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Leslie De La Torre - Operations Manager

Leslie De La Torre

Operations Manager
Phone: 305-852-0083
My career at Plantation Boat Mart began at day one in 1996! As a member of the founding family, I have been in and around the boating business my entire life and it still plays a major part in my immediate family ’s happiness. At the shop, I handle many responsibilities including sales assistance on the retail finance side and to advertising needs both in print and online. My husband and 2 children take an annual fishing trip to the Bahamas where we do what we love - fish! There is no better way to spend time and strengthen the bonds of family than in a boat on the water! That is why I have remained in the business and take great pleasure when we welcome a new member to the PBM family knowing they will enjoy it as much as I do!
Barney Watkins - General Sales Manager

Barney Watkins

General Sales Manager
Phone: 305-852-5424
I have always been a boating enthusiast at first on huge lakes where I use to run my go fast Donzi ZR and now in the Florida Keys. The water has always called to me and therefore after spending 30 years as owner and president of a General Motors automotive dealership and a finish lubricants Exxon Mobil distributorship M.C. Petroleum, my wife Gina and I sold our businesses in 2016 and moved to the Keys to pursue early retirement surrounded by beautiful waters. Buying a beautiful home overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and shortly thereafter going through Hurricane Irma kept us busy for a while. However, once we had our home back to the way we wanted it I found myself bored and started to contemplate my next steps. I met Elias De La Torre, owner of Plantation Boat Mart and HCB, through a mutual friend - Gus Solis. I mentioned to Elias that I was looking for a new challenge and planted the idea of heading up sales as the General Sales Manager for Plantation Boat Mart & HCB. As of June 1st, 2018 I embarked on a new chapter leading the sales efforts of Plantation Boat Mart and honored to represent phenomenal brands such as HCB and Sea Hunt.
Andy Simmons - PGA General Manager

Andy Simmons

PGA General Manager
Phone: 561-694-5815
Born and Raised with a Passion for the water, Andy Simmons started his Career in the Marine Industry in the early 2000’s. After Spending all of his teens traveling around the country wake boarding competitively, he took his enthusiasm for being on the water and channeled it into helping people maximize there time boating by becoming a Yacht Broker. Andy Also has a background in the Exotic Car Industry as well, having worked in Management for Companies such as Lamborghini. He is an Expert in the Center Console, Sportfish, and Motor Yacht Market. Andy Previously worked for HMY Yacht sales, one of the Worlds Top Yacht Brokerage Firms. When the weekend comes around, you can usually find Andy offshore Fishing, Local Sandbar or Cruising the Bahamas on his 39 HCB Speciale!
Wako Kollenberg - Director of Marketing

Wako Kollenberg

Director of Marketing
Phone: 502-762-3405
From the age of 3 boating was ingrained in my DNA. Growing up on a house boat we spent most of our weekend nights on every lake and river in Kentucky. Since then I have owned several boats; ranging from pontoons and wakeboarding boats to cruisers. I attended college with a focus on finance and was quick to realize my passion for the water is where I needed to build a career. At the age of 20 I took a job in a boat yard to advance my overall knowledge of the industry. From there I became extremely diverse in the service industry and began buying and restoring yachts, becoming a fiberglass and gelcoat expert. A couple years in I hooked up with a yacht broker in Louisville, Kentucky and continued to diversify my portfolio. After 7 years in the marine industry and advancing as far as I could in Kentucky I moved to the Yacht Capital of the world – South Florida! From there I started managing a detailing company and began building connections, which brought me to Plantation Boat Mart. I strive for excellence and customer satisfaction. If the customer is not fully satisfied with their yacht buying process then I haven’t done my job correctly. I am dedicated to serving the yacht community with as much passion and love as I have for the water. There is no better joy then what you feel when you’re on a boat with friends and family.
Ignacio Arias - Sea Hunt Account Executive

Ignacio Arias

Sea Hunt Account Executive
Phone: 786-612-5010
Born in Caracas, Venezuela, moved to Miami in 1993, grew up in the Aventura area, raced sportbikes and won 2 championships in 2005, been scuba diving since 1996 here in the Florida keys, with a special passion for lobsters and spearfishing, PADI Divemaster, I came to the keys hundreds of times growing up, we had a boat and jet skis, hoping I can raise my kids here one day, about 4 years ago I rented a house on the water for a month during a summer break which made me make the great decision of moving to the keys, with a sales and service management background from Miami I was able to find a job quickly in the marine industry, I am a very committed and very passionate about everything I do, Plantation Boat Mart has provided for me an excellent working platform were I get to have a blast doing my job which is selling fun, almost sounds surreal but it is true, I been married 14 years with 3 wonderful children and consider myself the luckiest guy in the world, I truly enjoy engaging with customers and providing customer service
Jen Thomas - HCB Account Executive

Jen Thomas

HCB Account Executive
Jen is the newest member of the HCB sales team. Born and raised in North Central Florida, Jen grew up fishing and boating both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Jen joins the team with a passion for working with the best of the best. After graduating from Florida State University with a dual degree in Business Management and Hospitality Jen worked onboard the very unique mega-yacht, The World for 3 1/2 years. After spending years on the water, traveling to 6 continents and 86 countries, Jen decided it was time leave The World and continue her education. She completed her Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Florida. Upon completing her MBA, Jen went on to live and work in New York City for the world's finest jewelry brand, Tiffany & Co.. During her tenure with Tiffany & Co., Jen managed the sales team of a top performing store in Short Hills, N.J. When the opportunity to move back to her home state and live in the Florida Keys, selling HCB Center Console Yachts presented itself, Jen jumped at the opportunity. "I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with a team that continues to be innovative, provides a luxury product and is obsessed with giving the best experience to our customers. I look forward to working with all of my clients and welcome them to the HCB family".
Scott Washington - Business Manager

Scott Washington

Business Manager
Phone: 305-853-3324
I grew up on a farm in Oklahoma, and always looked forward to going fishing with my dad on his bass boat. The water has been a huge part of my life ever since. I wanted to move close to the Ocean so that’s what prompted me to move to Florida, as you can go boating all year around! My passion has always been boating and Aviation! I have owned several boats in my life, from center consoles to cabin cruisers. I have my Masters Boat Captains License and look forward to anytime I can get out on a boat whether for 10 minutes or 3 day weekends. I have been a Business Manager for many years and I handle all the closing documents to try to make your experience here at Plantation Boat Mart a fun and pleasant experience for you.