After a successful 17 year career in the biotech/biomedical industry, Mr. Sandoval co-founded Karma Yacht Sales (KYS) in 2002. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Sandoval and his business partner completed the purchase of an existing twenty-five year old Beneteau Sailboat Dealership- Darfin Yachts, LTD. In over fourteen years at the helm, Karma Yacht Sales, LLC has continued in its winning tradition. They have been perennially ranked in the Top 10 dealerships in North America for Sales and have also been recipients of many industry awards for their focus on superior customer service.
Lou serves on several industry boards including the National Board of the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF), Sail America and is the Vice Chair of the Diversity Sub-Committee for the Recreational Boating Leadership Council (RBLC).
He is on the Board of Directors for Chicago Yacht Club and their executive board where he currently serves as the Vice Commodore. Lou is also on the corporate board of Wintrust Bank. He is past board member of the Yacht Broker’s Association of America (YBAA) and has served as the Chairman of the venerable Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac for the 104th and 105th running in 2012 and 2013.
In 2013, Lou was recognized as one of four finalists in BOATING INDUSTRY Magazine’s list of Movers & Shakers for his leadership in the marine industry. Lou believes in giving back to the community and is active on the Executive Board of the local Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He has been recognized for his community service by several organizations including Chicago State University, the Boy Scouts of America and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Chicago.
On the water, Lou campaigns his boat- KARMA where his team has been section winners in the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac an unprecedented 8 out of the past 11 years. Lou, his wife and their two daughters live on the near South side and also enjoy family sailing in their spare time.