Hunt Yachts said that in response to strong demand in Florida, Joe Connell of Port St. Lucie joined the firm as sales director for Florida’s east coast.
Connell will be based out of Hunt’s Stuart office, helping to deliver semicustom powerboats from 25 to 80 feet to Florida clients. He joins Jennifer Richards, who manages the sales activity for Hunt on Florida’s west coast and is based in Naples.
Connell spent 20 years in the Coast Guard, where he retired as a chief warrant officer. The company said he has experience with the Hunt Deep-V hull, a design utilized in many Coast Guard vessels.
Connell spent 12 years with Cabo Yachts, working closely with both manufacturing and sales as an applications engineer, after he retired from the Coast Guard.
“I am excited to start a new challenge with Hunt Yachts and look forward to working with the team to further their success in Florida,” Connell said in a statement. “As a retired Coast Guard officer, I have the utmost confidence in and appreciation for the Hunt designs and I look forward to working with clients to select and customize a Hunt yacht that meets their every need.”
“Joe’s passion for boating and firsthand experience with the capabilities of the Hunt Deep-V makes him a key addition to the Hunt Yachts team,” Hunt president Peter Van Lancker said.