Wen-Dee Cote at Fraser Yachts is keen that I broadcast the news of three brokers joining the team in the San Diego office and sends potted biographies and pictures.
First off, there's Michael Gardella, a native of San Diego who started his career in the commercial tuna industry. After leaving the industry in 1977, he opened a branch offfice on Shelter Island for another brokerage house and became the company's top salesman for many years running. After 32 years there Michael made the decision to join Fraser Yachts.
Eric Pearson, another San Diego native, has spent his life in yachting, helping his family run their high profile Shelter Island fuelling facility before embarking on a career as crew on a number of vessels from commercial tugs to superyachts. It was his experience in the yachting industry and technical expertise that led to an offer to join Fraser Yachts.
Finally, the third broker is Dave Stauffer with an interesting history. After graduating from college with a degree in aerospace science he was an engineering team leader on the development of the B-2 Stealth bomber. Leaving the industry, he formed a franchised real estate company and his team became one of the top producing units in the USA. Joining Fraser Yachts gives Dave the opportunity to combine his passion for yachting with his sales experience.