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CMM In the Press:

Marker 1 Marina Announces Significant Expansion September 9, 2018 (READ)
Q & A with Scott Burt - By Jim Cox, May 21, 2018 - Marlin Magazine (READ)
Creative Thinking, Innovative Solutions, Experience ...the Coastal Marina Management Difference

Scott has over 45 year's professional experience in the marina business. He is well versed in dry storage, harbor and marina management, yacht and commercial vessel operations and special event promotion. Scott believes in the integration of upland amenities with marina operations and the connectivity of marine components such as comparable marinas and yacht clubs, boat dealerships and marine service centers.

He has:
  • Served on the steering committee with the State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection to create the widely recognized and acclaimed certified Clean Marina Program.
  • Been recognized as a Certified Marina Manager.
  • Maintained an active membership of the Association of Marine Industries since 1985
  • Served as Director of the North West Florida Marine Industries Association.
  • Past Chairman of the Northwest Florida Marine Trades Association. During his term as Chairman, membership in the Association grew by 20%
  • In 2006 Scott created Coastal Marina Management which offers effective and creative management solutions for today's waterfront marine developments. CMM's mission is to be an active and passionate advocate of the boating lifestyle by delivering across-the-board service, dynamic marina management, innovative consulting for waterfront development and design, and exciting special events.

    Presently CMM operates seven marinas, five of which are located in Florida, one in Alabama and one in Texas. The CMM managed marina family represents a combined excess of 3500 racks/slips under management consisting of upland amenities, nationally recognized fishing tournaments, boat shows, boatyard repair facilities and major transient yacht destinations.



    Chris serves as President of Wheels Up Events LLC, a subsidiary of CMM. Chris is responsible for all CMM special events including The Wharf Boat & Yacht Show, The Blue Marlin Grand Championship and The Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship Series.

    A native Floridian, Chris grew up around boats. His knowledge is based upon years of Gulf Coast experience. He began his career as Marina and Property Manager for Zeke's Marina, a 250 dry rack, 60 wet slip, retail, restaurant and commercial complex in Orange Beach, Alabama. The eight years of hands on experience in all levels of operations served Chris well as a foundation for his growth in the marina industry.

    Chris left Zeke's to become the Director of Marina and Beach/Pool operations at the highly acclaimed and internationally renown Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Destin, Florida. He quickly put his organizational skills to work and had an immediate affect on the 100 slip yacht harbor building a reputation based upon high-end concierge level service and impeccable operations management. Very quickly, Sandestin's Baytowne marina became known as the most sought after large yacht transient destination of Florida's Gulf Coast.

    As President of Wheels Up Events, Chris believes in:
    • Careful planning, thorough execution and meticulous event operations.
    • Today's events must be exciting, high-energy and most importantly, fun for the whole family.
    • He re-thinks and re-invents everything we do everyday.
    • First impressions are everything. No detail is too small.
    • Connectivity and transparency. Each event requires a dedicated group of actively involved stakeholders with genuine commitment to the overall success of the event.
    • He understands the big picture. Boating today is a lifestyle centered on the entire family.

    During his five year tenure at Sandestin, Chris was responsible for bringing many new events to the property including boat dealer conferences, multiple boating rendezvous, boat shows and the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic which has grown into one of the largest Billfish Tournament on the Gulf Coast.

    Chris and his wife Christine live in Niceville with their four family dogs.


    Donnie Chesscher

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    Operations Manager
    Donnie grew up on the water along the Alabama Gulf Coast before joining the Navy and serving our country overseas as a Corpsman in Iraq. Those five years taught critical thinking skills, in a very high pressure environment that he still relies on today. After spending ten years in the private medical sector in California, he missed his Alabama family, as well as the salty sea breezes and joined our team in 2015 at the Wharf Marina in Orange Beach, Alabama. He oversees our day-to-day operations and with his hands on experience Donnie is able to provide Coastal Marina clients with project management in the areas of:
    • New Fuel System Installations
    • Upgrade/Repair/Replace Dock Utilities and Support Structures
    • Customized Slip Configuration
    • Master Planning for Dockage to Maximize Revenue
    • Office Technology, Networking, IT and Property Fiber Infrastructure

    Donnie is also responsible for on-site operations during all Wheels Up special events including:
    • Pre-Event Logistics
    • Set-Up and Breakdown of Event Displays and Structures
    • Schedule/Manage Event Team Members
    • Site Inspection Both Pre and Post Event
    Although operations are his specialty, Donnie's management style also ensures all team members feel valued while being held accountable to Coastal Marina Management's highest industry standards in both marina management and special events.


    Debra Altman

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    Comptroller
    Responsible for all financial and accounting functions, Debra is the senior financial officer of CMM and its affiliate, Wheels Up Events. Very knowledgeable of the marine industry and well connected to clients and managers alike, she comes from a long history of financial management over the past 19 years. Graduating in 2005 with her Business Administration degree, she's been responsible the oversight of complicated business operations since.

    She believes in:
    • Strong fiscal controls and procedure adherence.
    • Effective communication.
    • Accuracy and complete transparency.
    • Quick response/follow up.
    • Timely and concise financial reporting.
    • "Boots on the ground" marina training and inspections.
    Since joining CMM in April of 2015, Debra has established:
    • Contiguous use of one marina management software throughout all CMM managed properties.
    • Developed a single source IT management and security system.
    • Third level independent manual audit trail for major Sportfishing tournaments.
    • Created internal chain of command and system process.
    Debra excels at training and building redundancy within the financial controls and reporting side of the company. Never one to miss an opportunity to grow and develop team members to the best of their abilities, she is very organized, creative and holds everyone accountable to her high performing standards. Unique in her industry, she understands how important it is to travel to each marina property and inspect/train the onsite staff personally and directly. Married to her husband Steve, Debra enjoys boating on her pontoon boat and motorcycling on their Harley Davidson.


    Ashley Claypole

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    Human Resources & Events Coordinator
    A long time Floridian, Ashley oversees human resources and is responsible for employee management. Highly organized and methodical, she oversees and handles all things related to payroll, employee benefits, currency and employee communications. She believes in:
    • Structured and methodical employee relations.
    • Complete transparency.
    • Consistent communications.
    • Corporate fairness.
    • Employee benefit planning/management and implementation.
    Additionally, Ashley serves as the Events Coordinator for all special events and fishing tournaments/boats organized by CMM and Wheels Up Events. She excels at implementing and programing fishing competition scorekeeping and complex optional entry registrations. Multi-tasking comes naturally to her.

    Among the many talents she exemplifies are:
    • Multiple roles within the scorekeeping of high-end Billfish tournament with million dollar purses.
    • Creative spreadsheet solutions to complex tournament optional entry programs.
    • Tracking and communications with boat show sponsors and exhibitors.

    A consummate Mom (yes, she drives a minivan) Ashley excels at maintaining her work/life balance, remaining 100% focused on her husband Ryan, and her two children Coral and Reef.


    Larry Imhoff

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    Special Projects
    A unique aspect of Coastal Marina Management, Larry Imhoff is dedicated to Special Projects. Be it a situation of a facility underperforming and in need of rejuvenation, reconstruction after hurricane, designing and executing the start up from construction to full operation, or CMM management set up and integration with processes and procedures, Larry has the knowledge and focus to bring about the desired results.

    Larry developed his passion for boats, marinas and the waterfront at age 6. His father, along with other boating friends, had decided to build a new yacht club alongside a new marina development. Larry was everywhere asking questions and in the middle of the action. Additionally, he raced on and cruised the Great Lakes from one end to the other with the family his entire youth. Still in high school, he rigged boats after school at a local boat dealership.

    Studying engineering in College, then a manufacturer's representative in marine hardware, then, at age 28, he took over a bankrupt marina. Over the next 13 years he planned, designed, and executed the complete redevelopment and expansion of the facility and several others in the region. He also found how important the human side is in operations and took additional College training in psychology.

    In the mid 1990's, Larry decided to transplant to Florida and was invited to join the Galati Yacht Sales organization. Over the next 15 years, he was involved in the expansion of Galati facilities all across the Gulf of Mexico and finally as a Service Manager at the Headquarters Yard at Anna Maria.

    Today he brings his depth of knowledge and insight to bear on seeing solutions and creating thoughtful planning fitting each facility. Additionally, developing human resources to excel at providing a designed customer service experience is a foundation of Larry's approach. With a creed that "All Possibilities Exist", he keys on awareness and being the Constant Observer. Larry will immerse himself in an existing staff, learning what's the "that's how we've always done it" status quo, the environment, the unique issues, and perspectives of the players to develop an understanding with an eye on the owner's objectives. Then the mind set is created to achieve this.

    Larry's greatest joy is to see the success of those who he has had the opportunity to work with. He stays in touch with his past projects keeping track of them but actually he's looking for data — the learning just keeps on going on.