Hometown: Miami, FL
Education: • University of Florida, BSBA in Accounting
- The first half of his business career was spent in traditional accounting roles as controller or CFO of real estate-oriented companies dealing with construction, community development and, real estate & mortgage brokerage. The second half has been working as a forensic accountant doing litigation support and acting as a court appointed receiver for a slew of varied entities. He has been on his own, operating under Schoendorf Management Services since 2014 loving the flexibility of being his own boss.
- Starting in Belmar, New Jersey when in 3rd grade until graduating college, his parents and he were avid powerboaters and fisherman. Moving to Florida in 1957 he was exposed to sailing and finally got his first sailboat (one of three Lightnings) in 1967. His first time in the water was in a race where he crewed and was instantly hooked. His one design experience gave him entrance leading to years of racing in the SORC and lots of war tales. Two more Lightnings, a Snipe and two cruising/race boats later, he has amassed a group of friends from around the country that he would not trade for anything.
- After purchasing his Lightning he immediately became a member of the Coconut Grove Sailing Club where he ultimately became treasurer, race committee chairman and board member. He had the most wonderful experience of being part of a group that helped orchestrate the building of our current clubhouse. He also had the scary experience of being Orange Bowl Chair one year, thankfully in the earlier years.
- In addition to becoming a board member of US Sailing, he is on the board and treasurer of Team Paradise Sailing that operates out of the US Sailing Center – Miami. The mission is to change lives by inspiring and empowering disabled and underserved communities, US Veterans, and others through recreational, educational and healing programs that motivate and engage participants in the sport of sailing.
Having raced and cruised since I graduated from the University of Florida, I have come to understand how the sailing experience and community can affect both young and old in such positive ways. The opportunity to serve on the US Sailing board of directors and be part of something that has so enriched my life is just about as good as it gets. Hopefully I will be able to contribute to our mission so that others can enjoy the same experience.
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