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John Baxter + Christina Donnermeyer the Join North Sails Team in Chicago

North Sails is pleased to announce that John Baxter and Christina Donnermeyer have joined the Chicago loft team. Baxter, the former owner of Doyle Midwest, brings over three decades of sailmaking industry experience and consolidates a wealth of expertise and personnel under the North Sails banner. He will work closely with North veterans Perry Lewis, Keith Church, and Tom Pease to deliver world-class customer support and products to sailors in the Midwest region and beyond.

Bringing Baxter in the North Sails family is a strategic move for North Sails to expand their presence in the Great Lakes. A quintessential sales expert, Baxter prides himself on combining an in-depth understanding of the latest technology with a deep appreciation for individualized customer service. With North Sails, he now has the ability to tap into the brand’s patented in-house software programs and the full spectrum of world-leading products to ensure local customers get the most out of their sailing experience.

Commenting on the merger, longtime North expert Perry Lewis said: “Well-known and respected amongst clients and competitors, Baxter is a true industry professional. He is a valuable addition to our Midwest team. We’re all looking forward to having his local knowledge and experience to offer our clients, as well as his industry insights to help us strengthen our local support.”

Baxter has sailed in some of the world’s most prestigious races including the Montego Bay Race, two Rolex Sydney Hobart Races, multiple SORCs, Key West Race Week, RORCs Admiral Cup, St Barths Bucket, and much more. He has 35 Chicago Mac and 20 Port Huron Race races under his belt. His wide knowledge of multiple classes, make him a valuable addition to the North Sails Chicago team.

Baxter is now integrated into and supported by the global network of 110 North Sails sales and service lofts. Commenting on joining the team: “Perry Lewis and Tom Pease have been with North Sails forever and I’m privileged to be affiliated with the North Sails family. Technology and sailing are moving forward at a very rapid pace and North Sails will allow me to provide all of my customers with a level up in service and sails.”

Commenting on this next chapter, Baxter shared: “I come from a sailing family and I am proud to now be a part of North Sails! I am most excited about working with a great group of people. It’s a lot more impressive than I ever imagined.”

Baxter will continue to be supported by his long-time office manager Christina Donnermeyer who will also be joining North Sails. Her experience in customer service, running a sail loft, and regatta services will be invaluable to the local team.

North Sails will have two locations operational in Chicago through the end of 2020. Customers can drop sails off at Baxter’s current location or the current North Sails Chicago location at 1665 N. Elston Ave.

The expanded North Sails team in Chicago is ready to assist you with all your sail care needs. To learn more about the North Sails Chicago team and loft, please contact us at 773-489-1308.

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