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Offshore Sailing School adds staff at Fort Myers headquarters

By Staff | Apr 4, 2018

Offshore Sailing School Chief Executive Officer and President Doris Colgate recently announced the appointment of three new members to its executive management team and several additions and promotions in its sales and operations staff at headquarters and its branch teaching locations.

With multiple locations, the organization offers classes at the South Seas Island Resort

“We are delighted to add experienced, dynamic members to our executive team as we enter our 54th year,” Colgate said. “We have expanded our sales and operations teams to meet the needs of our students wanting to learn or improve their sailing skills at one our six resort locations in Florida and the British Virgin Islands.”

Steven Thomas joined the company as controller after retiring from Union Iron in Illinois and relocating to Southwest Florida. Bryce Jackson is the company’s new chief operations manager, with expertise in operations and logistics management having served in the private sector following a 12-year career in the U.S. Marine Corps overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan. Jackson is a nautical captain and oversees operations, fleet and personnel at all six of the company’s instructional locations.

Wendy Bishop has been promoted from sales assistant to sales manager, responsible for hiring and training sales associates and overseeing the activities of the sales and customer service department. Bishop most recently held a senior sales position with Verizon. Also joining the company at its Fort Myers headquarters are Will Crane and Sheri Perry as sales associates reporting to Bishop. Crane and Perry both bring various sailing and sales skills to the team responsible for consulting with prospects and servicing customers in the sailing or boating program that will best meet their objectives.

Leading the company’s branch location in St. Petersburg is Hunter Botto. Botto is new to the team, but no rookie to sailing. He comes from Long Island, New York, and sailed his Catalina 470 to Florida in 2017. As branch manager in St. Petersburg, Botto now lives aboard his sailboat and has been a U.S. Sailing-certified instructor and licensed captain for more than 14 years. At the Fort Myers Beach site, instructor Randon Finkelstein has been promoted to manager, in addition to his existing duties.