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Meet Our
PORT 32 Crew

Driven By Desire

Based in Charleston, South Carolina, PORT 32 Marinas is a leading owner, operator, developer, and acquirer of dry and wet slip coastal marina assets. PORT 32 provides expertise in the development and management of marina assets to bring customers an unparalleled level of service within the marine industry. PORT 32 owns and operates a growing collection of irreplaceable Class A marina assets in premier markets.

PORT 32 Marinas offers great locations, settings, and experiences, giving boaters more of what they want and less of what they don't. PORT 32 offers more storage options for large vessels, both in-water and dry storage, on-site maintenance, boat sales, and ship stores. Together, these benefits combine to create vibrant, successful waterfronts that serve the communities now and in the future. We strive to always be ahead of the current.

Piloted By Leadership

More than 75 Years of
Marina Operations Expertise

PORT 32 Marinas is the visionary product of a leadership team with
over 75 years of combined experience. Over the past dozen years, our
senior management team has carefully researched and visited some of
the country’s most popular waterfront destinations in shaping our
unique, service-first approach to marina development. Yet, our goal
remains simple: to make boating more enjoyable for everyone.

Austin Schell

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer

Austin Schell

Austin Schell is the CEO of PORT 32 Marinas and serves on its Board of Directors. Austin believes that great customer experience starts with the people of PORT 32 and our desire to bring PORT 32 members an unparalleled level of service within the marine industry.

Austin has held many executive leadership positions over his career. His diverse industry experience includes client services, transportation and logistics, consumer healthcare, environmental services, and real estate. Prior to PORT 32, Austin was the President and COO of XOJET, the largest on-demand private jet services platform in North America, backed by TPG and Mubadala Investment Company. During his six-year leadership tenure at XOJET, Austin and his team of talented colleagues delivered industry-leading growth and profitability to investors and built a high-performance, customer-centric company culture. Other senior executive roles include COO of Modern Fertility and CFO of Wildlands. Prior to his experience building businesses as an operating executive, Austin served as a private equity investment professional at Parthenon Capital in San Francisco. He began his career in investment banking at UBS Investment Bank in New York City.

Austin is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Virginia. When he’s not working or at home with family, Austin is often found cheering on his kids’ sports teams, traveling to see old friends, or offshore fishing.

Dunston Powell

Chief Investment Officer

Chief Investment Officer

Dunston Powell

Mr. Powell joined PORT 32 Marinas in August 2021 as the Chief Investment Officer. He graduated from The University of Georgia with a B.A.A. in Real Estate. Mr. Powell earned the CCIM designation in 2002, which currently less than 4% of all commercial and investment real estate professionals hold. Mr. Powell has successfully brokered real estate transactions in excess of $500,000,000 over the past 25 years, including retail, office, industrial, investment, waterfront, and marina properties. Prior to joining PORT 32 Marinas, Mr. Powell was a partner with Carolina Commercial, LLC, a regional commercial real estate and development firm. Mr. Powell has been in charge of acquisitions and dispositions for PORT 32 since its inception.

Shannon Gabriel

Chief Financial Officer

Chief Financial Officer

Shannon Gabriel

Ms. Gabriel joined PORT 32 Marinas in November 2021 as the Chief Financial Officer bringing over 25 years of successful experience in accounting and finance mainly in the real estate sector. Her expertise includes driving change, finding efficiencies, and developing start-ups. She has experience with both public companies and PE spending the previous six years as Vice President and Controller with the Atlanta Braves where she oversaw the development, construction, and property management of 1 million square feet of mixed-use development known as The Battery Atlanta. Ms. Gabriel is a CPA and began her career with Ernst & Young after graduating from Lee University and receiving her master’s in accounting from Rhodes College.

Bruce Wallace

Director of Operations

Director of Operations

Bruce Wallace

Bruce Wallace is the Director of Operations for PORT 32 Marinas. Bruce began his carrier in the marine industry in 1990 as the Boatyard Manager for Ripley Light Marina in Charleston, SC. Bruce attended Ivy Tech Community College in Evansville, Indiana. Prior to the formation of PORT 32, Bruce was the Director of Operations for Atlantic Marina Holdings for 13 years. Over the last 30 years Bruce has worked in many areas of the marine industry from Dockmaster, Boat Yard Manager, General Manager to his current position as Director of Operations. Bruce serves on several marina regime boards in the PORT 32 portfolio. Additionally, Bruce has worked as a consultant for dock builders, penned articles in national publications on segments of the marine industry, and has formed and served as a multi-year board member on several fishing tournaments to benefit local charitable organizations.

Rebecca McMenemy

Director of Marketing & Business Operations

Director of Marketing & Business Operations

Rebecca McMenemy

Rebecca McMenemy is Director of Marketing and Business Operations with PORT 32 Marinas. Prior to the formation of PORT 32, she was with Atlantic Marina Holdings for 10 years. Responsible for marketing, branding, software and technology, and new deal integration, Rebecca also spearheaded and manages the operational end of the P32 software platform and app development. She is involved in the new deal process and coordinates initial due diligence, LOI/PSA tracking, and spearheads the transition plan and integration of new assets. As a long-term and original member of the PORT 32 team, she has previously been involved in many aspects of the business, including HR, accounting, marina operations, and oversight, as well as employee training. Rebecca received her B.A. from The College of Charleston.

Molly Aiken

Director of Human Resources & Customer Relations

Director of Human Resources & Customer Relations

Molly Aiken

Molly Aiken is the Director of Human Resources and Customer Relations at Port 32 Marinas, a role that includes culture and talent building, asset rebranding, deal integration, all HR capacities, and corporate strategy all while spearheading charitable causes and community event integration. Prior to PORT 32, Molly held a tenured senior role at Backroads, the world’s number one luxury active travel company. As the Hiring and Training Recruiter, Learning and Development Specialist, Development Coach, and Trip Expert, she has spearheaded product education and travel experiences for more than 2,000 clients, led all hiring efforts, trained 100-200 new employees per year, increased overall company performance to an all-time high of 9.74/10 all while decreasing employee turnover. Molly is also a licensed real estate affiliate broker in Tennessee, specializing in high-end real estate and private investments, with experience across multiple asset classes. After graduating from the University of Mississippi, Molly worked for an immersive travel company called Adventures Cross Country Global, is a Certified Wilderness First Responder, “Leave no Trace” Master Educator, and is CPR and First Aid certified. Molly is a lifelong volunteer, a leader, an unconventional out-of-the-box thinker, and a world traveler.

Mike Vinson

Regional Vice President, Florida East Coast

Regional Vice President, Florida East Coast

Mike Vinson

Mike Vinson brings a wide base of experience in the marine industry to PORT 32 Marinas. Over the last 15 years, he has worked from the service end of the industry to his current position as VP of Operations for Florida. Mike has a vast knowledge of marina designs and operations. He has taken facilities with poor operational footprints, redesigning upland storage facilities to become more efficient and safer. He was the team leader on the renovations of our Palm Beach Gardens wet slips renovations. Additionally, Mike has been instrumental in the total redesign of our Fort Lauderdale boatyard and wet slip service facility. Mike's oversight of day-to-day operations has helped the Florida facilities to reach higher revenues due to increased occupancy and expense controls.

Chris Foster

Regional Vice President, Florida West Coast

Regional Vice President, Florida West Coast

Chris Foster

Nicki Biddix

Controller

Controller

Nicki Biddix

Nicki Biddix joined the PORT 32 Marinas team in December 2021. She graduated from East Tennessee State University with a B.B.S in History and English, as well as a B.B.A in Accounting. Nicki received her CPA license in 2009, and worked in public accounting for 10 years, 6 years of which were spent with PwC, where she worked on the audit teams of several large publicly traded and Fortune 500 companies. Nicki left public accounting in 2018 to join the hospitality industry in downtown Charleston, serving as the Director of Finance at the Mills House Hotel for several years.

Selita Brown

Senior Accountant

Senior Accountant

Selita Brown

Selita joined PORT 32 Marinas in April 2022 as the Senior Accountant bringing over 12 years of experience in the accounting field. Prior to working with Port 32 Marinas, Selita was employed by one of the leading cookware brands in the world, Le Creuset of America, where she was the Retail Accountant for seven years. There she worked with over 85 stores overseeing all sales revenue, rental agreements, and rental payments for all outlet stores while performing all daily and monthly duties. Selita received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of South Carolina Aiken in 2011, and her Master’s in Business Administration at the University of Phoenix in 2015. She devotes her spare time (outside of family and softball) as the treasure of a scholarship foundation called the Georgy Kinsey Memorial Scholarship which she helped develop in 2020.

Chloe Evans

Accounts Payable

Accounts Payable

Chloe Evans

Colby Billhardt

Administrative Coordinator

Administrative Coordinator

Colby Billhardt

Colby Billhardt is the Administrative Coordinator for PORT 32 Marinas. Prior to joining PORT 32, Colby was Vice President and Head of Investor Relations at 10X Capital, NYC-based venture capital investor and SPAC sponsor with over 200 active portfolio companies, aligning Wall Street with Silicon Valley by bringing institutional capital to high growth tech and tech-enabled ventures. She was responsible for the development of new investor relationships, maintenance of current investor relations, and business development. She created CRM and databased, led marketing and relationship-building efforts at conferences, and managed client and company data and contracts. Before her time at 10X Capital, Colby was a licensed real estate salesperson with Nest Seekers International and Brown Harris Stevens in New York City, having worked on a Top 5 Sales Team Nationwide ranked by the WSJ, personally selling over $60MM of inventory. Colby was responsible for procuring all independent sales and relationships, trained all new employees, conducted monthly reviews, and all marketing, communications, and business development. She was a Division One Volleyball player at the University of Connecticut until a career-ending injury and completed her college tenure at The College of Charleston.