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

Owner/Co-Founder

Lou Sandoval

As a young boy growing up on the southeast side of Chicago, a land best know for its steel mills and bluecollar roots-sailing first caught my heart while working on my sailing merit badge at Owasippe Scout Camp in Michigan. The long summers aboard a Sunfish on Big Blue Lake at camp quickly opened my eyes to what I had only imagined while watching the larger boats on Lake Michigan.

While pursuing an education and launching a career, I took a brief hiatus from the sport.  As fate should have it, my career allowed my path to cross with sailing during my time in the Pacific Northwest. I quickly caught the sailing bug again living in Seattle, Washington. In the city best known for Microsoft and Starbuck’s, I soon found peace sailing in Puget Sound among the Orcas and beautiful mountains. This peacefulness continued in my next assignment in sunny, Miami, Florida where sailing year-round became the norm and I became more deeply involved in the racing circuit.

In 1997 - I moved back to Chicago where I jumped headfirst into the sailing community by purchasing a sailboat with  two friends and my brother.  In 1999, I joined Chicago Yacht Club and became active on numerous club committees to help promote club membership and the sport of sailing.  In 2000, I became a Beneteau customer when we purchased our first Beneteau-“Karma”. The same features that captured my interest in the BENETEAU brand as a customer were what we used to fulfill the market demand and grow the brand.  

After a  rewarding 16 year career in the medical sales and marketing field- I decided to combine my two passions (boating & business) into a new beginning- KARMA YACHT SALES, where we focus on delivering top level customer service to compliment the quality products we represent.

In keeping with the belief of "Karma", I am a big advocate of giving back to my community.  I am active on the boards of several non-profit organizations that support the causes I believe in the most: Creating opportunity for others; access to sport of sailing for diverse communities; reforming our American educational system and last but not least- fighting Leukemia and Lymphoma. I am a HUGE believer that everyone should experience life on the water (at least once) and I'm active in promoting on-the-water activites.  You have just not lived until you lived on-the-water!

Having sailed on the two bodies of water that border our great country, I can proudly say that the best sailing is still in Chicago where our great city and beautiful lake provide the greatest appreciation of the sport that I’ve experienced.  Let us help you find your entry point onto the water. 

~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.