About Us


Teak Ackman grew up working on the waters of Narragansett Bay. He and his family bring a tradition of maritime trades and a passion for small marine business to Seven Star Marine Engineering. Teak is dedicated to Newport's working waterfront. Teak is a graduate from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Teak’s talent lies in his eye for a pleasing aesthetic and his attention to detail.  Seven Star Marine Engineering was incorporated by Teak Ackman in 2006.  Email: teak@sevenstarmarine.net  

Jesse born and raised in Newport, RI – Jesse grew up sailing the waters of Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay.  His first job was working alongside Seven Star Marine’s very own Teak manning launches for Oldport Marine.  In his late teens and early twenties, Jesse delved into the world of competitive sailing with W-Class and TP52 Interlodge, traveling throughout the Caribbean and Mediterranean.  Ready to settle down and fuel his creative aspirations, Jesse paved his own way into the artistic realm through metal fabrication. In his free time Jesse enjoys hanging with his dog “Tug” and tinkering with motorcycles and gear of all descriptions.  His current project involves raising his kid.                                                                                                   Email: jesse.r@sevenstarmarine.net

Sue hailing from Lancaster County, PA, Sue became enchanted by Newport’s seaside charm during family vacations with her cousins - the Ackmans.  Her love for the area grew as she spent her college summers working alongside the Ackman family at Oldport Marine.  After university, Sue became an established member of the Newport community teaching mathematics at the local high school.  As her family grew, Sue switched career paths from teaching to bookkeeping in order to accommodate her change in priorities.  Sue has been bookkeeping at Seven Star Marine for the past 10 years.  In her spare time she enjoys painting, sewing, walking and spending time with her two teenage children and husband.      Email: sue.k@sevenstarmarin

Mac Manion born into a large sailing family mac spent most of his life in competitive sailing and working as a rigger in between events. Through growing demand he began providing hydraulics services in the early 90's. Some career highlights include sailing with and supporting campaigns such as Volvo, Americas Cup, and Maxi yachts. Mac joined Seven Star in 2014. Mac enjoys hanging with his three kids and tinkering with vintage motorbikes. Rarely seen without his trusty companion, Sam The Dog.  Email: mac.m@sevenstarmarine.net

Leo began working in the maritime trades, teaching sailing in Boston Harbor. This inspired him to apprentice as a shipwright at the Samples Shipyard in Boothbay Harbor Maine. He then worked for ten years restoring large traditionally built wooden vessels in Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Leo joined Seven Star's team in 2016 while waiting for his modeling career to take off. Since then, he has revolutionized all aspects of doing stuff on boats. His casual Friday attire has blown the minds of the Newport, RI yachting scene. Despite his devilish good looks, he's not afraid to get a little strategically placed grease on his mug. When he's not at work Leo enjoys bicycling and spending time with his saintly chihuahua, Tiki. Email: leo.b@sevenstarmarine.net    

Freya shop dog since 2015, a boat dog at heart, she spends her days working at Seven Star Marine and her weekends navigating the waters of Narragansett Bay.