Meet our Seattle Staff
Jessica Muffett, Founding Publisher, architected and designed YachtWorld.com for the Cobalt Group in 1995 before semi-retiring as Publisher Emeritus in 2006. In the early years, Jessica signed up the first 600 yacht brokers, constantly growing and refining the site and service to meet the needs of brokers and buyers around the country. The creation of BoatWizard and SoldBoats.com were natural evolutions.
Jessica co-owned Elliott Bay Yachting Center (timeshare leasing) and Elliott Bay Yacht Sales (a yacht brokerage and new boat dealer for Ericson, J-Boats and Princess) from 1980-1990, and was on the board of the Northwest Marine Trade Association. A former off-shore sailor and devoted fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Jessica remains a consultant for YachtWorld in Seattle and works on special projects.
Bob Summers, Director of Operations and thirteen year veteran of YachtWorld.com, works to bring new technology to YachtWorld's members. Bob programmed the BoatWizard and YachtWorld functionality. As his role evolved into product management, he oversaw the creation of projects including translated international sites and soldboats.com. Bob has a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington and a Master's of Information degree from the University of Michigan.
As Director of Sales, Michael Dahl leads the sales efforts of the US Boats.com and YachtWorld.com sales teams. In this role, he plays an integral part in making high-level business decisions regarding sales and marketing plans, including building and maintaining strategic relationships and analyzing the competitive landscape. Michael also helps drive development priorities by assessing the needs of clients and potential clients and voicing ideas for new services and improvements to existing services.
Michael graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Communications from the University of Washington and is a long-time resident of Seattle. When he is not at work, Michael enjoys spending time with his family and friends, reading, and watching football.
John Stewart joined the Yachtworld team in summer 2007 as the National Sales Manager and the sales representative for the Midwest region. Before coming to Yachtworld John spent two years working for boats.com progressing from Dealer Account Specialist to Sr. Regional Sales Manager. After college at Central Washington University; John began his career in the auto industry. His free time is spent learning to sail, playing golf, soccer, and spending time on his old Sea Swirl the “Green Goddess”.
Kirk joined the Yachtworld team in 2004, and is the Regional Sales Manager for the Western United States and Western Canada. Kirk comes to Yachtworld after many years in retail boat sales and yacht brokerage, on both coasts.
Kirk and his wife moved to Seattle from New England in 1993. They met in Boston, MA while Kirk was a student at Boston University, and kept their boat moored in Duxbury Harbor – “ a ways down the coast toward the Cape.” The next port of call for the Lambs was Portland, ME – where they bought an old farm, raised critters of all sorts, and got to know the unique climate and boating opportunities of Down East New England. Kirk enjoys time spent hiking with his dogs in the woods, or skiing in the mountains near Seattle, but not having to shovel snow “most years” – as well as boating in beautiful Puget Sound.
Please feel free to contact Kirk with any of your questions or requests. You may reach Kirk toll-free direct at 866-706-0929, via cell phone 206-909-1559 - or via email email@example.com
Michael is a Pacific Northwest native graduating from Bishop O’Dea High School and the University of Puget Sound. He has spent the last six years developing, marketing and selling online business applications. Most recently Michael worked for the Cobalt Group and is a recent addition to the YachtWorld team. He enjoys soccer, kayaking, hiking and spending time with his nephews. He is a Regional Sales Manager representing New England and Eastern Canada.
Clem joined YachtWorld.com three years ago as our Florida Business Development Manager calling on customers on both ends of Alligator Alley. He has experience in boat sales and marketing management at Egg Harbor Yacht and Hatteras Yacht and yacht brokerage experience in Florida.
Clem has an MBA from Northeastern University and was an Adjunct Faculty Member at Boston University and Southern New Hampshire University's Graduate School of Business. He is a licensed Florida Yacht Broker, a member of the Florida Yacht Broker's Association and also has his Captain's license.
Clem is focused on working with Florida yacht brokers to generate more leads to their businesses through the use of YachtWorld.com traffic building tools on the internet.
Drew is the National Sales Manager for our new charter program at www.YachtWorldCharters.com. Before starting with YachtWorld.com in 2007 Drew had been working in the Seattle marine industry for several years. In his spare time Drew enjoys tooling around in his Formosa 30 ketch and backpacking around the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges.
Joshua decided to pursue his passion for boating and shifted his career to the marine industry after spending 6 years in telecommunications. Joshua joined the YachtWorld & Boats.com team as Regional Sales Manager representing brokers on the east coast. For 2 years Joshua specialized in custom website solutions for dealers and brokers before moving on to YachtWorld.com. Now Joshua is a National Senior Account Manager for YachtWorld and Boats.com. In his spare time Joshua enjoys spending time with his 4 year old daughter, vacations on the Oregon Coast, and spending time with family and friends on Lake Washington. "I truly enjoy working with dealers and brokers in assisting them to create, maintain, and increase online exposure. My professional and personal goal is to help our customers grow their business and be successful".
Laura is both the Graphic Artist and Marketing Assistant here at YachtWorld.com. She creates collateral, print ads, banner ads and coordinates booth exhibits as well as promotional items. Laura has a passion for animals, which her family includes 3 cats & a rabbit. In her spare time she enjoys reading, hiking, camping, and petting any cute animal she can get her hands on.
Joe Lingerfelt has worked at YachtWorld.com for 8 years, and serves as the Customer Service Manager for YachtWorld and Boats.com. He is born and raised in Seattle, Washington. He has spent extensive time in and still enjoys traveling to Japan. Joe is currently speaking at YBU.
Customer Service, Trouble Shooting Errors, Bug Reports, Email & Telephone Conversations...is the life of Paul Javier. A 5 Year BoatWizard Veteran, Paul comes to us with a rich background in technical support formerly trained from Microsoft and Corbis Tier 1 and Tier 2 groups. Besides YachtWorld.com, Paul occupies his time with his family, reading, writing, running and playing Division 2 National Paintball.
Tiffany joined Yachtworld in January 2005 shortly after moving to Seattle. She is a part of the technical support team and enjoys working with Joe, Paul and Brian. She has learned a great deal about the marine industry and is thrilled to be working in this environment. Tiffany's life is devoted to art and film and she is a part-time volunteer at the Northwest Film Forum. She also displays her artwork around Seattle, stay tuned!
We would like to introduce to you Brian Smith. Brian joined YachtWorld.com in February 2007, expanding on his knowledge as a Dealer Account Specialist for Boats.com. Previously, Brian spent 6 years at Cutter & Buck, where he worked as an account manager. A Seattle native, Brian graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Communications and a minor in Natural Resource Sciences. He has family in Sweden and Finland and makes regular visits there about every 5 years. He enjoys lutefisk and pickled herring (it's true) and you can test his German when you talk to him (a little Finnish and Swedish too).
Tami was formerly a warehouse manager for Abrasives & Equipment Supplies, Inc in Kent WA before landing a career as Yachtworld's newest Production Specialist. Her day to day duties consist of creating Yachtworld.com and Boats.com listings and websites as well as providing production and support for our Marketing and CS groups. Her offline duties include hanging out with family and friends, and continuing her interests in graphics and web design.
Over the past 2 ½ years Charlie has been working with dealers and brokers across North America and the Caribbean making sure they get the most out of their YachtWorld.com and Boats.com services. Recently he has been focusing primarily on helping dealers and brokers develop custom websites for their businesses and implementing effective lead management solutions. “Your company website is your brick and mortar business online. It needs to effectively represent every aspect of your business and change when your business changes. To stay competitive in this industry, it is my belief that companies must focus on the potential of the internet and develop specific online media solutions.”
When Charlie is not educating clients about the importance of online advertising he is actively developing his own business; U.G.L.Y. Lifestyle; which is dedicated to marketing and sponsoring up and coming athletes, artists and musicians.
Gretchen Lohman is one of our most experienced in-house Regional Sales Managers. Her current focus is helping brokers & dealers in the Midwest and the Great Lakes area take full advantage of online advertising opportunities offered by YachtWorld.com & Boats.com. She has a passion for taking care of each and every customer’s individual needs. On her time off, Gretchen can be found outside running or biking around one of the many local lakes in the Seattle area. Of course, Gretchen enjoys spending time out on the water and is an avid fan of all water sports.
Jason White is our Director of Business Development. He joins us with over 25 years in the recreational marine industry, the last 15 in marine magazine publishing. His most recent position was Publisher, Scuba Diving Magazine, where he led the transition from print only to print and Internet. Before that he was Publisher of Cruising World Magazine as well as Associate Publisher of Sailing World and Power Cruising Magazine. Prior to a career in print, he was with Lewmar Marine. He lives in Stonington, CT with his wife and two teenage boys.
One of our newest employees Jason has said, "I am thrilled to have been asked to join the team at YachtWorld.com and Boats.com. I've spent considerable time watching the developments of the web, and I am very excited to be part of the marine space that can truly sell more marine products."
Scott Rhodes is one of our outside Regional Sales Managers for the Mid-Atlantic Region. Before joining YachtWorld Scott Rhodes sold new and used boats for more than 14 years. Scott helped run one of the largest new boat dealers in the country for more than 12 years while he lived on Long Island. It was during this time that Scott helped create and run a separate used and brokerage division for the dealership he worked for. Before Scott left the dealership, they were selling and delivering nearly 100 used boats per year!
Scott has since moved to Maryland, just outside of Annapolis and is looking forward to working with all of his new clients. As Scott would say “I know what it is like to be on that side of the desk” and it is that experience that he plans to use to help all of his clients.