Growing up a native to the Chesapeake Bay, Josh has spent his entire life boating in the area since he was a small kid. His Great-Grandfather Bronza Parks was a well-known boat builder in the eastern shore, building many types of recreational fishing and pleasure boats along with a ton of powered workboats that have plied these local waters for the last century. Bronza is most famous for building many of the last remaining skipjacks on the Chesapeake Bay today. His skipjack Rosie Parks which was recently restored is in the St Michaels Maritime museum along with a drake tail workboat Martha which was the inspiration for the new Baltimore Water Taxi design.
After spending countless days on the water sailing, fishing and cruising with his Grandfather, Mother and Father he quickly inherited the boating bug. Being a new boat buyer for over two decades Josh soon came to realize there was an opportunity to deliver a better boating experience to boaters who were looking to buy a new boat or who were looking to start a lifestyle of boating. Josh sat down with Ryan and the largest boat builder in the world to pitch their idea to Groupe Beneteau to start a white glove, concierge based business.
With their start in Prestige Yachts Ryan and Josh continue to mold the business to meet the ways that boaters want to learn about new products, buy boats and how they want to be serviced. From our extensive Champagne Deliveries and orientations, to our on-the road service team, the focus of this owner is always on the customer.
Ryan, a native of Maryland has spent over two decades boating on the Chesapeake including several runs down the ICW and back on his own boats.
He fell in love with boating as a child, going out on his friends’ boats, and then began purchasing his own boats early in life, as it was his passion to be on the water as much as possible. As a boat owner for many years and across many boats, he has experienced most of the ups and downs of owning a boat and knows the excitement, family bonding time, relaxation and sometimes frustration that yacht ownership can bring.
Ryan saw the need for a different way to deliver the yachting and service experience to the boaters on the East Coast. Every day, Ryan and his team strive to deliver the best boating Customer Service experience ever to the Chesapeake Yacht Center family of customers.
Ryan and Josh founded a business on doing things differently and providing a better ownership experience than what is found out in the market today, and they are excited to continue to grow our family of yacht owners and bring them the best boating experience possible.
Yacht Support Specialist
Justin Coleman has been in the marine service industry for over 20 years. He cut his teeth at the age of 14 painting bottoms, learning fiberglass, and other general repairs at a family owned boat yard in Pasadena, Maryland. After earning a BS degree he went to work for a large corporate Sea Ray dealer.
Ten years later, he found his home. He is now part of the Chesapeake Yacht Center family and currently assists in running the service team and establishes client/service relations, specializing in composite, electrical, and mechanical repair.
Ian has a pretty unique story on his journey to our team. Growing up in Maryland the Chesapeake has always been a part of his life story, although coming from a family of mid-westerners he spent very little time on the water as a child. After spending six years in Nebraska Ian return home to coach football and spend the next few years as a teacher and a bartender in Annapolis. It was only after chance conversation with one of his regulars, who happened to be a local yacht broker, that Ian was introduced to the marine industry. Ian immediately gravitated to the field and became a full time salesperson in 2013.
Since then Ian has developed a reputation as one of the best and hardest working yacht specialists on the Chesapeake. His unique introduction to the yachting industry has given him a similarly unique “outsider” perspective on yachts and yachting, which has allowed Ian to better understand his client’s wants, needs, and potential questions or concerns about any yacht and yacht ownership in general. He has also taken key aspects of his past experience and applied it beautifully to his approach in the yachting industry. As a restaurateur, the customer is always right, and it’s the job of the restaurateur to properly inform the customer so they can make the best decision possible. The same applies to purchasing a yacht. Additionally, Ian prides himself on telling his customers what they need to know, not what they want to hear; a rarity in the yacht sales business.
While specializing in yachts of the Prestige range, since 2013 Ian has represented multiple manufacturers and nearly every type of yacht imaginable, from center consoles and bowriders to cruisers, trawlers, yachts, and mega yachts over 100′ in length. Additionally Ian has developed a tremendous expertise in the brokerage market, helping customers find the right pre-owned yacht that fits their needs or getting their current yacht sold as quickly as possible for maximum value.
Long story short, whether you’re buying or selling, new or used, you’ll be hard pressed to find better representation than Ian, who is prepared to work harder and smarter than anyone else to help make your dream a reality!
Yacht Support Specialist
Jay Suever is a man who loves to get his ‘hands dirty’. A Detroit native, Jay found his love of mechanical engineering early on while spending a majority of his time on the Chesapeake Bay aboard his parents boat. After graduating with a degree in Automotive Mechanics from Penn State University, he headed south for warmer weather, landing in Florida to continue his education in Marine Mechanics. Jay realized his love was on the water and transitioned to the service side of the marine industry. He spent nearly 10 years working in the corporate marine industry in both the mechanical and advisory roles prior to finding his home at Chesapeake Yacht Center.
Jay is a Jeep enthusiast, spending much of his free-time off-roading in his Jeep. He can also be found enjoying time on the water(He has his 50 Ton Captain’s license), fishing or enjoying some quality time with his two dogs, Forrest and Toby.
Chris is new to the yachting industry but has been on the water all his life. Summers growing up on the inter coastal and Atlantic Ocean in southern New Jersey brought his entire family to the “Sea Shore” to enjoy fishing, boating and just about every imaginable water sport ever since he was able to run a boat! After experiencing a wide array of of power and small sail boats on the east coast Chris relocated to Honolulu, Hawaii during high school. There he quickly gravitated to larger sailing vessels of all types. When attending the University of Hawaii he joined the UH Sailing Team racing Lasers, Flying Juniors and match racing on “J” 24’s and ultimately crewing on on large offshore racing and cruising yachts throughout the islands.
Chris eventually came back east and made the Chesapeake Bay his home. Still an avid boater, he has spent almost 30 years successfully selling for and managing luxury automobile dealerships in the Annapolis area. Some of you may already know him! Seventeen years with Mercedes Benz and eleven years combined with Audi, Range Rover, Acura and Jaguar brands have given Chris the vast experience and insight on how to interact with discerning clients regarding respect and transparency. Choosing Chesapeake Yacht Center to transition to his love for the water was only natural as this is the way CYC conducts business every time… and everyday. In addition, Chesapeake Yacht Center’s commitment to a focused ownership cycle of sales clarity and exclusive mobile servicing dedicated to our brands and our customers is what keeps our members returning to our brands and our company for years and years.
Whether a new yacht is in your future or something pre owned, whether you want to purchase or sell… Chris will work diligently to make your enjoyment on the water a reality come true! Give him a call and judge for yourself…
Hales from the Chesapeake Bay area and has always gravitated towards boating. Spending many of summers as a kid on the family’s boat and working around the docks at the Annapolis Yacht Club or on the bow of a sailboat racing, he became a familiar fixture, always ready to help. Spending time in South Florida attending college and teaching sailing deepened his love for boating as well as hanging out with his grandfather and listening to the stories of running his boat back and forth to Cuba in the good old days……..truly a son of a son of a sailor. Trey has spent many years working on boats in boats and around boats including 12 years in Ireland in the Marine Trade Business.
Trey has 17 years of active brokerage experience and has joined the Chesapeake Yacht Center team this year. Bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge to our team.
Working with Trey you are guaranteed the highest level of service whether listing your own boat or purchasing a new boat.
Yacht Support Specialist
Chris enjoys spending time on the water, fishing, crabbing, and just cruising around the Chesapeake Bay. He also enjoys snowboarding and spending time with family and friends. He love cooking, grilling out, and spending time poolside, relaxing and enjoying the weather.
Captain Eddie Lucas
Yacht Delivery Captain
Eddie grew up boating and fishing with his family around the eastern shore of Maryland. In his early summers he also sailed the waters of Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts.
At the age of 18, he got his first Captain’s License, necessary to operate the multiple boat platforms for teaching sailing, waterskiing and canoeing many later summers on the Chesapeake Bay.
During college, he upgraded to a 100 ton Master’s License and worked on the Spirit of Philadelphia, a day and evening cruise ship on the Delaware River. After college, Eddie progressed to greater duties handling assignments and managing crews on large luxury yachts in the Caribbean. After several years of interesting cruising experience, Eddie passed his 1600 ton exam and now works half the year docking and escorting huge container ships in the Baltimore Harbor while driving a 5,000hp tractor tug boat in the Baltimore Harbor.