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Freedom Boat Club of Jacksonville and St. Augustine Named Franchise of the Year

Published Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Lisa Almeida and Kevin Seelig, owners and partners of the Freedom Boat Club franchise in Jacksonville, St. Augustine and the newly launched location in Ponte Vedra, received four major national awards at the 2017 Freedom Boat Club National Franchise Conference held recently in Ft. Myers, FL. 


Topping the list is the most coveted award of all, the 2017 Freedom Boat Club Franchise of the Year, given to the club with the overall top performance over multiple categories.


“I am beyond thrilled that we have been chosen for this prestigious designation from our Freedom Boat Club family,” said Almeida. “I am so proud of our entire staff for all their hard work and dedication.”


Additional recognition for the franchise team included the inaugural Membership Executive of the Year award given to North America’s top Freedom Boat Club sales professional. Staff member George Biastre took home this top honor.


The franchise also received recognition as a two-year member of the National Marketing Advisory Council and for its participation as a National Charity Marketing Partner on behalf of its contributions for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.


“We are very pleased to recognize Lisa Almeida, Kevin Seelig, George Biastre and the entire team for an outstanding year,” said Freedom Boat Club President and CEO John Giglio. “Their hard work and effort in growing the club and marketing the brand, coupled with their recent expansion into Ponte Vedra and their high level of commitment to providing excellent member service, placed this franchise in a league all its own.”  


“Kevin and I are lucky that we have been able to surround ourselves with a team of professionals who are passionate about Freedom Boat Club and who strive to make our locations the very best for our members,” said Almeida. “We invite everyone to come visit us at any of our three locations to see all that Freedom Boat Club offers.”


Freedom Boat Club is the nation’s oldest and largest boat club, with more than 145 club locations operating in 29 states and Canada. For more information about Freedom Boat Club in Jacksonville, St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra, call (904) 770-4632 or visit 



Eddie Skipper, Burke Bell, Kloe Thompson, Lisa Almeida, Kevin Seelig, George Biastre, Austin Hammond and John Giglio


Lisa Almeida, Kevin Seelig and George Biastre




About Freedom Boat Club

Freedom Boat Club is the world’s largest members-only boating club. It is a simple alternative to boat ownership. Freedom Boat Club has locations locally at Julington Creek Marina in Jacksonville, Camachee Cove Marina in St. Augustine and Palm Valley Outdoors in Ponte Vedra. Members have unlimited access to the home club’s fleet and can reserve a boat using a member-friendly online reservation system. Member privileges are also available at any of more than 145 Freedom Boat Club franchises throughout the United States and Canada. Each provides a fleet of boats that come with less stress and a lower price tag than owning a single boat. Freedom Boat Club offers a variety of membership plans.  For more information, visit



Kelly White

(904) 232-3001 or (904) 616-8754