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Contact Information

The Marine Recreation Association may be contacted at:
Marine Recreation Association
915 L Street C-107
Sacramento, CA 95814

Our phone: 916.441.1475
Our fax:  209.334.6876
Our email: mra@marina.org

 

Officers

 

President
Scott
Robertson

Scott is the CEO/President of Emerald Cove Marina, Inc., the sole concessionaire on Bullards Bar Reservoir in Northern California. Emerald Cove Marina has 70 private houseboats moorages and 80 slips for smaller boats. They rent houseboats and small boats in addition to marketing and booking the 165 campgrounds. Scott was a founding partner of Robertson, Woodford & Summers, LLP—a CPA firm located in Grass Valley, California. He is the President of Nevada County Broadcasters, Inc.—an FM/AM radio combination located in Grass Valley, California. Scott lives in Nevada City, California, with his wife of 32 years. He has three grown children.

Scott Robertson
Emerald Cove Marina, Inc.
P.O. Box 480
Dobbins, CA  95935
530.692.3200   fax 530.692.3206
email: scottr@abacus7.com

 

Vice President
Kate
Pearson

Ms. Pearson, a long time recreational sailor, joined Safe Harbor Marinas in late 2015. Prior to this she managed Shelter Island Marina in San Diego and was the VP of Business Development for Knight & Carver Maritime. She was past President of the San Diego Superyacht Association, is the incoming Chair of the US Superyacht Association, and sits on the board of the Marine Recreation Association.

Kate Pearson, Vice President
Safe Harbor Marinas
1450 Harbor Island Drive #100
San Diego, CA 92101
619.666.1640
email: kpearson@shmarinas.com

 

Immediate Past President
Mark
Sandoval

Mark is currently the Harbor Director for the Ventura County Channel Islands Harbor. His responsibilities include ensuring that the Channel Islands Harbor continues to improve as a destination for visitors and residents. This entails identifying development and re-development opportunities for new Harbor related, visitor serving businesses, ensuring that the current business owners in and around the Harbor are supported by the County to enhance their success, and promoting the Harbor to attract visitors to this wonderful year-round destination.

Mark was formerly the General Manager of the Monterey Lakes Recreation Company, a Division of The California Parks Company, where his responsibilities included the general management of the Lake Nacimiento and Lake San Antonio recreation properties, located in wine country in the central Californian coastal area.

Mark also spent over two decades with the City of Long Beach, where he managed the City's marina and waterfront operation for eighteen years. His degrees are from Long Beach State, and he enjoys everything outdoors in his spare time.

Mark Sandoval
Channel Islands Harbor
3900 Pelican Way
Oxnard, CA 93035
805.973.5952
email: mark.sandoval@ventura.org

 

 

Treasurer

 

Steve Meckfessel

Steve Meckfessel is the largest investor, and manager, of the 770-berth Marina Village Yacht Harbor in Alameda, California. Marina Village is the largest privately owned marina in San Francisco Bay. 

Steve holds an MBA from U.C. Berkeley. He is a CPA, a licensed general contractor and real estate broker. In 1980, Steve started as a project controller for Vintage Properties, a mixed-use real estate development firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He became an operating partner with Vintage in 1987 in its Marina Village development in Alameda.

In 1992, Steve formed his own development/management/investment firm, SRM Associates, which grew to become one of the most active development firms in the Bay Area. SRM developed or redeveloped over 4 million square feet of commercial office and R&D buildings. SRM also became a leader in the green building field. SRM’s projects included the $300mm University Circle office project in E. Palo Alto, the Ascend/Lucent and Zhone campuses in Alameda and Oakland, Pixar campus in Emeryville and the Peets Coffee and VF/Outdoor campuses in Alameda. SRM’s projects have won numerous design and industry awards. Steve is a frequent lecturer at the Haas Graduate School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley.

Steve Meckfessel
Marina Village Yacht Harbor
1030 Marina Village Parkway
Alameda, CA 94501
510.217.5481 fax 510.749.9875
email: smeckfessel@srmassociates.com

 

Ty Olsen

I have been managing marinas at Private Clubs since 1994. In the years that I have been in the industry, I have been involved in two full marina redevelopments, 3 major dredging projects, deeply involved with the TMDL Program, since 2001 in both Los Angeles and San Diego, implemented numerous new policies for the different establishments that I have worked with and have served on several Boards at the various Clubs to implement new policies that not only deal with the financial aspects, but community and environmental as well. I have had one of our Clubs certified as a Clean Marina, and am currently working on having my current Club recertified.

My first job working in a marina was in 1991 at the Santa Barbara Yacht Club. After completing college at UCSB, I accepted a position as the Assistant Dockmaster at the California Yacht Club, where shortly after, I was offered the position of the Head Dockmaster. In late 1999, I was offered the Dockmaster position down in San Diego at the Kona Kai Resort. After 2 years at the Club, I took over the operations of the Kona Kai Club as well as maintaining the marina operations. In approximately 2006, the property was sold and all off the executive staff was released. I then accepted a consulting position at the Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club to work with them on a consulting basis for redeveloping their marina. Shortly after, I accepted a position as the Director for Business Development for a startup company, which I gained a great amount of experience and knowledge. It was not long after that I received a call from the owners of the California Yacht Club offering me a position back at the Club as the Dockmaster. I accepted the position, and after nearly 7 years back at CYC, I was contacted by the San Diego Yacht Club. I moved to San Diego in 2015 as their new Dockmaster, and currently sit on the Port Captains Committee and work closely with both the Facilities Committee, Finance Committee and Board of Directors. In the over 20 years that I have been in the industry, I have implemented numerous new policies, programs and have far exceeded financial expectations on an annual basis, worked closely with local law enforcements, governmental agencies and helped enforce laws.

Ty Olsen
San Diego Yacht Club
1011 Anchorage Lane
San Diego, CA 92106
619.758.6308 fax 619.224.3059
ty@sdyc.org

 

 

Regional Vice Presidents

 

Northern CA Lakes Vice President
Nathan
Merkle

I have worked in the marina and recreation industry for the last six years. I served as the marina manager at Monterey Lakes Recreation Company from May 2012 until July 10th 2018, at which point I was promoted to general manager. Monterey Lakes Recreation Company, a subsidiary of The California Parks Company, manages the Resort operations at Lake Nacimiento and Lake San Antonio, including two inland lake marinas. These two resorts employ between 50 and 150 employees seasonally, depending on business conditions. My predecessor, Mark Sandoval, current President of the MRA, took me under his wing and educated me on many aspects of resort and marina operations as well as the industry as a whole. Working under Mark for the last 5 years has been truly enlightening. On a personal note, I have been recreationally boating on inland lakes since I was 8 years old and am a proud boat owner and watersport enthusiast. I live on the shoreline of Lake Nacimiento and my boat can be seen on my private dock or at the resort marina nearly year round. I have seen first-hand the decline in the boating industry within my generation and hope to provide insight and introduce more Millennials to the wonders of boating. 

Nathan Merkle 
Monterey Lakes Recreation Company 
10625 Nacimiento Lake Drive 
Bradley, CA 93426 
805.237.7410 
email: nmerkle@calparksco.com


 

Northern CA Ocean Vice President
Paul
Kaplan

A San Francisco native, Paul’s early ambitions as a marine biologist were altered when he took a part-time job and became the youngest licensed yacht broker in California. After working as a broker for many years Paul took a hiatus to find the marine industry calling again. In 1996 Paul co-founded KKMI, a company that operates service/repair facilities in Pt. Richmond and Sausalito. Paul’s passion for all things nautical and concern for environment led him to become a Director of the ABBRA and launching their Clean Maritime Certification Program. KKMI has also been recognized by the California Water Environment Association as their “Small Industry of the Year.” 

Paul Kaplan 
Keefe Kaplan Maritime Inc. 
530 W Cutting Blvd. 
Pt. Richmond, CA  94804 
510.235.5564   fax 510.235.4664 
email: paul@kkmi.com

 

California Delta Vice President
Arron
Pellarin

Arron is the owner of the Village West Marina, a 680 berth, full-service marina which services the California Delta Community. He is also the founder and owner of Pellarin Construction Group Inc., a General Contracting Firm and Pellarin Enterprises, a Real Estate Development Company.

Arron’s 35 years of experience in the construction and real estate development businesses haa given him an opportunity to work with numerous City and State agencies. He has also developed and managed numerous large budget real estate projects. He currently holds board seats on the Redwood City Police Activities League, an organization that provides after school services for at-risk youth, and the Redwood City Improvement Association, which is the administrator of public funds dedicated to the beautification and economic vibrancy of downtown Redwood City.

Arron Pellarin
Village West Marina
6649 Embarcadero Drive
Stockton, CA 95219
650.369.0627
email: arron@pellarin.com

 

 

Southern CA Lakes Vice President
Nathan
Merkle

I have worked in the marina and recreation industry for the last six years. I served as the marina manager at Monterey Lakes Recreation Company from May 2012 until July 10th 2018, at which point I was promoted to general manager. Monterey Lakes Recreation Company, a subsidiary of The California Parks Company, manages the Resort operations at Lake Nacimiento and Lake San Antonio, including two inland lake marinas. These two resorts employ between 50 and 150 employees seasonally, depending on business conditions. My predecessor, Mark Sandoval, current President of the MRA, took me under his wing and educated me on many aspects of resort and marina operations as well as the industry as a whole. Working under Mark for the last 5 years has been truly enlightening. On a personal note, I have been recreationally boating on inland lakes since I was 8 years old and am a proud boat owner and watersport enthusiast. I live on the shoreline of Lake Nacimiento and my boat can be seen on my private dock or at the resort marina nearly year round. I have seen first-hand the decline in the boating industry within my generation and hope to provide insight and introduce more Millennials to the wonders of boating. 

Nathan Merkle 
Monterey Lakes Recreation Company 
10625 Nacimiento Lake Drive 
Bradley, CA 93426 
805.237.7410 
email: nmerkle@calparksco.com

 

 

Southern CA Ocean Vice President
Jim
HayesJim has been with Almar since 1998. Prior to Almar he spent more than 15 years in the hotel/resort business working for companies like Westin and Le Meridian Hotels. The customer services experience gained from the hospitality industry has helped a great deal in understanding how the marina industry should evolve. Almar operates marinas though out California and Hawaii. Almar is the largest operator of marinas on the west coast with more than 30 years of experience in developing, constructing and operating marinas. 

Jim Hayes 
Almar Management Inc. 
370 Amapola Avenue, Suite 207 
Torrance, CA  90501 

424.271.3315 
email: jhayes@almar.com

 

Other States Vice President

Vacant


 

Board of Directors

 

Jim Behun

General Manager of the Sunroad Resort Marina on Harbor Island in San Diego and the Show Director for the San Diego Sunroad Boat Show.

Jim has been active in the Marine Industry since 1987. Past positions of responsibility have included Dockmaster at the San Diego Marriott Marina and Sales Manager for the San Diego Boat Show.

In his over 30 years of experience, Jim has also been instrumental in acquiring key national sponsors for San Diego's premiere Boat Show events. He is also familiar will all aspects of boat show setup, production and management.

Jim Behun
Sunroad Resort Marina
955 Harbor Island Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
619.574.0736
Email: jimb@sdmarina.com

 

Eric Leslie

Eric Leslie is Director of Marina Operations for Beauchamp Realty Inc. based out of Irvine, California. Beauchamp Realty owns and operates marina properties in Ventura County, Orange County and San Diego County. The marina portfolio includes over 2,000 slips and 50 plus employees. Eric has been in the marina management and development business for 30 years and was a founding Director of The San Diego Marine Trade Association in 1988, which eventually merged with the San Diego Port Tenants Association where he has been on the Board of Directors for the past 20 years. In addition to the Beauchamp Realty properties Eric has a minority ownership interest in 3 other marina related properties: San Diego Mooring Company, Pier 32 Marina and Point Loma Marina. Eric is a graduate of San Diego State University with an Economics degree, has a California Department of Real Estate Broker’s License and extensive experience in working with public agencies.

Eric Leslie
Beauchamp Realty Inc.
2040 Harbor Island Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
619.291.6440 fax 619.291.2684
email: eric@harborislandwest.com

 

 

Mark Sanders

Mark is President of Westpoint Harbor LLC, a full-service recreational marina located in Redwood City and serving the San Francisco Peninsula. It is the first new harbor in San Francisco Bay in decades. It was named 2018 Marina of the Year, and in 2019 received the Four Gold Anchor Rating. Sanders is a former US Naval Officer and has been active recreational boating for forty years.

Mark was named President of the Marine Recreation Association (MRA) in 2015 and is a member of the Marine Legislative Counsel in Sacramento, the California Boating Conference, the MRA representative to the Bay Planning Coalition as well as a member of the BPC Recreational Boating Committee, past director of the Marine Science Institute, on the California Division of Boating and Waterways Technical Advisory Board, the San Francisco Estuary Project Advisory Board and member of the Bair Island Restoration Project.. He also founded the Cheoy Lee Cruising Club of America, and spent twenty five years planning, building and operation Westpoint Harbor.

Sanders' primary career was in technology, most recently as President/CEO of Pinnacle Systems Inc, a public company serving the television industry. Prior to Pinnacle Mark held various executive positions at Ampex Corporation, had has been a director for a number of public and private companies including Bell Microproducts, LookSmart Inc, Pinnacle Systems, and Accom. He holds an engineering degree from California Polytechnic State University and an MBA from Golden Gate University. He is a fellow in the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) and as Pinnacle CEO received nine EMMY's for technical innovation.

Mark Sanders
Westpoint Harbor
101 Westpoint Harbor Drive
Redwood City, CA 94063

650.701.0545
email: mark@westpointharbor.com

 

Leith Thomas

Leith is in his 12th year with California Yacht Marina serving as the Assistant General Manager for LCT Management, Inc., that has a real estate portfolio with an aggregate of over 5,000 tenants. His first exposure to the boating world began as a child on trips with his grandfather LaRue Thomas to Catalina Island and expanded from there when his family got into the marina industry in 1984. Leith has a degree in Economics from San Diego State University where he took part in the honors program.

Founded by LaRue, a family business in its third generation, California Yacht Marina operates in Southern California and oversees all day to day operations with its four owned marinas in addition to a marina owned by a municipality- totaling over 1,900 wet slips. Leith has extensive hands on experience in all aspects of marina operations, including the back office where he has spent his time with CYM under the mentorship of R. Kevin Ketchum, Past President of MRA.

Leith is a hands on manager who has operational experience at the site level starting out in the maintenance department and culminating as Dockmaster. In these positions he has gained the knowledge for not only the maintenance of marinas but also environmental regulations and requirements of being a certified Clean Marina, Emergency Preparedness and Response Plans, IIPP, Job and Safety Training Programs, Hazardous Spill Response Plan, and the list goes on.

His back office experience includes payroll, human resources, accounts payable/receivable, monthly excess cash distributions, responding to RPFs, data and market analysis, accounting and controls, IT integration of on-site and corporate business systems, contractual and operating documents, and web & print advertising. 

Leith Thomas 
California Yacht Marina 
22905 Lockness Avenue 
Torrance, CA 90501 
310.534.8436 fax 310.534.8670 
email: lthomas@californiayachtmarina.com

 

Andrew Bleier

Andrew has been serving the evolving requirements of the recreational marina industry for over 20 years. Being a third-generation principal and operating officer of KECO Pump & Equipment, I interact daily with Marina owners, operators, service persons, consultants, engineers, regulators and boaters alike. Over the past 20 years, I have worked diligently to re-establish KECO as the industry leader in the recreational marine sanitation segment; leading through innovation and hands-on approach.

He has been on the water my entire life, first introduced to sailing at the age of 4. I am raising my young family to appreciate and respect the core values the water has taught me. I am a water person, avid sailor/racer and my hobbies include skiing, diving and more recently boat restoration.

Andrew has a technical background (mechanical, electrical, IT) a degree in communication and am skilled in all facets of operating two modern businesses. (KECO & MarineSync). 

Andrew Bleier 
Keco Inc. 
PO Box 80308 
San Diego, CA 92138 
619.298.3800 fax 619.298.3300 
email: andrew@pumpahead.com

 

 

Eric Noegel

As Manager of Project Development for Bellingham Marine’s Southwest Division, Mr. Noegel is responsible for project support throughout Southern California and Western Mexico. His responsibilities include feasibility analysis, market development, marina assessment, lead sales, contract development, engineering management, and project coordination.

Mr. Noegel is the lead contact for Bellingham Marine’s Southwest Division, where his extensive knowledge of engineering practices and customer service strengthens BMI’s ability to provide technical assistance to meet each client’s needs. He consults with customers to develop plans, evaluates site-specific design criteria, recommends innovative methods, and provides expertise on local market conditions. Mr. Noegel is also an expert on the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and assists in designing marina access systems to meet these standards.

Mr. Noegel is a member of the San Diego Port Tenants Association, California Association of Harbor Masters and Port Captains, and is a board member of the Marine Recreation Association. He has been with Bellingham Marine since 1996 and since received his Masters Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in finance.

Eric Noegel 
Bellingham Marine 
8810 Sparling Lane
Dixon, CA  95620 
800.734.5679   fax 707.678.1760 
email: enoegel@bellingham-marine.com

 

 

Permanent Board of Directors

 

Dave Munro

647 Nuna Avenue, #56 
Ft. Meyers, FL  33905 
916.215.0095
email: SkippersCove@att.net

 

 

Legislative Advocates

 

Platinum Advisor
Beau
Biller

1215 K Street, Suite 1150
Sacramento, CA 95814
916.443.8891
email: bcb@platinumadvisors.com

 

 

General Counsel

 

Philip E. Weiss, Esquire

Brodsky, Micklow, Bull & Weiss
2540 Shelter Island Drive, Suite P
San Diego, CA 92106
619.225.8884   fax 619.225.8801 
email: pweiss@saltylawyers.com

 

 

Operations Administrator

 

Mariann Timms

Marine Recreation Association 
14900 West Highway 12, #30 
Lodi, CA  95242 
Phone: 209.334.0661
Fax: 209.334.6876
cell: 209.482.1152
email: timms@marina.org

 

 

Accountant

 

Yvonne Cantrell

Cantrell Ranch 
300 State Hwy 99
Gridley, CA 95948 
916.296.5168   
email: yvonne@wsfarms.farm