Happy New Year Everyone! The school year is half complete, many students are preparing for life after high school, and career paths are a hot topic in Junior and Senior classrooms. Through Salty Jobs I’ve had the opportunity to learn about our various members’ paths to their marine industry careers and am always fascinated by how unique each person’s career path is. Below are a few examples that show you never know what may lead to a career opportunity.
A 29-year-old Co-Founder and CEO of a Marine Engineering company graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy with a degree in Marine Engineering and co-founded his company after years of experience on cargo ships, cable laying vessels, cruise ships, US Navy vessels, and superyachts. Sounds pretty standard right? Well this young man actually ended up at the US Merchant Marine Academy because of football. After coming to the hard realization that he was too skinny for a career in the NFL, his high school football coach suggested that he still pursue playing college, and that he look at the US Merchant Marine Academy. Fast forward ten years and he is now an entrepreneur with a well-respected trade and a very bright future!
One young lady began her marine career at age 16 as a fuel dock attendant at a small marina in New England, then took a job in St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands as a dock attendant and event planner. She then served as dockmaster at Boston Yacht Haven and Miami Beach Marina, before taking the position of General Manager at Bahia Mar Yachting Center where she managed more than 250 floating slips! She now serves as the Marine Director for Pier 66 Marina and is very active in local charities and associations.
A man from Cuba came to America on a raft, and faced great challenges entering the country before being allowed to stay and live with family in New York. Having grown-up on the water and around boating, he has a great passion for the marine industry, and eventually made his way down to South Florida where he began working for a dock manufacturing company. He has now been with the company more than seven years and has grown into a leadership position.