As the national governing body for the sport of sailing, these are exciting times for
. Scuttlebutt editor Craig Leweck took a tour of the organization's new facility in Bristol, RI and met up with Chief Executive Officer Jack Gierhart for an update.
Let’s start with some history of the offices.
Initially, the office was at 44th Street at the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan. The next stop was Goat Island, which early on was just a two or three person office. Soon enough growth required the move up to Portsmouth to the Ted Hood building which has been our location for the past 20 years.
There we had flexibility of expanding as we grew further, and we were lucky to have Ted Hood and his son as landlords working with us as we increased the space.
The problem was the layout. It was a bunch of really small offices and hallways, and we had four or five different areas in the building. Collaboration was difficult as there was not one place in the office where you could look and see more than two people. It was fragmented and not in synch with how the organization ...