Our Management Team
At Offshore Sailing School Headquarters
Our headquarters team works directly with Offshore Sailing School owners Steve and Doris Colgate, managing branch locations, marketing, sales and finances. Everyone on our management team is dedicated to giving Offshore Sailing School customers the very best sailing education and a learning experience that lasts a lifetime.
STEVE AND DORIS COLGATE
The Colgates inspire all of us to give 110% to the art of teaching sailing. Their passion for delivering the best on-water education in fun settings started in 1964 when Steve Colgate founded Offshore Sailing School in New York City. On the recommendation of her then employer Yachting Magazine, Doris Colgate met Steve while taking a Learn to Sail and then Racing course at Offshore Sailing School. The rest is history. Read their complete story and the reasons for their dedication to sailing here. You can reach the Colgates on their direct lines: Doris at 239-985-7511 or Steve at 239-985-7505. Emails are Doris@OffshoreSailing.com and Steve@OffshoreSailing.com.
Director of Operations
Josh Julow returned to Offshore Sailing School after a few years in the construction industry. He has worked through the ranks in the Operations Department and we are delighted he has returned to assume the important position of Director of Operations. A complete resume will be posted soon. Contact Josh at 239-985-7500 or Operations@OffshoreSailing.com.
Vice President, Director of Sales & Marketing
Beth has more than 25 years’ experience with large corporations and entrepreneurial businesses. She held the VP, Corporate Marketing position with premium beverage manufacturer and marketer, Hiram Walker/Allied Domecq, for eight years, and was General Manager of Buick’s national promotion agency, Momentum Detroit. At General Motors Eventworks and R*Works, she managed sports and entertainment partnerships and integrated marketing programs with national media, The Walt Disney Co., Warner Bros. and Sony Motion Pictures, along with GM’s Hollywood product placement program. While leading Campbell-Ewald agency’s Tours, Promotions and Events Group, Beth spearheaded the team managing relationships with the Olympic Games, MLB, Nascar, the Country Music Assn., celebrity endorsements and sponsorships with clients such as, Chevrolet, the U.S. Navy, U.S. Postal Service, Kaiser Permanente, and Carhartt, executing more than 3,000 event days a year. After relocating to Southwest Florida with her husband in 2010, Beth managed sponsorships for the Imagine Solutions Conference in Naples, and owned her own consulting business providing marketing, writing, project management, and event services to the hospitality and tourism industries. Beth served as a member of the Board of Directors for CHEF: the Culinary & Hospitality Education Foundation of Southwest Florida, providing scholarship funds for area students to pursue their degrees and careers in the culinary and hospitality industry. A few of her most rewarding professional experiences include, leasing and running an award-winning Select Registry Bed & Breakfast Inn in Portland, Maine, named the Best Place to Stay by Bon Appetit magazine; pitching Chevrolet’s film integration and promotion to director/producer Steven Spielberg; and donating her time as Head Writer for the annual Naples Winter Wine Festival, benefiting the Naples Children & Education Foundation. Her direct line is 239-985-7516, email BOliver@OffshoreSailing.com.
Upon graduation from The University of Northern Iowa with a degree in Accounting the US Army insisted Mike spend two years with them serving a tour of duty in Panama Canal Zone. When he returned to the United States, Mike went to work for a regional Public Accounting firm working in the audit area earning CPA certification. After two years in public accounting, he felt that private industry would be a better fit and began a 30-year career with Houdaille/Idex a multi-national corporation serving as Vice-president Controller at various fluid handling business units. Later he started a Document Shredding business serving the Fort Myers/Naples area, which he ran for 9 years before selling it. Mike has owned two sailboats over the years, one on Lake Erie and one in the Fort Myers area; and in his spare time he enjoys doing many woodworking projects. His direct line is 239-985-7513, email MikeR@OffshoreSailing.com. Photo coming soon.