Kenny is an experienced start-up entrepreneur and operations executive. He started his career with management consulting firm, McKinsey & Company. Kenny then went on to found enterprise software company Contrado, Inc. In 2004, Electronic Data Systems (EDS), acquired Contrado. For 5 years, Kenny served as a vice-president of EDS, leading multiple functions across the globe, including Business Transformation, Operational Excellence/ Lean Six Sigma, and Quality Management.
Inspired by a love of sailing, Kenny has now dedicated himself to bringing his deep business experience into the yachting industry.
Kenny graduated Magna Cum Laude, from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and also earned his MBA from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flagler Business School).
Andrew is a founder and Commercial Director for Horizon Yacht Charters in the Caribbean. As the Caribbean importer for Bavaria yachts since 2000, Andrew has established a synergic relationship with Bavaria Yachtbau GmbH. He has been instrumental in highlighting the demands of the US market and in securing the customization of individual boats.
Andrew is an avid sailor and has been immersed in the yachting industry since 1989 working in the Mediterranean mega-yacht industry and running his own UK-based boat business. Prior to that Andrew worked as a stockbroker and financial futures trader in the City of London.
Sylvia, resident in the British Virgin Islands since 1985, is a founder and finance director of Horizon Yacht Charters in the Caribbean. After owning a successful bar and restaurant business in the West Country of England, she sailed across to the British Virgin Islands, where she then managed a beach front resort for some years. She then went on to set up her first charter company in the BVI, and built the fleet to 56 sail and motor yachts.
In 1996 the company was sold and Sylvia became the financial controller of a well known charter company in Tortola, where she met Andrew Thompson and the idea of Horizon Yacht Charters was born. She has a wealth of accounting and business management experience from previously owned and managed businesses in the hospitality and charter industries.
Geoff has been involved in the sailing industry for over thirty years. He comes to Bavaria Yachts USA after twenty five years of working with Beneteau USA where he served as the regional sales manager. Geoff joined Beneteau USA during its start up phase and was responsible for establishing reputable dealerships and providing sales training in all major markets of the USA. He was instrumental in increasing market share and was the company face and voice at major boat shows, owner rendezvous and other similar events.
Prior to Beneteau USA, Geoff set up Urbanna Yacht Brokers in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida,a division of Urbanna Marine, Urbanna, Virginia. He also has worked in a commissioning and service position for new boat sales at Carter’s Creek Yacht Services.