The principals of Southern Marinas have been involved in the acquisition and management of more than 50 marinas throughout the United States, with a total asset value in excess of $1.5B. Through their combined years in the marina space, the team has evaluated 100+ marinas for acquisition through an extensive underwriting process. The SM team’s experience extends to coastal marinas on both seaboards – from New Jersey to Florida on the East Coast, and California on the West Coast; mountain and lake marinas in Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Texas; and marinas on the Great Lakes. The SM group’s operational expertise includes the management and marketing of singular storage operations, and complex resort properties that encompass lodging; boat clubs and boat rentals; RV parks and mobile homesites; retail, and food and beverage operations; and other supporting recreational amenities
Gary Rosmarin is an experienced lifestyle executive who spent the last decade as a senior asset manager for CNL Financial Group. In that capacity, he directed all ownership initiatives for CNL Lifestyle Properties’ 70 marinas and golf properties that had an acquisition value of $800M, annual revenues of $200M, and EBITDA of $60M. Mr. Rosmarin served as a senior executive for CNL’s Hospitality REIT, overseeing a portfolio of iconic resort properties, including the Waldorf-Astoria Collection (La Quinta Resort & Club and PGA West), and the Doral Resort & Spa, with annual revenues of $1B and EBITDA in excess of $310M. His other work experience includes senior management positions with the Nicklaus Companies, Toll Brothers, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, and Club Corporation of America.
Andrew Gendron has more than 20 years of experience in commercial real estate acquisitions, finance, development, and operations. Prior to the formation of Southern, he sourced and underwrote multiple marina assets and marina-related development projects across the Southeast. During the past few years, Mr. Gendron was instrumental in developing a large, mixed-use property in South Florida. In this role, he was responsible for the acquisition of the land, rezoning of the site, procurement of an institutional joint-venture partner, and managing the horizontal phase of the development. Prior to this engagement, Mr. Gendron participated in the formation of a $200MM commercial real estate fund for TenRock Capital Fund, L.P., where he was responsible for sourcing, underwriting, closing, and servicing mid-sized commercial real estate mezzanine loans and joint venture agreements. Before joining TenRock, he worked as an associate for a boutique investment management firm in Los Angeles, and completed several acquisitions for an aviation company as well as focusing on the development of a single-family home community located in Orange County. Mr. Gendron holds a JD from Seton Hall University, an MBA in finance from Pepperdine University, and a BBS from Towson University.
Kristina Gritz’s career spans more than 25 years with leadership experience in operational-focused accounting. Prior to joining Southern Marinas, she served as VP of accounting for a U.S.-based international leisure brand. In this role, Kristina delivered financial intelligence used to drive decisions and assist in building the back-end foundation for the brand to become the world leader in golf instruction. Her comprehensive financial experience includes GAAP-based accounting, extensive audit experience, REIT expertise, budgeting, and expense management to optimize resources and reduce overhead expenses.
Belinda Byers has more than 20 years of experience in business management focusing on streamlining and improving financial and operational processes. Prior to joining Southern Marinas, she held various leadership positions in the marina industry, including general manager, regional manager, and senior administrative manager. In her role as senior administrative manager, Belinda oversaw the critical functions of cash management and financial reporting at multiple marinas. Belinda’s skills extend to general resort management with responsibility for overall property operations, including annual budget preparation, capital projects, staffing, and marketing. Belinda holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Montreat College.
Justin Jones currently serves as the director of acquisitions where he is responsible for building Southern’s property pipeline. Justin has been a recreational boater all of his life. His experience in the marina business began during his college years where he performed a variety of roles ranging from dockhand to boat detailer at his family’s marina in Tennessee. After spending several years outside of the marina industry in various sales and management roles (including starting and building his own successful small business), Justin joined the Southern team at its inception to grow the platform. In addition to focusing on acquisitions at Southern, he has served in a number of key roles, including general manager and regional operations manager.
Barry Miller is a maritime professional with more than 18 years of experience in the industry. His career began as a captain aboard some of the most luxurious yachts around the world. After acquiring the top-level qualifications that the industry has to offer and extensive hands-on experience, Barry seized the opportunity to transition into the operations side of the marina business. As Southern Marinas’ regional manager, he has direct oversight responsibility for all operational matters relating to the marinas, including personnel decisions, budget preparation, implementation of SOPs, capital projects, and monthly performance reviews. In addition, Barry has responsibility for managing the company’s relationships with the industry’s leading national boat dealers, boat clubs, equipment manufacturers, and service providers. Barry’s experience from both sides of the dock within the industry ensures that our members and guests receive the highest level of hospitality and that the marinas are operated safely and efficiently.
Rhonda Kondo is a marina enthusiast who brings a wide range of hands-on experience that she gained during her 15 years working in the industry. In 2005, she started her career working at marinas located on Lake Lanier in Georgia and later assisted with marina training and marketing development for marinas in New York, Maryland, and Florida. Rhonda currently provides strategic HR support, staff management, and organizational development for Southern Marinas. She has also assisted with the implementation and training of Dockmaster Marina Management and BoatCloud Software. Rhonda is successful with navigating in all areas of HR administration, such as recruitment, onboarding, state and federal compliance, OSHA safety compliance, payroll administration, benefits administration and analysis, audit preparations, and policy/procedure development. Her passion for helping people and boating is what led her to obtain her Master Certification in Human Resource Management from the University of North Georgia and to become an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management.
Sam Corbin has the critical role of managing Southern’s information technology at both the corporate level as well as across our marina portfolio. His responsibilities include systems integration, networking, information flow, and security. Sam is Southern’s liaison with the industry’s major software providers and continually evaluates new software solutions for potential integration into our management platform. Sam’s diverse experience ranges from providing IT support in the Irish countryside as a college intern to managing the IT department at the Ridges Resort & Marina where he modernized an aging information infrastructure to a state-of-the-art design. Sam holds a BS in Information Technology: Engineering and Science, is CompTIA A+ certified, holds certifications in Microsoft Office (MOS), Microsoft Windows Server (MCSA), and has a Ubiquity UBWS License.
David Lawrence has direct oversight responsibility for all capital projects across the portfolio ranging from general building remodeling to the construction of dry storage buildings, floating gas docks, breakwaters, wet slips, and restaurants. Dave began his career in the industry when he started a business that focused on dock construction, installation of boat lifts, and comprehensive marina maintenance. He has extensive experience in concrete construction which has proved invaluable to Southern in overseeing major concrete deck replacement as well as the rehab of sea walls and launch areas. In addition to his construction background, Dave has served as a resort property manager, a marina general manager, and a regional marina manager. This experience allows him to schedule and sequence capital projects in a way that limits disruption to the operations with the ultimate result of improving efficiencies and positively impacting the bottom line.
Josalyn Claussen has been a results-oriented marketing leader in the marina space for over 12 years. She has a talent for developing integrated marketing programs that enhance brand engagement and loyalty and is strongly motivated by a passion for building mission-driven brands that give back to the people and the communities being served. Prior to joining Southern Marinas, Josalyn managed the daily marketing operations for Yacht Haven Grande in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. She then went on to build the marketing department for Suntex Marinas, where she was responsible for creating and implementing a successful marketing and communications program that supported an organization of 45 marinas across the United States.
Kevin Munz, CFA
Kevin Munz is a seasoned financial analyst with extensive modeling and valuation experience. Kevin coordinates the underwriting process for all potential acquisitions as well as providing monthly detailed financial analysis of the existing portfolio. Before joining Southern Marinas, he managed all financial and planning processes for a fast-growing food company, which he founded with two other partners and successfully sold. In prior roles, Kevin was a financial analyst at a Fortune 500 company where he provided insight for the Florida region with an annual budget of more than $1 billion in revenue. He also served as a credit analyst for an asset-based lender. Kevin has earned the designation of CFA requiring a rigorous course of study and passing three levels of increasing difficult exams covering areas of accounting, economics, ethics, money management and security analysis. In addition, he holds an MBA from Palm Beach Atlantic University and a business degree from Stetson University.
Bridget Kane-Berman is a maritime professional with more than 18 years of experience within the yachting and marina industries. In her role as Due Diligence Coordinator, Bridget is integrally involved with all acquisitions working with the sellers, legal counsel, debt providers and coordinating all third-party reports. Bridget began her career working on several privately owned luxury charters, where she excelled at meeting the demands of both the clientele and the dynamic charter yacht industry. After acquiring the top-level qualifications that the yachting industry has to offer and extensive hands-on experience, Bridget transitioned into land-based marina operations. With a core focus on communication and delivering an exceptional customer experience, Bridget successfully managed a large marina store in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, prior to joining the Southern team. Bridget received her university degree, cum laude, in media, communication, and legal studies in South Africa.
Yuliya Shulak plays a valuable role as a senior accountant for Southern Marinas and is responsible for the cash management of all marina assets. Her role is pivotal to the reconciliation and tracking of all intercompany transactions for all company-owned and managed entities. Prior to joining Southern Marinas, Yuliya served as an accounts payable supervisor and senior accountant with Loggerhead Marinas, a 14-marina portfolio in South Florida.