Born in south florida.

HISTORY

Establishing the TACO Legacy

In 1959, TACO Metals Founder Dave Kushner took a small Miami-based aluminum railing fabrication company and grew it into an established metal and marine manufacturing full-service enterprise with more than 110 employees today. In the early 1970s, TACO Metals entered the marine market as South Florida became known as a mecca for the recreational marine industry. We recognized a market and became quickly identified as a primary source supplier for the marine industry.

The Next Generation of TACO

Over the years, TACO grew to include regional warehouses throughout Florida, Tennessee and South Carolina while also expanding its company into international markets. Additionally, Dave’s three sons, Jon, Mike and Bill, followed in their father’s footsteps and led TACO after he retired in the early 90s.

On the Forefront of Innovation

The Kushner brothers took their passion for the marine industry to become leaders on the forefront of innovation – developing new products, such as the Grand Slam line of outrigger mounts and poles, universal replacement Rub Rail Kits, flex-chrome inserts, Rub Rail-integrated navigation lights, ball and socket canvas top fittings and Capri Helm Seats. Today, we continue to grow organically through our ongoing commitment to innovation and product design.

Relationships to Last a Lifetime

We attribute our success over the past 60 years to developing a strong supply chain, which includes valued partnerships with our suppliers and customers – boat builders, marine fabricators, distributors and dealers.

The TACO promise

Boaters around the world can find a wide range of TACO products on their boats. Our commitment to customer satisfaction means that we stand behind our products. We offer industry-leading warranties and a high level of customer service and support. It’s because of the TACO team’s commitment to providing innovative, quality products that continues to make us successful today and for the future.

OUR LEADERSHIP
Meet the People of TACO

Our team is passionate and we take pride in being a marine industry leader. We’re always looking for a better way of doing things and introducing new product designs that make life on the water safer and more enjoyable. In short, we care about what we do and care even more about our customers. It’s been in our DNA for the past 60 years and we are confident our best is still yet to come. Here are just a few of the people who make it happen.

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Jon Kushner

President

"The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand." – Vince Lombardi


Pedro Rosa

Operations Director

“Go the extra mile, that’s were the magic happens." – Pedro Rosa

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Mike Kushner

Vice President of Sales & Marketing

"Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it." – Henry David Thoreau

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Bill Kushner

Vice President of Manufacturing

"The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails." – William Arthur Ward

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Ajay Mundra

MIS/IT Manager

"The future depends on what we do in the present." – Mahatma Gandhi

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Hendrik Amirkhanian

Quality Control Manager

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” – The Apostle Paul, Philippians 4:13

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Christopher Smith

Engineering Manager

"There's a way to do it better. Find it." – Thomas Edison

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Jesus Gancedo

Controller

"Winning is not everything, wanting to win is." – Vince Lombardi

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Mark Henderson

OEM Sales Manager

"Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of those rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs." – Norman Maclean

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Phillip Taschioglou

Aftermarker Sales Manager

“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships." – Michael Jordan

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Dana Koman

Marketing Manager

“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.”
Theodore Roosevelt

MEET OUR SALES REPS

Dedicated, passionate and knowledgeable are three of the many words we use to describe our team of Sales representatives. Whether boating or fishing, this group of talented individuals lives and breathes the marine industry and TACO. Combined, our Sales team has more than 100 years of experience and together they serve customers up and down the eastern seaboard. Our customers know they can not only depend on TACO for excellent products, but also our Sales representatives for the very best service.


Sam Dwello

OUTSIDE SALES REPRESENTATIVE
CENTRAL FLORIDA, GEORGIA & TENNESSEE

"OPPORTUNITIES DON'T HAPPEN. YOU CREATE THEM." – CHRIS GROSSER


Jeff Trompke

OUTSIDE SALES REPRESENTATIVE
GULF COAST

“CHALLENGES ARE WHAT MAKES LIFE INTERESTING AND OVERCOMING THEM IS WHAT MAKES LIFE MEANINGFUL.” – JOSHUA J. MARINE


Richard Cadien

INSIDE SALES REPRESENTATIVE
NORTH FLORIDA

"WHOEVER CAN BE TRUSTED WITH VERY LITTLE CAN ALSO BE TRUSTED WITH MUCH, AND WHOEVER IS DISHONEST WITH VERY LITTLE WILL ALSO BE DISHONEST WITH MUCH." – LUKE 16:10


Gordon Peters

OUTSIDE SALES REPRESENTATIVE
NORTH CAROLINA & SOUTH CAROLINA

“IF A MAN DOES NOT KEEP PACE WITH HIS COMPANIONS, PERHAPS IT IS BECAUSE HE HEARS A DIFFERENT DRUMMER. LET HIM STEP TO THE MUSIC WHICH HE HEARS, HOWEVER MEASURED OR FAR AWAY.” – HENRY DAVID THOREAU


Bob Mitchell

CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE
NORTHEAST

"HOPE IS NOT A STRATEGY." – RICK PAGE


Daniel Avila

OUTSIDE SALES REPRESENTATIVE
SOUTH FLORIDA

“THERE ARE NO SECRETS TO SUCCESS. IT IS THE RESULT OF PREPARATION, HARD WORK AND LEARNING FROM FAILURE.” – COLIN POWELL

Independent Representatives

To best serve our customers throughout North America, we work with a variety of Independent Representatives. Our Independent Representatives not only specialize in the marine industry and TACO products, but they work face-to-face with distributors, boat yards, dealers and retailers to help with product training, trade shows, merchandizing, retailing and detailing. We are proud to say that our TACO Independent Representatives are some of the best in the industry. For more information on our Independent Representatives and the areas in which they serve, please see below.

Ocean Marketing

North Pacific Marketing

Waters & David Co.

Bruce Brown & Associates

Great Lakes Marine Marketing

Tait Marketing

Brunger Export

SM Osgood