As you may have heard, we are now the new Beneteau dealer for Chicago and beyond. In addition to this exciting news, we would also like to announce and welcome Mike Thoney to the Sail Place Chicago team. What better way to get a little background than from Mike himself:
I started in the boat business in Milwaukee, working for a small family owned powerboat dealer, and we started selling sailboats in the early 80s. After about 12 years in the retail boat business, I went to work for Hunter Marine in Florida as a regional sales manager, working with Hunter dealers across the country until I got recruited by Beneteau in 1993.
I worked at Beneteau USA for 15 years as a regional sales manager, traveling from the Great Lakes to the west coast and across all of Canada. I moved to Chicago from Charleston, SC in 2008 and got back into the retail boat business, selling Beneteau sailboats.
I have had the pleasure of meeting many of the Chicago area Beneteau owners since moving here, and am looking forward to continuing to serve them and to introduce more sailors to the Beneteau brand and to the beauty of sailing on Lake Michigan!
My contact information is:
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if I can be of service to you.