It all started for me when I was recruited into Offshore Yachts by the company founders, Richard and Robert Hunt, in 1992. I quickly learned why the Hunts were so respected in the industry from their knowledge to their integrity to the amazing brand they developed. They both became important mentors for me and I credit them with much of our success to this day. At the business office in Costa Mesa, I learned as much I could under their guidance, working in accounting, billing, project costing, parts procurement, commissioning, and assisting with client orders.
After less than two years in Costa Mesa, I was sent to the Newport Beach sales office to become involved in what I truly enjoy—selling. This was a wonderful opportunity and working with yachting novices and old salts on a daily basis really gave me the bug. As I gained experience, Offshore Yachts gave me the task of locating a dealer on the East coast to service the growing national demand for Offshores. In 1995, a new dealer was established in Ft. Lauderdale. This expansion increased demand even further and presented us with the tremendous challenge of handling both the wholesale and retail sides of the business here in Newport. With the company growing, I was offered the opportunity to become the dealer in Newport Beach. That marked the beginning of Offshore West, Inc. in 1996.
In 2009, OWI became the sole dealer in North America, and we opened a new office in the Ft. Lauderdale area and have expanded our reach with the strategic partnership of Luke Brown Yachts for sales and marketing for the entire east coast.
I really love my family. The adventures and travel with my wife Carrie, and kids - Mallory, Samantha and Connor draw parallels with the yachting lifestyle and OWI.
My goal has always been to provide our clients the finest product and service, but what really drives me is the great family environment we have created. People feel welcome at Offshore West and I love that we can contribute to the family and fun adventures that our clients will certainly have on the water.
I am confident that our great crew can handle any client needs with a level of knowledge, integrity, and service that will exceed their expectations. Hopefully you can experience the fun and adventure that we aim to provide. We would appreciate the opportunity to assist you in your search for the yacht of your dreams. Please call me at (949) 678-0269 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org whenever you need assistance. Sincerely, John Olson
Chris MurraySales Associate (Newport Beach, CA)
Thank you for taking the time to look through our web site and consider Offshore West in your search for a new yacht. I look forward to assisting you in your search for the yacht of your dreams.
Growing up in Newport Beach has given me the opportunity of being a part of the boating lifestyle from my earliest days. I have fond memories of family cruises to Moonstone on the island of Catalina and of long trips south to Cabo on our 53' Hatteras "Charro." This is where I fell in love with the ocean and world of boats.
It has been a pleasure and honor to represent one of the finest yacht lines available today—Offshore Yachts—as well as having had the opportunity over the years to help many people find their "perfect" yacht in the brokerage market.
If you are looking for a long range coastal cruiser like an Offshore Yacht, please allow me to help you.
James "Scooter" GillSales Associate (Newport Beach, CA)
After 28 years as a captain of both commercial vessels and private yachts, my personal ship has come to rest. And what a great place to drop anchor, here with the group at Offshore West. After working with owner John Olson on a variety of professional projects over the years, I was asked to come on board in a full time capacity.
Now, I am strongly committed to transferring the benefits of my nautical experience to the brokerage side of the industry. Looking back on over 2,100 days at sea and 168,000 miles under way, the friends and good times in yachting are many and the bad weather days are soon forgotten. Growing up in Newport Beach and living here with my lovely wife of fifteen years, Susie, has truly been a blessing. I look forward to seeing all of our loyal owners and future friends in the office and under way in the coming years.
Captain James “Scooter” Gill
Diane KohlhaasOffice Manager (Newport Beach, CA)
I was born and raised in Anaheim Hills. My daughter Caitlin is my pride and joy. She will be a senior in High School later this year. On New Year’s Eve 2013, I married Jeff Kohlhaas and began a new and wonderful phase of my life.
Before coming to Offshore West 16 years ago, I was with Four Seasons Hotel Newport Beach for 13 years, where I achieved President's Club, the company's highest award for Sales Managers. Hobbies – reading, cooking, gardening, camping, and travel. Greatest joys are family and friends! And, I have enjoyed being part of the boating industry and find that boat owners share my love of travel and adventure. Please call me at (949) 673-5401 or e-mail me at email@example.com whenever you need assistance.
Rojo LomeliService Manager
When you purchase a yacht through Offshore West, you will be fortunate to have that yacht pass through the extraordinarily capable and meticulous hands of Rojo Lomeli, our service and commissioning manager. After sixteen hardworking years in the business, there is little that Rojo doesn't know about keeping boats seaworthy and performing beyond their owner's expectations.
"My goal," Rojo has said, "is to prepare each boat for many, many years of owner enjoyment. I also invite every new owner to walk through their boat with me personally until they are completely comfortable with the function and condition of their new yacht."
Rojo lives in Santa Ana with his wife Emma, and two children Isaac and Linda.
One additional note—although Rojo was born on the same day and in the same year as Offshore West president John Olson, John states emphatically that this coincidence has had nothing to do with Rojo's great success and popularity at Offshore West.