Newport Shipyard Personality: Dave Markell

Dave Markell grew up in the insurance business. Working with his grandfather and father at Markell & Sons for more than 30 years, Dave began a new venture with Bob Peck to establish Triton Insurance at Newport Shipyard in 2011.

You won’t meet a friendlier or more sincere person in insurance than Dave Markell. Born and raised in Fall River, MA, he moved to Newport in 1976 where he and his wife, Kathy, raised their three daughters. “We love having Dave and Bob here at the Shipyard - they have good energy and are fun to talk with,” Eli Dana said. “They are experts in the marine insurance business, and are efficient and knowledgeable which makes working with them very easy.”

When not at work, you might find Dave at the polo grounds where he is the club manager and the head umpire of the Newport International Polo Series. “I spend tons of time there - every Tuesday and Thursday for practice and every Saturday starting Memorial Day Weekend. Polo is something I have been very passionate about for 25 years and I am thrilled with how popular it has become on Aquidneck Island,” Markell said.

“We picked the Shipyard for our insurance headquarters because of the magnitude of marine business that occurs here every day,” Markell explained. “It’s a beautiful location and the people at Newport Shipyard, both employees and the many tenants and subcontractors that work here, are great to work with. We also love mingling with boat owners, shipyard owners, and other marine business owners because they are passionate about what they do. Insurance can be a dry topic but when talking with people about something they love, it makes it fun and interesting,” Markell continued. “We know we picked a great spot too because every insurance underwriter we work with visits us a ton in the summer because they love coming to Newport Shipyard.” 

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Newport Shipyard Personality: Great Sloat - S/Y Hanuman Captain

Greg Sloat enjoys his job as captain of the J Class superyacht Hanuman. On his weekends off, however, you’ll find him away from the water on his 14-acre farm in Texas spending time with his wife Anna and their animals, and racing his car at Harris Hill Raceway in Austin.

Greg Sloat may not be your typical superyacht captain. A Texas native and graduate of Texas A&M in Galveston, one of six US Maritime Academies, Greg started his career in the marine industry reviewing environmental permits for NOAA. He knew nothing about the superyacht world until he started doing a few boat deliveries on the side. “It sounded like something fun to do for a year,” said Sloat of being offered a job as a boat captain. Nineteen years -- and two superyachts -- later Sloat is in his sixth year as captain onboard one of the most well-known J Class racing yachts in the world.

“I love the racing side of sailing,” Sloat said while spending this winter at Newport Shipyard, where Hanuman is in the shed being optimized for the 2017 racing season. Greg considers helping to develop the racing program onboard Hanuman as one of his greatest sailing accomplishments. In 2013, during the St. Barth’s Bucket, Hanuman won every race and was one of five J Class yachts racing together for the first time. This was definitely a moment Sloat was proud to be a part of. Hanuman plans to race next summer in Bermuda in a historic J Class regatta, which is slated to feature five to six other J Class yachts and then back to Newport to race in the J Class World Championship.

A longtime customer of Newport Shipyard, and a homeowner in Newport since 2003, Greg chose the Shipyard for Hanuman’s optimization. Bringing the boat to Newport Shipyard allowed him to bring in the subcontractors he needed through the winter to get the job going. Greg brought in a few of his own ‘build’ team members in addition to working with the Shipyard’s onsite team and our recommended subcontractors. “Having a welding, carpentry and machine shop here is very helpful and the guys I work with on a daily basis are professional and knowledgeable in their fields,” he continued. “It has been a great experience so far and I would highly recommend Newport Shipyard to other captains and crew.”

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