Richard has been matching people’s needs to products pretty much his whole adult life. In 2002, he made a career change and has been doing the same thing, now only with boats which is so much more fun.
He started selling sail boats for Westerly Yacht Sales, then moved to sell power boats for Grand Yachts 2 years ago. He used the same skills selling boats as he had always used in corporate; having the active propensity to listen to his clients needs, then with his accumulated knowledge, enthusiastically and professionally got to work to fill them.
When launching his boat selling career, Richard threw himself into it with the same gusto that he does with anything important in his life; to learn the best that he can, then deliver that value to his clients almost always earning their trust and loyalty. Richard has become very well informed in Grand Banks, Camanos, Grand Mariners, Northern Marines, Sabre Yachts, Offshores, Integritys, Kristens, Carvers, Sea Rays, Bayliners, CHBs, Beneteaus, Wauquiezs, Fischers,Waterlines, Hunters and many many more.
One of Richard’s strengths is his understanding of the importance of relationships. When he started selling boats, he aligned himself with the best trades and suppliers that he could find, then building those relationships so that he can deliver the very best services to his clients. He began to intensely research boat manufacturers, visiting their factories, talking with their key people, understanding the differences in the products, then advising his clients on what would work best for them.
Further, Richard faithfully attends most of the important boat shows, including Annapolis, Ft. Lauderdale, all of the BC shows and Seattle. This exposes him to new products, changes in existing products and provides him with the venue to network with his colleagues, bringing further value to his clients. Richard uses boat shows extensively to show specific products to clients pointing out the differences, further advancing his value in the relationship and again assisting his clients in making informed decisions.
Another of Richards strengths is his absolute stick to it attitude. He will not give up on finding the boat that best suits his clients. Further, he will go to any length necessary to ensure that his clients boat buying and selling experience, both before and after the sale is fun, fulfilling and rewarding. Many of his clients who bought a boat from him 5 and 6 years ago still come to him for advice and help, not because they want to buy another boat, but because of Richard’s determination to enhance their boating life style in anyway that he can. This is one of the reasons why Richard’s clients trust him and are loyal to him.
In February of 2007, Richard launched his own company Calibre Yacht Sales Inc. bringing all of the relationship strengths in this bio and combined them with the unique services that he has built into his company.
Calibre Yacht Sales is delighted to have aboard Jeff Crowter as a valued crew member. He will cover your boating needs on the North Shore, the Sunshine Coast and Powell River areas.
Jeff was born and raised on the North Shore and now splits his time between his home on Savary Island, the gateway to Desolation Sound and his other home in North Vancouver. Jeff has been a lifelong boater. He is looking forward to helping people into the boating lifestyle, and also those looking to sell their existing boats.
Jeff has a corporate executive background in one of the biggest and most respected companies in BC, with responsibilities that included research and development, customer satisfaction measurement and sales and marketing. Combine these skill sets with his passion for boats, his values and integrity, his propensity to help people and his comfortable and professional style and we have yet another person well suited to match you to your next boat and to sell the vessel that you may currently have. We believe that you will find Jeff a delight to work with as part of the Calibre Crew.
Calibre Yacht Sales welcomes Robert Ksyniuk who is as fanatical about boating as the rest of the team. At age 17 he built his first boat from scratch, and has been nuts about boating ever since. Robert is thrilled to bring his passion in serving clients to a new and exciting career with Calibre Yacht Sales. Robert has recently moved to Vancouver Island and is located in our Nanaimo office.
In addition to wilderness boating, including the waters off of Haida Gwaii, Robert is an experienced scuba diver and has enjoyed exploring the waters of British Columbia, Costa Rica, and Mexico. Robert shares his love of the water and the outdoors with his wife, Sue and their dog, Keeso Namu.
Robert is excited to join the Calibre Yacht Sales team and to be working with boaters and with boats. We know you will enjoy working with Robert, with his love for people and for boats, and that you will find his professional and caring approach fun and effective.
Calibre Yacht Sales enthusiastically welcomes Peter Verstoep to the growing Calibre family. Peter will be working with Rob and Derek in our Nanaimo office.
During a successful international career in the hospitality industry, Peter groomed the skills to listen and define what his guests were hoping to experience during their stay. The goal was to create an experience that was rewarding and fulfilling. It is with this same zeal that he wants to create the same experience for you, in finding or selling your yacht, creating a lifelong trust and friendship.
In 2006 Peter’s family took a 4-year break and sailed the Caribbean, exploring all of the islands and the North, Central and South American continents. This great family experience carved a new passion/career in marina and yacht management. During the last 5 years Peter developed a broad spectrum of skills, product knowledge and working relationships with a diverse group of marine trade professionals. The cruising experience gave him thorough knowledge of what to consider when selecting a yacht, and what systems make this experience comfortable and safe. This allows him to match extraordinary boaters with the perfect boat.
When Peter moved to Vancouver Island, he started managing a marine retail and yacht services operation. During this time, he took an active roll in the professional development and through a series of courses became an ABYC certified marine technician and service advisor/installer for Yanmar, Northern Lights generator , Aquamaax/Spectra watermakers, Raymarine electronics and many other marine systems.
During Peter’s career, he learned how important relationships are, and how integrity and trust will pave the way for a successful service career. His success is defined by giving you an exceptional experience throughout your association with Calibre Yacht Sales.
After a successful financial career with two of the leading companies in the industry, Doug now turns his focus to Yacht sales. Spending his youth on the beaches of Cadboro Bay and learning to sail at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club was the start of his passion for boating.
Doug, his wife Karen and son Trevor spent many hours sailing the Gulf Islands. Since 1993 they have been members of the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron. Doug became an Instructor with the Brentwood Bay Squadron. His keen interest in all things boating has led him to volunteer with the board of the Maritime Museum of BC where he is Past President and life member.
With Doug’s enthusiasm for safe boating he joined the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary – recently rebranded the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue. During his 13 years as a SAR specialist he has logged over 200 hrs annually responding to marine emergencies, training crew and special events such as CPS student cruises and Sail Pasts. Certified by Transport Canada to conduct vessel safety inspections he is able to ensure that your vessel meets the standard safety requirements.
Doug’s professionalism, discretion and history of solid client relationships allow him to focus on his true passion for yachting.
Bill’s veins mostly contain seawater. The son of a commercial fisherman and boat builder, he’s been around boats for his entire life. Summers, as a teenager, were spent on fish boats; winter weekends were spent in his Dad’s boat shop. After graduating from high school he began a ten-year career cruising foreign waters on various private yachts. His duties ranged from Deckhand, to First Mate, to Chief Engineer, and took him to Europe; the Caribbean; and the West Coast of Canada and the US. When it became time to raise a family, he came ashore and spent over thirty years in the high-tech electronic industry, helping engineers to find just the right component for their design.
Bill is thrilled to be a part of the Calibre crew. His first contact with the company was in 2000, when he and partner Pam were examining various lifestyle options. At that time, the folks at Calibre impressed them tremendously with their relaxed, helpful, professional attitude. This attitude matches Bill’s perfectly, and is what you’ll find when you let him help you to find your perfect boat.
We enthusiastically welcome Akiko back to Calibre Yachts as our Office Manager, who learned the administration side of the BC Boat Brokerage Business back in 2006.
In addition, Akiko has had numerous Executive Assistant Roles, both in Japan and in Canada, with the most recent being the Executive Assistant to the CEO of one of the largest independent Brewing Companies in Canada.
Not only does Akiko have exceptional administrative, organizational and computer skills, but she passionately embraces the Calibre Culture of team work and exceeding customer expectations.