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Meet the POP Sales Training Team

Training is an online, intensive ten-session program designed to prepare you for a new career as a Yacht and RV Broker. Our panel of experts will take you through the Internet sales cycle from beginning to end using our proprietary software system. They will coach you on how to build relationships with Buyers and Sellers using the right tools in our highly-connected world. Learn directly from the Owners, Department Managers, Team Leaders and top Sales Reps of the company, who are out there in the field, doing this every day. We call our training Boot Camp. Are you up for the challenge?

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Nisha Barlow
Manager of Recruitment, Training and Development
  Sarasota, FL
Nisha Barlow
Team member since 2010
I attribute my love of boating to the ten years I spent living in the Virgin Islands. I have been a first mate on daysail boats, crew on boat deliveries, and have been lucky to have had adventures all throughout the Caribbean! I never got a chance to eat the last mango in Paris, but I did eat one in Tortola, and that was good enough for me.

Eventually, it was time to grow up (some) and I found my way to Florida and POP Yachts in 2010 back when the office held about 6 people, and the boss kept beer in the fridge. Although the beer is gone, the boss is still there, and the company is home to many great people who are all working to make POP the best in the business.

Having held various official, and unofficial, positions here, I am most excited about the one I have now which is helping people all over the country leave boring jobs behind to embark on a new adventure at POP!

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Brad Butcher
Licensed Deal Manager
  St. Clair Shores, MI
Brad Butcher
Team member since 2012
Plain and Simple....I am here for YOU!

It is not your customer's job to remember you. It is your obligation and responsibility to make sure they don't have the chance to forget you.
- Patricia Fripp

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Lawrence Cairney
Licensed National Sales Manager
  Hudson, FL
Lawrence Cairney
Team member since 2015
Having worked in the retail marine industry for many years, I was excited to join the team here at POP. Living on the beautiful Gulf Of Mexico and being an avid boater has taught me a lot about the marine industry from both sides.

I have also had the opportunity to travel extensively throughout North America by motor home over the years. Joining the RV industry brings huge potential and is a very exciting opportunity for everyone here at POP. We will continue to position ourselves to become a leader in the RV industry while continually striving to hold ourselves to a much higher standard.

POP brings world wide exposure plus state of the art technology providing buyers and sellers with an excellent tool to tackle today's complex marine and RV marketplace.
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Brian Costello
Senior Regional Sales Executive
  Holly Springs, NC
Brian Costello
Team member since 2016
Brian grew up in a lake community in Michigan where water sports, boating and playing hockey were the norm.

After 30 years of living in Michigan, he opted for the warmer climate of North Carolina and he's located in Cary and would love to assist with your next purchase or even sell your existing boat!

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Robert Crockett
Customer Service Manager/Sales Executive
  San Antonio, TX
Robert Crockett
Team member since 2016
I was fortunate enough to be born and raised near Seattle, into a very outdoor-oriented family. My family was always on the go looking for adventures. Spring and summer weekends were spent RVing, river rafting, dirt bike riding, camping, and hiking. Winter and fall weekends were spent RVing at the local ski slopes. I have hiked about 75 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail.
In 1983, after graduation from high school, I moved to the Texas Hill Country to attend Schreiner University. I obtained a Bachelors of Administration with a concentration in management and entrepreneur-ism in 1987.
I've never been far from the great outdoors and have enjoyed creating boating, camping, and hiking memories with my family.
My primary focus during the past fifteen years has been the Outdoor Hospitality and Recreational industry. I was co-founder & operating partner of Ameritrek RV Rental and Spring Branch RV Resort.

"You don't make memories in 1st class!"
Lowell Davis

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Todd Drennan
Licensed Senior Broker
  Sarasota, FL
Todd Drennan
Team member since 2012
Todd has an extensive sales and marketing background and has been around boats and water most of this life. He resides in Sarasota, FL and loves to travel, boat, fish, golf, attend sporting events, and HELP PEOPLE BUY AND SELL BOATS and RVs!

Todd makes himself available to his clients any time of day 7 days a week at (941) 650-SELL and looks forward to working with you.

** IF YOU HAVE A BOAT OR RV TO SELL, PLEASE GIVE ME A CALL @ (941) 650-SELL SO I CAN TELL YOU ABOUT OUR FREE GLOBAL MARKETING PROGRAM. I can have your boat or RV in front of the WORLD in less than 15 minutes. THANK YOU!

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Michael Edwards
Licensed Senior Broker
  Cape Charles, VA
Michael Edwards
Team member since 2014
I've lived on the Chesapeake Bay since I was born and have been working in, on, and around boats my whole life. There's nothing like leaving the dock before sunrise for a day on the water!!!

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Mark Ellefsen
Senior Broker
  Camdenton, MO
Mark Ellefsen
Team member since 2015
I am a transplant from St. Louis, Missouri. My wife of 23 years ,2 children and I moved to the Lake of the Ozarks 12 years ago to be by the water. We wish we would have done it sooner. We love anything that has to do with being on the water, from stand up paddle boards to express cruisers. Being on the water is where we want to be.

Camping is not my thing unless it is in an RV with some creature comforts. There is nothing better than being in your second home when you are enjoying the outdoors.

I am here to help you find the boat/RV of your dreams. I am also here to help you sell your old dream to make room for the new one.

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Paul Herman
Senior Broker
  Ladson, SC
Paul Herman
Team member since 2016
Growing up surrounded by water in the Florida Keys, boats have been my passion since I was old enough to remember. I now live in the Charleston, SC area, once again surrounded by water. My boat passion has grown into finding, selling, assisting, and equipping others with the opportunity to be on the water. There is something special about the water hitting the side of "your" boat while you are relaxing, fishing, participating in water sports, or simply cruising the waterways.

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Kristin Higgins
Licensed Senior Regional Sales Executive
  Ka'a'awa, HI
Kristin Higgins
Team member since 2014
Since the beginning of 2015, I have helped sellers in 18 states sell their boats and buyers across the US and in 11 countries overseas purchase their perfect boat.

I work with an amazing team of people across the country who genuinely love selling boats and making the experience hassle-free and enjoyable for both buyers and sellers.

I hope I can help you too.

My experience boating started growing up on the Illinois River.

All of my best childhood memories are of being on the water with family and friends.

I spent one unforgettable summer working on a gulet based out of Marmaris,Turkey and at the age of 36, I started to learn to sail with The Mountaineers Club in Seattle (of all places!)

Shortly after that I became the program coordinator for the non-profit organization Sailing Heritage Society, which offers free therapeutic sails to children and families from Seattle Children's Hospital, Fred Hutch, Ronald McDonald House, Make a Wish Foundation and many others along with families living in domestic abuse shelters and at-risk youth. One of the best perks was definitely getting to crew on the 65' schooner Mallory Todd several times a week and seeing the excitement of the families, many sailing for the first time!

Please just let me know how I can help.

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Bruce Maddox
Administrator
  Conway, SC
Bruce Maddox
Team member since 2015
I've boated all my life, I grew up on the water and have been a boat owner since age 10. My father taught me early how wonderful it was to spend time out on the water and later in life I learned how important that time on the water with him really was. I started my working life at a young age in a retail boat supply house, and moved on to a dock hand at a marina. After growing my skills at the marina I went to work in a service center, which left me running the parts and service end of the business. All this being said, our staff know just about every aspect of the boating and RV business and know what buyers want and what makes a noticeable difference to get your unit sold over the rest. As a buyer or seller you can trust that you have an experienced well rounded representative that will look out for your needs and help make sure your unit stands out from the rest to make the sale happen, or as a buyer making sure you get exactly the right unit which matches needs and making sure your protected during the purchase and working for you to get the best price to go easy on your wallet.

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Scott McNally
Licensed Employing Broker
  Sarasota, FL
Scott McNally
Team member since 2009
I was born in New Jersey. Left when I was a couple of months old destined for Florida and never looked back. Grew up in Florida (primarily the Sarasota area).

I have owned boats my entire life. I can remember when I was in 6th grade I would captain my little center console to school nearly every day. A bunch of the kids did. We docked across the street, went to school, then after school we would go hydro-sliding or fishing on the way home. I have owned and operated many boats over the years and I can appreciate the importance of reliability! My last boat was a 34 foot Yellowfin with twin 275 Verados. Amazing boat!

Been involved in sales for two decades and boat sales for the past 15 years or so. Prior to that I worked in the aviation industry as a senior manager with Boeing and with several airlines before that. The aviation industry allowed me to travel all of the world and experience many cultures and develop many international friendships.

My awesome wife keeps me very busy, so not much time for hobbies! However, I do enjoy going to professional sporting events like Buccaneer's football, Lightning hockey, and Ray's baseball. I like to fish, scuba, ski, and pretty much anything else you can do on the water! When time permits, I like to go out 100+ miles off of Sarasota to get to the fish.

Recently I got into hunting old beer cans from the 1930s and 1940s. Let me know if happen to see some rusty cans in the woods!

Commercial aircraft pilot with instrument and multi-engine ratings, certified
flight instructor, and had some aerobatics training (although have not flown
in a few years).

Masters of Science degree in IT from University of Colorado. Bachelor of Science degree obtained from Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida.

Been to over 70 Jimmy Buffett concerts!

Very dedicated to POP Yachts. We have a unique full service operation that is focused on technology and the changing sales function.

We hope to work with you soon on your next vessel purchase or sale!

Thanks for visiting our site!

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Mike Meindl
Licensed Senior Broker
  Glenwood, NY
Mike Meindl
Team member since 2012
I was born and raised in Western NY. I grew up boating with my Dad. We had a 27' Larson cruiser that he converted into a fishing machine. We'd fish for bass, troll for walleye, and did some ice fishing for northern pike on Lake Erie & in Canada.

I've been with POP since July 2012. Before moving back to western NY in 2011, I spent 10 years out west in Denver & Scottsdale. I love to travel and still do some bass & trout fishing when I get time. I also enjoy playing a lot of golf, mountain biking, and playing hockey during the winters.

I understand your boating passion. There's no better way to spend the Summer than being on the water. Whether you like to fish, wakeboard, spend quality time cruising around with your family, or just watch fireworks on the 4th of July. Who doesn't love a cool breeze on a hot Summer day!

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Vanessa Neff
Licensed Career Development Manager
  Jensen Beach, FL
Vanessa Neff
Team member since 2016
I was born and raised on Florida's Treasure Coast located in Southeast Florida. I am married to my best friend and business partner, Capt. Jeremy Neff, who is a Licensed Senior Broker with POP Yachts! We have three boys who would spend every moment outside near any body of water if we let them!

I am team oriented, extremely hard-working and hold very high expectations of myself. My goal at POP Yachts is to provide the best service possible to all of our POP customers!

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Nick Owens
Licensed Director - IT and Marketing
  Sarasota, FL
Nick Owens
Team member since 2010
I first started working in the boating industry in Dec 2000 and haven't looked back.

For 10 years, I have been developing software systems for dealers and brokers to manage websites, leads and inventory. I worked for several companies in the industry, both full-time and as a contractor over the years. I have developed websites for dozens of manufacturers and thousands of dealers. As the original author of some of the most widely-used software by dealers in our industry, I've always maintained a close connection with dealer feedback.

Over the years, I have strived to bring this industry together with data feed standards, committee meetings, and personal outreach. I have authored or co-authored most of the XML standards in use within our industry and still work with those formats on a daily basis.

I am committed to our industry in a number of ways and plan to be around for a long long time.

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Kevin Stigall
Licensed Senior Broker
  Coloma, CA
Kevin Stigall
Team member since 2010
I started working with POP back in 2011 when my wife and I were living in Tampa FL- Just after my years in college and the US NAVY.

Currently based out of Northern California- On the western slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, just alongside the banks of the So. Fork American River (right where gold was discovered back in 1849)


---MY JOURNEY TO THE MARINE INDUSTRY ---
It all started back in the early college years in San Luis Obispo. I was lucky enough to find a job at a sportfishing charter/ bait shop, right near the little CA coastal town of Avila Beach.
After a few years at Cal Poly I decided it was time to get a wee bit more salt in the blood. Sept 11th attacks had just happened - Figured I'd follow my families footsteps and enlist in the US NAVY.
After training I hopped onboard the USS TAYLOR (FFG-50) as one of the 5 Navigators onboard (QM - quartermaster)

Travelling to the far sides of the world and back, learning the modern and centuries old forms of Navigation out at sea - by the stars! These are experiences that really are etched into my memory, and likely the reason why I've been so hooked-in to the nautical world and marine industry.


--- HOW I CAN ASSIST ---
Whether you are wanting to sell your current boat - or looking to find the next one - Let me know your thoughts, game plan/ any questions and I'll be glad to help out.

To reach me direct - Feel free to contact me via text, email, or direct on my cell.

TEXT / CELL: (727) 465-4033
EMAIL: kevin@popsells.com
SKYPE: kevin.stigall
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"Shells sink, dreams float. Life's good on our boat."
- Jimmy Buffett


"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you did not do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bow lines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the tradewinds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
- Mark Twain

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Faye Sutton
Closing Department Manager
  Venice, FL
Faye Sutton
Team member since 2016
I have been around boats and water all of my life. While in Ohio I had a powerboat for many years and then took up sailing. When I relocated from Ohio to Florida, POP Yachts was a great fit for me because it combines my love of the water with my prior office experience.

As Closing Department Manager it is a good feeling to assist people with an exciting purchase like a boat or RV. When I am not working, I enjoy kayaking, boating and I recently obtained my open water scuba certification.

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Aaron Taylor
Licensed Deal Manager
  Palm Coast, FL
Aaron Taylor
Team member since 2013
I've lived in Florida my entire life. I love the weather and outdoor activities it affords. I grew up in Leesburg and finished high school in Vero Beach, FL (Sebastian River). I received my BA in Business, with a minor in Economics from Flagler College in St. Augustine.

I now reside in Palm Coast with my wife Carrie, my sons Ayden, Sebastian and daughter Ransley.

I'm excited to be a part of the POP Yachts team and I look forward to working with you.

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Andy Walker
Regional Sales Executive
  Tyler, TX
Andy Walker
Team member since 2017
I'm a lifelong resident of East Texas where I've been married to my wife and best friend for 36 years. Together we have two adult children and two grandchildren.

I have a broad-based background in business spanning 40 years. For over half that time I've focused on digital marketing solutions and product design having worked for Cox Media and later from within my own company, 5-Tribe, Inc.

In 2009 I sold my company, its proprietary digital software and marketing solutions as a subsidiary group to a national media outlet.

The single thing I've enjoyed the most throughout my career is interacting with, and helping people solve their challenges in creative ways.

I retired in 2016 and began looking for next rewarding adventure. In May of that year I found that great adventure and much happiness with POP Yachts & RV's.

I've never enjoyed any line of work as much as I have this.

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Jenny Whitenack
Quality Control Specialist
  Watertown, NY
Jenny Whitenack
Team member since 2012

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Scott Wild
Licensed Deal Manager
  Oakland, CA
Scott Wild
Team member since 2011
I have been an enthusiastic sailor for many years, and have owned and worked on wooden boats throughout most my adult life. I have a degree in professional photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and have worked in sales and client services for the past 27 years. Raising my 2 children in the San Francisco Bay Area, I enjoy the outdoors and specifically being out on the water. I have been a licensed sales rep for POP Yachts for the past 7 years and look forward to assisting you.