Meet the Team

Paul Cusson

Paul Cusson – President

Paul started Atlantic Outboard in 1988 as a service shop repairing Johnson Outboards.

30 years later, we have grown into one of the largest boat dealerships in New England and are ranked Nationally for sales and service.

Paul is a very hands-on owner and puts customer service at the forefront of his businesses.

(860) 399-6773
Ext. 110

Tasha Cusson

Tasha Cusson – Marina Manager

Paul’s wife, Tasha, runs the day-today operations at Westbrook Marine Center.


Tasha sits on the Executive Board of Directors for the Connecticut Marine Trades Association.



Tasha’s office is located at Westbrook Marine Center

533 Boston Post Road

Westbrook, CT 06498




Evan Cusson

Evan Cusson – Sales Manager

Evan graduated in 2015 from the University of Tampa with a B.S. in Business Management and a B.A. in Political Science.

For the last several years, Evan has received the “Club Elite” award from Pursuit Boats and was ranked the #1 salesperson for Robalo Boats in the North East region in 2017.

(860)399-6773 Ext. 114

Dave Steele

Dave Steele – Service Manager

Dave is a veteran of the marine business with over 30 years of experience.

Dave is an expert on small outboards and semi-displacent down-east hull designs.

When not in the office, Dave is on his 248 Eastern Islander chasing Sunsets and Sailboat Regattas.

(860)399-6773 Ext. 111

Gina Trasacco

Gina Trasacco – Office Manager

Gina Trasacco joined the Atlantic Outboard team in January 2017 after pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Eastern Connecticut State University.  Gina works directly with the sales team to ensure a smooth and enjoyable buying experience for all of our customers. Gina also works one on one with our service dept.  to keep record of all warranty claims.

(860)399-6773 Ext. 117

Dean Artkop

Dean Artkop – Delivery Coordinator

Dean is a resident of Westbrook, CT and has been around boats all of his life. He got his first boat as a gift from his grandparents at a very young age and has been hooked ever since.  He keeps his boat at Westbrook Marine Center and enjoys fishing and boating in Long Island Sound. He also enjoys helping prospective boat owners make the best decision when purchasing their new boat.

(860)399-6773 Ext. 120

Chris Landry

Chris Landry – Sales Associate

Capt. Chris Landry has spent his life on and around the waters of Long Island Sound. His passion for fishing lead him to pursue a career in the charter fishing industry. Chris worked as a deck hand on the charter vessel Dot-E-Dee and eventually working his way up to getting his Captains License in 2006.

After 10 years working full time on the boat, Chris was looking for a different path. Chris began working in Boat Sales for Atlantic Outboard in 2015. Chris uses knowledge for the water and his passion for fishing to help customers enhance their total boating experience. 

(860)399-6773 Ext. 115

Steven Higgs

Steven Higgs – Parts

An avid fisherman, Steve joined the Atlantic Outboard crew in 2014. In the summertime, Steve spends nearly all his free time fishing the waters of Long Island Sound and Montauk Point.

Steve is an expert on marine electronics and Evinrude outboards.

(860)399-6773 Ext. 112


Mark Guarnaccia

Mark Guarnaccia – Parts

Mark has been with the Atlantic Outboard crew since 2013 and is at the forefront of all our internal parts ordering. He has many years of  parts experience and loves to help our customers with their boating needs to keep them on the water.


When not at work, Mark enjoying boating and fishing in Westbrook.

(860)399-6773 Ext. 113


Bob Charrette

Bob Charrette – Dock Master

Bob’s our Dockmaster and works directly with Tasha at the marina to over see marina operations.

Bob enjoys martinis and watching sunsets.




Capt. Dan Wood

Capt. Dan Wood – Pro-Staff

While receiving his degrees at the University of Alaska, Capt. Dan Wood received his U.S. Coast Guard Captain’s License in 1980, and currently holds a 100 Ton Master’s License. As the owner/operator of Connecticut Woods and Water Guide Service, Dan brings with him over 40 years of in-depth knowledge of the local waters. He is one of the only full-time guides in the Northeast, guiding saltwater fly and light tackle fishing trips during the spring, summer and fall.
 In 2006 and 2007 Dan participated in the FLW Striper Series where he had numerous top 5 finishes, placing 4th in the 2006 National Championship Tournament.
As a member of Atlantic OutboardRobalo and Evinrude Pro Staffs, Dan is currently running  Robalo’s flagship 2018′ R302 powered with twin 300 HP Evinrude G2 E-Tecs.



Blue Cusson

Blue Cusson – Marina Mascot

Blue is a 2 year old Black Lab and can be seen frequently walking the docks at Westbrook Marine Center. He loves the boat and is a fan favorite for all who visit.

Seth Schmitt

Seth Schmitt – Marketing Agent

Seth is a recent highschool graduate from the Academy of Aerospace and Engineering. Seth maintains our website, social media accounts, pilots our drone, and does all of our product photography.




Mike Cottrell

Mike Cottrell – Service Manager

Originally from Old Saybrook. Mike an Air Force Veteran started his 20 year career working in aerospace with Northrop Grumman Corporation at their Flight Test Facility located at Edwards AFB California working on such projects as the B-2 Bomber and the F23 Flyoff competition. In 1998 Mike re-found his passion for boating and returned to the east coast where he has spent over 20 years in the marine field. He is certified in Mercury/Mercruiser and Suzuki outboard service. When Mike is not at work he can be found on the golf links or riding his classic BMW R65 motorcycle.