Our leadership team has over 100 years of combined experience in the marina and boating industry.
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Stephen co-founded TopSide Marinas in 2020, which has since grown to eight marinas. Prior to TopSide, Stephen served as Managing Director at a private family office in North Texas, where he was responsible for sourcing and managing private equity investments. Prior to the family office, Stephen was a Principal and Head of Operations of a marina investment platform, where he led the integration of and operations for approximately $750 million of marina acquisitions; consisting of more than 40 locations, and 12 business segments. Stephen earned his MBA and BBA in Finance from TCU and is a graduate of the Stagen Leadership Academy’s Executive Leadership Program. Stephen has grown up around marinas his whole life, boating with his family on lakes in North Texas and along the Gulf Coast of Texas.
Jacob M. Boan, CFA
Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer
Jacob co-founded TopSide Marinas in 2020, which has since grown to eight marinas. Prior to TopSide, Jacob served as Senior Portfolio Manager at Landmark Bank, where he assembled customized investment portfolios for institutions & individuals. Prior to Landmark, Jacob led the Finance and FP&A departments at a marina investment platform, where he directly oversaw more than $350 million of senior debt, preferred equity, and common equity transactions. He also served as lead analyst of corporate acquisitions totaling $100 million in asset value. Jacob earned his Master’s degree in Finance from UMKC and BBA in Finance & Accounting from Pittsburg State, where he played four years of NCAA collegiate baseball. Jacob is a CFA charterholder and a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of DFW. Jacob grew up boating with his family on lakes in Kansas and the Lake of the Ozarks.
Capt. Michael McMahon
Regional Vice President of Operations
Michael joined TopSide in early 2021. Prior to TopSide, Michael oversaw and managed “Sam’s Dock”, the boat rental, fuel dock, and marine retail store operation at Pier 121 Marina (the largest inland marina in Texas). Michael has previously owned and operated a Boat Charter business at Pier 121 from 2006 – 2018. He has worked in various industries including oil & gas and real estate. Capt. Michael holds a 100 ton Master Coastal Captain’s license.
Regional Vice President of Operations
Ryan joined TopSide in August 2022. Prior to TopSide, Ryan was the Operations and Engineering Manager at Indiana Marine Products, where he oversaw the production and engineering teams of a $40 million-dollar supplier to some of the world’s largest boat builders by volume. Ryan was a lead technician at Marsh Brothers Pontoon Specialists before Indiana Marine. He spent seven years in the Army Active Duty as a combat medic, earning the rank of Staff Sergeant in his fifth year of service. Ryan earned a Master’s in Business Administration from Purdue and a Bachelor’s in Design Engineering from Trine University. He also holds a Six Sigma Green Belt certification from Villanova University and a graduate of WyoTech, Daytona in advanced marine technologies.
Director of Investments
Thomas joined TopSide in August 2021 and is responsible for sourcing, underwriting, and closing marina investment opportunities. Prior to TopSide, Thomas spent six years working for Suntex Marina Investors in a variety of capacities. During his tenure, Thomas was directly involved in the investment of more than $800 million of marina properties and collaborated with property management on operating and capital budgets. Thomas earned his Master’s degree in Finance from Southern Methodist University and Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Human Resource Director
Allyson joined TopSide Marinas in October 2021. Prior to joining TopSide, Allyson worked in a variety of HR roles including managing benefits, HRIS, and performance management for Pacific Union Financial and Riveron Consulting. Allyson earned an MBA in Human Resources Management and Organizational Behavior from the University of North Texas and holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification. Allyson and her family are active in their local church, and she enjoys cooking for her family and others with food sensitivities.
Steve Phillips joined TopSide Marinas in February 2023. Prior to joining TopSide Marinas, Steve spent three years as a Senior Consultant, where he provided Manager/Controller level accounting consulting services to a diverse range of clients. In this role, he often served as an interim accounting manager, assisting companies during transitional periods. Before his consulting work, Steve served as a Functional Controller at Nexstar Media Group for seven years. During this time, he was primarily responsible for overseeing Corporate accounting and reporting functions. Steve earned his BA from Oklahoma University, MBA from TCU, and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Jenny joined TopSide in early 2021 and has helped us transition and market each of our marinas. Prior to joining TopSide, Jenny managed and developed marketing and branding strategies with other businesses including Chick-fil-A & Naomi’s Village. When she isn’t hard at work, Jenny enjoys going to the lake with her husband and two daughters.