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.
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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