clients, helping them to get the most enjoyment out of their time on the water. His broker experience at Martin Bird gave him an insider's understanding to integral components of boat buying and enables him to guide clients well as they become a part of the Kadey-Krogen community. "I'm excited to represent the high quality product that is Kadey-Krogen. I've seen and been a part of the sail to power transition, I believe in the rewards of buying a quality boat, and I look forward to welcoming new owners aboard their Kadey-Krogen. One day, I hope to join them in the trawler lifestyle."
Dennis Lawrence opened the Kadey-Krogen office in Seattle, Washington, in 2007 and brings 25 years experience in yacht sales, an enormous depth of knowledge about trawler yachts and the trawler lifestyle, plus an unsurpassed enthusiasm for Kadey- Krogen Yachts and our customers. Originally hailing from Houston, Texas, Dennis has a lifelong passion for boating, and prior to joining the Kadey-Krogen team spent 20 years selling the Nordhavn line. He is eager to demonstrate the Kadey-Krogen differences to new customers and to introduce them to our fun-loving and active group of West Coast owners. "Kadey-Krogen provides customers the pinnacle of the trawler yacht lifestyle. I am truly excited about this opportunity and I enjoy the energetic, positive experience in delivering the company's core values of capability, liveability, family and value to each and every customer."
Bill's love for boating started with sailing at summer camp in Northern Minnesota and later as crew at the Milwaukee Yacht Club during college years. Today, he and his family find that cruising the Puget Sound offers an unparalleled connection to the natural world. Owning several boats over the years, Bill and his wife recently purchased their own Kadey-Krogen trawler yacht. Now based in the Pacific Northwest, he has a long background in engineering, sales and marketing, and enjoys sharing his passion for boating. He has crewed up to Alaska, down the Pacific Coast and up the Atlantic. Bill dreams of cruising the Sea of Cortez with his wife Joan on their Krogen 42. While it may take a few more years to reach that goal, Bill is excited to share his first-hand knowledge with others and to make sure that they are at home on any sea with their very own Kadey-Krogen.
Andrew started out his marine career working for a large self-drive charter operation running out of Akuna Bay in Sydney. Since then, he has worked in the areas boat maintenance and restoration, yacht broker, slipway management, marina management, new owner and crew training, new vessel commissioning, marine insurance and new vessel build management. After 35+ years in the industry, he is an advocate of the 7-9 knot lifestyle. Andrew was first introduced to the Kadey Krogen family in 2006 when he went to the Miami Boat Show to look at the range of long-distance cruising designs available to the US market, but not represented in Australia and New Zealand. After going through the Krogen 48 and 58 models on display and talking with the Kadey Krogen team, he was hooked on the designs and - more importantly - the people behind the name. Living on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Andrew enjoys the natural beauty the area has to offer.
Jennifer, who also welcomes being called "Jenny," made her way to Annapolis in 2011 by way of Chicago, to escape the bone-chilling winter temperatures of the Midwest and to introduce her border collie-mix, Addie, to the water. Jennifer and her husband, Brian, have recently made Kent Island their home—a location that makes the Chesapeake Bay Bridge a part of her daily commute to our Annapolis office. Voted one of Travel + Leisure's most intimidating bridges in the world, the incredible heights do not frighten her. In fact, besides sitting on the bow of a Kadey-Krogen, her favorite Chesapeake Bay views are from the bridge's peak (186 feet) at sunset. She's been boating on the Bay since 2005, and has attended boat shows for almost just as long. Weeknight creek-hopping and excursions almost every other weekend during the Mid-Atlantic's long boating season are among her favorite things to do since moving to Maryland. Armed with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations and Advertising from Purdue University, along with years of PR agency experience (and owning her own consultancy) working with well-known consumer brands, Jenny is a tremendous asset to Kadey-Krogen Yachts and our family of owners and enthusiasts.
Linda Harter, Kadey-Krogen's office manager in Stuart, was born and raised in Rhode Island, and arrived in Florida by way of Maryland. Having always loved the water, living near or having easy access to either the ocean or a lake, her moving to Stuart was an easy choice. She joined the Kadey-Krogen Yachts crew as office manager/bookkeeper in February of 1998, just months before the company relocated offices from Miami to the Palm City/Stuart area. Through the years, Linda has witnessed the company build on its strengths and embrace necessary change. She has relished every challenge presented. In her free time, Linda enjoys reading and spending time at the beach with her husband, Forrest, and their dog, Bubba.
Gregg Gandy grew up in the mountains of eastern Tennessee, and at the University of Tennessee became interested in aquatic biology. He eventually moved with a friend to Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, where he decided to join the local yacht racing association to be able to spend time sailing. Enthusiastically learning all he could about racing and sail trim, he was asked to crew foredeck on one of the most successful racing yachts. Helping commission, maintain, and deliver the owner's sailboat, he was offered a position as a full time captain on a new 61' Tollycraft-the first delivered to the East Coast. Fifteen years later, after commissioning eight different yachts and racing and cruising from Maine to Bequia, his first daughter was born. He resigned his captain's position and while helping that owner family find a smaller boat they could run themselves he met Kurt Krogen, who asked if he would like to join the Kadey-Krogen staff as captain and service manager. The rest, as they say, is history.
David Glasco came to Kadey-Krogen by way of Valiant Yachts and more recently Tom Fexas Yacht Design where he was project manager for the Krogen 55' Expedition trawler yacht. A Kansas native, Dave is a 1995 graduate of the prestigious Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering program at the University of Michigan. In addition to his design credentials he brings hands-on construction experience gained during an internship with Westport Shipyard in Washington State. "A design approach to building yachts, versus solely a manufacturing approach, allows more satisfaction of client goals. For instance, right now clients are concerned about the cost of fuel. The ability to incorporate lighter superstructure materials available due to new technology is a design-driven approach resulting in increased efficiency yet does not compromise the superior ride, capability and handling of a Kadey-Krogen."
Alex Houllis grew up on a small lake in Lutz, Florida. Almost every day Alex would be doing something on the lake, from jet skiing to fishing or swimming. His love for the water started on this lake, and continued with his parent's boat in Tarpon Springs, Florida. Many weekends consisted of offshore fishing, scuba diving or boating to an island to spend the day with family. Due to his love of boating and his upbringing around the water, Alex knew he wanted to work with boats since his freshman year of high school. As college came around he chose to study Ocean Engineering at Florida Atlantic University, to ensure that he would be able combine to his love of water and boats with his professional career. Until Alex can purchase his own boat he currently enjoys fishing from his paddleboard, golfing, and relaxing on the beach while not behind his design desk.
After growing up on the shore of Lake Erie in Erie, PA, Warren Sweet found his way to Florida in 1996 after attending Penn State University and the Landing School of Boat Design. Warren has recently joined Kadey-Krogen in Stuart after 15+ years with Island Packet Yachts working in design, service and procurement. When not on or around the water, Warren enjoys golf and spending time in the mountains.
Tucker grew up on the water in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, and as a kid spent his summers sailing and water skiing, and throughout high school and college driving the launches and working at the Newport Yacht Club. Tucker entered the marine industry after graduating from Plymouth State College in New Hampshire with a degree in business management. His primary focus throughout the years has been in sales, marketing, and after-sales service. He began his career at Sunsail Yacht Charters, booking sailing vacations and selling boats into Sunsail's charter fleet. After spending a year in Thailand with Sunsail, he returned to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and spent the next seven years with The Catamaran Company. Most recently, his work leading the North American Sales and Dealers Network for Grand Banks Yachts earned respect among his peers and cemented his passion for the cruising segment of the powerboat industry. "I am extremely pleased to join the Kadey-Krogen crew. To be a part of a team that takes a 'customer-first' position from the get-go is music to my ears. I am confident that my knowledge of the customer base will help propel Kadey-Krogen Yachts forward. Currently, we have several new products on the drawing the board, and it is an exciting time to join the company." —Tucker West His desire for both boating and a happy customer fits perfectly with Kadey-Krogen Yachts' philosophy of being a boat-building company, versus a company that builds boats. Tucker is happy to usher in a new group of Kadey-Krogen owners eager to be, "At Home On Any Sea™!"
Larry Polster is a life-long boater, born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. As a child he explored the Great Lakes from Mackinac Island to Montreal, and became thoroughly hooked on boating the day, at age 12, he piloted his family's 36' Pacemaker the last half of their voyage from Kingston, Ontario, to Rochester, New York, because both mom and dad were too seasick to run the boat. Larry became interested in sailing as a teen, and raced a bit during college. After graduating from Carnegie-Mellon University he went to work for a consulting firm in the DC area. His business travels took him to Florida where he purchased and lived aboard a 44' sailboat. Work eventually brought him back to DC, and Annapolis seemed the logical spot to live aboard and commute. A few years later Larry met his wife, Janet, with whom he has a daughter, Hannah. As Hannah grew, Larry and Janet realized she was not going to learn how to sail aboard a hydraulically steered center cockpit sailboat, especially motoring most of the time, so they sold the sailboat and bought a Krogen 42'-the beginning of Larry's relationship with Kadey-Krogen Yachts. In 2002, completely in love with the Krogen 42' and all it stood for, Larry volunteered to help out Kadey-Krogen at the Annapolis Boat Show. At the conclusion of the show, he was made an offer to come work for the company in Florida, an offer he graciously turned down. A seed was planted which grew into his mid-life crisis: he left his consulting job of 17 years and opened the Maryland office for Kadey-Krogen Yachts. A few years later he became a partner in the company and currently serves as vice president. Larry and his wife Janet reside in Annapolis, Maryland.
Tom grew up boating and fishing on the Illinois Rivers and Great lakes where his family owned a variety of boats. Working weekends and summers with his dad who owned and ran a machine shop and did mechanical work in a Chicago area boat yard Tom grew up literally from the bottom up by doing bottom jobs and all the other dirty jobs in a boat yard. On the side, Tom, his dad and brother would restore old hulls that needed everything from hull repairs to engine overalls. The fun part as Tom would say was after restoring an old hull and doing all the work his brother and he would “sea trial” the boat extensively until his dad would sell it. A tour in the Navy took Tom to Asia and the Northwest United States where he fell in love with the San Juan Islands and the year-round cruising opportunities; Tom made a move to the Northwest and started a career in the transportation and logistics industry. After selling his own company he lived aboard and cruised his own Kadey Krogen 42’ for two years on the U.S. west coast and Mexico just prior to joining Kadey Krogen as its service manager. Growing up in boat yards and restoring old boats help set a course for Tom to end up overseeing the production and commissioning for Kadey Krogen. Tom works out of the corporate office in Stuart, Florida where he resides with his wife Karen and currently serves as President. Tom know looks forward to “sea trialing” the various Kadey-Krogen models whenever he can.