Our Management Team
At Offshore Sailing School Headquarters
Our headquarters team works directly with Offshore Sailing School owners Steve and Doris Colgate, managing our branch locations, our marketing, sales and finances. Everyone on our management team is dedicated to giving Offshore Sailing School customers the very best sailing education and a most rewarding experience that lasts a lifetime.
STEVE AND DORIS COLGATE
The Colgates inspire all of us to give 110% to the art of teaching sailing. Their passion for delivering the best on-water education in fun settings started in 1964 when Steve Colgate founded Offshore Sailing School in New York City. On the recommendation of her then employer Yachting Magazine, Doris Colgate met Steve while taking a Learn to Sail and then Racing course at Offshore Sailing School. The rest is history. Read their complete story and the reasons for their dedication to sailing here. You can reach the Colgates on their direct lines: Doris at 239-985-7511 or Steve at 239-985-7505. Emails are Doris@OffshoreSailing.com and Steve@OffshoreSailing.com.
Deb is an award-winning entrepreneur with over 35 years of demonstrated success in creating and developing sales teams. Deb has also led demand generation activities for Global 500 technology sales campaigns, generating revenue for channel sales programs, and strengthening client pipelines. A native of Erie, Pennsylvania, she began her career in retail sales in 1975, rapidly moving into a management position with Manulife Financial Services. In 1981, she made the transition to the technology industry, working throughout the United States in sales and marketing departments for high tech firms Breakthrough Software, Radium Software, Computer Associates, and Extended Systems. Deb was awarded Presidents Club status consistently throughout her eight year career at Computer Associates and held the Sales Person of the Year at Extended Systems for 26 consecutive months. In 1997, Deb founded DJM Sales & Marketing in Boise, Idaho. DJM launched its first service, executive appointment setting for Jetstream Communications, and quickly expanded to provide sales services to Sun Microsystems, Siemens Enterprise Communications, Symantec, Hewlett Packard, Actian Corporation, Live Person, & Agfa Healthcare. DJM was acquired by a private party in summer 2016. After decades of sailing and racing whenever and wherever they could, Deb and her husband, Hugh, sold the family home and moved aboard their Beneteau, Oceanis 381, “SV Simplicity” full time. Sailing from Houston, Texas, to Florida, stopping in Pensacola, Clearwater, Punta Gorda, they have made Fort Myers, Florida, their current “home” base. You can reach Deb can be reached at 239-985-7531, email Deb@OffshoreSailing.com.
Beth has more than 25 years’ experience with large corporations and entrepreneurial businesses. She held the VP, Corporate Marketing position with premium beverage manufacturer and marketer, Hiram Walker/Allied Domecq, for eight years, and was General Manager of Buick’s national promotion agency, Momentum Detroit. At General Motors Eventworks and R*Works, she managed sports and entertainment partnerships and integrated marketing programs with national media, The Walt Disney Co., Warner Bros. and Sony Motion Pictures, along with GM’s Hollywood product placement program. While leading Campbell-Ewald agency’s Tours, Promotions and Events Group, Beth spearheaded the team managing relationships with the Olympic Games, MLB, Nascar, the Country Music Assn., celebrity endorsements and sponsorships with clients such as, Chevrolet, the U.S. Navy, U.S. Postal Service, Kaiser Permanente, and Carhartt, executing more than 3,000 event days a year. After relocating to Southwest Florida with her husband in 2010, Beth managed sponsorships for the Imagine Solutions Conference in Naples, and owned her own consulting business providing marketing, writing, project management, and event services to the hospitality and tourism industries. Two of her most rewarding experiences have included owning an award-winning Select Registry Inn in Portland, Maine, named the Best Place to Stay by Bon Appetit magazine, and donating her time as Head Writer for the annual Naples Winter Wine Festival, benefiting Naples Children & Education Foundation programs. Her direct line is 239-985-7516, email BOliver@OffshoreSailing.com.
Director of Operations
Rob Brooks has over 32 years of professional sailing instruction and coaching. He started sailing in Santa Barbara Yacht Club’s Youth Program at age seven and later went on to direct that program. In the early 80’s he began offshore racing on various IOR boats with top finishes in Newport to Ensenada (Presidents Cup winner), Transpac, Pac Cup, Coastal Cup, and San Diego to Puerto Vallarta regattas. He has performed multiple International seminars in Canada and Mexico, coached the past six Offshore/NorthU Performance Race Weeks, as well as corporate Team building seminars on various past America’s Cup yachts including 12 metres and the IACC boats. Rob has been very active in women’s sailing, coaching top level Women’s Rolex and Woman’s Keelboat Championship teams. His onshore talents include sailmaking, rigging and new boat commissioning. He is a World Champion in the Mumm30 class; National Champion in the Melges24, Santana 20, Capri 30, and Holder 20 classes; North American Champion in the Mumm30, Melges24, J24, J80, and J35 classes. He recently won the overall Mackinac Cup 2015. For the past eleven years he has been a Commercial Real Estate Agent and recently relocated to Fort Myers with his wife and daughter from Austin, TX. His direct line is 239-985-7539, email Rob@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 managing resource inventory and our booking system, while assisting the Director of Operations in whatever it takes to make branch operations run smoothly. His direct line is 239-985-7500, email Josh@OffshoreSailing.com.