Creating a new Standard of Excellence

Meet the Team

San Diego

Mark Gibbons

Co-Founder & Managing Director

Mark Gibbons founded 50 North Yachts with a vision to create a new standard of excellence for the luxury yacht industry. By building a unrivaled team, utilizing technology in new ways, and offering comprehensive services, 50 North is raising the bar for the industry.

Shortly after the formation of 50 North, the company acquired luxury yacht dealership Fairline California, now a division of 50 North, where Mark served as Sales Manager.

A Certified Professional Yacht Broker (CPYB) licensed and bonded in the states of California and Florida, Mark has been in the luxury yacht industry for over a decade, helping dozens of veteran yachtsmen and novices alike find vessels that match their budget and lifestyle needs, and bringing a wealth of experience, passion, and fresh vision to the company.

Mark has had the opportunity to hone his skills working for some of the world’s largest and most prominent brokerage houses and boat manufacturers, such as Northrop & Johnson Yacht & Ship and MarineMax, and has represented international brokerage transactions as well as some of the most renowned shipyards in the world, including Fairline, Bertram, Feretti, Pershing, Riva, Mochi Craft, Azimut, Sealine, Sea Ray,  Jeanneau Power and now Monte Carlo Yachts.

Mark’s love of boating brought him into the industry after a successful sales and marketing career in technology. He earned awards and accolades for his work in software sales and marketing in the high-tech industry, where he helped to launch new products, as well as building and managing successful sales teams.

Mark’s passion for his job is fueled by his client’s passion and the fervor of other boat enthusiasts he has been fortunate enough to meet throughout his career. He brings that passion to 50 North and infuses it in every client aspect of operations.

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Captain Jay Williams

Yacht Broker

 

Captain Jay Williams has come home to San Diego after 18 years working in superyacht and charter management. His background in sales, degrees in psychology and communications, and a lifelong passion for the sea make him a valuable addition to the 50 North brokerage team.

Carrying a 100 Ton US Coast Guard Master’s License, Jay specializes in both power and sailing yachts with 50 North. As captain, he has worked extensively with yachts from Fairline, Sunseeker, Sealine, Ferretti, Pershing, Canteri di Pisa, San Lorenzo, Azimut, Benetti, Maiora, Lazzara, Fleming, Grand Banks, Nordhavn, Sea Ray, Hatteras, Bayliner, Jeanneau, Hinckley, Beneteau, and many more. Capt. Jay has spent significant time working on-site, selecting facilities to construct new-build yacht projects in Italy. In 2014-15, he conducted a year-long refit on classic sailing yacht “Wayward Wind” in Muskegon, Michigan.

Jay is a rare bird: both a motoryacht enthusiast and a lifelong sailor. This gives him the flexibility to handle the systems and management of both sailing yachts and motor vessels. He is dedicated to creating the finest possible brokerage experience for customers of 50 North, and prizes his integrity above all else. He looks forward to putting this experience to work in both new-boat sales and brokerage.

Before working on pleasure boats, Capt. Jay was an Alaskan commercial fisherman and a dive boat captain in the Bahamas. He began his career in boating as an engineer on a purse seiner based in Craig, Alaska.

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Tracey Feinberg

Yacht Broker

 

50 North Yachts San Diego, welcomes one of its freshest agents Tracey Feinberg.

 

As a Southern California native, Tracey grew up on the waters of Marina Del Rey, Catalina Island, Castaic Lake and Mission Bay fishing and water-skiing with her father on their 14′ Bayiner Capri.  With her natural affinity for being on the water and fond memories of boating it seemed natural to put those two together.  In 2000 she started her own business doing bright work in and around Shelter Island and you’ve likely seen her make many of the boats of the San Diego Yacht Club shine.  Over the years watching her clients sell and buy the very boats she repaired and maintained it became clear they would benefit from her unique knowledge of their boats during a purchase or sales event.  In 2014, Tracey incorporated a sales license in to her business to better serve  the boating community.  A fixture of Shelter Island responsible for some of the best bright work in town, she knows boats, likely yours or the one you are looking for.

 

Outside of work, Tracey can be found volunteering and fundraising for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Challenged Athletes Foundation and being a dedicated and loving mother to her 14 year old son.  Tracey is a unique asset to the boating community with a genuine pleasure of being on the water and extensive experience with the nuts and bolts of boat maintenance and ownership.  She will make your boat purchase or sales experience unlike any other. 

 

Call Tracey today to list or find the boat of your dreams. Make the call, start an adventure and create new memories on the water.

Marina del Rey

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Tony de la Vega

Marina del Rey

Yacht Broker

Tony’s passion for boating began over 30 years ago in the Philippines.  Growing up, he sailed catamarans and raced speed boats which blossomed into his love of the water and boats.  His service career began with the Mandarin Oriental Hotels where he developed a passion for service excellence that has followed him throughout his career.  He is dedicated to providing the highest standard of service during the and long after the sale.

Tony brings a wealth of knowledge, passion and experience to 50 North.  Prior to joining 50 North, Tony founded and operated Cardel Yachts out of Marina del Rey.  After building the company into the premier brokerage house in the largest marina in North America his passion led him to 50 North Yachts.  After a relationship that began many years ago, Tony and Mark decided to merge the two companies.  Tony now runs operations for 50 North in the LA Area with a focus on exclusively representing Monte Carlo Yachts, Jeanneau Outboard Power boats and serving the brokerage community.  Tony has spent his career specializing in Luxury Yachts and aligned himself with quality brands such as Rodman, Fairline, Sunseeker, Monte Carlo Yachts, Jeanneau and Sea Ray just to name a few.

The merger of these two companies and the convergence of ideas and vision for the future of the industry provides our clients with unmatched service, support and experience.  Tony’s reputation for his “concierge” approach with every client assures the best possible experience.  

Tony actively works with a global client base, each having unique wants and needs.  He takes great pride in building genuine relationships with each client to insure the highest level of service and satisfaction.  Assisting in all aspects of the transaction Insures a smooth transition of ownership.

Tony is highly regarded by both his peers and clients for his integrity, knowledge, experience and ability to make buyers and sellers happy by exceeding all their requirements and matching them with their dream boat.

Newport Beach

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Ron Kammerer

Yacht Broker

Ron’s passion for boating runs deep.  Growing up on the shores of Lake Michigan, he began boating at a very young age with his family who were the U.S. importers and distribution channel for the iconic Riva boats.  This not only gave Ron a unique exposure to the boat business but ingrained in him a love of boating and specifically European boats.  “At an early age I was attracted to the yachting industry, especially to the Italian designers like Riva.  There was something different about the way they did things.”

After leaving the Midwest Ron began what became a 30 year career in medical sales.  As a medical device rep, he grew his territory from zero into a multi-million dollar business.  He advanced quickly into sales management of the largest distributorship in a three state region, ultimately taking over the distributorship in an acquisition.  Accomplishing his goals in the medical sales industry allowed him to returned to his childhood passion and purchased a 62′ Sunseeker from 50 North Yachts. 

“I met Mark while working on the purchase of my boat.  We immediately hit it off.  I was so impressed with what he was doing with 50 North, specifically his approach to working with his customers.  While we came from different industries our approach to the client was exactly the same.  It’s not about the sales or the numbers; it’s about the client and providing a level of service and knowledge second to none.  When 50 North acquired the exclusive distribution for Monte Carlo yachts for the West Coast, I knew this was an opportunity I could not pass up.  I reached out to Mark and presented him with the idea of working together.  Three months later, I was taking my Yacht Brokers exam in California.

“I am thrilled with the opportunity to work with a company like 50 North and a person like Mark Gibbons  I look forward to working with Fairline and Monte Carlo Yachts; two builders that stand alone in European design and industry leading innovations.  I look forward to servicing the Yachting community in Newport Beach and all over the West Coast.  When a job becomes a passion, everybody wins.”

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Ryan R. Goering

Yacht Broker

Ryan has been a top preforming sales executive throughout his career, with over 18 years of broad experience in the luxury yacht sales and service industry. He was a top performer for MarineMax’s Western Region, where he worked closely with clients to help them find the ideal boat for their needs. Ryan has also been a managing partner of Pedigree Shipyard in Newport Beach, California, as well as the President & Chief Operating Officer of Robert Ryan Marine Group, LLC. In both firms Ryan was responsible for all day-to-day service operations, including marketing, customer relations, and coordination of service and sales staff.

His years of experience in sales and client relations have given Ryan a thorough understanding of the luxury yacht industry and how to create a personalized experience for each client. Ryan’s knowledge, background, and dedication to the boating lifestyle makes him an asset to our team and to each client with whom he has the opportunity to collaborate.

Service Department

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Bruce Witt

Service Manager

Bruce has spent over 30 years serving the boating community in Southern California. With his extensive background in yacht service and commissioning, as 50 North’s Service Manager Bruce brings a level of service that is unmatched. Bruce has received extensive training through the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) and National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA). The level of work and service offered by 50 North under Bruce’s experienced management is sure to satisfy the most discerning boat owner. Along with factory and extensive vendor relations, all work will be done correctly and in a timely manner, from the largest to the smallest task. Bruce will go out of his way to make himself available for all your boating needs.

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Captain Anthony Austin

Operations Manager & Service Coordinator