Team

Darby Campbell

Darby Campbell, Chairman and Founder, started his career in building construction then expanded into development. His company’s sizable portfolio of projects is diverse, encompassing everything from marinas and real estate to hotels, restaurants, entertainment venues, RV resorts, and retail.

Through his marina company, Sun Life Marinas, Campbell has developed successful marinas with restaurants and waterfront entertainment in the Southeast, Northeast, and Midwest.

Darby also developed The Island, an entertainment complex in Pigeon Forge, and recently acquired the entertainment complex at Lanier Islands, north of Atlanta, GA. The lakefront entertainment destination includes a water park, restaurants and bars, campgrounds, marinas, and docks that have been refreshed and rebranded. Plans are underway for future development to maximize the potential of the property.

Whether he is converting and renovating buildings to serve a higher purpose, maximizing the potential of undeveloped land, or developing waterfront projects and marinas, Darby Campbell is a thoughtful steward of the resources entrusted to him. He is committed to protecting the environment and waterways, developing projects that enhance their immediate surroundings and are a source of pride for all stakeholders.

Richard "Ric" Cheyney

Ric Cheyney, Chief Marina Operations Officer, brings nearly 40 years of experience in the maritime community to Sun Life Marinas.

He originally hails from the Mid-Atlantic region, where his life on the water began working on his father’s charter boat at the age of 14. With a passion for a life on the water, he was naturally drawn to a career with the U.S. Coast Guard. Here he conducted surface operations on a variety of vessels from 270 feet to 18 feet.

He has extensive experience along the North Atlantic seaboard from New York to Key West, including many transits of the Florida Straits, Great Bahama Bank, and the Old Bahama Channel to the Lesser and Greater Antilles.

He has made several transits across the Gulf of Mexico between the Mississippi and Vermillion Rivers to the Florida Gulf Coast Ports of St. Pete and Key West. He has experience in the Southern Caribbean, Central and South American islands to the Pacific Ocean, Pacific Rim, and the Hawaiian Islands.

Ric’s final duty station at the Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach was as Officer in Charge of one of the world’s largest and economically vital shipping ports.

Ric has prepared for and experienced the most severe weather events firsthand, from Tropical Hurricanes and Cyclones to Tsunamis, Nor’easters, and Blizzards.

His experiences led him to pursue and earn his 100 Ton Master Captain’s license in 1994.

Upon retirement from the Coast Guard, he was selected to join our team as Harbormaster at our Sun Life Marina in Clarksville, TN. Since that time, he has moved into the head of marina operations position.

Dedicated to successful leadership and management of our marinas, He frequently travels to our properties to contribute to operations where necessary and ensure staff maintains our high standards of service.

Ric continues to work diligently to foster strong working relationships with local, state, and federal officials and the local recreational and professional maritime community.

Dave Signs

Dave Signs, Marina Development Project Management for Sun Life Marinas, has over two decades experience in the Marina and Hospitality business. He has been with Sun Life since its inception and is a Florida resident. Dave brings years of knowledge in operating, developing, rebuilding, re-culturing, and managing recreational properties on the waters of Chesapeake Bay, the Great Lakes, and numerous fresh water lakes in the mid-south. He also previously served on the Board of Directors of the Tennessee- Kentucky Marina Association, the legislative advisory committee for the Association of Marine Industries, and is the past President of the Tennessee Marina Association.

Dave has years of customer service, logistics management, and business management experience.

Paula Baxter

Paula Baxter
Harbormaster

Elm Hill Marina
3361 Bell Rd.
Nashville, TN 37214

Heidi Wieczorek

Heidi Wieczorek
Harbormaster

Perry’s Landing
One Lawrence Pier,
Erie, PA 16507

Taylor Hockaday

Taylor Hockaday
Harbormaster

Blue Turtle Bay Marina
2001 Riverside Rd.
Old Hickory, TN 37138

Jeff Coffey

Jeff Coffey
Harbormaster

Drakes Creek Marina
441 Sanders Ferry Rd.
Hendersonville, TN 37075

Colt Jones

Colt Jones
Assistant Harbormaster

Elm Hill Marina
3361 Bell Rd.
Nashville, TN 37214

Keith Pease

Keith Pease
Harbormaster

Buffalo Harbor Marina
1111 Fuhrmann Blvd.
Buffalo, NY 14203

Tim Schmitt

Tim Schmitt
Harbormaster

Clarksville Marina
1190 TN-48
Clarksville, TN 37040

James Bisch

James Bisch
Harbormaster

Concord Marina
10903 S. Northshore Dr.
Knoxville, TN 37922

Kaitlyn Thornton

Kaitlyn Thornton
Harbormaster

Lake Oconee
121 Collis Marina Rd,
Eatonton, GA 31024

Julia Glasgow

Julia Glasgow
Harbormaster

Louisville Landing
2932 Boat Dock Rd.
Louisville, TN 37777

Kyle Zimmerman

Kyle Zimmerman
Harbormaster
Port Of Indecision Marina
7650 Lanier Islands Pkwy
Buford, GA 30518