Our Freedom Boat Club Corporate Franchise Leadership Team is comprised of those individuals with whom our franchisees more frequently interact, and who are actively engaged in franchise training.
This highly experienced team represents every critical facet of operation. Each is committed to your success as a Freedom Boat Club franchisee.
MEET OUR CORPORATE LEADERSHIP TEAM!
|John Giglio||President and CEO||Email: Jgiglio@freedomboatclub.com|
|John Giglio is President and CEO of Freedom Boat Club, the world’s largest and oldest private boating club in the nation, since 1989. With 16,000+ members in 150+ locations in the US and Canada and sporting a fleet of more than 1600+ boats, Freedom Boat Club offers an attractive alternative to boat ownership and delivers memories that last a lifetime.
A business graduate of Florida Southern College with an MBA from the University of South Florida, John was part owner of a 20-chain auto body repair firm prior to joining Freedom Boat Club in 2004 as operations manager for its corporate-owned stores, a post he held for three years. He was promoted to sales manager, and within six months, was named director of sales and operations. He and his former partner purchased the company in 2011 and John was named president of Freedom Boat Club LLC. Just a little more than a year later, in May 2012, he bought out his partner and became president and CEO, with direct responsibility for all franchise and corporate operations.
Freedom Boat Club is an ongoing, All-American success story. Since John assumed the helm, the company has doubled its growth since 2012 and has continued to receive multiple recognitions both within and outside the marine industry. It has been named to the Entrepreneur’s Magazine “Top 500 Franchisees” for the past five years; the Gulf Coast Business Review’s “Top 500 Companies;” and Inc. Magazine’s “Top 5000 Fastest Growing Companies.” Boating Industry Magazine named John to its roster of “Top 16 Movers and Shakers” in 2013. On a regional basis, the Venice Gondolier and Sun named John to its “Top 40 Under 40 Business Professionals,” while Freedom Boat Club is a multi-year winner of its “Best Boating Club” award. Leading boat manufacturer Nautic Global Group has named Freedom Boating Club to its Silver, Gold and Platinum Circle for outstanding sales performance.
|Joe Bettley is an integral part of the Freedom Boat Club corporate team. As Chief Financial Officer, Joe actively leads the back office disciplines overseeing accounting and finance, technology and human resources. He is also actively involved in all strategic planning initiatives for Freedom Boat Club.
Joe earned his BS in Business Administration and his Master of Accountancy from University of South Florida and is also a licensed CPA. He has earned the CITP – Certified Information Technology Professional, and CGMA – Chartered Global Management Accountant, distinctions. Prior to joining Freedom Boat Club, Joe owned his own accounting practice and highly successful business consultancy. His goal is to help grow the Freedom Boat Club brand in size, profitability, sustainability and through technology.
||Vice President of Business Development||Email: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Barry Slade is Vice President of Business Development for Freedom Boat Club and brings a wealth of senior level experience to this position.
He is directly responsible for expanding the Freedom Boat Club franchise network internationally, a task he is well suited to handle after directing and managing global sales and marketing activities for several leading boat brands.
Barry also is point on new marina acquisition initiatives, drawing from previous experience as COO for a marine management company.
Another major responsibility includes serving as liaison to the growing number of marine manufacturers and select vendors as part of Freedom Boat Club’s continued product expansion initiatives.
Barry has worked professionally in the marine industry since 1989 in several executive capacities. In addition, he is an avid boating enthusiast and a major fan of the boat club concept, having been an active boat club member prior to joining the Freedom Boat Club team.
||Chief Operating Officer||Email: email@example.com|
|Louis Chemi is Freedom Boat Club’s Chief Operating Officer of Freedom Franchise Systems and Freedom Outdoor Adventures.
In this capacity, Louis works closely with the corporate leadership team to lead Freedom Boat Club globally. His focus will be on international market expansion, while overseeing domestic franchise growth and operations. Additionally, Louis will be launching a new recreational division that will replicate the proven Freedom Boat Club model into other industries, including the RV sector – Freedom RVing!
Louis, who presently serves on the boards of the American Sportfishing Association and Grow Boating, brings global marine expertise from more than two decades at senior management posts for leading industry manufacturers, most recently including a 10-year stint at Navico, Inc.
||Vice President of Operations
|Greg Oakley is Vice President of Operations for Freedom Boat Club. In this capacity, Greg oversees the senior managers responsible for corporate dock operations, fleet operations and the corporate trainers. In addition, he is responsible for ordering all boats for the corporate fleet, managing boat deliveries and logistics to the corporate-owned clubs, serving as the product liaison to multiple boat and engine manufacturers, and directing ongoing fleet liquidation activities.
Greg is a true Floridian, growing up and still living in the small town of Englewood FL where he enjoys tarpon and triple tail fishing, and watching the Manta Rays play sports at Lemon Bay High School. Greg got his college education at Florida State University, majoring in science education and geography. He enjoys traveling to home football games to root on the Seminoles and to visit friends.
||Director of Fleet Operations
|Mike Pratt is Director of Fleet Operations with responsibility for the corporate marine center, overseeing all the in-house technicians and service work activities. Mike brings more than 20 years of marine industry experience to Freedom Boat Club, having previously headed up service for one of the dealership facilities of the largest retailer in North America. Mike joined Freedom Boat Club in February 2012 and has as his goal to deliver a superb fleet of boats for members to enjoy. He earned his degree from Florida Southern College.|
||Director of Dock Operations
|Nic Thomas joined the Freedom Boat Club team in November of 2014 and is currently the Director of Dock Operations. It’s his goal to ensure that every member has their expectations met, all while providing a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Before starting with FBC, Nic received his Bachelors and Masters degrees with concentrations in Biology, Political Science and Medical Sciences. He also earned his USCG Captain’s License for an OUPV. In his free time, Nic enjoys water skiing, wakeboarding, Scuba diving, surfing, and running marathons. He also loves to hike, mountain bike, and cruise on his motorcycle in the beautiful outdoors.|
||Director of Training/Instructor
|Stephen Jacobs is Director of Training/Instructor for Freedom Boat Club. He is one of the oldest associates in the FBC corporate fold, having first affiliated with the organization in 2002, and becoming a full-time employee in 2004. Steve is responsible for both the corporate and franchise member training programs including the development of all customized training materials and ongoing delivery.
Steve holds a 50-ton United States Coast Guard Masters license, with towing and radar endorsements. He is also a certified Recreational Powerboating Association instructor.
Prior to joining Freedom Boat Club, Steve spent 25 years as a boat owner in the San Francisco Bay area. He enjoys all types of boating activities … powerboating, sailing and most recently, has become a stand-up paddleboarding aficionado.
||Corporate Membership Sales Manager
|Randall Underwood is Freedom Boat Club’s Corporate Membership Sales Manager. His first and foremost responsibility is to train and support his team of membership executives throughout the Southwest Florida region. He is responsible to provide the tools needed for the sales team to perform their job. He is also intimately involved in creating new systems and programs to facilitate a better experience for the sales team and the prospects and members they serve.
In addition, Randy supports the franchise network through ongoing corporate sales training activities, as well as offering 1:1 customized programs for franchisees and their sales team(s), available on an optional basis.
||Corporate Director of Communications
|Gabrielle “Gabby” Hoover is our Corporate Director of Communications responsible for member and franchise newsletters, as well as serving as the assistant to Freedom Boat Club President and CEO John Giglio. Gabby previously managed special events for the 15 corporate-owned clubs as well as establishing community partnership programs. Today, she is the direct communications link to the franchise network and is actively engaged in a variety of support programs and initiatives.
Prior to joining Freedom Boat Club in February of 2013, Gabby graduated from the University of Central Florida with a marketing degree, and worked previously in major retail mall marketing.
|Captain Martha Wagley
|Captain Martha “Marti” Wagley serves as Training Manager for Freedom Boat Club’s corporate clubs throughout Southwest Florida. In this capacity, Marti is responsible for recruitment and training of 25+ trainers, a job she is well qualified to manage. Marty has been with Freedom Boat Club since 2007 and in her tenure, has trained somewhere in the neighborhood of 1000 members. With a 100-ton US Coast Guard Masters License and years of boating experience under her belt, Marti brings plenty of experience and a boat load of enthusiasm to her job.
On a personal front, Marti is a passionate scuba diver and a PADI certified master diver/instructor who has managed shops and trained divers in exotic ports of call including Maui and several venues throughout the Caribbean. She’s also a former body builder and motorcycle owner/enthusiast. Her favorite role, however, is spending time with her daughter and grandkids, including the latest family production … her first great grandson!
||Multicultural Sales & Marketing Manager
|Maurice serves as the direct sales and marketing liaison to the multi-cultural communities within the SW Florida market and is responsible for strategic planning as well as multicultural engagement and education, involving all aspects of sales and marketing activities. He is also a membership executive at a few SW FL locations, and assists with franchise marketing initiatives in Latin American countries.|
||Creative Services Manager
|Bill Bittner is the Creative Services Manager in the Corporate Marketing Department. Bill is actively engaged in and directly oversees the creative services team which is responsible for all corporate branding and advertising assets. He assists franchises in providing standard corporate-produced marketing materials for local market usage, as well as with custom marketing programs.|
||Corporate Special Events & Marketing Coordinator
|Chelsea Smith is the Corporate Special Events & Marketing Coordinator, responsible for planning and managing more than 100 social events and group activities for the 15 corporate-owned clubs in Southwest Florida, including monthly member parties, open houses and fishing seminars. In addition, Chelsea assists and supports the chief marketing officer in a variety of marketing tasks and special projects involving social media, advertising, media planning and PR. Chelsea is working toward completion of her degree in marketing/hospitality.
Prior to joining Freedom Boat Club, she worked for an award-winning advertising and PR firm in Central Florida, and also in the service industry.