Expert Witness Biography

Carl is an expert in the operations and management of marinas, boatyards, and dry-stack boat storage facilities. Throughout his career, since 1976, Carl owned his own marina related businesses, operated waterfront facilities, and developed marina operations manuals. Carl operated boats and boatyard equipment, and served in the U.S. Coast Guard. Carl applies his expertise to a variety of injury and economic loss investigations involving incidents that occur in marinas, boatyards, waterfront facilities, and on boats.

For nearly thirty years, Carl served as Vice President and General Manager of a 683 slip marina and a 23-acre boatyard on Lake Erie. In these roles, he managed the day to day operations, planned and oversaw capital improvement projects, worked with insurance companies on risk management, and also collaborated with local and federal agencies for security and environmental protection initiatives. Carl personally trained and supervised staff, participated in designing and constructing marinas, and managed the maintenance activities. Carl was one of Ohio’s first recipients of the Clean Marina Award.

Carl remains active in the industry as the owner of a marina operations consulting company in Delray Beach, Florida. Carl is the author of the Marina Policy Guidelines Manual, published by the University of Wisconsin’s Department of Engineering Professional Development and the co-editor of the International Marina Institute’s (IMI) 1st edition of the Marina Operations Manual, a standard in the marina industry. Carl is an instructor and speaker for IMI Marina Management certification classes, and the Association of Marina Industries Marina 101 and the Annual S.E. Florida Marina and Boatyard Study Tour. He is a Certified Marina Manager and a Certified Marine Investigator. Internationally, Carl has been a speaker in Great Britain, and worked with marinas in Canada, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Bahamas, Cyprus and Panama.