THE WINDWARD MARINA TEAM
Stefan JohanssonFounder & CEO
Stephen MaskDirector of Operations
Chris SimonVice President of Marina Operations
Guo Fu LiController
Scott MurrayGeneral Manager
Travis StaatsMarina Manager
Erik PetersonDock Master
Jamie SmithMarina Manager
Robert GarverDirector of Operations
Lee InabinettService Manager
Lisa BrousseauMarina Manager
Craig BrousseauDry Storage Manager
Andrew CrawfordYard Lead
Morgan RobinsonPaint Lead
Karl MastersDevelopment Engineering
Allen “Gus” GustafsonOperations Development
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, ship’s 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.
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.
Guo Fu Li
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.
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. 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.
Scott Murray has over 30 years of experience in the marine industry as service and operations manager at New England Boatworks (NEB) in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, one of the premier US boat building companies, and a full-service repair and refit yard along with a 360-slip marina, handling yachts up to 130 feet, and storage facility for up to 500 boats. Prior to that he worked as captain on various yachts cruising, delivering, and racing around the world.
Scott brings experience in customer service, estimating, sales, project management and planning. In addition, he has extensive experience in scheduling and managing customers’ needs whether a quick haul for basic maintenance to general repairs or full refits, cosmetic, mechanical or both, while continuing to complete work on time and budget. Scott is active within the community and was a founder of The Sail for Pride in Rhode Island, an annual fundraiser started after 9/11, to help those affected by that day, and a perennial top fundraiser for Leukemia Society’s annual sailing fundraiser.
Born and raised in Scotland, Scott is married to Penel Murray and has two children Alastair and Marnie.
Travis Staats joined the Camachee Island staff as a dockhand in 2005 after graduating from Flagler College with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management. In 2015, Travis was promoted to Real Estate Manager where he managed 13 commercial tenants, a drinking water treatment plant, and all infrastructure needs for Camachee Island. In 2017, Travis was promoted to Marina Manager where he took responsibility for all marina and facility operations. Travis gained his Certified Marina Operators distinction in February of 2021 from the International Marina Institute and currently serves on the board of directors for the North Florida Marine Association.
Erik was born and raised outside of Chicago, Illinois. While studying Chemical Engineering at The University of Illinois at Chicago, Erik was a Dockhand and Bartender for the architectural tour boats on the Chicago River. After Erik graduated, he worked as a Sanitation Engineer for the City of Chicago, when the city got to be too much, Erik and his Wife moved down to beautiful Port Orange Florida to start a life by the water. Erik was working as a dock hand at the time Windward acquired Adventure Yacht Harbor. He has since been promoted to Dock Master and has worked with Windward for over a year.
Jamie brings 21 years of experience in the marine industry. After graduating college with a double major in business and marketing he moved to the Outer Banks of NC to work for Buddy Davis building custom sport fishing boats. After that he worked for several custom boat builders honing his skills in all aspects of boat building. Jamie worked as a yacht broker in south Florida and then moved on to start a successful boat dealership in Jacksonville. He partnered to purchase Amelia Island Marina as owner operator for several years. Now as General Manager of Amelia Island Marina for Windward, he will strive to continue to offer a world class marina and boating experience to all current and future customers.
Robert Garver has over 13 years of restaurant experience. Specializing in high volume service and operations. Rob started as general manager at Boondocks Restaurant and Adventure Yacht Harbor, being promoted to Director of Operations upon Windwards acquisition of Adventure Yacht Harbor/ Boondocks Restaurant. Rob now works hand in hand with Windward Marina Group to provide patrons the highest quality service possible. Rob has a Masters in Homeland Security and Counterterrorism and is married to Carly Garver. The two have a young son Robert jr.
Lee Inabinett oversees day-to-day operations in the offices of St. Augustine Marine Center with a dual focus on customer service and leadership. After working hands-on in the yard, Lee effectively managed the Marine Center’s revamped service department under the leadership of Windward Marina
Group. Taking on additional management responsibilities such as infrastructure improvements and working with the Windward corporate team to analyze and maximize the efficiencies of the yard’s service department.
A lifelong boater, Lee also received his bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Communication from Flagler College and brings a variety of experience in media, small business, and customer service.
Lisa Brousseau has grown up in the Marine Industry, daughter of the previous owner of Beach Marine. Her experience has led to an intimate knowledge of marina operations. Through her time at Beach Marine, Lisa has handled contracts, accounts payable, accounts receivable, boat sales, service, ship store & marina management.
Lisa is currently General Manager Windward Jacksonville Beach; she is married to Craig Brousseau and has a son Christian.
Craig Brousseau joined the Windward team with the acquisition of Beach Marine, bringing over 35 years of experience in the marine industry. He gained his knowledge through his employment at Disney, Captaining, Chartering, and Racing boats throughout Florida and the Caribbean. He has spent the last 25 years at Beach Marine building customer relationships throughout the boating community.
Craig is the manager of Beach Marine dry storage; he is married to Lisa Brousseau and has a son Christian.
Andrew has over 45 years of experience working in the marine industry, which started early on as a child working on his father’s boats. He moved to Fort Lauderdale in the 80’s, where he was involved in the rapid growth of South Florida’s marine industry. Along the way, he learned successful project management, budgeting, and employee relations. During a family vacation in 1996, Andrew and his family knew St. Augustine was where they wanted to be.
Since moving to St. Augustine in 2001, Andrew has worked at the St. Augustine Marine Center for over 20 years. He offers immense “in the field” knowledge, hard work, and dedication to our facility and his profession. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys sailing, diving Florida’s springs, and collecting stamps. Andrew is married to Yvonne Crawford for over 30 years and has two daughters, Meghan and Mary- Shannon.
Morgan has been working for St. Augustine Marine Center for over a decade, specializing in areas of fiberglass substrate, gel coat and marine paint application. Having spent his time as a child growing up in this yard and years on the water around St. Augustine and in New Zealand, Morgan has a wealth of knowledge in the marine industry. Morgan currently manages the paint department and works closely with the Haul and Launch crew.
Karl Masters joined the Windward Marina Group with over 20 years of construction, permitting, and design experience. Starting out in residential home construction and commercial builds, Karl has continued his growth within the industry, more recently with a primary focus on civil engineering design. Previously working as a project manager for a northeast Florida engineering firm, Karl has worked on a wide-ranging variety of projects including small and large commercial, municipal/capital improvement projects, residential subdivisions, infrastructure assessments, marine construction, and large-scale industrial projects. He also has developed expertise in permitting with local, state, and federal agencies and managing every aspect of projects, professional relationships, and teams to ensure projects meet deadlines, budget requirements, and high-quality design standards.
Karl joined the Windward Marina Group as a Senior Project Manager to assist in all construction related areas including existing property/infrastructure improvements, as well as current and future developmental projects. He is a graduate of Florida State University with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering
Allen “Gus” Gustafson
Allen “Gus” Gustafson brings 26 years of Military and Federal Law Enforcement experience to the Windward team. Gus retired from Federal service at the end of last year. He has over 11 years of progressive leadership experience steering operations and training organizations to successful outcomes. In his last assignment, he served as the Director of the National Marine Training Center for Customs and Border Protection (CBP) where he was responsible for the training and certification for all of Air and Marine Operations and U.S. Border Patrol Riverine nationally.
Gus is thoroughly versed in Marine Operations, project/program management, financial/resource administration, and leadership. He is a graduate of the CBP Second Level Command Prep and the University of Maryland Smith School of Business Leadership Institute. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps in 1992 following combat operations during Operation Desert Storm. Gus brings over 20 years of marine experience and holds a USCG 100 gross ton masters license.
Gus has been married to Kelly Gustafson for 25 years and has two sons, Tanner and Peyton.