Meet the Team

Steve Zimmerman



Steve Zimmerman is the founder and President of Zimmerman Marine, Inc. Steve has logged several thousand miles on the water, including the entire East Coast from Canada to the Caribbean, the Pacific Northwest from Anacortes WA to Glacier Bay Alaska, and over forty trips between the Chesapeake and Long Island Sound. He has raced, cruised, and worked as a paid hand and captain.

Steve graduated from the University of Virginia and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. While in college Steve developed and directed a non-profit consumer protection agency which mediated complaints between consumers and merchants.

Max Parker

Operations Manager & Mathews Yard Manager


Max Parker is a confirmed boat nut and loves just about everything involved with being on the water. He has been in the boating industry for over 15 years involved in all aspects of vessel repair. He has been with ZMI for over a decade working as a rigger, electrician, and systems tech. From cruising his Island Packet 31 with his family to delivering boats up and down the east coast, he rarely passes up a chance to test a boat.

Max graduated from East Carolina University with a degree in Communications.

Kathryn Perry

Business Operations


Kathryn grew up on Gwynn’s Island in Mathews County VA and first learned the ropes from her dad in the family marine business. Kathryn has worked in the marine industry for over 15 years and has been involved in accounting, purchasing, scheduling, sales, & marketing. She is a graduate of Virginia Tech, with a degree in Management and is fascinated with human resources, psychology and what makes a businesses successful. Kathryn manages our admin staff at all locations, oversees our database, manages our benefits, and has overall responsibility for A/R, A/P, payroll, and financial information.

Haywood May

Yacht Purchase Support


Haywood grew up in New Bern, NC, spending most of his free time from an early age on the water. He was fortunate to have grandparents and parents who loved the water, and cannot remember a time when there was not some kind of boat in the family. Haywood attended NC State and St. Andrews College, graduating in 1972 with majors in Business and Economics.

He and his wife Vicky sailed to Maine in 1979, intending to stay a few weeks. They have not left yet. He managed a yacht yard in Maine for 16 years, and has made 20+ round trips on the inland waterway, many trips to the Southeast Coast of Nova Scotia, and one transatlantic sailing trip.

Haywood and Vicky live in Southwest Harbor, Maine.

Adam Sadeg

Yard Manager - Deltaville


Adam, a California native, grew up sailing on San Francisco Bay. He taught sailing at San Diego State University and has owned and campaigned many boats. Adam has over 30,000 ocean miles racing and cruising on the west coast from Oregon to Zihuatanejo, Mexico. He comes to us from Svendsen’s Boat Works in the San Francisco Bay Area where he was the Boatyard Foreman.

Adam graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Economics.

Mike Moore

Service Coordinator - Deltaville


Mike had an early start in boat work, regularly being sent off to scoop out the leaky skiff at his granddad’s Mathews County farm. He learned to sail with his dad on Smith Mountain Lake in southwest Virginia. Manufacturing and accounting careers followed after completion of a Chemistry degree from West Virginia University. Branching off into the maritime trades, he worked as a deckhand with Woodwind Schooners in Annapolis, where he also taught sailing at Chesapeake Sailing School. Before joining Zimmerman Marine, he was general manager of Cutts and Case Shipyard in Oxford, Maryland.

Ian Zimmerman

Yard Manager - Herrington Harbour


Ian has been around boats and boat yards literally since he was born. The Zimmerman family lived adjacent to the original Mathews yard, and Ian grew up playing around the boatyard. Swinging in a bosun's chair from the yard crane was one of many ways he experienced the boat yard setting. The yard provided many opportunities to experience sailing on a wide variety of boats. Ian attended Stevenson University in Towson MD where he played basketball and earned a business degree. After college Ian started his own boat detailing business, and worked for several other companies before joining ZMI.

J Jess

Yard Manager - Southport


J is originally from the West coast and has lived in 8 states across the country. That gave him a wonderful opportunity to meet many great people from all over. He has always loved the water and has been around boats most of his life. When he moved to NC in 2003 it was a natural fit for him to start his boat career working as the lead electrician for Rampage and Cruisers Yachts. He also supervised the Quality Assurance department for large Bayliner and Maxum boats. His love of boats has kept him in the industry along with the great great people he has met and worked with.

In his spare tome J enjoys hunting, fishing, boating, camping and just absorbing the wonderful area he lives in.

Adam Spiliotis

Yamaha Sales/Service - Southport


Adam is a North Carolina native that has been around boats and the water most of his life. He has logged several thousand hours in the backwaters of Brunswick County as well as offshore fishing in the gulf stream.

He has been in the marine industry for 16 years in marina service operations. Adam is captain for the Zimmerman Marine fishing team, which fishes around 12 tournaments a year. He is a believer in team building and general camaraderie.


Steve Wallace

Yard Manager - Charleston


Steve Wallace, a Maine native, started his career in the New York area, building and managing marinas. He gradually became more involved in the service side, and has managed boatyards in New England, Texas, and Virginia, where he served as ZMI's operations manager for five years. Steve has sailed extensively, along the East coast from Maine to Florida, and in the Caribbean. Despite his Maine roots, Steve feels at home in warmer climates, and North Carolina suits him well.

Steve graduated from Maine Maritime Academy with a degree in marine management.