John Fitzgerald

President

John joined the human resources department at Saunders in 1999. Several years later, he became the vice president of yacht services, including the operations in Panama City, Fla., and Orange Beach, Ala. In 2008, John took on the role of president and CEO. In addition to a wide range of other daily tasks, his primary responsibility involves overseeing the daily functions of the customer service and sales departments. John is also the current president of the American Boatbuilders and Repairers Association (ABBRA) and past president 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.

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BOB ANDERSON

Director of Customer Service

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

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HANNAH BEASON

Customer Service Manager

Hannah joined Saunders in 2015 in the Gulf Shores Parts Department, and she quickly became a go-to person at the counter for customers and employees alike. She is accomplished at navigating customer service and relationship building at the parts counter. In her current position, Hannah works directly with our customers, writing service orders and coordinating with service managers and subcontractors to get work completed. She also keeps customers informed of job progress.

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JAMES HIGGINS

Customer Service Manager

James started at Saunders in the boatyard in 2017. Since then, he has held multiple positions at both locations in outboard service writing and service administration. In his current role as customer service manager, James is responsible for making sure all customer requests are completed to their specifications, and he works directly with department managers and subcontractors to ensure work is progressing.

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M. BOYD SIEGEL

Director of Operations

Boyd joined Saunders 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, special projects, and customer service departments. As director of operations, he oversees all of the operations of the Yachtworks boatyard and mechanical departments. His primary role will be to coordinate the priorities of the managers of each department to match current commitments customer service.

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DAVID "CHEESE" DISOURYAVONG

Gulf Shores Boatyard Manager

Cheese joined Saunders in 2007 as part of the boatyard crew at our Orange Beach facility. In 2010, he began running our 165-ton Travelift in Gulf Shores, as well as training as a lead technician in both yards. As boatyard manager, Cheese oversees all service basin and boatyard operations, including haul outs, bottom service, and driveline and running gear maintenance and repair.

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JIM LANGLEY

General Service Manager

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.

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RANDY MADDOX

Parts Manager

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.

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DAVID NUNEZ

Systems & Electronics Manager

David joined the company in 1994 as a mechanical service apprentice and brought with him the skills he had learned as an A&P mechanic working primarily on helicopters. David quickly grew into a lead field service mechanic in the early days of Saunders Yachtworks and has reliably filled that role for the last 15 years. In his current position, David is responsible for supervising and dispatching technicians within the systems and electronics departments and ensuring all work is completed to customer specifications.

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MURRAY LOPER

Projects Manager

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.

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SETH MCGONIGAL

Crafts Manager

As crafts manager, Seth is responsible for all carpentry, fiberglass, and paint operations at Yachtworks and Marine Center. Seth has worked in the boating industry his entire life, becoming a full-time yachtwright in 2013 after completing college. His father was a yachtwright for 40 years so the career came naturally. Seth’s experience as an accomplished marine carpenter and business owner in yacht repair were great preparation for joining our company in 2019.

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SCOTT HARPER

Outboard Division Manager, Saunders Marine Center

Scott is the primary contact for Yamaha, Mercury, and Evinrude outboard customer service and sales, and he also assists the outboard service manager with coordinating service work requests. Scott started at Saunders in 2020, bringing extensive sales and management experience from the pharmaceutical and marine industries.

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GREG LINDELL

Warranty, Safety & Facilities Manager

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.

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ASHLEY RAINER ANDREWS

Marketing Manager

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.

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SCARLETT PEPPERMAN, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Scarlett came to Saunders in 2014 as our controller and was recently named our Chief Financial Officer. 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 Chief Financial Officer, Scarlett is responsible for directing all financial, administrative and office management functions, including dealership management, information technology, risk management, benefits administration and corporate recordkeeping.

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JIM BRONSTIEN

Chairman of the Board

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.

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ANDREW SAUNDERS

Chairman Emeritus

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.

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