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.
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.
Thanks for taking the time to take a look at our crew page. Having worked in the marine industry for more then 20 years I’m pleased to say Ensign Brokers is by far the best company I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with (and my wife would agree!). Their professionalism and support is a breath of fresh air in an industry that seems to attract more then its fair share of part–timers and fly-by-nighters. If you are in the market for a new or brokerage vessel, or perhaps looking to sell your current vessel, I know you will be well looked after. I can personally vouch for our dedicated office staff, marketing team, any of the brokers and most certainly the very hands on management team.
Now about me. My passion is people. Having owned boats, sold boats, built boats and had my own boat manufacturing facility, I am thoroughly familiar with all facets of boating and love the relationships I have built up along the way. You will find I am very dedicated and committed to ensuring your happiness. I am very excited about the range of new catamarans, yachts and power boats that we sell and would welcome the opportunity to discuss any number of options with you to make sure you get the result that’s best for you.
Tony has grown up around and in the water with an interest in boats very apparent from a young age.
“As a six year old living in Fiji my weekends were spent at a resort on the Coral Coast, my parents always knew where to find me. From daylight until dusk I would be at the Resort Boat Hire Shed with the local Fijian Resort Staff, you couldn’t drag me away from the boats!”
Tony’s first boat was at the age of 11 when he took up sailing.
The sailing was fairly short lived however, after moving to the Gold Coast in 1987 he soon discovered his passion for powered water craft.
Tony is based at our Mariners Cove Gold Coast Office and specializes in Power Boats, Cruisers and Motor Yachts.
As a Gold Coast Local Tony is focused on Customer Retention along with repeat and referral business.
Tony offers a Professional and Motivated approach to listing your vessel along with very strong business ethics!
James joined the Ensign Sunshine Coast crew at Mooloolaba toward the end of 2017. Previously managing an export company overseas and a100 ton coastal trading vessel servicing the Pacific Islands. Prior to that, an extensive career in IT sales and marketing, and also owned a marine services business and worked as a boat broker in Far North Queensland.
James was introduced to sailing on Corsairs by his uncle in his late teens and developed into a passion for cruising boats and racing, with several ‘Coral Sea Classics’ under his belt and a Darwin Ambon race, Lasers and Hobie Cats races and crewed in an Australian S80 championship in WA.
Having the opportunity to work with the Ensign team, providing excellent service and building relationships with customers on new and brokerage boats is a huge passion.
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 in the UK, continuing for nearly 10 years.
In the mid 2000’s Mark was offered a 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 national brand marketing in his current role, 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.
After completing University I spent a few years as a contract Civil Engineer but my yearning for the sea forced me to turn my back on Engineering and I entered the surf industry and have never looked back.
In the late 70’s while surfing in Hawaii I saw these crazy guys riding long surfboards with a sail at Diamond Head and immediately new I had to get into this. Within a few years I was involved in the fledging sailboard industry in Australia, exporting boards and components around the world and of course getting the opportunity to race/wave jump in unbelievable locations.
Having lived most of my life on the Mornington Peninsula surfing and sailing it was only a matter of time for me to get more involved in the keel boat racing scene in Victoria. My yacht “Bushranger Ensign Racing” is a common sight at regattas not just on Port Phillip Bay but also venturing out into Bass Straight ocean racing.
Being based at Martha Cove Marina on the Mornington Peninsula Victoria it has given me a great opportunity to build the Ensign / Bavaria brand which I expect to cultivate further by building sound foundations with our ever increasing client base.
I started racing catamarans with my father on Pittwater when I was 12. Since then I have been sailing/racing regularly on boats of many different types and sizes on the harbour, offshore up and down the east coast, Hamilton Island race weeks, and have competed in State, National and World championships in many different classes. Most recently I sailed on a 54ft Nautitech in the ARC across the Atlantic. I still own a 12ft dinghy, a Hobie 17 and a 38ft yacht plus a kayak which enables me to be out on the water in some form at any opportunity. As my wife says, being on a boat is my happy place.
I have worked all over Australasia as a civil projects manager for 20 years, and then moved into equipment rental and sales, co-running my own business for 7 years and then 3 years as MD of a subsidiary for a foreign multi-national manufacturer.
I also used to own a SCUBA dive shop running it on the weekends for many years, so I am thrilled to be again working in an industry where I can help people fulfil their dreams and share in creating enjoyable times for them and their families & friends.
After all, a bad day on the water is still better than a good day at work.
Selling your pride and joy is a big decision and deserves to be managed efficiently and professionally, and I assure you Ensign are the right brokers to do this with you.
I look forward to meeting you and your family when this time comes and/or matching your desires and requirements in finding a suitable new or replacement vessel.
Boating has been my passion for over 50 years, my early childhood was spent on Sydney’s waterways where I started racing dinghies at Avalon Sailing club. A combination of competition Water Skiing & fishing filled in the rest of my early leisure time.
Yacht racing overtook my other interests, with my first trip overseas representing Australia in 1976 & also competing at Cowes Week. My interest in yachting became my career when in 1977 I started with Fraser Sails giving me the taste of project managing and campaigning many of Australia`s most successful yachts at both national and international level, a career path that has continued over many decades now. With multiple wins both outright & line honours in the Sydney Hobart Race along with numerous Hamilton Island Race Week wins, plus Podium results at many overseas regattas. I have been blessed with seeing the world whilst competing with & against many of the best sailors in the world.
In mid 1990 I ventured into selling yachts & started my own brokerage in 1998, specializing in the importation & sale of boats to the performance yachting market along with the distribution & importation of production Sail & Motor boats which I continued for over the next 17 years, before selling the business.
The past 10 years has seen me also turn my interest to competition Game Fishing, owning & campaigning 3 Game fishing Sports boats has seen my team enjoy considerable success in many of the Tournaments along the NSW coast.
After a 2 year break away from boat sales, I am back representing & working with the team at Ensign Ship Brokers to provide 1st class service in the sale of clients boats whilst also assisting clients purchase the very best boat to suit their needs & desires.