Norton Yachts | Our Crew

                             Carolyn Norton Schmalenberger

                                                 Co-Owner, President & Secretary Norton Yacht Sales

Carolyn Norton-SchmalenbergerCarolyn Norton Schmalenberger grew up on the Norton Marina property on Broad Creek in Deltaville surrounded by the family business of boat building, boat service, and boat sales. Carolyn attended Appalachian State University in Boone, NC and obtained a BS in Special Education K-12 with emphasis on Emotional Disturbances. After college, Carolyn and husband, Ken moved to Deltaville in 1983 to work in the family boat business in Yacht Sales. Carolyn and Ken purchased the business in 1995. When not at work, Carolyn’s hobbies include snow skiing, music, reading, and sailing. Recently, Carolyn completed Yoga Instructor Certification.  Carolyn is a 2009 graduate of the University of Richmond Robins School of Business, Mini Executive MBA Program.

  • Recipient of Darlene Briggs Award for Excellence among Women in the Marine Industry in 1999.
  • Recipient of numerous Top Sales Awards for Hunter Marine consistently over the past two decades earning The King’s Club distinction since 1990
  • Recipient of the Top Sales Award for Hunter Marine at the Annapolis Boat Show in 1999, 2000, and 2001
  • Receiver for Norton Yachts #1 in Sales Award for Hunter Marine Worldwide in 2004
  • Hunter Marine Dealer Council Member
  • Board Member of Deltaville Community Association; served as President, Secretary
  • Founding Board Member of Middlesex Family YMCA and Chair 2004-2005
  • Recipient of the Peninsula Metro YMCA Strong Communities Award- Middlesex Family YMCA 2004
  • 2008 YMCA Volunteer of the Year Award
  • Past Regional Advisory Board Member of EVB Bank
  • Co-Chair of the Southern Chesapeake Leukemia Cup Regatta 2004-2013, Chair of Corporate Fundraising for Regatta 2000-2013
  • V.P. and Chair of Board Development for the VA Chapter Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Board of Trustees- 2009/2011; Board Development 2012, 2103
  • Dr. Younghoon Kee’s Leukemia Research Grant named in Carolyn’s honor in 2008.
  • Board Member VA Association of Marine Industries 2010
  • 3rd Place Salespro Hunter Marine 2009 Model Year
  • Recipient of 2009 National Chairman’s Citation Award from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society by Gary Jobson, May 6, 2010
  • 2010/11 VA Marine Trades Association , Secretary/Treasurer
  • Recipient of 2011 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Board of Trustees Award
  • Board of Trustees LLS/VA 2012/2013
  • Board of Management Middlesex Family YMCA 2012/2013
  • 2011/12 VA Marine Trades Association, President
  • President of Deltaville Community Association 2013/2014; Steering Committee Leader Deltaville Business Initiative 2012/2013
  • Chair of Inaugural Deltaville Seafood Festival 2014
  • VP Deltaville Chamber of Commerce 2014

                             Ken Schmalenberger

                                                Co-Owner, VP & Treasurer of Norton Yacht Sales

KenSchmalenbergerKen Schmalenberger’s love of boats began on Medford Lake, NJ where he spent his childhood. At the start of his teen years, Ken’s family moved to Charlotte and Greensboro, NC where Ken graduated from Grimsley High. From there, Ken attended Appalachian State University and graduated with a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. In 1983, Ken moved to Deltaville, VA to begin a career in yacht sales with Norton’s Marina, wife Carolyn’s family business. Ken’s work included experience with all aspects of marine service and management, and led to co-ownership of Norton’s in 1995. In addition to Ken’s 27 years in the marine industry, Ken coached Youth Softball, started the Deltaville Swim Team in 1990 and was Head Coach for 8 years, coached Youth Basketball and Softball, is a founding Board Member of Middlesex Family YMCA, serves as Zoar Church Treasurer, and is a member of the Bank of Lancaster Advisory Board. In October of 2000, Ken was awarded a US Coast Guard Public Service Commendation for a successful rescue of a boater and his young son during a ferocious Nor’easter on the Chesapeake Bay. Ken’s hobbies include sailing, snow skiing, and golf.

  • Recipient of US Coast Guard Public Service Commendation for Successful Rescue of boater and son, October 2000
  • Treasurer Zoar Church
  • Started Deltaville “Sharks” Swim Team in 1990; Head Coach for 8 years
  • Middlesex County Youth Basketball and Softball Coach
  • Hunter Marine Sales Award Recipient – multiple years
  • Member of Bank of Lancaster Advisory Board
  • Founding Board Member of Middlesex Family YMCA 2004
  • Chair of Board Development Middlesex County YMCA

                              Mike Lynch

                                                   Yacht Broker

Mike LynchMike Lynch has been a broker with NYS for 13 years, joining the company in 2001. He has spent the majority of his professional life in the sales industry, including stints in corporate banking, insurance, and financial services. He received his BSBA in finance from the Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University; Masters in Banking from University of Virginia, and his MBA from Radford University.



Accomplishments while at Norton Yachts:

  • Top Ten Hunter Sales, Worldwide 2002, 2003
  • Top 5 Hunter Sales, Worldwide 2004
  • Top Hunter Salesperson Worldwide 2005, 2006, 2007

                                  Ian Pearce

                                                        Marine Service Center Manager

Ian Pearce July 13, 2010Ian obtained his undergraduate degree from Cambridge College of Arts and Technology in Cambridge, England. Following a four year apprenticeship along with technical college, he was awarded the National Certificate in Engineering from the Business and Technical Education Council. Ian obtained a Certificate in Yacht and Small Craft Surveying from Chapman School of Seamanship, in Stuart, Florida. Ian also earned the ABYC Standards Accreditation Certificate and the ABYC Marine Electrical Technician Certification. Ian achieved Journeyman status in Electrical Studies and continues to further his education in the marine industry. In addition to his marine electrical studies, Ian is a Yanmar Technician, a certified Fischer Panda Generator technician, a certified Northern Lights technician, and a Lugger Diesel technician. Ian has spent decades around boats working and was General Manager of Horn Harbor Marina in Port Haywood, VA. He and his wife are sailors and currently sail a 1976 Hallberg Rassy 34. Ian makes his home in Saluda, VA and enjoys spending time with his wife and their three young children.


Norton Yachts Service Coordinator

Norton Yachts Service Coordinator

Janice Clark

Service Coordinator

Janice relocated from Chesterfield, VA to the Chesapeake Bay area in 1980. She has enjoyed working the last 20 years in the marine trade industry and the past 15 years in the field of marine electronics. Her expertise includes inventory control, purchasing, sales, and customer service. Janice has served as a board member for National Marine Electronics Association and Tidewater Marine Trades Association. Her personal interests are gardening and kayak fishing on the Piankatank River where she and her husband live.





Bill Cornpropst

Raymarine Electronic Technician

Bill studied electronics at Old Dominion College Technical Institute and then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. While in the USAF, Bill worked in communication electronics from 1964 to 1974. After the Air Force, Bill worked in electronics for Diebold, Inc. for 15 years. He became manager of Installation and Technical Services for Diebold. Later, Bill took a position with Wachovia Bank as Manager of Corporate Real-Estate until retirement in 2002. Upon retirement, Bill was employed in the field of marine electronics. He joined Norton Yachts in April of 2010 to work as a Certified Ray Marine technician.

A lifelong sailor, Bill started racing Penguins at age 8. He and his wife Gretchen now enjoy cruising the Chesapeake on their Allmand 35 Pilot House sloop. You may see Bill & Gretchen anchored in many of the popular areas on the Bay. When not sailing or working, Bill enjoys riding his BMW motorcycle; working on their home in Hartfield; and of course working on their boat.


image001-1Whitney Walton

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Norton’s Sailing School & Sailboat Charters Assistant Manager

Whitney Walton was born and raised in Middlesex County, Virginia. She graduated from Middlesex High School in 2009 and went on to study Studio Art and Business at Christopher Newport University, where she graduated in 2013. Whitney’s family is made up of five generations of watermen who originally came here from Tangier Island in the 30s. She takes great pride in the waterman lifestyle and the culture of the Chesapeake Bay. In her spare time, she enjoys exercising, kayaking, cooking, and being with her family.