I grew up on the water in Middletown, Rhode Island boating, fishing and surfing. I spent the summers exploring my local waters on a center console which led to my love for boating and the ocean. I attended the Portsmouth Abbey School and then went on to college at Hobart and William Smith in upstate New York. After graduating, I moved back to Middletown, Rhode Island where I now reside with my girlfriend and dog Louie. I’m excited to join the boating industry and be part of the Kadey Krogen team.
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.
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.
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."
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."
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.
John grew up in Philadelphia and spent his summers on the New Jersey shore where he was first introduced to life on the water. Sailing a sunfish, waterskiing behind runabouts and off shore fishing hooked him on boating, and the Navy got him to sea. While in the Navy he was always stationed near the water, and while not underway he found himself day sailing or cruising his fast power boat. Later in life he owned and raced larger sailboats until the trawler bug bit him at the Miami Boat Show. Weeks after first seeing the Krogen 39 he and his wife Mary bought one, and for 12 years they cruised the Florida Gulf, Keys and Atlantic Coasts, making two extended trips from Pensacola Florida through the waterways to the Tennessee River. A retired Navy Captain with extensive bridge experience on Aircraft Carriers he gained a healthy respect for the oceans of the world and as a Krogen owner found that the Kadey-Krogen always lived up to its reputation of being “at home on any sea”.
As the son a school teacher and shell fisherman, Fran spent his summers on the waters of Narragansett Bay. After studies at the University of Rhode Island he spent 6 years in the United States Coast Guard. His career in the Marine Industry began with Hansen Marine Engineering as a field engineer. Fran would visit the many boat builders of the Northeast including, Bristol, Alden, Shannon, David Walters, Cape Dory and Little Harbor, servicing and reviewing applications of Westerbeke engines and generators. With a passion for boat building and customer service, Fran became the Director of Service and Product Training for Grand Banks Yachts. Prior to joining Kadey-Krogen, Fran was the Project Manager for Hunt Yachts Ocean Series built in Kaohsiung Taiwan. With over 30 years of experience in the boating industry Fran looks forward to helping Kadey-Krogen clients build the perfect boat.
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.
Greg’s entry into the boat business came at the age of 9, when he borrowed $50 from his dad to buy two old Grumman Eagle aluminum canoes fixed them up and sold them to a local Boy Scout troop for $100. 45 years later this is still the highest return on investment he has ever seen in the Marine Industry! Growing up between Austin and sailing the Texas coast, boating and the ocean was almost religion in Greg’s family. So it is no surprise that when he graduated University of Texas in Austin and moved to the East Coast, he soon bought a Trawler and lived aboard in Annapolis on the Chesapeake. Even though he had to get up and put on a suit and tie, he could still feel his blood pressure drop every day he came home and walked down the dock. After experiencing one of those huge jolts that life delivers to remind us we are not immortal, Greg loaded up the boat, cast off, and spent the next couple of years cruising from New England down through the Caribbean. The people, cultures, natural beauty and the rhythm of the sea changed him forever. So he has spent the last 17 years helping others to navigate all of the challenges to living out their cruising dreams. Kadey Krogen was a perfect fit to that mission and he joined them in 2004. Today, Greg’s clients are scattered on oceans all over the world, living out their dreams and he is constantly grateful that he gets to be a part of it.
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™!"
Sandra Winslow, Kadey-Krogen’s office coordinator in Stuart, Florida, recently joined the team in 2018. After growing up in Florida, she left what many consider paradise for another paradise—a small town in Upstate New York’s beautiful Adirondack Mountains! Her recent return to the Sunshine State brought an opportunity for a new career path. With 25 years of bookkeeping experience and roles in office administration (combined with a love for the sea), she is a perfect fit for Kadey-Krogen Yachts. Most of her personal time is spent enjoying her family and showing her new grandson how much the waters of Florida have to offer.
Passepartout Yachting, launched by Giampaolo Murzi in 1980, operates as a European sales agent for a number of worldwide yacht builders. Passepartout Yachting has offices in Italy, Switzerland and soon to be in Monte Carlo, Monaco and will cover Italy, France, Monaco, Spain, and Switzerland for Kadey-Krogen Yachts. Additional information on Passepartout Yachting can be found on their website at http://www.giaroli.it/inglese/home.html.
Paspartu Ltd., founded by Damir Opsenica in 2009, operates as an agent for Targa, and now Kadey-Krogen Yachts. Paspartu Ltd. is located in Split, Croatia, and will serve Croatia, Montenegro and Slovenia. Additional information on Paspartu Ltd. can be found on their website www.passepartout.hr.