Our TEAM

One of the many features that makes Karma Yacht Sales unique in the boating industry is that we function on the team approach to selling and customer service.  This does two things: 1. It ensures that your questions and needs are met during the buying process and the ownership process.  2. It gives you assurance that once the 'sale' is over you will continue to know you made the right decision in buying your boat from Karma Yacht Sales.  

This approach is what has earned us the coveted Dealer of the Year award from Beneteau and produced happy customers that became second, third and even four time KYS customers.  Our full-time service group works hard from the moment that your boat arrives to commission her and throughout the warranty period to ensure that your experience is positive.  We don't turn you over to the boat yard or sub-contract the work to another service group after the initial handoff. 

Find out why the 'KARMA team' sells more boats on Lake Michigan than any other stocking dealer.  You'll be glad you did. 


 Lou Sandoval

  President/Owner/Founder     


 After a successful 17 year career in the biotech/biomedical industry, Mr. Sandoval co-founded Karma Yacht Sales (KYS) in 2002.  Shortly thereafter, Mr. Sandoval and his business partner completed the purchase of an existing twenty-five year old Beneteau Sailboat Dealership- Darfin Yachts, LTD.  In over fourteen years at the helm, Karma Yacht Sales, LLC has continued in its winning tradition. They have been perennially ranked in the Top 10 dealerships in North America for Sales and have also been recipients of many industry awards for their focus on superior customer service.  

Lou serves on several industry boards including the National Board of the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF), Sail America and is the Vice Chair of the Diversity Sub-Committee for the Recreational Boating Leadership Council (RBLC).  

He is on the Board of Directors for Chicago Yacht Club and their executive board where he currently serves as the Vice Commodore.   Lou is also on the corporate board of Wintrust Bank.  He is past board member of the Yacht Broker’s Association of America (YBAA) and has served as the Chairman of the venerable Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac for the 104th and 105th running in 2012 and 2013.    

In 2013, Lou was recognized as one of four finalists in BOATING INDUSTRY Magazine’s list of Movers & Shakers for his leadership in the marine industry.  Lou believes in giving back to the community and is active on the Executive Board of the local Council of the Boy Scouts of America.  He has been recognized for his community service by several organizations including Chicago State University, the Boy Scouts of America and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Chicago. 

On the water, Lou campaigns his boat- KARMA where his team has been section winners in the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac an unprecedented 8 out of the past 11 years.   Lou, his wife and their two daughters live on the near South side and also enjoy family sailing in their spare time. 

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~Learn More about Lou Sandoval~

Read Lou Sandoval's Professional Biography


~Lou Sandoval News Items~

Louis Sandoval Appointed Council Commissioner Pathways to Adventure Council-February 2015

KYS Co-Founder Lou Sandoval elected Rear Commodore of Chicago Yacht Club

PRESS RELEASE: BOATING INDUSTRY Magazine names KYS' Lou Sandoval to list of "Movers & Shakers" for 2013

SOUNDINGS TRADE ONLY - A View from Here- William Sisson "Do you know what Vamos a Pescar means?" September 2013

Scuttlebutt Sailing News-Craig Leweck: "Secrets to Success for Chicago Mackinac Race- Lou Sandoval Chairman July 2013

Q & A with Lou Sandoval Co-Owner/Co-Founder of Karma Yacht Sales- SOUNDINGS TRADE ONLY- Richard Armstrong- June 2013

Scuttlebutt Sailing News-Craig Leweck: Lou Sandoval on promoting the growth of Sailing to emerging markets- 2013

(YBAA) Yacht Brokers Association of America  News: Whitepaper- Inclusion as a case for Business Development- Lou Sandoval May 2012

PRESS RELEASE: Chicago Area Council- Boy Scouts of America recognizes businessman Lou Sandoval with Highest Council Volunteer Award- February 20, 2012

Chicago Yacht Club announces Lou Sandoval will serve as chairman of the 104th & 15th Race to Mackinac -NOV 2011

Lou Sandoval Named US Sailing "Sailor of the Week" May 2011

To Read: "Latino Sailors' Profile Lou Sandoval Printed in EXTRA 072210

Watch "Taking Care of Business" profile on Lou Sandoval- N -Beat with Theresa Gutierrez ABC-TV -2010

To READ: 'Defying Mother Nature on Lake Michigan_printed in REFLEJOS_071705

To READ: 'Sandoval Brothers Sail To A Victory'_printed in REFLEJOS_072405

To READ: 'Our People_LouSandoval_'At FullSail'_printed in EXITO_050103

 


Cpt. Cynthia Sopata
Sales Professional

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Cpt. Ivan Sagel
Sales Professional

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Jose Aquilera
Service Technician

Jose has over 25 years of experience in the Marine Industry.   He is certified in Raymarine Electronics, NMEA 2000 and has undergone Beneteau's rigorous service training.   He started his work with Darfin Yachts LTD. and came on board with KYS in 2002.   Jose has experience in top to bottom commissioning of vessels and has been recognized by Beneteau USA with the prestigious TOP GUN Award for Service.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Elizandro Ortiz
Service Technician
 
Elizandro has over 15 years of experience in commissioning boats and warranty repair work. He is certified in Raymarine Electronics, NMEA 2000, FRP/Gelcoat repair and woodwork matching and repair.  He started his marine career at Darfin Yachts LTD. and joined KYS in 2002.