my work my life
MY WORK, MY LIFE: More fun than the restaurant business, but no less challenging
The water bug has long been a part of my life. As a young child I sailed the Chesapeake with family and friends. I learned to race sailboats as small as Penguins to crew on offshore handicap.
MY WORK, MY LIFE: Resourcefulness pays off when the tide changes
My role as executive director of the Connecticut Marine Trades Association is best described as the culmination of a wonderfully diverse career filled with opportunity, hard work and yes, a little bit of Irish luck along the way.
MY WORK, MY LIFE: Manufacturer’s reps sold him on a career in marine sales
I have been involved in the marine industry for more than 25 years, starting by working for Bombardier Capital in the mid-1980s.
MY WORK, MY LIFE: Arriving just before the recession, charting a course to survive it
As a retail salesman at Abrams Power Sports in Wisconsin for seven years, I really enjoyed helping people have fun. My primary focus was selling ATVs, snowmobiles, lawnmowers and chainsaws.
MY WORK, MY LIFE: After buying the electric motor, he joined the company
Oct. 7, 2012, Annapolis Fall Sailboat Show: I traveled from New York City in search of an alternative to my Yanmar 40-hp diesel motor.
‘One-off adventure’ led him to leave education consulting for a marine career
I grew up on the waterfront in Annapolis, Md. My family had a variety of boats. My three brothers and I played tag in boats and sailed at every opportunity.
Shedding a cubicle and headset for sea trials aboard yachts
Several years ago I would start feeling anxious and irritable about 3 o’clock on Sunday afternoons.
A youthful passion, boating now drives her adult career
I grew up boating and fishing in Michigan. I also love water sports, especially water skiing.
Running a marina restaurant left him hungry for a marine career
I guess you could say my story is a bit different from many of the others in this column. I got into the marine industry because of my passion for cooking. Yes, that’s right; I said cooking.
Sloop project launched a bluewater adventure and a new life
My first job in the marine industry was self-inflicted and salary-less.
‘Portable boatyard’ of knowledge provides tools for many tasks
For more than 30 years, traveling the environs of the recreational marine industry, I’ve carried a boatyard around in my head. As a yacht designer and boatbuilder.
‘A fabulous journey’ from dock boy to boatbuilding executive
It could only be called destiny: My dad spent the idle hours of his teenage years looking out over the Hudson River from his fire-escape tenement perch on the West Side of Manhattan, my mom doing her chores while looking out the kitchen window at the Ottawa River as it flowed through Pembroke, Ontario.
Trained for engineering, sailing proved to be his passion
What inspired me to find work in the sailing world?
’70s road trip ended at a career-changing destination
If you graduated college in the mid-to-late ’70s, there is a strong possibility that you did not graduate swamped with college loans. Not only was that common, but also when I graduated from Boston College most of my classmates spent their first year out of school traveling or spent the winter working at a Western ski resort for the almighty free ski season pass. Those were the days!
‘Hard, crazy, fun’ job selling vacations filled his sails
How did I get here?
A rewarding change from selling cars to designing yachts
Not altogether uncommon, my path to the marine industry required a major mid-career job change when I was 30.
Montrealer’s singular path led him to boats and the water
I pinch myself every day, feeling lucky to be in the business I’m in, working with the amazing people that I get to work with, building boats for clients who love their lives and their lifestyles.
Entrepreneurship and an enduring love for wooden boats
The year was 1974. I was in the pilothouse of a 65-foot wooden tugboat based in Ketchikan, Alaska, off watch and taking a few moments to pause in my workday.
Course shift took New England sailor from teaching to sales
I was fortunate to grow up in a boating family. My dad loves boats. He was always happier on or around his boats.