We would like to wish all our Sunnyland members a Happy New Year.
With the new year, there were new Sunnyland directors installed on the board. We would like to introduce you to the new directors.
Born in Stratford, Ct. in 1963, Danny joined the Stratford Fire Department in 1984. After working for 26 years, he was able to retire from the Fire Department as Assistant Chief in 2011, and purchased a home in Fort Myers, Florida. Danny currently work’s for All Water Excursions in Bonita Springs, Florida as a boat captain, running a shuttle boat for the Hyatt Regency, along with sunset and eco cruises. He spent many summers on Lake Zoar, where he gained his appreciation and love of boats. When house hunting, Danny only looked for houses on that lake and was able to buy a small cottage in Southbury, Ct. with his wife Eileen, and daughter Kasey in 1993.
Having attended wooden boat shows in Connecticut, Lake George, Clayton NY, and New Hampshire for years he finally joined ACBS Southern New England Chapter in 2010. When he moved to Florida in 2013 he joined the Sunnyland Chapter and began attending the wooden boat festivals in Fort Myers and Tavares. He had the pleasure of working at the Sunnyland wooden boat festival on the docks a couple of years ago and this year had the honor of being Dock Master. What a great experience this has been and he said that he has met so many great people.
Danny is currently restoring a 1958 Whirlwind mahogany plywood outboard, with a 1958 35 hp motor. He is looking forward to many years of involvement in this fantastic hobby.
Captain Howard Wanamaker, U.S. Navy (Ret.)
1st Vice President
A native of Miami, Florida, Captain Howard Wanamaker graduated December 1990 from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering. Upon graduation he was commissioned and two years later earned his naval flight officer “Wings of Gold.” Throughout his 26 years in the United States Navy, Wanamaker served in numerous E-2C Hawkeye squadrons and commands. He was selected to command an E-2C squadron, VAW-123 “Screwtops,” and command the third largest installation in the world, Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida. He also deployed onboard many east coast aircraft carriers, accumulating over 3,000 flight hours, 75 combat missions, and 470 carrier arrested landings. He holds an Executive Master of Business Administration with Distinction from Naval Postgraduate School and received the Rear Admiral Thomas R. McClellan Award for Academic Excellence.
After retiring from the Navy in 2016, Wanamaker joined Hanania Automotive Group, the largest automotive group in Northeast Florida, as Director of Human Resources and Chief Strategy Officer. In June 2019, Wanamaker was selected by the Clay County Board of County Commissioners to serve as County Manager. Clay County, Florida, has a total area of 644 square miles, over 219,000 residents, and employees over 1,400 team members. As County Manger, Wanamaker implements and executes the policies, ordinances, and budgets adopted by the Board, and directly oversees the management and operations of Clay County.
Wanamaker resides in Fleming Island, Florida, with his wife Teri. They own “Nellie,” a 1938 Chris-Craft Special Sportsman.
2nd Vice President
Alan resides in Stuart, Florida, with his wife, Danielle, and they have been members of the Antique & Classic Boat Society and Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club for around six years. Alan is currently retired, but previously worked in the power-generation industry training nuclear reactor operators in the areas of scientific fundamentals and power-plant systems. Alan has had a lifelong love affair with wooden boats, triggered (no doubt) by his father’s passion for boating and exploring the Great Lakes during his childhood. In fact, Alan grew up near the original Chris-Craft facility in Algonac, Michigan, and “just around the corner” from Gar Wood’s factory in Mount Clemens. Alan is in the process of restoring a 1951 Chris-Craft Sportsman Utility and he said he is grateful for the assistance and friendship extended by the many Sunnyland members in the Mount Dora/Tavares area. Alan hopes to honor these friendships and “pay it forward” to the club by serving on your Board of Directors.
Jed R. Wolcott
Jed is a Certified Public Accountant and former Owner-President of Wolcott & Associates, P.A., a CPA firm with a practice limited to aviation and business jet aircraft owners and operators. He also owned Flight Tax Systems, LLC, an aviation tax software publishing company. Jed recently transferred ownership of both companies to long-time staff members. Jed is originally from Michigan, and graduated from Marmion Military Academy in Aurora, Illinois. He attended Ohio State University and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Franklin University. He received a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in 1974.
Jed is Treasurer and Director of two 501(c)(3) organizations, Honor Flight South Florida, which takes veterans to view the war memorials in Washington DC. He is also Treasurer of Florida Vintage Raceboat Club, which hosts regattas each year at the Tavares, FL Marina.
Jed is a boating enthusiast, and owns a vintage Donzi Classic 18 2+3. He also owns and races a vintage 1965 Ruark 134cc S-Class single-seat racing inboard hydroplane, Blue Chips, which was APBA National Champion in 1968. Jed takes Ruark to vintage race boat events each year in central and east-coast U.S. venues. Jed also owns a 1983 Reynard Formula Ford open wheel, single-seat race car, in which he competes in vintage race car events around the U.S. His most recent event was a Sports Vintage Race Association (SVRA) Formula Ford invitational race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Jed is a licensed pilot and Searey amphibious aircraft owner, and his experience includes corporate officer positions with airlines, major fixed base operators, regional commuter airlines, and CFR Part 135 charter operators. In 1981, as Chief Financial Officer, Jed helped found Northeastern International Airlines, a post-deregulation Part 121 airline. At its peak, the airline was operating 16 commercial jet aircraft to 21 cities, grossing $250 million, and serving 1.9 million passengers annually. Jed left the airline in 1984 and after serving as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of a regional airline, formed Wolcott & Associates, P.A.
Jed is a member of the National Business Aviation Association Tax Committee, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, and ACBS, Sunnyland Chapter. He has presented over 100 webinars, is a published author, speaks regularly at NBAA Tax Conferences and Tax Forums, AOPA Summits, and other aviation tax meetings.
John lives with his wife Karen in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. They moved there 25 years ago from the New Jersey suburbs of Philadelphia. They have three children, two grandchildren, two dogs and two grand puppies.
John is a semi-retired attorney, concentrating his practice in Wills, Trusts and Estates. John has served with numerous charitable organizations and as President of the local chapters of the Boy Scouts of America and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and is presently Counsel to the Palm Beach Police Foundation.
John is a collector of antique and classic boats and does most of the work himself. The present fleet includes:
23’ Herreshoff Marlin fiberglass sailboat, built by Cape Cod Shipbuilding in 1957
20’ Australian Secret 20 gaff rigged cutter wooden sailboat, custom built in 2003
17’ Norwegian designed gaff rigged wooden lapstrake sloop, custom built in 2003
18’ Cruisers, Inc. Sea Camper lapstrake outboard, built 1961
14’ Penn Yan Trailboat outboard, built 1950
15’ sliding seat wooden rowboat built by John in 1986
George Emmanuel was born in Pensacola, Florida and grew up on the water. His passion for wood boats developed when his dad purchased the family’s 1958 30’ Sea Skiff and his dad let him skipper it at age 10. His first wood boat in 1959 was a 12 foot plywood runabout with an Evinrude 5.5 followed by an 18. Since 1987 George has been restoring boats beginning with a 1958 15’ Cavalier that won a Chris Craft sponsored Craftsmanship Award at the 1989 Mt. Dora show, followed by a 1952 PennYan, 1948 Lyman, 1948 Swift, and currently is finishing up a 1955 Chris Craft 17’ Sportsman.
George is actively involved in the Antique Outboard Motor Club Inc. and has served as its treasurer since 2006. He has been a board member of Sunnyland Chapter ACBS since 2015 and a member of ACBS since 1989. In addition he is past president of the Florida Chapter of AOMCI and has over 100 vintage outboards in his collection dating back to 1914.
George is a graduate of the University of West Florida with a BS in Marketing and has had a long career as a professional musician recording two record albums. He is the retired owner of Merritt Enterprises Heavy Equipment Rental.
Ed has been an ACBS member since 1999 and he is currently a member of the Sunnyland & Manotick chapters.
Ed is a graduate Mechanical Engineer, and have held various engineering and senior manufacturing management positions over the years, starting at a major multi-national manufacturing company, then moving to a single operation manufacturing startup which progressed to a multi-plant organization with manufacturing operations in the US, Canada, and Europe during his time there. Following this career, Ed started and successfully operated a small manufacturing company in Sarasota for twelve years.
Ed’s lifelong love of active boating began with the building of a 16 ft. runabout at the age of 15, and progressed through racing Laser & 470 class sailboats with his wife Dianne, through to enjoying a 22 ft. racing / cruising sailboat.
Currently, Ed and Dianne own (and use whenever possible) a 1951 Chris Craft Racing Runabout, a 1968 Bertram 20 Sportsman, a 1981 J22 sailboat, and a 1981 Boston Whaler 17 Montauk, with a few others besides. Ed completed full restorations on the Bertram and J22 over a number of years during weekends and holidays.
Since selling his business in January, 2020, Ed and Dianne are embarking on a life of leisure (kind of), splitting their time between their home in Sarasota, and a cottage on Big Rideau Lake (part of the historic Rideau Canal system) in Ontario, Canada, as well as spending time with their two sons and their spouses.
Our returning board of directors serving their second year of a two year term.