Our Team

JOHN FITZGERALD

President & CEO

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In 1999, after a 10-year career in educational leadership, John joined Saunders Engine Company in Mobile, Ala., as the human resources manager. He was later promoted to vice president of yacht services, including the operations in Panama City, Fla., and Orange Beach, Ala. In 2008, after the sale of the engine company, John took on the role of president and CEO of Saunders Yachtworks. In addition to the full responsibility for all aspects of the company performance, his operational role is overseeing the daily functions of the customer service and sales departments. John is a board member and past president of the American Boat builders and Repairers Association (ABBRA) and past president and founding board member of the Central Gulf Marine Trades Association (CGMTA). He is also a past board member for the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber and L’Arche Mobile, and he is a graduate of Leadership Mobile’s Class of 2000. John has presented at IBEX, IMBC, and Chamber of Commerce events. He has also been a contributor to Professional Boat Builder and Southern Boating magazines.

MICHAEL DUNLAVY

Vice President of Operations & Engineering

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Michael was hired in 2004 as a sales engineer. He then moved from sales to service and became a service manager. Michael is currently our vice president of operations and engineering where he is in charge of all service operations and facilities. He also acts as lead engineer on all repowers and refits.

BOB ANDERSON

Customer Service Manager

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Bob started in the customer service department at Saunders Engine Company in 2003 and recently transitioned to Saunders Yachtworks as a customer service manager. He has more than 20 years of experience in marine and industrial sales and customer service management. In his current position, Bob serves as a main point of contact for our customers, ensuring all service requests are communicated and completed to the customer’s specifications.

TIMOTHY GIBSON

Customer Service Manager

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Timothy joined Saunders at the end of 2013 as a customer service manager. He is a former member of the Coast Guard and has a wide range of technical and management experience in the marine industry. In his current position, Timothy works directly with our customers, writing service orders and coordinating with service managers and subcontractors to get work completed. He also keeps customers informed of job progress.

JEFF LOWELL

Customer Service Manager

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As a customer service manager, Jeff is responsible for making sure all customer requests are completed to their specifications and works directly with department managers and subcontractors to ensure work is progressing. Jeff joined Saunders in 2014, bringing with him 35 years of experience in the marine service industry, including sales, maintenance, repair and construction.

EDDIE WATERS

Orange Beach Boatyard Manager

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Eddie came to Saunders in 1990 as a member of the parts department at our former location in Panama City, Fla. In 1995, he moved to the customer service department in Orange Beach. Today, Eddie is the dockmaster and boatyard manager for our Orange Beach location where he is responsible for the daily yard operations, haul outs and bottom service crew. He manages the contract side of that location, as well.

JIM LANGLEY

General Service Manager

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Jim joined Saunders Engine Company in 1983 as a field service technician. When the company decided to branch out into the yachting service industry, Jim moved to the pleasurecraft division in Orange Beach. He then became a service manager and is now the general service manager overseeing all field service technicians, service vehicles and mechanical facilities.

RANDY MADDOX

Parts Manager

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Randy started in the parts department at Saunders Engine Company in 1980 and has worked in parts ever since. As parts manager, he is responsible for all parts operations in both locations, including inventory control, purchasing and vendor relations.

TIM MCCUE

Crafts Manager

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As crafts manager, Tim is responsible for all carpentry, fiberglass and paint operations in both locations. He started in 1991, after the Yachtworks division was formed, as a field service technician. He came off his tools in 1995 and became the boatyard manager at our Orange Beach location. Eventually, he was chosen to head up the crafts department.

BOYD SIEGEL

Assistant Crafts Manager

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Boyd joined Saunders as a member of our crafts department in 2013. While his professional background is in advertising and business, he grew up along the Gulf Coast and his passion for repairing and rebuilding locally produced boats led him to pursue a career move to the marine industry. In his time at Saunders, he has worked in our crafts and special projects departments and recently moved into the customer service department. In his current role, Boyd assists the crafts manager with daily operations.

MURRAY LOPER

Projects Manager

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As projects manager, Murray heads up the repower and special projects division of the company, as well as overseeing all military contracts. Murray came to Saunders Engine Company in 1986 as an apprentice, rebuilding engine heads and assisting in the field. In 1993, he transferred to the pleasurecraft division in Orange Beach and ultimately began to oversee special projects.

GREG LINDELL

Warranty, Safety & Facilities Manager

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Greg started at Saunders Engine Company in 1984 as an apprentice service technician. In 1995, he moved to the pleasurecraft division in as a senior field service technician, eventually moving to the projects/repower division. In his current role, Greg files all warranty claims with vessel-related manufacturers, organizes company-wide safety programs for all employees and coordinates day-to-day repairs to the Gulf Shores facility as necessary.

ASHLEY RAINER

Marketing Manager

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In her role as marketing manager, Ashley manages all advertising, public relations, social media and web content, as well as planning and coordinating all special events, trade shows and tournament participation. She came to Saunders in 2011 with local, regional and national marketing communications experience in education and in the outdoors/marine industry.

DON HANCOCK

IT Manager

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Don joined Saunders in 2015 as our information technology manager. He is responsible for network management and security, equipment service and purchasing, employee training, and the maintenance and support of our marine management software. Don served in the U.S. Navy as a gunner’s mate and has extensive background in computer programming and repair, as well as virus and malware removal.

SCARLETT PEPPERMAN, CPA

Controller

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Scarlett came to Saunders in 2015 as our controller. She brings nearly 20 years of experience in public and private accounting, including cash flow and investment analysis, budgeting, debt financing and tax preparation. In her role as controller, Scarlett is responsible for directing all financial, administrative and office management functions, including information technology, risk management, benefits administration and corporate recordkeeping.

ANDREW SAUNDERS

Chairman Emeritus

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Andrew joined his father’s diesel engine service operation, Saunders Engine Company, shortly after he graduated from college and became company president in 1975. He had been involved with the company since its inception in 1959 and has been instrumental in the company’s evolution from a single engine repair facility to two full-service boatyards. Though his official role has changed over the years, he remains on our board of directors and is actively involved in the planning and development of the company’s overall vision.

JIM BRONSTIEN

Chairman of the Board

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Jim is a marine industry veteran and former owner and president of Rybovich in West Palm Beach, Fla. In 2008, he joined the board of directors at Saunders and became the board chairman a year later. Jim is also the president of Marine Business Advisors, a consulting firm that specializes in assisting marine-oriented businesses with organizational, operational and business development issues.