October 16 2015
Sun-Sentinel News - December 15, 2016 New top executives have been named to oversee renovations at Lauderdale Marine Center, the sprawling boatyard and marina purchased this summer by financial heavyweight The Carlyle Group.
Doug West now is president of South Florida's largest boat repair center and oversees both day-to-day operations and planning. West had been president for nine years at Rybovich, a boatyard in Palm Beach County. He lives in Palm Beach Gardens, a news release said Monday.
Kurt Winselmann, a certified public accountant and U.S. Coast Guard - certified captain, is controller and runs financial activities at the center. He worked 21 years with Seaboard Marine as controller of its ship management division and four years with Norwegian Cruise Line. He lives in Hollywood.
Jennifer Lang is operations director at the center. She runds leasing, office administration and human resources and also coordinates support for information-technology. Lang had been regional manager and trainer for information-technology. Lang had been regional manager and trainer for Bloomin Brands' Carrabbas Italian Grill. She lives in Coral Springs.
The new team will oversee improvements, set to begin in February, that will enable the boatyard to handle six additional 150-foot yachts and add parking, among other features.
The team also will supervise renovations at the adjacent River Bend Marine Center that feature new drainage, paving of a boat storage area and new landscaping.
"These capital improvements will help us increase the number of large yachts we are able to service at Lauderdale Marine Center, which in turn, will help bring more marine business to Fort Lauderdale," said Thad Paul, managing director of The Carlyle Group, in the statement.
The Lauderdale Marine Center spans roughly 60 acres on the New River in Fort Lauderdale and features 156 wet slips, contractor who provide services such as fiberglass repair, painting and welding.
The Carlyle Group, a global asset manager based in Washington D.C. paid more than $140 million for the Lauderdale Marine Center in a deal that closed in July.