Tony Ross – Managing Director
After some time naval gazing, Tony Ross decided what it was he wished to be doing with his life. It was a decision to get back to a childhood dream of building a yacht that led him into the marine industry and the Gold Coast.
Taking a year to construct a 50′ Schooner “Carolina”, Tony did the majority of the work with his own hands. Whilst this was good for the soul, he realised he could have his cake and eat it too, so with a strong sales and marketing background and a burning desire to be in the marine industry, he purchased the majority of shares in Ensign Ship Brokers in 2004.
Today, with over 20 years of experience in the boating industry, it is Tony Ross’s tenacious commitment to ethical business standards that ensures you are dealing with an exceptional businessman renowned for results and the ultimate growth of Australia’s largest boat brokerage.
Despite the economic climate, the last few years have been a time of rapid growth for Ensign Ship Brokers in the marine industry. The next few years also promise to be exciting times with selling rights for some of the world’s most prestigious brands including Bavaria, IAG Yachts, Rhea, McConaghy Yachts, Hershein and Voyager Power Catamarans.
Now Australia’s leading brokerage with seven offices Australia wide and satellite offices in Korea, Singapore, China and another slated for Malaysia in 2012, Tony and his specialist team of brokers are synonymous with achieving outstanding results for clients and repeat customers.
Ensign educates clients on how to use and care for their boats and that service extends well into the future of these relationships.
Tony has also ensured that Ensign is an all-encompassing brokerage. With international contacts, Ensign can foster a seamless purchase of overseas vessels including sourcing, inspecting, marine surveys, purchasing, registration transfers, insurance, delivery and importation.
A passionate sailor and owner of many sizes and styles of vessel, he is actively involved in the marine industry community and sits on the committee of Marine Queensland.
Tony is looking to make Ensign Ship Brokers the leading brokerage in the world, and he doesn’t measure that in monetary value, but in buyer and seller satisfaction.
CEO – Sanlorenzo Australia
International Sales Director- Ensign BrokersMark has been in and around the boating industry for many years and is widely known throughout the Australian marine culture particularly in the luxury vessel end of the market. He has been based at the Spit at Main Beach since 2003 after moving up from Sydney to establish a new headquarters. Mark has represented iconic brands such as Princess and Sunseeker and was the QLD importer for Jeanneau Prestige Motor Yachts (World Wide Dealer of the year 2006) as well the famous Williams Performance Jet Tenders.Ensign were appointed by Iconic Italian Super Yacht Brand Sanlorenzo in October 2014 as Brand Representatives for Australasia. Mark works closely with Paul Taylor, Mauro Rosi and Tony Ross in developing the prestigious Super Yacht brand and likewise the International Sales and Brokerage division to continue expansion worldwide.
Gold Coast born and bread and the “Old Salt” of the crew, Peter gained early boating experience crewing charter boats in the Mediterranean in the seventies.
After selling his business in 1980, Peter and some friends bought a 42′ Chapelle Gaff Schooner and sailed it to Rhode Island for the successful Australian Americas Cup Challenge in 1983 as a prelude to cruising the Bahamas, Virgin Islands, Caribbean and adjoining areas for the next four years.
After returning to Australia and with a couple of businesses behind him, Peter joined Ensign as a boat broker and has since fostered some very successful sales.
Peter’s cruising knowledge and experience is available to any potential customers, and he finds great personal satisfaction finding the right boat to suit the buyer, be it power, house or sail.
Jules has grown up around the ocean and boats his whole life. Helping his dad to build ships at the old Ballina, Brunswick Heads and Tweed Heads Slipways planted the seed for his love of boats, the sea and basically constructing and building from scratch anything that moves…cars, bikes, boats, buses, motor homes etc.
In 2007 Jules and his family built their own 40 foot motor home and travelled around the coast of Australia for two years, experiencing all the amazing places in our very own backyard. On his days off you will find him out in his lovingly restored Seafarer runabout with his family wakeboarding, fishing or skurfing.
Ensign Ship Brokers welcomes the addition of Jason Chipp to their team.
Happily married with 3 beautiful children, Jason looks forward to developing strong relationships with all of his clients – whether they be selling, purchasing or enjoying their new boat.
Following the completion of a degree in International Business, Jason has been actively involved in the marine industry for the last 17 years. Working in key management positions, Jason’s hands-on focus has been on the manufacturing and marketing of new fibre glass vessels and it is this thorough understanding of boats, from conception and design right through to launch and after sales support, that will serve Jason well in his new role at Ensign Ship Brokers.
Jason is a specialist ‘New-Boat’ broker and will be responsible for promoting Ensign’s range of new vessels, like the exciting line of Bavaria Power and Sail craft, in addition to servicing the demands of our used boat listings as well.
My boating experience started as a kid sailing on a little VJ and cruising on the family yacht. I have owned and skippered a number of motor boats and yacht. In more recent years I have been racing out of Southport in the Twilight and Offshore racing as well as competing in Brisbane to Gladstone, as well as Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island race weeks.
I have had a number of businesses with a high customer contact and service. With a boating, business and sales background Ensign is a perfect fit with my experience. Located at the Main Beach office I can help sell your boat or help you find that vessel that is the right fit for you.
Jay’s passion for the ocean started at a very young age growing up surfing on the Gold Coast.
This love of surfing lead Jay into a career as a surf videographer and it wasn’t long before international surf wear brand Billabong, asked him to join the team and develop their in-house Audio Visual Department. He spent three and a half years with Billabong honing his marketing skills and travelling the world creating movies and advertising material. During this time Jay worked on surf charter boats throughout Indonesia and realised how incredible it feels to spend time on the water.
Jay decided to leave the position to spend more time at home and with his love of people and desire for a new challenge he started selling real estate. Back on the Gold Coast boating became much more of his life and so did his desire to get involved with the boating industry.
Though mutual friends Jay met Tony and Marianne from Ensign and the opportunity to combine his love for sales, marketing and boats was there, so he took it and has never looked back.
As a broker Jay sets himself apart from the pack with his high level marketing but his true value to his clients is his passion for people, boats and the lifestyle that it brings… whether you’re buying, selling or just enjoying your boat, Jay will be there to help.
Paul comes from the action sports industry and has a great passion for all things boating.
A keen yacht racer, fisherman, and surfer having grown up sailing and boating in Victoria and Queensland along with several extended stints overseas he’s happiest when he’s on the water.
Having built several successful businesses over the past couple of years his enthusiasm, attention to detail, and customer service is second to none.
Growing up with a grandfather of Danish shipwright heritage, who spent his life as a seafarer. It was only natural that I would have a great love for boats. I have very fond memories of the colourful stories of his many escapades crossing the oceans of the world and his love of the sea.
Working with the Ensign team has given me the opportunity to combine my professional skills in business with my life’s passion for boating.
Whether its finding the right boat for you or selling your current vessel Paul will give you honest advice and go out of his way to make the process both enjoyable and a great experience.
Keryn Spriggs is one of Ensign’s high performers in the brokerage team. As a Sales professional Keryn has a proven track record of results and growing list of happy customers. She shares a passion for boating and is committed to delivering the highest levels of customer service.
Possessing thorough marine industry knowledge, extensive sales achievements and marketing expertise of the highest level. Her specialty is in developing successful result driven strategies to create the best possible outcome for her clients
Keryn is tirelessly energetic, hardworking, efficient and resourceful. She has played an instrumental role in achieving numerous successful sales outcomes both in Queensland and the east coast of Australia.
Keryn’s reputation is that of a distinguished professional, and is passionate about achieving the best outcome for sellers and the finding the boat most suitable to buyers.
Having worked in the marine industry since 1992, Andy Howden is a qualified skipper and engineer. Andy has spent the past decades working in the industry all over the world in Australia, the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean. Originally trained in the engineering technical commissioning and customer service aspects of the industry he gained experience in charter, multi brand sales new and second hand, distribution, after sales, service delivery and commissioning aspects of the marine industry. As an active member on the board of the Boating Industry of Australia’s Marine Brokers Association Andy believes in ethical, professional business practice across the industry and is an advocate to ensure the industry has standards that all can be proud of. Andy has always been involved in nautical pursuits himself. Being a keen cruising sailor on both cats and mono hulls, rescue diver, tournament fisherman, surfer, spear fisherman currently trying to find more time for competitive sailing.
Andy can understand your boating needs and desires from a varied background in the marine industry. As a director of Ensign Sydney and the importer of Bavaria Yachts and Power since 2002, he is committed to giving you a new level of customer service. Andy represents true versatility as he deals with power boats, catamarans, yachts passage makers and large Motor Yachts.
Andy says” Ultimately the boat you buy will dictate how you use it ;and where you enjoy it! Getting the equation right is what the TEAM at ENSIGN here to help you with” Whatever vessel you are after, Andy can be the man to help you find it.
From a keen family of water-skiers and wake boarders, Mark began a career in retail sales as a sales manager for Nokia/Vodafone in the UK, continuing for nearly 10 years.
In the mid 2000’s Mark chose to help a friend in a summer job selling luxury power boats where he discovered a taste and talent for boat sales.
From 2006–2008 Mark worked for a Jeanneau Prestige Power dealership helping it win world dealer of the year  and continued in luxury power, yacht boat sales across the South Coast of the UK and Channel Islands until 2010.
Mark began his Australian yacht sales career when he joined the importers for Bavaria Yachts in Sydney.
With a focus on new boat sales, Mark is also familiar with most brokerage power boat and brokerage sailing yacht brands in Australia and around the world.
Kate currently works out of the Ensign Royal Prince Alfred office in Newport. She has previous experience in the medical device industry, working as a Territory and Sales Manager and has also worked in the real estate industry as an Area Manager and General Manager for Century 21.
Kate started sailing when she was 10 years old and has sailed in twilight races on Pittwater for many years. She has her own yacht and can often be found out on Pittwater ‘messing about’ in her boat. Kate is passionate about boating and helping her clients to achieve their boating dreams.
From a young age my love for boating was undeniable, every weekend I spent pestering my family to go out on our American wake boats and ski boats. Upon moving to the Gold Coast however my passion for sailing became apparent where I joined the Paradise Point Sailing club to learn the basics of sailing. After only three weeks of lessons I became a volunteer instructor passing on my newly developed knowledge onto other kids learning to sail.
Although the small sailing boats were enjoyable, my sights were set on bigger boats and after couple of years I joined Ensign Ship Brokers. Here my job started out by cleaning and polishing boats which I did for about 4-5 years, all the while slowly developing my knowledge on all the many aspects of boats. Now I am a broker and am enjoying the boating industry more than ever, everyday I am meeting new people, creating everlasting friendships, and learning new and exciting things every day.