Robert J. Browne
CHAIRMAN | CEO | FOUNDER
Robert Browne founded Aqua Gulf in 1966.
The company originated as a New York-based transportation company with a single truck that Browne drove himself. Throughout the following four decades, Browne proved to be an industry pioneer by creating the continued growth, innovation and expansion that Aqua Gulf and its customers enjoy today.
ROBERT M. Browne
PRESIDENT | AQUA GULF XPRESS
Dr. Robert M. Browne, who’s father started Aqua Gulf in 1966, brings second generation experience with him to the company. Being with the company since Robert was a child, he has experienced growth in every area ranging from trucking and warehousing to international import/export and back office logistics. Browne attended St. John’s University in New York and continued his professional education by obtaining a Doctorate of Chiropractic in 1999 from Life University in Marietta, Georgia. Before returning to the family business, Dr. Browne maintained a private practice in Staten Island, New York. He was past President and is currently a member of Regent’s Council and Board of Directors of New York Chiropractic Council. Previously, Browne had served for years on the National Board of Directors of the American Parkinson Disease Association.
VP | BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Scott Fernandez joined Aqua Gulf after 25 years on the ocean carrier side of the business. Most recently Chief Commercial Officer at Trailer Bridge, he held various senior leadership positions in Sales, Process Improvement, and Coastwise Shipping with Horizon Lines. Scott began his career in 1982 sailing as a USCG Licensed Deck Officer with Sun Oil Company. He joined Sea-Land Service, Inc. in 1987 and advanced into both Operations and Sales leadership positions. Scott focuses on expanding the Aqua Gulf business model into new markets and partnering with customers in support of their supply chains. Scott holds a Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation from the State University of New York Maritime College at Fort Schuyler and a Master of Business Administration from Davis College of Business at Jacksonville University.
PRESIDENT | AQUA GULF TRANSPORT
Sergio Sandrin joined the company in 1999.
Since that time, he has contributed greatly to Aqua Gulf’s innovation, including building Aqua Gulf’s industry-leading information technology platform and Customer Service Portal. Sandrin, whose family owned several transportation companies, grew up in the industry. He brings more than 20 years of experience in transportation and IT to his leadership role at Aqua Gulf. Sandrin studied at Northeastern University, graduating with a BS in Transportation and Logistics Management.
VP | SALES
Mark Davey joined Aqua Gulf in 1993.
He plays a critical role in developing key accounts and driving Aqua Gulf’s growing logistics business. Davey manages the Northeastern Sales team and is the leader for many of AquaGulf’s largest national accounts. Prior to AquaGulf, Davey worked for several different ocean carriers. He graduated from King’s College with degrees in Business Administration and Marketing.
VP & GM | PUERTO RICO
Luis Velez has been with Aqua Gulf for 21 years. Starting in the industry at 22 years old, he worked for Sea Barge in the Port of Jacksonville. Luis became familiar, very quickly, with transportation and logistics since his father, who worked for Navieras for many years, is a veteran in the trade. Luis started in customer service for Aqua Gulf in Boca Raton, FL and has worked in several positions for the company, including Collections and Sales in Puerto Rico. Luis started up the Logistics branch for Aqua Gulf Transport, which has been an invaluable addition to the company and a fantastic addition to the trade.
VP | CUSTOMER SERVICE
Joseph Janer Has been with Aqua Gulf for 20 years.
He joined the company with over 26 years experience in the industry, and has helped build Aqua Gulf’s presence in the Puerto Rican trade. Janer’s experience includes Sales Management roles at Navieras NPR, Inc and at AquaGulf. He has managed sales in both the United States and Puerto Rico. Janer studied Political Science and International Studies at Texas State University and remains based in Texas today.