Freedom Boat Club has appointed Maryland entrepreneurs and father/daughter team Larry and JoAnna Goldberg to its growing ranks of franchise owner/operators.
JoAnna Goldberg is president and partner of Fairwinds Marina, LLC and FWBC. She and Larry, president of Real Estate Management Associates and managing partner of Fairwinds Marina LLC and FWBC, are based in Annapolis, Md. The Goldbergs assume exclusive rights to the Freedom Boat Club franchise throughout the state of Maryland, including acquisition of the corporate-owned club currently situated at Port Annapolis Marina on Back Creek.
“We are extremely pleased to welcome Larry and JoAnna Goldberg to the Freedom Boat Club franchise family,” said FBC President and CEO John Giglio. “The Goldbergs’ strong business acumen, marine industry experience and focus on customer service, coupled with their long-term vision for Freedom Boat Club in this robust boating state, is in direct alignment with our goals for growth and expansion.”
The new franchise organization is named Freedom Yacht and Boat Club of Maryland. Dan Somerville remains aboard as general manager of the new organization. A second club at Fairwinds Marina on the Magothy River will open April 15, 2016, with multiple new locations planned throughout the state. The Goldbergs will offer a full range of new boats from 18 to 26 feet including runabouts, center consoles, dual consoles, walkarounds, deckboats and daysailers.
“We acquired the Freedom Boat Club franchise due to its great reputation for excellent customer service,” said JoAnna Goldberg. “We believe opening and growing the club in Maryland will greatly enhance the availability of boating on the Chesapeake and its tributaries to Marylanders who seek access to high quality, safe boats without the hassles and expenses of boat ownership.