With the busy height of the boating season in their wake — Sea Tow International reported requests for on-water assistance between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekend were up 34 percent compared with the same period last year — the company held its annual meeting in a virtual setting.
During the event, Sea Tow handed out awards to captains in several categories:
Award recipients for 2020 included:
- Sea Tow Franchise of the Year: Sea Tow Southcentral Alaska owners Capt. Trey and Alyssa Hill.
- Capt. Joe Frohnhoefer Visionary Award: Capt. Ramsey Chason, owner of two Sea Tow franchises in New England: Rhode Island and Cape & Islands. Given to captain who “most exemplifies the vision of Capt. Joe Frohnhoefer, the founder of Sea Tow.”
- The Georgia Frohnhoefer Award: Liz McMillin, manager of Sea Tow Galveston Bay. (Texas). This award is named after EVP Georgia Frohnhoefer and recognizes an exemplary woman in the Sea Tow network.
- The Sea Tow Shipmate Award: Capt. Jim Givens, owner of both Sea Tow Savannah and Sea Tow Saint Catherines. (Georgia). Honors franchise owner that “most exemplifies enthusiasm, supportive attitude and willingness to help fellow franchises.”
- Sea Tow Rookie of the Year: Sea Tow Islamorada/Big Pine Key/Key West owner Capt. Chris G. Ward and Sea Tow Clearwater/Port Richey owner Capt. Patrick Lamb. (Florida)
- The Public Relations Champion Award: Sea Tow Portland/Midcoast (Maine) owners and captains Matt Wilder and Bruce White. Best PR/marketer.
- The Sea Tow Foundation Hero Award: The Marcum family (Craig, Charlotte and Cameron) owners of Sea Tow Venice. (Florida). Best promotor of boating safety.
“Whether it’s outstanding customer service, best business practices, boating safety advocacy or involvement in the local community, this year’s award winners went above and beyond to service Sea Tow members and the boating community,” said Sea Tow president Kristen Frohnhoefer in a statement.
“We want to congratulate them, as well as to their Sea Tow captains and support teams back home. The year 2020 will go down in history for many things, but the success of our network would not be possible without everyone that proudly wears the Sea Tow yellow.”