In Loving Memory of Mark Woodard
American Custom Yachts expresses great sadness at the passing of its general manager, Mark Woodard. A vital member of the American Family since its beginning, Mark was a good friend and trusted co-worker. His vast knowledge of boat building was an invaluable asset to the company.
A native of Swansboro, North Carolina, Mark entered the boat building industry in 1979 as a cabinet maker for Uniflite boats in Swansboro, which later became Chris Craft. During his time with Uniflite and Chris Craft, Mark worked his way up to become a crew leader, overseeing the construction of production sportfishermen and motoryachts from 44 to 66 feet in length.
In 1987, Mark was asked to join Blackfin Yachts in Fort Lauderdale as a crew leader, supervising the construction and installation of all interior cabinetry in Blackfin's line of production sportfishermen. At the time, Blackfin was investigating the Stuart area with plans to relocate their facility, but decided to stay in Fort Lauderdale. Mark, however, fell in love with Stuart. Reminiscent of his home town, he was intrigued with the number of well-known custom boat builders that make Stuart their home. Willing to start at the ground floor in order to learn the cold-molded wooden boat construction process unique to Stuart custom yacht builders, Mark landed a job as a new boat carpenter for Monterey Yachts. He stayed with Monterey for six years, learning every aspect of wooden boat construction.
When Dominick LaCombe started up ACY in 1993, he brought Mark on board as one of his lead carpenters. Within two years, Mark was promoted to the position of new boat construction supervisor. Overseeing a crew of 75, he supervised the construction of ACY's first seven hulls.
Mark was promoted to general manager in 2002. As general manager, he oversaw the construction of eight additional new hulls, numerous high-profile vessel refits and a constant flow of service work. Maintaining steady leadership with an always-positive attitude, Mark took his job seriously, but was easy going and quick with a joke and a smile.
Mark loved spending time with his family, riding his Harley, playing golf and traveling, and he was a big fan of southern rock and roll music. Mark was active in the Rough Riders Motorcycle Club of Port St. Lucie, serving as the club's former president. He was also very active in his community assisting people in need with their rehabilitation.
Mark will be dearly missed by his wife, Alice, his family and his many friends and co-workers. He will always be remembered for his kindness, humor and great personality.