Sponsor Contact Information_2016


The NMLA Board of Directors wishes to thank all of our 2016 ANNUAL SPONSORS

We couldn't do it without you!  







11600 Fruehauf Drive

Charlotte, NC 28273

Contact:  Evan Davidson

Phone:  (623) 217-4762

Email:  evan.davidson@adesa.com

ADESA Specialty Auctions are the place to purchase or sell a wide variety of trucks, equipment and specialty products. Throughout the United States, we have eighteen locations dedicated to marine, power sports and recreational vehicles, and nine auctions dedicated to heavy-duty trucks and equipment. Our innovative sales approach doesn’t stop with just our physical auctions. We offer multiple sales channels: in-lane, online and even mobile auctions where we bring the auction to you. Our team is fully trained on the complete range of specialty products, and they can provide accurate, detailed information on all available units. Through our sister-companies, we offer a variety of other services including floorplan financing, inspections, VIN history, transportation, salvage, and more. 



4800 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Suite 250

Dunwoody, GA 38338

Contact:  Dennis Poer

Phone:  (678) 293-1238

E-mail:  dpoer@bankozarks.com 

Our mission is to create value to customers by developing long-term relationships, built with competitive products that meet your financial needs and are delivered with superior service. 

“Bank of the Ozarks, Inc. is a bank holding company which had $12.28 billion in total assets as of June 30, 2016. Following two recently completed acquisitions, the Company’s total assets have increased to approximately $18 billion. Its shares trade on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “OZRK.” The Company owns a state-chartered subsidiary bank that conducts banking operations through 256 offices in Arkansas, Georgia, Texas, North Carolina, Florida, Alabama, South Carolina, New York and California. The Company may be contacted at(501) 978-2265or P. O. Box 8811, Little Rock, Arkansas 72231-8811. The Company’s website is:www.bankozarks.com.”



900 Front Street, Suite 350

San Francisco, CA 94111

Contact:  Marc T. Cefalu

Phone:  415-438-4600

Email:  mcefalu@cwlfirm.com  

Cox, Wootton, Lerner, Griffin and Hansen LLP is the largest all-maritime law firm in California with offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles.  Our Firm is listed by U.S. News & Reports’ Best Lawyers Publication as a ‘Top Tier’ Firm for Maritime Law.  Our services cover the full spectrum of marine finance for commercial and private vessels, including review and perfection of security interests, U.S. Vessel documentation and offshore registration, loan workouts, vessel foreclosures, maritime lien defense and prosecution, Carl Moyer Program funding, and lender/broker regulatory compliance. We provide our litigation and transactional services to lender and creditor clients with interests in the western United States including California, Hawaii, and throughout the Pacific Rim. Visit us at www.cwlfirm.com.



1050 Rosecrans Street, Suite 3

San Diego, CA 92106

Contact:  Bernadine Trusso

Phone:  (619) 223-2279

Email:  bernadine@donajenkins.com

For over 32 years, Dona Jenkins Maritime Document Service, Inc. has been assisting both commercial and recreational vessel owners and purchasers with a full range of vessel documentation services. Our professional staff is committed to providing exceptional customer service assisting with USCG vessel documentation, DMV and USCG abstract and title searches, DMV State registration and titling, Delaware registration, preparing and filing preferred ship mortgages, as well as Notices of Claim of Liens and Satisfaction of Claim of Liens. We also issue Mexican Fishing licenses, Crew Lists, Maritime Letters of Authorization and Temporary Importation Permits.



12935 S. West Bayshore Drive, Suite 205

Traverse City, MI 49684

Contact:  Troy Buttleman

Phone:  (800) 748-0224 x4094

Email:  tbuttleman@globalmarineinsrance.com

Global Marine Insurance Agency creates specialty insurance solutions for boats, yachts, and marine businesses. This Best Practice’s Agency and 34 year NMLA supporter can be counted on to adhere to the highest standards while providing immediate access to top carriers.

Global Marine’s broad markets provide your clients the insurance they need quickly. They also enjoy enhanced options including crew, increased pollution and salvage coverage as well as Agreed Value Coverage. Marine lenders throughout the US benefit from the referral incentive programs and single interest policies. CALL US TODAY to learn more. 



328 S. Saginaw Street

Flint, MI 48502

Contact:  Garry Bryant

Phone:  (800) 888-5478

Email: garry.bryant@huntington.com

Effective 3Q2016, NMLA Lender Member FirstMerit Bank became part of Huntington National Bank. The merger of FirstMerit and Huntington created a $98 billion regional bank with over 1000 branches, an enhanced portfolio of industry lending products and services, added customer convenience, and a shared track record of award winning customer service.  This partnership brought together a combined history of more than 150 years in serving their customers and communities in Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois and Pennsylvania. Today, Huntington Bank is an impactful regional bank, well positioned for the benefit of their customers and communities long into the future.



124-A North Second Street

Ft. Pierce, FL 34950

Contact:  Nikki Bates

Phone:  (772) 464-5885

Email:  nbates@boatloan.com

Intercoastal Financial Group (IFG) is the premier Marine and RV Financing company in the country. With over 20 Sales Representatives covering 48 states and a full time staff of 13, we deliver a personalized and tailored program to meet your needs. We work with over 16 banks and financial institutions to offer competitive rates, quick decisions and a seamless closing process. Whether you begin your journey from our website, a dealership, a boat show, or call us personally, an IFG Sales Representative will walk with you from start to finish. IFG is about,FINANCING YOUR DREAMS!



400 Renaissance Center, Suite 3400

Detroit, MI 48243

Contact:  James Stewart

Phone:  313-259-8300

E-mail:  jstewart@kotzsangster.com

James Y. Stewart leads the firm’s Maritime and Recreational Boating Practice Group.  With more than 30 years of experience, Jim has the capabilities and expertise to handle yacht financing, vessel documentation and the perfection and collections of maritime liens, and preferred ship mortgages.  Kotz Sangster’s approach is to learn about your goals and work with purpose and efficiency to achieve the best possible legal outcome.  Concentrating on the representation of middle market companies, the firm’s clients are numerous and diverse.  They include a variety of marine businesses, automotive, aerospace, defense manufacturers, construction contractors and subcontractors, commercial leasing management companies, machining and equipment leasing companies, financial institutions, equity funds, and various industrial, commercial and professional service businesses.

Kotz Sangster is recognized as skilled in representing recreational boating clients and as aggressive litigators in all local courts.  Founded in 1978, the firm serves clients across Michigan and throughout the country with responsive service, excellent legal advice and winning solutions.  More at www.kotzsangster.com



411 Winchester Creek Road

Grasonville, MD 21638

Contact:  Scott Funk

Phone:  (800) 308-6798

Email:  sfunk@labmarineinc.com

LAB Marine is one of the premier boat recovery and remarketing firms in the country. Since 1999, we have been the choice of lenders, attorneys and government agencies for seizing, transporting, and selling vessel of any size. With strategic locations throughout the country, we have repossessed tens of thousands of vessels spanning the US and ten countries worldwide. No boat is too small or vessel too large for our licensed and trained provessionals.



200 Beach Drive

St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Contact:  Grant Smalling

Phone:  (866) 723-3991

Email:  grant@lending-associates.com

Lending Associates is ready to assist you with the purchase of a boat, RV, aircraft or, refinance of your existing loan. With years of experience, our loan specialists are available to answer your questions throughout the process. We match the best lender to your specific financing needs without shopping your credit privacy and cinfidentiality is our number one priority. Contact us today for a simple application process, great rates and terms and an experienced staff to assist every step of the way!




One Fountain Plaza, 8th Floor

Buffalo, NY 14203

Contact:  Mark Breeden

Phone:  (716) 848-3972

Email:  mbreeden@mtb.com

M&T Bank Corporation is a bank holding company headquartered in Buffalo, New York, which had assets of $123.8 billion at June 30, 2016.  M&T offers a full range of financial services including indirect consumer and floor plan financing for marine dealers and select service companies.  Our experienced team of sales, underwriting and closing professionals ensures that you receive fast and convenient service.   M&T offers competitive rates, advances, terms, and flexible down payment requirements on both new and used vessel financing.



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6325 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, NE

Atlanta, GA 30328

Contact:  Kevin Cooper

Phone:  (678) 459-7171

Email:  Kevin.cooper@manheim.com

As the world’s leading provider of vehicle remarketing services, Manheim, a division of Cox Automotive, registers nearly 7 million used vehicles annually, facilitating transactions representing nearly $46 billion in value. This 70-year-old company built its global reputation in the automobile industry, but in recent years, it has made large investments in the marine marketplace. Manheim understands that marine dealers have different needs than car dealers, so the company established Manheim Specialty, a segment dedicated to the marine product.  Manheim Specialty offers marine dealers the opportunity to buy pre-owned inventory in-lane at auction sites around the country or online through our user-friendly website. Our services enable dealers to source a specific boat, to stock up for the selling season, or to liquidate aged inventory. For more information, please visit www.manheimspecialtyauctions.com.



303 W. Madison Street, Suite 1100

Chicago, IL 60606

Contact:  Shari L. Friedman

Phone:  (312) 445-5316

Email:  sfriedman@mmr-law.com

Marwedel, Minichello & Reeb, P.C. is a general civil and commercial litigation firm, concentrating its practice in the areas of admiralty and maritime, transportation and logistics, errors and omissions, personal injury defense, products liability, contracts and insurance law. In addition to litigation, our maritime practice covers a wide range of marine finance services for commercial and private vessels including the negotiation, drafting and/or litigation of ship mortgages, security agreements, charter parties, bills of lading, supplier claims, shipyard disputes, construction agreements, vessel sale and purchase agreements, and vessel lease agreements. Our practice also includes the arrest and attachment of vessels and cargo, vessel documentation, vessel foreclosures, perfection of security interests, lien claims, and the acquisition and sale of marine assets. Serving mainly the Great Lakes and Western Rivers, we represent clients in state and federal courts and before numerous governmental entities. As a smaller, experienced firm, we are able to provide efficient and cost-effective legal services geared to the specific needs of our clients.



6111 N River Road

Rosemont, IL 60018

Contact:  Charles Schaefer

Phone:  (847) 653-2365

Email:  cschaefer@mbfinancial.com

With nearly $15 billion in assets, MB Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: MBFI) is the Chicago-based holding company for MB Financial Bank, N.A. headquartered in Chicago.  For over 100 years, MB has been supporting and building deep and lasting relationships with middle-market companies and individuals. MB offers a full range of powerful financial solutions and the expertise and experience of bankers who are focused on their clients' success.  We offer a wide array of commercial and personal banking products and services as well as trust, private banking and investments through our wealth management division. MB has a number of national business lines including; Business Capital, Mortgages and Card Services and is also among a small number of banks that works closely with leasing companies to provide debt, equity and bridge financing.  MB is guided by our six fundamental values that support the work we do for you – integrity, high performance, customer focus, mutual respect, open communications and enthusiasm.



 1100 East 6600 South, Suite 510

Salt Lake City, UT 84121

Contact:  John Haymond

Phone:  (801) 747-7176

Email:  jhaymond@medallion.com

Medallion Bank provides financing to bank-approved marine dealers across the country. We specialize in lending to customers with past credit problems including bankruptcy. As the nation’s leading non-prime recreation lender, we finance loans ranging from $5,000 to $75,000 on collateral 15 years old and newer at competitive rates, and pay up to 3% participation on every funded loan.



1915 SW 21st Avenue

Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312

Contact:  Matthew Amata

Phone:  (954) 990-1087

Email:  mjamata@natliq.com

National Liquidators is the world's leading marine vessel recovery and remarketing firm, having seized transported and auctioned more than 35,000 boats, RV and aircraft since 1988.  We work with national and international lenders, attorneys, government agencies, manufactures, dealers, insurance companies and retail sellers.  We are the only firm equipped to handle recovery and remarketing throughout the entire United States with 4 full-service offices in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Newport Beach, California, Annapolis, MD and Cleveland, Ohio.  Please review our sales site athttp://www.yachtauctions.com and call for additional company information.



2402 Shelter Island Drive

San Diego, CA 92106

Contact:  Don Beaumont

Phone:  (619) 222-4255

Email:  don@nielsenbeaumont.com

Nielsen Beaumont Marine, Inc. has provided complete vessel recovery, arrest and custodial services on the East and West Coasts of the United States as well as Mexico and Canadafor over 4,000 vessels. Since 1982, we have also been the custodian of the U.S. Marshal in several districts for both government and private seizures. We are fully insured and carry $5 million in general liability, marina operation, care, custody and control, delivery and transport of vessels, along with recovery and vessel arrests. For additional information on our recovery, repossession or arrest services, please visit our website, www.nielsenbeaumont.com.



One Harbor Street, Suite 201

Boston, MA 02210

Contact:  Jim Velez

Phone:  (954) 557-5148

Email:  jvelez@radiusbank.com

With assets of $835 million, Radius Bank is a well-capitalized community bank offering a full complement of convenient, leading-edge personal and business products and services. The Bank serves consumers, small and middle market businesses, unions, government entities and non-profit organizations as its core clients. Radius Bank has an ongoing commitment to adopting the most advanced and secure technologies to provide their clients with greater flexibility and focuses on niche business opportunities through personalized relationship development. Yacht financing is offered through the Bank and finance broker network. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.



1441 Brickell Avenue, Suite 1400

Miami, FL 33131

Contact:  Christopher Anderson or Claudia Casalis

Phone:  (305) 372-3300

Email:  canderson@robertallenlaw.com  /  ccasalis@robertallenlaw.com

Robert Allen Law advises a diverse client base including Fortune 500 companies, yacht manufacturers, distributors, banks, and foreign investors. The firm specializes in cross-border, international transactions representing domestic and foreign companies in a broad array of legal activities.

In addition to being a full service law firm that handles commercial litigation, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, immigration, corporate law and corporate finance, the firm has a dynamic practice in the yachting industry representing yacht builders, distributors, brokers, lenders for yacht transactions, and private buyers and sellers of yachts. We are experienced in drafting a wide variety of marine and general business contracts including domestic and foreign vessel transaction agreements, ship’s mortgages, charter parties and towage contracts. Robert Allen Law also offers a wide range of maritime litigation services delivered by experienced attorneys.



17855 Argyle Forest Boulevard, Suite 203

Jacksonville, FL 32244

Contact:  Stuart McLea, SAMS® President

Phone:  (904) 384-1494

Email:  samshq@aol.com

When you need a survey for your boat or yacht, contact a member of the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors® (SAMS®). Visit our website, www.marinesurvey.org, for a surveyor near you.


  • Provides an organization that complements the marine industry
  • Cooperates and encourages communications among and between members and other marine organizations
  • Assists other marine organizations in technical matters
  • Provides information and training for persons interested in the profession of Marine Surveying
  • Suggests standards for technical procedures for all members
  • Educates the public



1 Melvin Avenue

Annapolis, MD 21401

Contact:  Karen Trostle

Phone:  (410) 268-1545

Email:  karen@sterlingacceptance.com

Sterling Acceptance celebrated its 29th anniversary in business and offers Marine and RV financing for private purchase, dealer/broker purchase, new or used purchase as well as refinance. Our boat and RV loans are offered at competitive rates and terms. Sterling Acceptance is a member of AVDA and provides all USCG documentation and state titling. In addition, we offer yacht insurance at prices that can’t be beat!   The staff at Sterling Acceptance takes pride in providing quality loans and service and owns years of banking credentials, boat industry knowledge and boating experience.




4020 University Drive, Suite 101

Fairfax, VA 22030

Contact:  Don Parkhurst

Phone:  (703) 691-4411

E-mail:  don.parkhurst@suntrust.com

SunTrust Bank is a $200 billion financial services institution with offices throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. SunTrust Marine & RV Finance has provided retail direct and indirect financing for recreational boats nationwide since 1980 and has been a proud NMLA member since 1981. Our experienced staff works closely with marine finance industry partners to help deliver superior and efficient service to your clients.



One Corporate Drive, Suite 102

Bohemia, NY 11716

Contact:  Steven Taitz

Phone:  (631) 475-4400

Email:  s.taitz@tarofftaitz.com

Taroff & Taitz, LLP provides a wide variety of legal services to Long Island businesses and individuals. The firm’s primary areas of concentration include litigation, admiralty claims, creditor’s rights, trusts and estates, estate planning, business and real estate matters.



833 Dover Drive, Suite 15

Newport Beach, CA 92663

Contact:  Mary Bacon

Phone:  (949) 646-5917

Email:  mary@vesseldocumentation.com

The Mary Conlin Company has been serving the marine community’s vessel documentation needs since 1981 and is a founding member of the American Vessel Documentation Association. Our staff provides professional and prompt service with respect to vessel lien searches, USCG documentation, state registrations and titling, foreign registration, the preparation and filing of preferred ship mortgages, as well as the issuance of Mexican fishing licenses and Mexican liability insurance. We are proud to support the NMLA’s 37th Annual Conference at the King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort on beautiful St. Simons Island, GA.



1535 SE 17th Street, Suite B-207

Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316

Contact:  Jim Foley

Phone:  (954) 525-3665

E-mail:  jfoley@tridentfunding.com

Trident Funding has been a nationwide leader in originating boat loans for over 19 years. With offices around the US, Trident is the largest independently owned marine lender in the nation. We specialize in providing consumer boat loans from $50,000 to $50,000,000. Our experience and product knowledge are unparalleled. For further information on how Trident Funding can assist you, please contact Jim Foley, President, at 1-888-900-3863 (toll-free).



205 W. 4th Street, Suite 700

Cincinnati, OH 45202

Contact:  Derek Rawlinson

Phone:  (480) 828-8831

Email:  derek.rawlinson@usbank.com

Choose U.S. Bank. You can accomplish your goals faster and easier with a bank that is safe, strong, open for business and ready to work with you. U.S. Bank is the 5th largest commercial bank in the country and has been named one of the world’s most admired companies. With over 100 years of managing marine lending we are one of the top national lenders in the industry. Recreation Finance has been a member of NMMA and NMLA since our inception in 2000. US Bank is open and ready for business.