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About You and Grotto Bay Bahamas...
My job function in the company:
Years in business:
About Grotto Bay Bahamas:
We started in Napa Valley, but moved to Long Island, Bahamas in 2002. In the late 90's we provided underwater film support for Warner Bros. feature film "Sphere" where I was the department head. Since then I have provided support for TV, commercials, and IMAX. This continues to present, even though we are located full time in the Bahamas. My wife, Jean Pierce has been a dive travel journalist and photographer for many years and was a board member of the Society of American Travel Writers.
Goal(s) for 2013:
Refresh rental gear, stay healthy.
Greatest achievement in 2012:
Supporting William Trubridge, multiple world record free diver, verticalblue.com and film crews coming to document competitions.
About You, "The Professional"...
What I find most rewarding about my job:
As a very long time instructor, I love introducing the underwater enviromental to new divers.
What I am most proud of (professionally):
Having trained Samual l. Jackson, Sharon Stone, Dustin Hoffman, Peter Coyote, Queen Latifa, and Liev Schriber in helmets for the Warner Bros. feature film "Sphere". To have had the privilege of working with James Cameron, on the IMAX 3-D film "Aliens of the Deep" and to be able to call film makers Vince Pace and John Brooks close friends.
Greatest piece of business advice I ever received:
To make a small fortune in the dive business, start with a big one...
Where I see myself and/or business in 5 years:
Healthy, happy, and profitable.
About You, "The Person"...
Favorite place to dive:
The wall or pinnacles due West of our residence, near Nuvitas, Long Island, Bahamas.
Most memorable dive experience:
Diving with a whale shark.
Never judge a broad by her dew. (hairdew)
Something people would be surprised to learn about me:
I am a dialysis patient awaiting a transplant.