Mike Howell is the owner of SVN|Safe Haven Advisors and Co-Chairman of the SVN Marinas speciality practice, which focuses on marinas, marine related properties, and unique coastal commercial real estate. Prior to founding Safe Haven Advisors, Mike was a partner in a middle-market investment bank that specialized in cross-border mergers and acquisitions. As an investment banker Mike has transacted well over $2 billion of business and commercial real estate assets for clients that included global fortune 1000 companies, business owners, and private equity firms.
Mike’s expertise is in the area of strategic marketing, finance, valuation and transaction negotiation for both business and commercial real estate assets. Today, Mike focuses on providing commercial real estate advisory work for clients that require a specialist’s understanding of an asset’s uniqueness and ability to generate returns on investment. Mike's investment banking experience uniquely qualify him to advise clients that have Business developed Commercial Real Estate (BdCRE) in which a property’s value is intricately linked to that of a business. Mike is also a founding partner of the SVN Marinas specialty practice, which has strategically aligned SVN offices in both the Northeast and Southeast of the United States.
Mike attended Boston College where he graduated cum laude with a degree in Accounting and started his career as a Certified Public Accountant at Deloitte & Touche. Mike received an MBA from the Pennsylvania State University where he taught an undergraduate Accounting class. Additionally, Mike is a licensed USCG Captain holding a Master 25 Ton certification. Mike has traveled extensively across the globe and currently resides on Cape Cod with his daughters and dog named Finny.
David has proven to be a successful negotiator in the industry whose experience in Commercial Real Estate includes valuation, financial analysis, leasing, portfolio investment management, sales, & marketing. He has experienced multiple economic and property market cycles, through downturn and improvement, continually evolving and improving for the benefit of his clients. David has advised institutional and private investors to acquire or divest of marine properties and businesses.
David is uniquely capable to advise on large marina transactions that require both sophisticated transaction expertise and the relationships necessary to access highly qualified acquirers. With a focus on commercial waterfront, David Kendall has established himself as a knowledgeable resource for marina owners, operators, private equity, institutional investors, & developers, with whom he consults for on a regular basis. Whether you have an existing marina, marina development, working boatyard, or if you would like a fresh look from a dedicated and specialized marina specific broker, you will benefit from the expertise of David’s extensive experience, knowledge, passion, and commitment that is unmatched in the industry.
Sarah Delano brings over 14 years of Real Estate experience to the SVN Marina Team. She began her career in residential sales in Palm Beach County, FL before pursuing her Master’s Degree in Real Estate Development from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Upon graduation, she focused her attention on Commercial Sales and Leasing, Property Management, and Multifamily Acquisitions throughout the Northern Virginia Region. She received her Virginia Real Estate Broker’s License in March of 2020 and shortly after became the Principal Broker of her firm. There, she provided successful hands-on management and guidance to owners, tenants, investors and sellers, fostering meaningful relationships while creating and adding value.
Most recently, Sarah relocated from Virginia to her home State of Florida, where she is applying her knowledge and experience in Real Estate to the marina & marine brokerage specialty. Sarah is an avid boater and passionate about all things marine related. Having received her Florida Real Estate Broker’s License in January of 2023, Sarah is now ready to take on new challenges and opportunities alongside her fellow SVN Advisors.