Our Team

All of our BMG associates are passionate boaters. We've combined our love for the water with a keen understanding of the recruiting industry. The result is helping our marine industry clients identify, qualify and attract top talent. We are a firm built on a culture of continuous improvement. Our team cares deeply about our oceans and waterways and we are dedicated to helping protect our natural resources.

Neal Harrell


Neal founded Brooks Marine Group in 2002 in Fort Lauderdale, FL after recognizing the need to place talent across the recreational marine industry. The business expanded quickly, and he opened a second office in Newport, RI in 2004.

Neal, his wife Sara and their two young children relocated to Newport in June 2010 and Brooks Marine Group moved its corporate headquarters to today's location on the campus of the IYRS School of Technology & Trades. READ MORE

Maria Coughlin

Director of Recruiting

Born & raised in Virginia, Maria made her way up to New England by way of sailing adventures and her now husband. Her career in the marine industry started in the Caribbean as a Charter Boat Captain before and after graduating from James Madison University with a double business degree in the 2008 economic downturn.

After 5 years working as a Sailing Instructor and Yacht Captain, Maria met her now husband one summer on Nantucket and made the move to Rhode Island shortly thereafter. Maria joined Brooks Marine Group in 2015 in pursuit of combining her passion for the marine industry and her business background. She has helped place over 35 people in the marine industry and truly values the relationships she cultivates with both her clients and candidates.

Maria is also a New England wedding + portrait photographer specializing in natural light photography! When not recruiting or photographing, Maria can be found out on her lobster boat with her husband and two Bernese Mountain Dogs, Moose + Whiskey, or restoring her 1909 house!

Sofia Gineo

Recruiting Coordinator

As a native “Newporter”, Sofia has always had a strong connection to the ocean. She graduated with honors from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Science degree, and began working for Brooks Marine Group in early December of 2014 as their recruiting coordinator. Sofia’s prior knowledge of the boating world led her to this position and it has been an industry in which she has always wanted to pursue. Sofia is responsible for the administrative, advertising, and social media aspect of BMG, as well as coordination of the bi-weekly Marine Industry Happy Hour events at The Clarke Cooke House. In her free time, she enjoys practicing yoga, ballet, and sailing on Narragansett Bay. She is also an avid traveler and loves experiencing new cultures around the world.