|(Longboat Key, FL) Former police officer trades in his cop car for boats! Cannons is pleased to announce that former Longboat Key Deputy Chief of Police, Martin Sharkey, is now the newest member of their sales team. Three years ago, “Sharkey” was able to retire young from the police department and is now embarking upon a second career as a sales specialist for Cannons where he will be specializing in boat sales and yacht brokerage of Grady-White, Jupiter Marine and Southwind boats. Martin says, “I know a lot about boating and love being out on the water. Working at Cannons is a new path for me and I’m excited about working with the great team here and getting to know all of the customers.”
Cannons Marina co-owner, David Miller is excited about their new hire. “We are so happy to have Sharkey on board with us. He is so trustworthy and personable, our customers will feel right at home with him.” Co-owner Lucile Miller agrees. “Sharkey’s a very approachable, casual guy, but underneath, he’s a celebrated retired police officer with honors. That means there’s a trust there that our customers will really appreciate.”
David and Lucile are also thrilled that, in addition to Martin’s affable personality, he intimately knows boating by being an active, licensed boating captain. “Martin has had his captain’s license for over 15 years and he has really been living the boating lifestyle. He has captained yachts to the Bahamas and has recently boated up the Eastern Seaboard, all the way to Maine on a 60-foot yacht. So, he gets it! I think our customers will really benefit from his boating expertise and his passion.”
Martin’s boating credentials are impressive. As a police officer, he ran the police boat on the weekends for many years and even helped confiscate a boat from drug smugglers. He currently has his Master’s Captain’s license where he can captain a boat up to 100 tons. He has captained boats throughout Florida, exploring Captiva and the Keys and has boated all the way up the East Coast of the U.S. to the treacherous waters of Maine. He spends much of his time in St. Bart’s and has recently captained a 50-foot Benneteau sailboat throughout the British Virgin Islands for an eight-day, island-hopping adventure. Sharkey is also certified as a Dive Master in scuba diving. “Since I retired from the police force, I have been doing a lot of boating and traveling throughout the Caribbean. Then, David approached me with this job opportunity, and, well, here I am!”
Sharkey is enjoying his change of career and is eager to get going selling some of the top-notch boats that Cannons represents. “With the great brands that Cannons has,” explains Sharkey, “there’s not much more to say. It’s all top-flight stuff. There’s no corners cut. The boats just sell themselves.”
To speak with Captain Martin Sharkey about yacht brokerage or purchasing a Grady-White, Jupiter or Southwind boat, stop by Cannons Marina at 6040 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key, Florida (ICW Marker 33) or contact him by phone at 941-383-1311.
For more information, please visit http://www.cannons.com/.