Our Sales Team
Offshore Sailing School Sailing Advisors
The people you meet on the phone, at boat shows and through emails, work from Offshore Sailing School headquarters in Ft. Myers, FL and at our New York Harbor office in Battery Park City, NYC. They are all avid sailors or soon will be, and are called Sailing Advisors, eager to share their knowledge about our variety of course options and beautiful locations. Our Sales Team is led by Beth Oliver, Director of Sales and Marketing, shown above on the left.
Suzannah grew up sailing in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Oman. She graduated with a BS in Marine Biology in 2014, interned as an environmental scientist with K-Plus Engineering and was the lead research assistant at Bournemouth University in the UK. Suzannah achieved RYA qualifications from the United Kingdom Sailing Academy and has logged many miles cruising, on yacht deliveries and working as a deckhand/stewardess in the Med. She served as officer of the watch on a tall ship sailing from California and Mexico, and has volunteered at a children’s summer camp as a sailing instructor. Suzannah moved to Florida in 2015 with her husband William and dog Gavin. Her direct line is 239-985-7525; email Suzannah@OffshoreSailing.com.
Lori recently moved to Ft. Myers Beach from New York City. She graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in Business and has spent the last eight years working in advertising and marketing, most recently for JetBlue Airways. She loves to travel, enjoys anything active and outdoors, and has recently taken up sailing! Her direct line is 239-985-7524; email Lori@OffshoreSailing.com.
Beth moved from Kent State in Ohio to Captiva Island in Florida in 1987 and bought a windsurfer. She spent 20 years working in Hospice and Senior Living and earned her Healthcare Dietary Management Degree from the University of Florida. Raising her kids on the beaches of Sanibel and Captiva, kayaking and open water swimming are the family favorites. Beth has worked in sales and marketing for Scene Magazines, and most recently as a sales counselor at Brookdale Senior Living. Beth and her husband, Brian Johnson, are avid tennis players and sailing is now their fun on the water activity. Her direct line is 238-985-7531; email BethHaely@OffshoreSailing.com.
When her two sons left the nest, Diana elected started sailing on Highlanders in Indianapolis, IN. In 1997 her General Motors job moved to Detroit where she raced on a C&C35, J120s and NA40s at Bayview Yacht Club – one season as skipper and seven seasons as crew chief. She has sailed “her favorite boat,” the Colgate 26, since its introduction in 1997 and has taken every course Offshore Sailing has to offer. During her four years as President of the National Women’s Sailing Association, she taught at Women’s Conferences, led Caribbean flotillas and Chesapeake schooner sailing programs. Diana joined Offshore in 2004. Her direct line is 239-985-7506; email DianaSmith@OffshoreSailing.com.
Kim moved to Ft. Myers with her husband, son and daughter in 1999. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Union College in Schenectady, NY; 10 years of experience in international travel working with leisure and educational groups; and she and her husband owned and managed a retail business on St. Armand’s Circle in Sarasota, FL. Her love of boating with friends and family led her to Offshore Sailing School where she finds great personal satisfaction in nurturing relationships and meeting customers’ wishes. The family loves to play tennis, visit beaches and host family visits. When they need a “northern” fix, they head to Montreal. Her direct line is 239-985-7509, email KimR@OffshoreSailing.com.
Josh moved to Florida from Milwaukee where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Secondary Education from Marquette University. In 2011 he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Hodges University. Before joining Offshore he worked as production specialist for MSX International, office assistant for Hunter Robert’s Homes, and Target. He lives in Bonita Springs, FL and is responsible for assisting the sales team, special event coordination, and intercompany communications. His direct line is 239-985-7500, email Josh@OffshoreSailing.com.
Gabby recently graduated from high school where she finished her senior year as Class President. She is attending Florida Gulf Coast University in Ft. Myers and works for Offshore Sailing School part-time while pursuing a college education. Gabby grew up in Ft. Myers, FL.
School and Corporate Sales Manager
New York Harbor
Hailing from New Jersey suburbs, Meg has actually spent the last 3 years building her sailing career abroad. Despite having no prior sailing experience, in 2013 Meg left her job on Madison Avenue to pursue her ultimate dream – sailing around the world. One year, 5 ocean crossings and 45,000 NM later … Meg’s team won the Clipper Round the World Race, solidifying her career in the offshore sailing industry. Since her circumnavigation, Meg has worked for the Volvo Ocean Race and co-founded Canada’s only offshore racing program: Canadian Ocean Racing. Meg’s mission is to share the gift of sailing with as many people as possible, knowing from personal experience that anyone can become a sailor! You can reach Meg at 212-786-4888, email Meg@OffshoreSailing.com. Stop by and visit her and our NY Team at 1 North End Avenue, Battery Park City, New York.