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Englander & Associates

Proud DEMA Member for Over 21 Years! 

About You and Englander & Associates...

My name:
John Englander

My job function in the company:

Years in business:
14 years

About Englander & Associates:
Englander & Associates has been my primary business platform since I sold UNEXSO - The Underwater Explorers Society, on Grand Bahama Island in 1997.

Business mission/values:
Most recent project was a book that I wrote and published in October 2012, "High Tide On Main Street" Rising Sea Level and the Coming Coastal Crisis." Beyond that this personal consulting company has enabled me to work with a variety of businesses and projects -- all related to the ocean in some way.

About You, "The Professional"...

How I was introduced to the professional diving industry:
I became a scuba instructor on my 18th birthday in 1968. Within a few years I was helping train new instructors. My first job after college was to work at the UNEXSO dive operation in the Bahamas. Within a few years I took over the failing business and made it the largest single dive operation in the world when I sold it in 1997. In the early 90's I was on the DEMA Board for many years and was asked to chair Ocean Futures.

What I like best about my job:
I have been privileged to have several phases to my career now. First there was dive instructor. Then as head of a large diverse Bahamas dive business. Then there was involvement at the industry level, helping DEMA transition out of the exclusive manufacturer based model. Finally I moved into wider ocean related work as head of The Cousteau Society, International SeaKeepers Society, and now as an author and expert about the ocean impacts of climate change.

Words of wisdom for those starting their career in the diving industry:
Do what you like to do, but look at it realistically in terms of business potential. Be open to opportunities. Always think of your reputation. Build your personal network.

Best way to keep a competitive edge:
Read and explore outside of your field. Stretch the boundaries.

Biggest change I have seen in the professional diving industry since I started:
When i began in the early 70's it was a manufacturer dominated industry. Now it is much more diverse. The equipment is better and makes the sport more accessible.

Too many to name

About You, "The Person"... 

Something you'd find on my bucket list:
Would like to dive the Red Sea for the first time. The Galapagos would be worth a return. I look forward to taking my 12 year old daughter scuba diving soon, perhaps returning to some favorite places in Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, or Cayman.

What I am most proud of:
Achieving very successful turnarounds at UNEXSO, NAUI, and Ocean Futures. Working to restructure DEMA to involve sectors other than manufacturing. Launching the Bahamas Diving Association. Being able to look at the ocean as a diver with broad experience, understanding it as an oceanographer, and explaining it to a wider audience.

How I like to spend my free time:
Thinking about effective realistic ways to conserve a viable ocean planet for future generations.

Favorite quote:
It is a curious situation that the sea, from which life first arose should now be threatened by the activities of one form of that life. But the sea, though changed in a sinister way, will continue to exist; the threat is rather to life itself. Rachel Carson

Something people would be surprised to learn about me:
I don't enjoy basic swimming. Always found it a struggle.

My 5 dream Jeopardy categories:
Have no idea. I hardly watch television.



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