Born and raised in southern New Jersey, Jim has grown up in the hospitality industry. His family owned and operated a restaurant and motel in Cape May County.
After attending Stockton College for one year, he then transferred to York College of Pa. In 2001, he graduated from York with a degree in business management and a minor in human resources. Though his main interest was always the hospitality industry, Jim pursued other interests before joining the Yacht Club of Sea Isle City in 2005 as head bartender/bar manager. As his management skills and familiarity with the club grew, so did his responsibilities. He became an obvious choice to oversee all club management when the General Manager position became available in 2007. During the 2012/13 season, Jim helped manage the transition from the previous club to a brand new building. During his tenure, membership was increased and revenue generating special events doubled. Jim currently resides in Cape May Court House, NJ.
Heather Garrabrant is the Event Coordinator for the club. Heather began her career in the hospitality business after studying at Stockton College. She worked for the Pilot House Restaurant in Cape May for ten years, learning the business from the ground up. Her responsibilities included dining room, beverage and sales management.
She left Pilot House to study at the Empire Education Group. She went from student to working in their Financial Aid department. She then advanced to Sales. In these positions she garnered experience in invoice preparation, guiding decision making for students, and attending sales seminars to increase her skills and knowledge.
In 2007, she returned to the hospitality business by joining the staff of the Yacht Club of Sea Isle City. Her current responsibilities include dining room and special event management. She has planned and coordinated weddings, galas, special events, fundraisers and family parties for Club members and the City of Sea Isle. Local media has praised several events for their originality and overall management.
Heather resides in North Cape May with her husband, Kevin, and two children, Lyla and Layne.
Kevin grew up in North Wildwood where his family owned and operated a popular family steak and seafood restaurant. After graduating from Wildwood High School he attended Colorado State University. After college he moved back to Cape May County in 1992, and worked as a Sous Chef at the Captains table restaurant until 1998. He then moved to Cape May's 410 Bank Street for the next several years. Kevin is proud to be the head chef at the YCSIC, and looks forward to serving our membership in the future.
Michael joined the Yacht Club staff in November 2018. Micheal and his wife Beth live in Egg Harbor Twp with their two boys Michael Jr.(6yr) & Patrick(4yr). Michael comes to us after spending 18 years at the Springfield Inn. You may recognize him if you ever frequented the Carousel beach bar during the summer months. Michael has some strong Sea Isle ties, his sister Debbie Laricks has been a member of the club for many year. Michael's in-laws, Anthony & Lynn Gibson own a home on Venicean and have also been long-time members. Next time you are in please say hello and welcome Michael aboard!!
|John Duffy (Duff)|
John is the Coordinator for the Sailing Program and Yearbook here at the club. John was born in Media PA, and has lived all over Japan, California, Hawaii, Georgia and is currently a resident of Avalon NJ. John grew up spending summers in Sea Isle City, working for many businesses in the areas along the east coast. His family were members of YCSIC and that is where he learned to sail and appreciate the club for what it has to offer. John has a degree from West Chester University in Education as well as a degree from the Art Institute of Atlanta in Marketing/Art and Web Development. John worked as a Teacher (Washington Middle School) and a Web Developer (AIG) for a while, then decided to move to the beach and started working for the Club. John is looking to improve the yearbook year after year with a new creative perspective and is currently trying to develop the Sailing program. “We have grown and have also been improving our standings, our team has gone from last to 2, and in some individual cases 1st place racers overall." "I look forward to seeing you around the club!"
Born and raised in Sea Isle City a 3rd generation native. I started cooking at age 13 at Phil’s Famous Pizzeria and continued to work locally at several restaurants including running the well-known "Breakfast Garden" for several years in the late 90s.I Graduated from Stockton University in 2000 with a BA in communications and began freelance writing as well as pursuing cooking. Before joining the Yacht Club in 2014 I worked at Basilico’s in the summers and for Soma Chefs in Costa Rica for the winters. Currently I freelance culinary writings and photography as well as Sous Chef for the Club.
Born and raised in North Wildwood where parents owned a restaurant called Garrabrant’s. Went to Montclair college for Education. Summer jobs were always in the food industry. Dot has spent over 23 years as an operating manager for 410 Bank Street, Fresco’s Restaurant and Carpenters’ Square Mall in Cape May. After working for a hotel in Avalon, Dot was invited to join the staff here at the Yacht Club of Sea Isle City as one of our Floor Managers. She is looking to put her stamp on our club. Say hello to her when you see her. She is a wonderful person.
Born and raised in Wynnewood Pennsylvania Michelle has been spending her summers In Sea Isle since 1999. Michelle has worked in underwriting and sales as well as owning a children's retail store. After visiting the yacht club with family for several years she was offered a position as a hostess in 2018, what started as a few nights a week quickly grew to becoming part of the Yacht Club team. Michelle takes pride in making sure that our members are always enjoying themselves and working on ways to improve the guest experience. Michelle was recently offered a position as Dining Room Manager and ls looking forward to our upcoming season with our members. Michelle resides in Ardmore Pennsylvania with her husband, Tom, and two children, Michael, and Kayla.
Born in Brookland NY where he lived most of his life, moved to Puerto Rico then at 21 moved to Wildwood NJ and currently lives in Cape May Court House. Willy started working at the YCSIC in 2009 in the kitchen. In 2013 he moved to Head Maintenance when the new building was built. He maintains the entire building and helps set up for weddings and special events. Willy is a family man, he takes pride in what he does and is willing to help anyone at any time. If you see him say Hi! I’m sure you will catch a hello back with a smile.