7/19/2013

NORTH SAILS HIRES ZACH MASON IN FORT LAUDERDALE, FL

Veronica Brown

Experienced sailmaker to join sales team in South Florida

North Sails announced today that Zach Mason, an experienced sailor and sailmaker, has joined the North Sails sales team in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Originally from Jupiter, FL, Zach will work closely with North's Mike Toppa and the entire Fort Lauderdale-based sail care team.

Zach Mason
"Zach's background in both sailing and sailmaking is vast and very comprehensive," said Mike Toppa. "He has sailed on everything from J/22s to classic wooden boats. He has also been a sailmaker for more than five years so he has a lot of experience both repairing and building sails and he has worked on the sales side as well," Toppa continued. "He has a great personality and is very approachable which makes him a perfect fit in the South Florida market."

A junior sailor who cruised with his family throughout the Bahamas, Zach has raced on many one design boats including: Etchells, J/105s, Beneateau 36.7s, Melges 20s and J/22s. He has also raced on bigger PHRF boats, grand prix yachts, superyachts and classic boats. While on summer breaks from Eckerd College in St Petersburg, FL, Zach campaigned a J/22 and was his college sailing team captain.

"I joined North Sails because I see it as a great opportunity to work with some very talented and experienced people like Mike Toppa," Zach said. "I want to continue my sailmaking career and when I learned there was a position open at North, I jumped at the chance to join the world's biggest sailmaker. I started just two weeks ago and I have already learned a ton and have been reading the North 'Blue Book' (North's internal handbook for sailmakers) to learn as much as I can about North technology and the products we sell. I've known Mike for a long time and I am excited to work with him and learn from him. He seems like a very genuine and honest guy and I look forward to a great relationship."

Zach will concentrate on the South Florida market combining his skills and knowledge to assist both racing and cruising sailors. "We welcome Zach to our team and we look forward to introducing him to local clients and potential clients," Toppa concluded.

Zach can be reached by sending an email to: zach.mason@northsails.com or calling: 1-954-522-8840