Andrew Sturner – Founder, President & CEO
Aqua Marine Partners, LLC
A life-long boater, Mr. Andrew Sturner founded Aqua Marine Partners, LLC
(AMP) in 2002. Mr. Sturner, a North Miami Beach resident, led the acquisition of Hi-Lift Marina, a 269-slip, full-service marina, and its 30-year-old boat dealership. A seasoned executive with a proven entrepreneurial track record, Mr. Sturner founded AMP to locate and invest in marine industry companies.
AMP owns, develops and manages marinas in the United States on behalf of itself and its equity partners. AMP is also founder and strategic investor to a portfolio of leading marine industry companies, including Vertical Yacht Club Development (VYCD), which is pioneering a renaissance in the marine industry with its flagship development Vertical Yacht Club Marina Mile in Fort Lauderdale. In early 2007, VYCD and AMP unveiled plans for Vertical Yacht Club Thunder Alley, a state-of-the-art dry storage marina in Aventura.
Prior to founding AMP, Mr. Sturner was a founding executive of two start-up ventures. He served as President of Corporate & Business Development of SportsLine.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLN), the publisher of cbs.sportsline.com. He joined SportsLine in 1995 and managed all aspects of domestic and international business development initiatives, corporate development, M&A, e-commerce and legal affairs for the company.
Before joining SportsLine, Mr. Sturner served as the Vice President of Business Development for MovieFone (NASDAQ: MOFN), after he sold his company, Interactive Services, to MovieFone in 1994.
After graduating with a Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School in 1990, he worked as an attorney in the bankruptcy, workout & restructuring department of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP. Mr. Sturner received a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Washington University and is admitted to the New York, Connecticut and Washington, D.C. Bars.
Mr. Sturner is an active member of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida and was formerly a Director of the International Marina Institute where he served as treasurer before it merged with Marina Operators Association of America in 2004. He sits in the U.S. Legislative and Government Relations (MOAA) Advisory Committee of the Association of Marina Industries.