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Through old fashioned determination, superior product and friendly service, Jarrett Bay and Bluewater grew individually into multi-faceted and wildly successful groups of companies. We continue to be guided by the same hands-on, founding ownership teams, boasting immeasurable amounts of combined industry experience. Our strong and experienced team is positioned well to navigate today's global economy and successfully market your listings both locally and internationally.
Chris Hall, Sr. Partner
A Tidewater Virginia native, Chris founded Bluewater Yacht Sales in 1968 after developing a proven set of business management skills as the president of a large manufacturer’s representative company. Born a waterman, Chris parlayed his personal and competitive passion for sailing and powerboat racing to unfalteringly advance Bluewater Yacht Sales through strong and weak economies to where the company is currently positioned 40+ years later - one of the most successful yachting businesses in the United States.
Even though Chris has assembled an impressive team of sales, service and support staff to run daily operations, he is still very involved with the Bluewater operations. However, he has more time these days to pursue other interests as well. He serves on several executive boards, and is deeply involved with the boating industry and community at large. His passion for boat racing and automobile racing add to his many achievements. Together, the Bluewater Team of Chris and his younger brother Earle enjoyed a calling to race 2.5 and 7-litre hydroplanes - winning seven world and national titles. Chris and Team Bluewater have also enjoyed being on the leaderboard of some of the East Coast’s most notable sportfishing tournaments thanks to being equipped with highly skilled crews and some of the industry’s best performing boats from the brands Bluewater has represented over the years such as Viking Yachts.
In running their own and showcasing the various boating brands that the Halls have sold in Bluewater’s spanning history, they formed enduring relationships with almost everyone that had a hand in the construction of the world’s finest boats. From the many who toiled tirelessly behind the scenes to Viking’s pioneering Healy family, the Halls’ desire to have an entrenched understanding of every aspect of boat construction, performance and innovations, resulted in personal relationships that provide Bluewater customers with unparalleled access to- and support from their motoryacht and sportfish brands of choice.
Through old fashioned determination, Chris has ensured through the decades, that Bluewater Yacht Sales is synonymous with superior product and friendly service. Now a multi-faceted and wildly successful group of operations, the Bluewater Network employs the same hands-on approach that Chris has put forth from Day 1 – always go the extra mile to ensure the company only represents the finest brands and that a customer’s boat stands out in a crowded market.
Chris and his wife Judy call Hampton, Virginia home and have enjoyed sharing the boating lifestyle with their children and their families. Son Chris Jr. is a member of Bluewater’s sales team and daughter Kathy is a college professor in Abu Dhabi. Chris and Judy enjoy spending their free time cruising the nearby waters of the Chesapeake Bay estuary, and extended trips along the Mid-Atlantic and beyond.
Jud Black Partner
Jud Black is a partner in Bluewater and has spent nearly every working hour in the boat business since age 15. While attending Virginia Tech as an engineering major, he married his high school sweetheart, Ann, and took a four year sojourn with IBM before finding his way back into boats as a District Sales Manager with Johnson Outboards, later becoming the DSM for their largest territory in South Florida. He subsequently joined Boston Whaler as Southeast Regional Manager, living in South Carolina, where he and Ann started their family with daughter Melissa. He joined Bluewater in 1988 to run their small boat division selling Whaler, Seacraft, Zodiac and Evinrude outboards. This division was later consolidated into Bluewater Yacht Sales, where he joined the ownership and management team.
Jud is currently on the Board of The Virginia Marine Trades Association and the Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament. He has been honored as one of the countries top sales people by Johnson Outboards, Regulator Marine, Hatteras Yachts and Viking Yachts over the years.
His recreational interests are, not surprisingly, sportfishing and boating, plus the occasional camping trip. He has been lending his extensive experience to Bluewater clients for nearly 25 years.
Jud was awarded the Bluewater Sales Achievement Award in recognition of his commitment to sales excellence and outstanding results in the year 2013.
Earle Hall Partner
Raised on the waters near Portsmouth, Virginia’s ICW MM Zero, Earle’s interests and boating experiences are extremely diverse. From a humble beginning helping his brother Chris rig new sailboats at a very young age, he advanced to spending his summers off from Nansemond-Suffolk Academy and Virginia Wesleyan College as an outboard motor mechanic to fund what would become an illustrious career racing stock outboard hydroplanes. As Bluewater Yacht Sales began to prosper, Earle became a full-time team member in 1977.
In the off hours, the Bluewater Team of Chris and Earle raced 2.5 and 7-litre hydroplanes, winning seven world and national titles. Earle went on to race on the Unlimited Hydroplane circuit and Formula One tour, and is an inductee of the American Power Boat Association’s “Hall Of Champions”. Earle’s victory lanes were not limited to powerboat racing though. He also managed to make his mark on the East Coast sportfishing circuit, representing brands like Viking and Hatteras Yachts on Bluewater’s demo boats.
Today, that same passion for all things on the water thrives as Earle continues to make the boating lifestyle a mainstay when spending quality time with his family. Earle and his wife Denise met through the boating business when she was delivering boats as a yacht captain. They have two children, Kelsea & Connor, and like many families today, the Halls balance a very active schedule that finds Denise at horse shows “crew chiefing” for Kelsea while Earle is crewing for Connor at car races - Yet they always make time for family cruising on the southern Chesapeake or offshore fishing up and down the Mid-Atlantic and beyond.
In running their own and showcasing the various boating brands that Earle and Chris have sold in Bluewater’s 40+ -year history, they formed enduring relationships with almost everyone that had a hand in the construction of the world’s finest boats. From the many who toiled tirelessly behind the scenes to Viking’s pioneering Healy family, the Halls’ desire to have an entrenched understanding of every aspect of boat construction, performance and innovations, resulted in personal relationships that provide Bluewater customers with unparalleled access to- and support from their sail, yacht and sportfish brands of choice.
Earle believes that combining the knowledge and experience from so many different facets of boating has played a major role in the successful development and leadership of the Bluewater Network’s service and boatworks operations he oversees. It is Earle’s goal to ensure that the same steadfast standards and impassioned efforts that go into winning races, shows and tournaments goes into the quality of work that a Bluewater customer’s boat receives.
Randy Ramsey Partner
Randy Ramsey is a Bluewater Yacht Sales principal. Randy and Dan Reitz founded Jarrett Bay Yacht Sales in April 2003 and together led the merger of their organization with Bluewater Yacht Sales in 2012. Randy is also the Founder and President of Jarrett Bay Boatworks and is involved with the day to day operations of this leader in custom boat building and repair. Randy brings more than 35 years of experience to the Bluewater management team. He has been involved in almost every aspect of the boating and fishing industries throughout his life - from running a charter fishing operation in NC, co-founding the successful Harker's Island Sportfishing School, working as a marine surveyor for various underwriters and today runs one of the world's leading custom boat manufacturing and service facility.
Randy lives in Carteret County, North Carolina, and is a very active member of numerous local and regional boards. Most notably, Randy has served on the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament's Board since 1983, serving as president for two terms. He also serves on the American Boat Builders & Repairers Association, NC Sea Grant, Hatteras Marlin Club, NC Aquarium Society, Sound Bank Founding Board Member, The North Carolina State University Student Aid Association, and is a member of the North Carolina State University Board of Trustees, among numerous others. Randy and his wife Tiffany are avid boaters and enjoy participating in billfish tournaments together on their boat “Starflite”. Randy has one son Alan and a granddaughter Autumn.
Dan Reitz Partner
Dan Reitz is a Partner in Bluewater Yacht Sales, and is primarily responsible for overseeing the company's strategic planning and financial matters. Dan and Randy Ramsey founded Jarrett Bay Yacht Sales in April, 2003. They owned and managed JBYS for almost a decade prior to merging their company with Bluewater Yacht Sales in October, 2012.
Prior to entering the marine industry, Dan was co-owner and CFO of Big Rock Sports, a national group of wholesalers of fishing tackle and hunting equipment. He was previously President of Avis Enterprises, a private holding company owned by Warren Avis, founder of Avis Rent-A-Car. Dan is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Global Management Accountant (CGMA).
Dan has held leadership positions with the American Sportfishing Association, Carteret County Economic Development Council and Carteret County Public School Foundation, among others.
Dan and his wife, Tricia, live on Bogue Sound, overlooking the ICW, outside of Morehead City, NC. They have two daughters in college, Jackie (University of Georgia Law) and Stephanie (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). Dan enjoys boating, golf and travel. He is a passionate fan of the Detroit Tigers and Michigan State Spartans.
Jan Boone President
Jan Boone is Bluewater Yacht Sales' President, and is in charge of the company's sales, strategic planning, manufacturer and customer relations. My goal is to build and maintain an environment with a professional team with specific processes and strategies, attracting strong partnerships with Manufacturers, Consumers, Lenders and Sales Professionals who desire to be a part of a successful organization. From a Manufacturer's perspective we want to represent and become champions of quality Brands who offer quality products and after-sales service; from a Customer's perspective to outperform our promises and instill loyalty; from a Lender's perspective, deliver what we promise; from a Sales Professional's perspective, provide a support structure that allows each of us to build careers worth having, businesses worth owning, and lives worth living.
Jan grew up in North Carolina, and graduated from UNC-Greensboro with a BS in Business, and a minor in Economics. Jan held a variety of roles within her nearly 25 years with Hatteras Yachts to include Sales, Marketing and Service. She credits her success to her work ethic, organizational skills and her ability to build solid relationships around the world. Jan was responsible for global sales as well as strengthening the Brand through solid training and marketing strategies. That training today now counts for credit towards certification within the Certified Professional Yacht Brokers Association, a worldwide endorsed program.
Within her short years on the retail side, Jan received Hatteras' coveted "Passion and Pride" award for exhibiting a strong passion for business. In addition, she attained the Circle of Excellence awards in 2009, and 2010. She currently lives in New Bern, NC with her husband and daughter, and works out of the Beaufort, NC office. When not at work, the family enjoys relaxing on their center console which is moored in Atlantic Beach.
Heidi Speciale Controller
Heidi Speciale joined Bluewater Yacht Sales in June 2007 as Controller. Heidi has a wealth of accounting experience, which makes her a perfect match for her very demanding position here. Previously, she was the controller for Islamorada, a hugely popular retail store located in Emerald Isle, NC, and prior to that she served as the cash manager for John Hopkins Hospital-Wyman Park in Baltimore.
Heidi grew up on Long Island, NY, spending her summers on the beach at the Hamptons. Heidi graduated from Dowling College with a BA in Accounting. Heidi enjoys spending her free time with her family.
Barbara Baize Operations Manager
Barbara Baize has joined Bluewater Yacht Sales as the Operations Manager and wil be working out of the Beaufort, NC office. Working in partnership with the Controller and Sales/Office Assistants, she will be overseeing the processes of preparing contracts and paperwork required in closings, as well as ensuring that all listings on the various websites are accurate and up-to-date. Barbara brings with her a vast knowledge of the boating world gained from her nearly 25 years experience in the Sales and Construction Management offices with Hatteras Yachts.
Barbara currently lives in New Bern, NC with her husband Art. Barbara grew up outside of Detroit, Michigan and relocated to this area when her husband was stationed at Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point. They have two children and three grandchildren and love it when they come to visit. Barbara is an avid Detroit Red Wings fan.
Todd Anderson Logistics & Customer Care
Dean Machikas Sales Professional
Lisa Portera Sales Assistant
Lisa Portera recently joined Bluewater Yacht Sales in the Baltimore office as the Office Administrator for our Maryland locations that include Grasonville and Ocean City.
Lisa is a Baltimore native who graduated from Towson University with a degree in English literature and a minor in Business Administration. Before joining the Bluewater team, Lisa had her own business for many years that manufactured award winning confections that were featured on nationwide television as well as in national catalogs. She also had a Tea Room that served thousands of customers. Her attention to detail and service brought customers back repeatedly. These are just some of the skills that Lisa will be using when working with our Bluewater clients and Brokers.
In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, visiting tea rooms and cheering on the Baltimore Ravens and Orioles.
Chuck Meyers Sales Professional
Roger Mooney Sales Professional
John McDevitt Sales Professional
Scott MacDonald Sales Professional
Sheryl Jaros Sales Professional
David Longfellow Sales Professional
Jeremy Blunt Sales Professional
Doug Curtiss Sales Professional
Scott Steffy Sales Professional
Harry Barritt Sales Professional
Bill Berger Sales Professional
Jud Black Sales Professional and Owner
Mark Connors Sales Professional
Chris Hall Jr Sales Professional
Scott James Sales Professional
Hank Sibley Sales Professional
Melissa Sheppard Sales Assistant
Bob Hoste Sales Professional
Howard Basnight Sales Professional
John Painter Sales Professional
Peter DuBose Sales Professional
Ben Green Sales Professional
Joe Green Sales Professional
Johnny Hicks Sales Professional
Terrena Foley Sales Assistant
Terrena grew up in Eastern North Carolina and has very fond memories of boating with her family on her grandfathers Harkers Island-style boat.
Terrena started working for Jarrett Bay Boatworks in 1998, just before they moved to their present location at the 175-acre Marine Industrial Park in Beaufort, North Carolina. She moved over to Jarrett Bay Yacht Sales in 2003.
Terrena lives in Eastern Carteret County with her husband Kevin and their son Devan and daughter Brittany.
John D Riggs Sales Professional
Peter Morse Sales Professional
Hannah Doody Sales Assistant
Sandy Thorpe Sales Professional
Sean Doyle Sales Professional
Clark Sneed Sales Professional
Kelly White Sales Professional
Marie McCauley Sales Assistant
Marie relocated to North Carolina 19 years ago after working 24 years as an executive assistant at a major corporation in New York City. She started working in the boat business in 1997 and acquired her knowledge and experience working for 3 different brokerage firms prior to joining the Wrightsville Beach office as the Office Manager. Her sunny disposition and people skills have made Marie a welcome addition to our team.
Gerald Couturier Sales Professional
Tony Couturier Sales Professional
Lee Chapman Falls Sales Professional
Mark Scharwenka Sales Professional
Marino Andreoli Sales Professional
Jim Grady Sales Professional
Tammer Lynn Sales Professional
Max Murphy Sales Professional
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