VesselVanguard was conceived and created by Don Hyde, an experienced sailor and technology entrepreneur. As the owner of an Island Packet 485, Don experienced the frustrations of assimilating the full range of details found in 35 pounds of manuals in order to maintain his boat at the peak of performance and functionality. The design for this simple yet innovative service results from exhaustive interviews with owners, manufacturers, dealers, brokers and service personnel. The increasing complexity and sophistication of today's boats requires greater adherence to the manufacturer's suggested maintenance schedules. VesselVanguard makes this entire process simple and assures optimum performance both on the water and at the dock.
Our mission is to fill in the knowledge gap so that boaters approach each on-water experience with confidence and control. VesselVanguard enables the boat-owner to enhance their stewardship of the boat while also preserving its value.
The systems designed into a boat by an imaginative boat maker, and choices later made by an owner, are intended to function together to create a safe and comfortable on-board environment. VesselVanguard understands this and its purpose is to decrease the complexity of understanding and maintaining all these systems. This level of acute care delivers the most important and indefinable reality to the boat-owner: Peace of Mind and More Time on the Water.
Donald V. Hyde, Founder, CEO:
Greg Skillman, Chief Technology Architect:
Gordon Ramseier, Director Business Development:
Kevin Hyde, Director of Marketing
Elio Betty, III, Director of Advertising, BoatUS
Elio is at the forefront of trends and issues affecting the boating industry which are promoted and managed by BoatUS.
Cam Collins, CEO, Dockmaster Software and Exuma Technologies
Cam has a deep understanding of boaters and marina management. Cam is a well-followed blogger illuminating the world of social media and emerging technologies affecting the boating industry.
William L. Harrell, Outside Director
Retired Chairman, TRW Automotive; Retired, V.P. Northrop Grumman Aerospace, 1994-2006 member M & A Team.
Jonathan Jones, Senior VP, General Manager, Haven Harbour Marina
Jonathan's scope of influence extends nationwide, thus providing a powerful and credible endorsement for VesselVanguard. Jonathan serves on the board of directors of The American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC), The American Boat Builders and Repairers Association (ABBRA) and The Marine Trades Association of Maryland (MTAM).
Ed Kurowski, Owner, Gratitude Yachting Center, Rock Hall, MD
Ed's lifelong experience as a dealer and principal in thousands of completed transactions has provided great insight in developing the functional requirements of VesselVanguard.
Joy McPeters , Founder and CEO Marina Life, Inc.
Joy is highly regarded in the industry as a thought-leader who sets and anticipates trends. She demonstrates a deep understanding and knowledge of boaters' lifestyles and their expectations.
Gordon V. Ramseier, Director Business Development
Gordon is a 40 year veteran of the life science industries. He was a Partner at Booz, Allen and Hamiton Management Consultants, a CEO of two start-ups (Immunetech Pharmaceuticals and Oncotherapeutics, Inc.) a Principal in the Sage Group, Inc, and an active boat owner for 30 years.