Newport Shipyard Personality: Jeff Beneville
Jeff is a Shipyard 'personality' because he's the real-deal, not because of his good looks, disposition (to all but me), always-perfect hair, well pressed shirts... but because he has been a tenant and friend to Newport Shipyard since '08. We all love him. A private client insurance executive for high net-worth individuals, Jeff is a maritime insurance authority in the super-yacht space who was recently named a Senior VP at Willis Insurance NA.
Jeff was a two-time competitor in the America's Cup ('87 on America II and '92 on Stars & Stripes) and is no stranger to local waters. Moving away from the hustle & bustle of New York in January '08, Jeff and his wife Annie moved to Jamestown to enjoy 'island life'. A stalwart member of the New York YC, Jeff has been on the membership committee a long time... guiding many budding sailors. He also competes in Maxi Yacht and 12 Metre championships.
Jeff has over 25 years in marine insurance and works closely with Willis' private client group, which includes 24 of the world's 100 largest luxury yachts. According to Willis, Jeff will "work to expand Willis' footprint in this highly specialized marketplace." We feel Jeff is the epitome of a good citizen in everything he does. All I can do is hope and pray he will buy me lunch at Belle's for these heartfelt words.