THE WINDWARD MARINA TEAM

Stefan Johansson

Stefan Johansson

Founder & CEO

Stefan Johansson is the founder and CEO of Windward Marina Group. Over the past 30 years, Mr. Johansson has gained extensive experience in the maritime industry. Mr. Johansson was a Founding Principal of Prime Marina Group with 5 marinas spanning from Miami to Cape Cod. Prior to founding Prime Marina group, Mr. Johansson Built more than 1,000 slips in Northern Europe, along with Marina Cottage rentals and best-in-class marina facilities in 3 separate locations. In 1982 Mr. Johansson founded Sunhouse Construction and grew it into one of the most dynamic commercial contractors in South Florida, generating in excess of $500 million of revenue. Using Sunhouse as a platform for growth, he acquired, developed, managed and owned over 20 million SF of commercial real estate, specifically in the Retail, Hospitality and Multifamily sectors.  

After acquiring the St. Augustine Marine center in 2018, the Marine Center has quickly become one of the most respected and trusted service and refit facilities in NE Florida.  

St Augustine marine center also paved the way for two additional acquisitions in Florida by acquiring the St Augustine Shipyard across the river, and Beach Marine in Jacksonville Beach. 

 Mr. Johansson grew up sailing on the west coast of Sweden, then moved to the US in 1979 to further his education. Mr. Johansson holds a bachelor’s degree in Business and a master’s degree in Finance from the University of Miami. 

As a 5th generation boat builder, ships captain and marina operator, stemming from Captain Johansson in 1882 Stefan’s great, great Grandfather, one could agree that yachting, marinas and boat-building is part of his DNA. He is very proud to continue the family’s legacy and passion for the maritime Industry. 

Thomas Wood

Thomas Wood

Partner
Thomas D. Wood, Jr. founded Thomas D. Wood and Company in 1987 with his father, Thomas D. Wood Sr. Thomas D. Wood Jr., is the President of Thomas D. Wood and Company where he oversees all aspects of loan production, loan servicing, correspondent relationships, and management. Mr. Wood has secured over 4 billion dollars in loan closings and continues to actively originate and structure commercial transactions throughout the State of Florida as well as across the country. In 2005 Mr. Wood and his partners purchased Colliers International South Florida, where Mr. Wood served as the Chief Operating Officer. The company was sold to Avison and Young in 2015.
 
Mr. Wood has served on the MBA Commercial Board of Governors (COMBOG) since 2016 and has been a member of the Mortgage Bankers Association since 1988. Additionally, he is involved in many civic and local organizations. Mr. Wood served as President of the Orange Bowl Committee in 2007 – 2008 and has been a member of the committee since 1995. Since 2014, he has served on the board for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami.
 
Mr. Wood graduated from Clemson University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science in Administrative Management. In 1984, he earned his Master of Science in Management with a concentration in Finance from Florida International University.
Robert Finvarb

Robert Finvarb

Partner
Robert Finvarb is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1993. Following his graduation from law school, he practiced law at Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A. in Miami. In 2003, he founded Robert Finvarb Companies (RFC) and currently serves as its CEO. Under Robert’s leadership, RFC has become an industry leader in developing, owning and operating mixed-use hotel projects throughout the United States. 
 
RFC has developed projects in excess of $1bn of market value, containing more than 3,000 hotel rooms and over 200,000 square feet of retail space throughout the U.S. and the company’s projects have been recognized for excellence by several organizations and municipalities, including, the American Lodging Investment Summit (best hotel project in 2017), Marriott International (Outstanding Contribution), the National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators and Developers (NABHOOD) and the City of Miami Beach. Robert is also a principal of Windward Marina Group, which has service, storage and marine sales facilities throughout Northeast Florida.
 
In addition to his business pursuits Robert’s philanthropic involvement includes his being a Founder of Mount Sinai Hospital in Miami Beach, a Diamond Society Member of the Miami Children’s Hospital and a member of the Board of Trustees of Miami Country Day School.
Stephen Mask

Stephen Mask

Director of Operations
Stephen Mask has over 22 years of experience in the marine industry. Specializing in customer service, he has spent over a decade working for two Florida based boat manufacturing companies assisting in repairs, refits and surveys. Through the years working in the marine industry, he has also gained skills in the production setting, sales, service and management.
 
Stephen was president of the Northeast Florida chapter of the Society for Advancement of Management (SAM) and has a bachelor’s degree in business management. Stephen has worked with Windward Marina Group in many facets and is currently the Director of Marine Operations.
 
Stephen is married to Viktorija Mask and has three children Amelija, Gavin & Everet.
Paulina Johansson

Paulina Johansson

Project Manager for Sustainability

Paulina Johansson is the Project Manager for sustainability and placemaking at Windward Marina Group. She joined us after graduating from Bucknell University with a BSBA in Managing for Sustainability. While at Bucknell, Paulina served as the student executive assistant for the Managing for Sustainability department within the College. She directed interdepartmental projects and served as the liaison between students and professors. Paulina has gained experience in placemaking and architecture during her time at Arquitectonica in Miami, Florida. She also further enhanced her people-management skills while working at WES (Women Executive Search) in Stockholm, Sweden. Paulina has an inherent passion for the marine industry, having experience in marine conservation research projects in the Virgin Islands along with a focus in her studies on marine and coastal sustainability.

Chris Simon

Chris Simon

Vice President of Marina Operations

Christopher Simon is the Vice President of Marina Operations of Windward Marina Group. He joined us from the Robert Finvarb Companies where he also serves as Vice President of Portfolio Asset Management. When first joining Robert Finvarb Companies, as an Analyst, his primary focus was on the analysis of overall hotel performance, investor relations and preparing internal financial reports. In 2015, Christopher was promoted to the Director of Asset Manager. As Director, along with his previous duties, he worked closely with all hotel leaders and focuses on the implementation of specific revenue and sales strategies to further drive top-line performance for all properties. In addition to his active role in the revenue generation of the hotel portfolio, Christopher is responsible for the project management and scheduling of over $12MM in renovation projects. During this time Christopher utilizes his construction knowledge with his revenue expertise to ensure that all properties, undergoing significant renovations, still meet the desired returns to investors.  Christopher is also involved with the selection, negotiation, and evaluation of leases for the Finvarb Retail Portfolio, which consists of over 30,000 SF of commercial space. Christopher is a graduate from Barry University with an M.B.A specializing in Finance.

Daniella Trudel

Daniella Trudel

CFO

Daniela Trudel is the Chief Financial Officer for Windward Marina Group. She joined us from the Robert Finvarb Companies where she also serves as CFO. Daniela graduated from Auburn University with a Masters in Accounting in 1992 and has been a Florida CPA since 1995. Daniela has spent over 21 years combined in both public and private accounting, providing her extensive working experience in a broad cross-section of industries. Following graduation from Auburn, Daniela became associated with the auditing and consulting firm of Grant Thornton, LLP, the 6th largest accounting firm in the world. There she served as an Assurance Services Manager for 5 years. In 1998, Daniela became the Director of Special Projects and ultimately the Director of Finance for Blue Dot Services, Inc., a consolidator of air-conditioning and plumbing companies through-out the United States. During her time at Blue Dot, Daniela oversaw the acquisition and integration of over 80 companies into the Blue Dot roll-up. Most recently, Daniela was Chief Financial Officer for Presidential Aviation, a leading private air charter company based out of Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Logan Hooper

Logan Hooper

General Manager, St. Augustine Shipyard

Logan Hooper brings with him a best in class customer service to the waterfront.

As head of a South Florida yacht management company for the past 6 years, he has been at the forefront of creating a customized, white-glove service to the everyday boater.

Logan comes from a life-long boating background. His youth was spent in competitive sailing and family fishing outings on Biscayne bay. He later earned his way through the marine industry as crew on freight tugs out of the Port of Miami and serving as dockmaster for a yacht club. After obtaining his U.S.C.G captain’s license, he began working privately with families to plan, maintain, and operate all waterfront activity – both domestic and international.

Settling down in St. Johns County with his family in 2019, he now operates as General Manager of St. Augustine Shipyard.

Guo Fu Li

Guo Fu Li

Controller

Guo Fu Li is the Controller of Windward Marina Group and joined the Company in August 2019. He joined us from the Robert Finvarb Companies where he also serves as Controller. Guo Fu received his Bachelor of Accounting at the University of Central Florida. He has spent over 12 years combined in both public and private accounting, providing his extensive working experience in a broad cross-section of industries. Guo Fu started his career in the assurance and advisory services department of HLB Gravier, LLP, a local accounting firm in Coral Gables, FL. There he led engagements for real estate, manufacturing and distribution, and governmental and not-for-profit entities. Most recently, Guo Fu worked with Vertical Bridge, the largest privately-owned communications tower owner and operator in the country, where he oversaw the accounting operations and financial reporting.


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