Our vision is to build boats that stand out in a sea of sameness.
Our mission is to design and build premium boats and yachts that remain true to the heritage, the iconic status and the reputation of the Chris-Craft brand which represents:
History & Heritage
Craftsmanship and absolute quality
Exceptional client service
Stephen M- Julius, Strategic Advisor of Chris-Craft Corporation, is also founder and managing director of Stellican Ltd., a private equity firm based in London- The firm focuses on investments in re-lau nching companies with well known brands. To date, those investments have been concentrated in the United Kingdom, Italy and the United States.
In addition to the purchase of Chris-Craft Corporation in 2001, Stellican Ltd- also owned Indian Motorcycle, the oldest motorcycle brand in America, Riva SpA, a luxury boat building company in Italy, and Vicenza Calcio, a premier football team in the Serie A.
Stephen holds both a bachelor's and master's degree in Classics from Magdalen College at Oxford University- He also has a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University's Graduate School of Business.
Stephen F. Heese, President and CEO of Chris-Craft Corporation, and partner of Stellican Limited, the British Investment firm led by Stephen Julius.
Prior to Chris-Craft, Steve spent twelve years at Erico international Corporation in a variety of roles, including Managing Director of the Europe, Asia and Australia regions, President of Erico Products Australia Ltd-, and Vice-President of Sales 81 Marketing for Erico Fastening Systems- Steve also spent three years at Price Waterhouse in Tampa as a member of the management consulting group.
Originally from Tampa, Steve has a bachelor's degree in accounting from Tulane University and a master's degree in business administration from Harvard University's Graduate School of Business. He is a Certiﬁed Public Accountant and an active member of the AICPA and FICPA.
Mark Poncin has been Chief Financial Officer of Chris-Craft since 2001. In the previous 20 years, he worked in roles such as Business Unit Director, Acting CEO 8; CFO, VP of Operations and Controller at Kimball Electronics, Schlosser Forge, I was Framed, lnc., and Bell + Howell- His background is primarily with manufacturing companies in boating, electronics, metal fabrication, consumer products and aerospace.
Besides his financial background, Mark has extensive background in information management, quality control and manufacturing systems. Mark has a BS degree in Accounting from The Ohio State University and a MBA from Pepperdine University.
Matt McGinnis joined the Chris-Craft team in late 2014 as Vice President of Manufacturing. Matt's lean and six sigma implementation efforts help to ensure Chris-Craft maintains its competitive advantage in the global marine marketplace
Prior to joining Chris-Craft, Matt was Vice President of Operations at Nautique Boat Company, Quality Director and New Product Program Manager at Bertram Yachts, and Process Control Manager at General Motors. Matt earned a Bachelor's of Science in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Kettering University and a Masters of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University. He was also a Certiﬁed Quality Manager through the American Society for Quality.
Aaron joined the team in early 2019 as Vice President of Materials. Aaron is currently responsible for Purchasing, Materials Management, Warehouse Operations, and Transportation Logistics. Aaron has held a number of supply chain roles throughout his career in both retail and manufacturing, spending the last 13 in the marine industry.
Prior to joining Chris-Craft, Aaron worked in a variety of roles for Nautique Boat Company, spending the previous 5 years as Supply Chain Manager. Aaron holds a bachelor’s degree from The University of Iowa and a Master of Business Administration from The University of Central Florida.
Chris-Craft welcomed Ron to the team in August of 2018. Ron comes to Chris-Craft as an industry veteran, bringing 37 years of experience in product development, manufacturing and product management. Ron has led several design, engineering and development teams within the Brunswick Corporation’s portfolio of boat brands, including Boston Whaler, Sea Ray, Bayliner and Meridian over the past 32 years. Most recently, Ron served as Vice President of Product Portfolio for Sea Ray Sport Yacht and L Class products. Throughout his career, Ron has earned 8 U.S. patents for unique designs.
Gavan Hunt joined Chris-Craft as Vice President of Sales in the summer of 2016. Gavan is a marine industry veteran with a lifetime of experience. As a child, his father was a marina manager, and Gavan always worked around boating. Gavan's family boat, like so many of us, was a Chris-Craft!
Gavan most recently has been at Cobalt Boats, where he has held multiple positions with the company through a total of 17 years including Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Director of Dealer Development, and Regional Sales Manager. In addition to Cobalt, he held similar roles at both Chaparral Boats and Nautic Global Group.
Allison Scharnow joined Chris-Craft in the summer of 2013. Due to her father’s involvement in the boating industry, Allison’s passion for boating began at a young age. She turned her passion into a career, and has continued to work in boating her whole life.
Prior to joining Chris-Craft, Allison worked as a Marketing Manager at MarineMax. Allison holds both a bachelor’s degree as well as a master’s degree in Business Administration from University of South Florida.
Kathy joined Chris-Craft in 2018 with vast manufacturing and recruitment experiences. Previously, she was the Director of HR at L3 Aviation Products in Sarasota, FL. Prior to that she was with Vengroff, Williams & Associates.
She has a Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Management, a Masters of Business Administration, SHRM (Society of Human Resource Management) Certified, and is a CPM (Certified Project Manager).