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About You and OceanEdge Outfitters LLC...
My job function in the company:
Years in business:
About OceanEdge Outfitters LLC:
We are the North American Distributors for EEZYCUT, rEvo Rebreathers and SANTI Diving Equipment.
Our Mission is to supply Dive Centers and consumers throughout North American with fine SCUBA Diving products that are practical, well-built and long lasting. All of our employees are Course Directors, Instructors, Dive Masters and Divers. We routinely dive the products that we distribute and we stand behind every single product that we sell. Supporting our dealers and providing outstanding customer service is is what we strive for.
About You, "The Professional"...
How I was introduced to the professional diving industry:
I have owned and operated a successful dive center on the East Coast for 15 years. I earned my PADI Instructor rating in 1997 and haven't stopped continuing my education since. In 2002 I earned my PADI Course Director Rating.
What I like best about my job:
I enjoy the challenges that growing a young company brings. People said I was crazy to start up a company with the economy being as bad as it is. I view it as this is a great opportunity to grow. We have 3 incredible product lines that people want! The proof is in the pudding, we are experiencing a steady 35% growth every year!
Words of wisdom for those starting their career in the diving industry:
The world is your oyster! Take pride in everything that you do. Do it right way the first time and treat others how you would want to be treated.
Best way to keep a competitive edge:
Provide awesome customer service. Be Innovative. Keep Learning. Stay Current. Don't become complacent. Dive what you sell.
Biggest change I have seen in the professional diving industry since I started:
The biggest change that I have seen in the professional Diving Industry since I started is the boom in the Tech/Rebreather Market. The quality of the gear is constantly improving, access to supplies is readily available and were seeing more infrastructure in place throughout the world that provides support for these divers.
I have had many mentors (Teachers, Professors, Dive Instructors, Friends and my Father) throughout my life. I am extremely thankful for all of the guidance and support that they have given me over the years. I have always tried to surround myself with more experienced people so I could learn more and be able to give back to those with less experience.
About You, "The Person"...
Something you'd find on my bucket list:
Well, my bucket list is pretty long so I'll keep it short. I would love to be able to watch my kids grow up and enjoy their lives. One of these days I would like to earn my private pilots license. And finally, I would love to travel the world with my lovely bride.
What I am most proud of:
I am most proud of the fact that I have 2 beautiful kids and a lovely wife that love me and support me with everything that I do.
How I like to spend my free time:
I like to spend my free time with my wife and kids. We enjoy Camping, riding quads, Exercising, going to the movies and just hanging out!
My favorite quote/Chinese Proverb is "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."
Something people would be surprised to learn about me:
I have been flying remote control airplanes since 1985, it's a true passion of mine.
My 5 dream Jeopardy categories:
My 5 Dream Jeopardy Categories are: 1)Rebreather Physics and Physiology 2)Scary Movies 3)Cooking 4)Hair Nation 5)NASCAR