Marc has lived and worked in and around the water for his entire life. Born in Staten Island, NY and raised in the seashore town of Scituate, MA.
Coming from an aviation based family, Marc’s marine experience started at the bottom by working on the docks, building experience to eventually obtaining his 100T Master Near Coastal Captain license. Marc was fortunate to gain a lot of his seamanship experience at a very young age.
Marc moved to south Florida in 1995. After working different marine jobs to build experience, Marc managed a refit project on a 54 ft Striker Sport Fish. Combining his Building Construction degree with Yacht Refit Management, Marc started Marine Professionals, Inc in 1997.
Now with over 20 years in business, MPI has become one of the leaders in marine service in South Florida. MPI provides, Yacht Refit Management, Marine Electronics, Audio/Video & Networking, and Emergency and Crisis services.
Marc also co-founded the marine security, monitoring, tracking and surveillance company Paradox Marine, now known as GOST. He also started and partnered with his cousin in a boatyard, Scituate Boat Works, in his hometown of Scituate, MA back in 2008. In 2018, Marc started a distribution company to sell and support Dockmate®, the world’s most advanced wireless remote control for your boat.
Marc is well-known and respected in the marine industry having long term relationships with several Yacht Manufacturers and Brokerage companies.
In his free time, Marc spends time with his wife Jennifer, sons Jackson and Jake, boating and flying. Marc volunteers with Challenge Air, an organization providing special needs children a chance to fly, with Freedom Fighters Outdoors to fly wounded war VETs to & from their destination, and with Pilot N Paws to fly pets all over the country to prevent euthanization. Marc holds a 100T Master Near Coastal Captain license and a Private Pilot License with an instrument rating. Marc studied at Wentworth Institute and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Construction Management.
National Sales Manager
Brian was born and raised in western NY and he left their notoriously cold, long winters for the sun and sand of south Florida in 1977.
Brian has been an active boater since his arrival in Florida. He first joined the boating industry with Fortress Marine Anchors in 1997, where he was responsible for their customer service and sales & marketing departments for over 20 years.
Brian learned firsthand the importance and value of providing superb customer service, and he implemented a company slogan, “It is not enough that we satisfy customers, we must also amaze them!”
During his time with Fortress, they were able to trademark a phrase “The World’s Best Anchors,” and that bold statement compelled Brian and the team at Fortress to stand strongly behind the product when promoting its high-performance capabilities and their customer support.
In 2014 Brian set up the Chesapeake Bay anchor holding power test aboard the 81-ft “Rachel Carson” research vessel out of Solomons Island, MD and he invited aboard the boating media, who represented magazines & web sites with over 1 million readers, to witness the results.
This was the most extensive and widely-reported test of its kind that has ever been conducted on pleasure craft anchors in the boating industry, and a much lighter Fortress out-performed the 10 other competitive anchor models by a significant margin.
Prior to Fortress, Brian worked for a Miami-based developer of Geographic Information System (GIS) software and he’s always had a very active interest in emerging technologies.
This interest led Brian to join the Dockmate team in April of last year, as he firmly believes that this highly-advanced wireless remote control product is yet another important piece of safety equipment aboard a boat, particularly when visibility is difficult during docking maneuvers.
Brian enjoys his free time on the water with his wife and three children.
Chief Technical Specialist
Victor Avila was raised in South Florida, and spends all of time on the water, or thinking about the water.
Upon his graduation from high school, his love and passion for the ocean became his reason to join the United States Coast Guard. During his 4 years in the USCG, he was involved in Migrant Ops, Drug Smuggling Ops, Search and Rescue Ops, and Aids to Navigation servicing and repairing. Victor has won many merits and ribbons for his voluntarily actions cleaning up debris and rebuilding all Aids to Navigation from St. Petersburg down to the Florida Keys. While in the USCG, Victor was trained in Marine Diesel and Gas engines as well as trained in AC and DC wiring and installation.
In October of 2004, after his 4 years completion in the USCG, Victor began working at Marine Professionals, Inc. Victor excelled at MPI quickly rising from Tech Assistant, to Technician, to Lead Technician, to Service Manager, and then to Vice-President with an equity share in the company. With the help of Victor and the team, Marine Professionals, Inc is one of the leaders in marine service in South Florida.
Victor’s credential list is long: ABYC, Advanced NMEA installer, Hydraulics, Marine Diesel, High and Low voltage, KVH Tier 2, Garmin, Raymarine, Dockmate and many more. Victor is also OSHA trained and is the designated company compliance representative for Workman’s Comp. Victor has a unique quality to troubleshoot and repair almost any issue he encounters on a boat.
Victor Joined Dockmate in 2018 as Chief Engineer. He trains all the new dealers on product knowledge and proper installations. He also works closely with the engineers in Belgium making sure that the Dockmate product is the most advanced remote control for your boat. Victor is passionate about passing on his knowledge and training people to make things easier for the next person. His passion for boating, along with the thought of changing the marine industry and improving the boat experience, is what drives his every day.
Victor’s goal is to never stop learning and to teach the younger generation technician everything they need to know about the boating industry. With 18+ years of experience on the water and boats, Victor dedicates his weekends to making the company grow and of course FISHING with his wife and two boys!