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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 Closing Department
  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.

I have held various roles in Recruiting, Sales Training, Contract Negotiations, Seller Relations and the Closing Department, and it just now dawned on me that I will most likely take my last breath at this desk (in about 40 years).

When I am not in the office, I enjoy spending time with my family or friends exploring the world. I'm in continuous pursuit of a mountain, a beach, live music, or simply a sunset happy hour.

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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
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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Justin Cohen
Manager of Sales Accountability
  Sarasota, FL
Justin Cohen
Team member since 2017

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Robert Crockett
Manager of Training and Sales Development
  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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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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Kristin Higgins
Senior Broker
  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 15 countries overseas purchase their perfect boat. I've also sold boats in Puerto Rico, St. Maarten and a co-broke in Italy.

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
Help Desk Manager
  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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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
Master 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 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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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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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.

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Dave Yorke
Licensed Senior Regional Sales Executive
  Point Pleasant Beach, NJ
Dave Yorke
Team member since 2016
Growing up at the Jersey Shore, on weekends until I was 16 and full-time since, I have always had an interest in the water and boating. I am an avid boater, fisherman and love spending time doing both with my family. I would love to help you find a way to either sell your boat or to get on the water and find the enjoyment that we have for the Jersey Shore life.

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