Portland Yacht Services' operations manager, Jason Curtis is also one of the company's longest serving employees. Hired as an outboard motor technician in early 1998, Jason was by then experienced as both a service department manager and motor technician.
Following his initial work experience as an outboard motor and snowmobile technician, Jason joined the U.S. Air Force in 1991. It was while in the service that he received arguably his most technologically advanced training. As the top graduate in his electro-environmental systems class, Jason showed a significant amount of promise. The Air Force subsequently assigned him to Beale Air Force Base in Marysville, CA where he worked on advanced aircraft such as the U-2 spyplane.
After leaving the service in 1995, Jason returned to the marine industry where he worked first as a technician and then later as a service manager in regional boatyards. At PYS Jason worked his way up from technician to service manager before assuming his present responsibilities as Operations Manager in 2005.
Typically the first person customers meet when they come to Portland Yacht Services, Justina Marcisso-Hussey has worked in the front office of PYS since 2001. Since then Justina's organizational skills and ability to remain calm under stress, have made her a vital part of our efforts.
Prior to her arrival at PYS, Justina worked as office manager and dispatcher at New England College's department of security. This experience provided Justina with the tools to manage the flow of information, visitors and work orders through the PYS office, no matter what time of year or how busy the yard becomes. She is 2nd generation PYS staff and began working the shows at 15 years old along side the Sprague's three children. Her hopes are to one day have her son Dominic step in and carry on the tradition along side the Sprague's grandchildren.
"Family values along with a close knit crew, makes every work day enjoyable."
Outside of work Justina is active in the community. She has served as the assistant director of the Old Port Festival and is a member of the Adams School Re-use Committee.
Portland Yacht Services' service manager, Rob Benson began working in the marine industry shortly after he graduated from Maine Maritime Academy in 1981. After several years working variously as a sailing instructor, mate on an offshore supply vessel and as a yacht delivery captain, Benson returned to school in the late 1980's. In 1990 he graduated from the Landing School of Boatbuilding and Design.
After graduation, Benson worked as a draftsman at John Gilbert Associates Naval Architects before returning to the Landing School as Facilitator of Marine Systems from 2000-2001.
It is Benson's wide-ranging experience and professional demeanor which make him such a valuable part of the PYS team. As an enthusiastic yachtsman Benson understands the concerns of boaters, but has the technical background to explain maintenance and service issues in a clear and concise style.
Andrea Lemire (Bio Pending)
Jennifer Trombley (Bio Pending)
Our parts department manager Tori began her journey when she was in high school. At The Sound School in New Haven, CT she studied marine propulsion for a number of years. After high school she attended college at Marine Mechanics Institute (MMI) in Orlando, Florida. When she graduated from MMI she worked as a technician in Connecticut before deciding to move to Maine.
In April of 2011, Tori started working at Portland Yacht Services in the parts department annex. Where she spent her time making sure the technicians got all of their parts. In early 2013, Tori was moved from the parts department to the front office and then put back in the parts department, only this time as the manager.
In her spare time, Tori is pursuing her Associates Degree in Business Adminstration at Southern Maine Community College. When not working, at school or doing homework, Tori enjoys taking her dogs to the dog park.
Having worked for several marine parts suppliers in the area, Joe Glantz can boast of extensive experience in his field. Joe began working on the Portland waterfront in the early 1970s for Harris Company, a marine supply company then known for supplying everything from paint and marine hardware to tools. Joe later moved on to Chase Leavitt and Company on Dana Street in Portland.
It was while he was employed at Chase Leavitt for more than 20 years, that Joe learned the intricacies of the most common of marine auxiliary engines. During Joe's tenure, Chase Leavitt became known locally as the place to go for parts for Universal, Westerbeke and Yanmar engines. Not only was Joe surrounded by the company's stock of replacement parts and service manuals, but Chase Leavitt sent him to a series of technical schools offered by the manufacturers.
When Chase Leavitt closed their service department in 1999, Joe brought his training and experience to PYS. Since then, PYS has moved and expanded its parts department, but Joe is still at the center of our operations.
In his spare time, Joe enjoys camping, hiking, working with his church and refinishing furniture.
Bill Fonde' (Bio Pending)
- Tim Grover
Tim Grover got his start in the marine industry immediately after high school when he began working for Florida-based boatbuilders. Over the course of a decade, he worked for Island Packet, Gulf Star and Viking.
When he returned to Maine in the 80s, Tim shifted to the construction industry where he was to work for the next 15 years. During this time, Tim became adept at a wide range of carpentry jobs from new house construction to apartment renovation. For five years during this period, Tim owned his own carpentry business.
Ultimately, however, Tim returned to the marine industry, briefly working for Sabre Yacht before shifting to full-service boatyards. In 2005, Tim came to PYS where he has become a versatile member of the crew. While his background has allowed him to help several departments at PYS during the off-season, Tim's schedule becomes much more specific during the spring and fall when he directs the hauling, launching and movement of the many different sizes and variety of boats stored at PYS.
Jason Phippen (Bio Pending)
Gary started at Portland Yacht Services in the paint and fiberglass department. Gary moved to the yard and building maintenance crew one year later.
In his spare time, Gary enjoys hunting and fishing
Steve Nichols (Bio Pending)
Ryan Frederick (Bio Pending)
Rob Proctor (Bio Pending)
Steve Glass(Bio Pending)
Ray Stoddard (Bio Pending)
Carleton Symes (Bio Pending)
Mike Smith (Bio Pending)
Evan Cornell (Bio Pending)
Dan Brackett (Bio Pending)
Wesley Marren (Bio Pending)
Kevin Bouchard (Bio Pending)
- Eric Thibodeau
The head of Portland Yacht Services' Paint, Varnish and Fiberglass Department, Eric Thibodeau has refined his craft in a number of boatyards in Maine and Florida. Originally joining the PYS staff in 2003, Eric quickly established himself in the paint and varnish shop as a man with wide-ranging skills. He also brought a new emphasis on fiberglass and gel coat repair and reconstruction. Eric began his career in boat repair at Sailor's Wharf in St. Petersburg, FL in 1994. After two years there, he moved on to Maximo Marina, also in St. Petersburg. Maximo, a yard specializing in larger yachts, afforded Eric the opportunity to work on boats over 50 feet in length and to hone his skill with gel coat and Awlgrip. In 1997, Eric left Maximo Marina to start his own company, Superior Boat and Yacht Detail. Eric eventually found himself in Maine, however, working at a Casco Bay area boatyard where he not only painted and reconditioned gel coat and Awlgrip, but also operated the yard's travel lift.
- Lee Latorre
Lee spent more than 11 years in the U.S. Army, posted around the globe. When he left the service in 1993, he shifted to the marine industry, working for Sea Ray boats in Merritt Island, Florida. While with Sea Ray, Lee began working for a surfboard manufacturer in Cocoa Beach, Florida. In 2000 Lee turned those new skills as a surfboard fabricator into an opportunity to travel again and moved to Europe where he worked for a Portuguese firm, C.P.L.
After five years in Europe, however, Lee returned to the U.S. in the fall of 2005. Since his arrival at PYS, Lee has become a vital part of the Paint, Varnish and Fiberglass Shop where he has proven himself adept at everything from major structural repairs to minor gel coat or paint touch-ups.
Away from work, Lee finds time for kayaking, surfing and snowboarding.
Sam Meloney (Bio Pending)
Nathaniel Read (Bio Pending)
Collin Trickett (Bio Pending)
Evan Wilson (Bio Pending)
Bill Palmer (Bio Pending)
Eric Szymczak (Bio Pending)
Charles "Wiley" Muller (Bio Pending)
Woodworking, Cabinetwork, Brightwork
Dave Hackett (Bio Pending)
Curtis CarlisleOne of the most recent additions to PYS, Curtis brings new talent to the Woodshop at Portland Yacht Services. He holds a degree in Print Making and Art Theory from Alfred University and is a recent graduate of the Apprenticeshop in Rockland. When not in the shop, he enjoys surfing and art.
Tom Russell (Bio Pending)