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 grew up under the Carolina blue skies of Chapel Hill, NC. He is a proud graduate of Virginia Episcopal School, attended Virginia Military Institute on a lacrosse scholarship and earned a BS in Sociology from Greensboro College in 1995, where he was a 3-year lacrosse letterman.

It was during his time in Greensboro that Neal was introduced to the management recruiting industry through a summer internship at Management Recruiters of Greensboro. While there, Neal learned the old-school techniques of headhunting: identifying, qualifying and placing passive, yet talented candidates for specific positions. READ MORE.

Maria Coughlin

Director of Recruiting

As a Southern girl, Maria made her way to New England by way of boats and her now husband. Her career in the marine industry began at age 19 as a captain for Sail Caribbean. Having graduated from James Madison University with a double business degree in the 2008 economic downturn, Maria decided to forgo the corporate world and get her 100-ton USCG license and head to the islands. She loved the British Virgin Islands so much that she called Tortola home for 2 years working as a Charter Captain and Sailing Instructor for Offshore Sailing School and Sail Caribbean. She met her husband one summer on Nantucket where she worked as a sailing instructor with GHYC. She soon moved back stateside and settled in Rhode Island. Maria joined Brooks Marine Group in 2015 as a way to combine her passion for the marine industry and her business background. Maria is also a wedding and portrait photographer, who loves her puppy “Moose”, traveling, and 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.