Peter D. Smith - President
Hi, my name is Peter D. (Pete) Smith, I was elected to the Board in 2014 and after Walter Zamojski’s departure in February of 2015, I was elected resident. At the same time I asked Highmark Management to take over the operational aspects of Emerald Seas. Judy Mathews-Gray was and is our rep. Because of our Board and staff plus Judy’s knowledge of our industry, we have progressed from insolvency to financial security in three short years. We look forward to keeping our family values intact and to continue to upgrade our “winter home”.
Diana Berlin - Vice-president
Hello, I am Diana Berlin. I live in Lake Orion, Michigan with my husband, Dave. I am retired from many years as a legal secretary. I have two married children and five
grandchildren. I enjoy spending time golfing, on the water and playing with my grandchildren. My husband and I bought our first unit at Emerald Seas in 1983 and now own five weeks. My family owns 12 weeks. I refer to Emerald Seas as my winter “happy place”.
My husband, Lee, and I reside in Pittsburgh, PA. We have owned 10 weeks for approximately 18 years, some in February and March, and others in August. We were actively instrumental in the initial Owners’ takeover of the Board and subsequent control of the Resort.
My education consists of a BS and two Masters Degrees in education and business administration, and I’ve also had training in interior design.
Having owned and managed my rental properties for forty-plus years, I have extensive knowledge as an investor and manager and, therefore, held leadership and decision-making roles. Emerald Seas is my love and commitment, and I believe I have the education, skill, talent and time to benefit the Board and our Owners.
My professional background includes experience on other
boards with fiduciary responsibilities. I am a Way2Win,
LLC Partner, which specializes in business strategy and
leadership development.As a year round resident of Boca
Raton, FL, I really appreciate how uniquely special
Emerald Seas is. As owners of multiple units since 1982,
our family enjoys long-term friendships with other owners
and their families. (We have grandchildren playing with
Steve Gorder - Treasurer
My wife Deb and I have been owners at Emerald Seas for several years and currently own weeks ten and eleven. I live in Starbuck, Minnesota. I work for CHS Prairie Lakes, Inc. I was a volunteer fireman for 30 years and fire chief for 11 years of those years. Also an EMT for 20 years. I have served in many local government positions. I am currently on the Minnesota Propane Association as treasurer.
Tom Butts - Secretary
Hi, I am Tom Butts and I absolutely love being an owner at Emerald Seas! I live in Southwestern Ohio with my wife Judi. I have two daughters, a son-in-law and two incredible grandchildren. I have worked in the fire service for over 32 years and currently hold the position of Fire Chief for City of Kettering Ohio. I have many life long experiences and I have developed many qualities that will assist our board with the continued improvements of Emerald Seas. I truly cherish the opportunity of representing and serving our owners as a board member. I look forward to meeting as many of the owners as possible in the coming years. Emerald Seas is such an outstanding resort!
Hi! My name is Susie Anderson and I am a Florida native. I have 4 daughters and 2 granddaughters all of which but one live right here in South Florida. The girls and I loved our first week on the island so much that we moved here. I look forward to meeting all of you.