WHO'S BEHIND THE WHEEL
WHO'S BEHIND THE WHEEL
MARINE-INDUSTRY VETS UNITE
Steering the US Marina Group ship is a duo who have had extraordinary careers and are now sharing that knowledge under the USMG name. Individually, both Jim Bronstien and Kevin Quirk are known in the industry for their extensive experience and expertise in executive marina and boatyard management, oversight and analysis. Together, they have created US Marina Group, a premier marina management company for marinas in the US and abroad. Jim and Kevin each have 30 years operating and/or owning the most iconic marina and boatyard businesses in the industry. They undoubtedly know how to make a marine business successful.
Decades on Deck
From 50 slips to 500, dry stack to superyachts, US Marina Group is well-versed in all aspects of operations, sales, marketing, customer service, and financial controls. In fact, the extensive backgrounds of Jim and Kevin include a history of long-term executive management and ownership at some of the most well-known marina facilities in the world including Bahia Mar, Pier 66, Rybovich, Saunders Yachtworks, and Marina Pez Vela. In addition to their expertise in all aspects of marina management, USMG also has decades of hands-on experience in marina and boatyard layout and design.
While Bronstien and Quirk each have active marine businesses, they decided to expand their activities and join together as 3rd party marina operators and advisors for developers, hotel owners, condominium associations, and private equity investors.
MEET THE PRINCIPALS
From 1984-2005, Jim presided as President and Owner of Rybovich, one of the most prominent and well-known boatyards, marina, and custom boat manufacturing businesses in the country.
In 2006-2007, Jim served as interim COO at Broward Marine in Fort Lauderdale.
Since 2007, Jim has owned Marine Business Advisors (MBA), a consulting firm focusing on the marina and boatyard industry. MBA now serves as the advisory arm of USMG.
In 2008 Jim became a Shareholder and subsequently Board Chair at Saunders Yachtworks, the largest boatyard in the Gulf Coast region, with locations in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, Alabama.
From 2008-2014, he served as a Development Partner with Marina Pez Vela, a major Costa Rican based marina and boatyard development project. During that same time, he owned Tres Niñas Boat Rental, Costa Rica’s first and only boat rental business.
In 2015, Jim became managing partner for US Marinas, as operator of Marina Palms, a brand-new marina development project in North Miami, ultimately leading to the creation of US Marina Group with Partner Kevin Quirk.
PRIMARY INDUSTRY LEADERSHIP
- Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, founder and President
- Marine Industry Association South Florida, board member
- American Boat Builders and Repairer’s Association, board member and President
- International Marina and Boatyard Conference, co-creator
- Marine Industry Conferences/Training Programs, Frequent presenter
BA in Business, Degrees in Finance and Marketing, University of Colorado
Kevin previously served as Vice President of Marina Operations for LXR Luxury Marinas, 2006-2014, a Blackstone Group LLC. In that role, he was in charge of the operations of 8 full-service resort marinas, with over 35,000 linear feet of dockage including Bahia Mar Yachting Center, Pier 66 Marina, Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, Boca Raton Resort and Club Marina, South Seas Island Resort Marina, Sarasota Hyatt Marina, Hilton Key Largo Marina, all in Florida, as well as the El Conquistador Resort and Marina in Fajarda, Puerto Rico.
From 2014-2017, served as Vice-President of Marina Operations for Pier Sixty-Six Marina and Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, now the 17th Street Yacht Basin. In 2015, Kevin had full oversight for a $23 million redevelopment of Pier Sixty-Six Marina before its recent acquisition by Tavistock Development Group.
Kevin had full oversight for the redesign and renovation of the Bahia Mar Yachting Center Superyacht facility in 2004. The marina, which was under Kevin’s oversight until sold in 2014, set a new standard for world-class Marina facilities while enabling it to meet the requirement of hosting the world’s largest Boat Show, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat show.
Kevin has held the General Manager role at several large resort hotels Including Hyatt Regency, Embassy Suites and Radisson Hotels.
- Marine Industries Association of South Florida
- US Superyacht Association
- Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce
- Fort Lauderdale Hotel and Lodging Association
- Coast Guard Auxiliary
- Winterfest Boat Parade
BS in Hospitality, Restaurant, and Institutional Management from Pennsylvania State University
THE USMG TEAM
Our team provides a broad spectrum of disciplines designed to manage all aspects of your marine facility.
US Marina Group
Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach, Florida
Katherine Urdaneta – Financial Controller
Lindsey Hanrahan – Marketing Manager
Sthefany Urdaneta – Operational Manager
17th Street Yacht Basin
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Alan Montgomery – Marina Manager
Buenaventura Marina & Dry Stack
Rio Hato, Panama
Emilio Lau – Marina Manager
Johanna Moran – Accounting
Hutchinson Island Marina
Hutchinson Island, Florida
Kevin Dawson – Marina Manager
Rick Boehm – Dockmaster
Marigot Bay Yacht Haven
Mandy Louis – Marina Supervisor
Milanus Joseph – Dockmaster
Marina Palm Yacht Club
North Miami Beach, Florida
Jose Alicea – Marina Manager
Francisca Sousa – Accounting Manager
Michelle Roper – Retail Manager
River Cove Marina
Glenda Ramos – Marina Manager
Pete – Dockmaster
1881 SE 17th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
FORT LAUDERDALE AND WEST PALM BEACH
US Marina Group | Providing comprehensive marina management services in the US and abroad. We also serve as advisors to marine-based businesses.