APS Welcomes New Faces to the Staff

Over the past couple months, APS has hired on a bunch of fresh new faces. We like to use the reach of our Blog to introduce some of the great new people that have joined our staff.

Ben MacIntire

Hailing from just over the border in Lewes, DE, Ben MacIntire joins the team in the rigging department. Ben took sometime to open up to Stern Scoop about himself:

What’s your favorite boat to sail?

Queso or Guacamole?

What do you do when you’re not sailing or working at APS?

What weighs more, a pound of feathers or a pound of bricks?
Are they both on the same planet? Gravity can be fickle.

Have you ever eaten a crayon?
Not that I can remember.

What’s your most memorable experience sailing?
Any good thunderstorm at night.

What boat(s) are you sailing now?
5o5’s and Mobjack’s

Is there anyone you’d like to thank?
Yes, everyone over at my yacht club in Lewes, Sarah Lester, and Jeff Futcher, Thanks!

José Turcios

Working hard to keep our website up to date is José Turcios. José comes to APS with a blue water sailing background and a love for traveling. Next time you notice the fine, high quality detail of our product images and descriptions on the site…thank José.

What’s your most memorable experience sailing?
Hightailing it out of Surinam on a Saddler 34 with a self acknowledged, crotchety Englishman. Our mast may or may not have taken out a little village’s power. We double handed upwind for almost 5 days to get to Barbados. There were lots of rolling storms so it was a lot of work, but it felt great being out there. I learned a lot thanks to that old, solo circumnavigator.

Queso or Guacamole?

If you were a boat what kind of boat would you be? Why?
Either Meteor, a 170 foot aluminum gaff rigged schooner superyacht as built by Royal Huisman or the old Olympic Dragon…classy lines and legs
to boot.

What is your favorite regatta venue?
Isle of Wight for Cowes Week.

What’s your favorite brand of gear?

Do you have any hidden talents?
How to make millions and millions of Kuwaiti Dinars, but apparently it’s too well hidden.

Ryan Niland

An Annapolis area native Ryan Niland joins APS as the Web Content Editor. A former sailmaker and a recent graduate of St. Mary’s college, Ryan spends most of his off time working or sailing his J/24. Be sure to keep an eye out for some of Ryan’s work on our Facebook, Twitter, and here on our Blog.

When did you start sailing?
Age 8

What’s your most memorable experience sailing?
Winning the A0 class in the 2008 Gov. Cup with a boat full of college buddies.

What’s your favorite boat(s) to sail?
J/24, Taylor 40

Do you collect anything?
Hockey sweaters

What do you do when you’re not sailing or working at APS?
Right now…boat work.

If you could have chosen your own name what name would it be?

Look for more updates soon on our other new employees. And if you are interested in joining our staff always keep your eye on the employment page of our site.

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