This month’s spotlighted employee is our Service Manager, Owen Brown, who’s been with us since 2015. Hailing from Nova Scotia, Canada, Owen moved to Bellingham in 2008 and lives aboard his 44’ sailboat, which was delivered all the way from Mazatlan, Mexico. Owen holds his USCG OUPV Captain’s license and is an integral member of our Service Team!
I grew up in Nova Scotia, Canada. I always thought I’d end up living there again but when I visited the west coast for the first time in 2008, I knew this is where I belonged. I met my wife of seven years and now have a beautiful two-year-old daughter. Working with NWE really suits my lifestyle and passion for boating. It’s a great team here and I’m really enjoying my new position as Service Manager.
We live aboard our sailboat and I walked past an ad for Marine Technicians. I immediately printed a resume and walked in the door and met Jenna Stevens. She had me in for an interview and was turned down for the tech position but I was offered a position as the Service Coordinator. I, of course, accepted and now I’m filling her shoes. It’s funny how things work out. I’m so fortunate I had her as a mentor before jumping fully into my current role.
My love for sailing started when I moved to Bellingham. Growing up on the Bay of Fundy, all I saw was canoes and aluminum ribs. It’s hard to sail when the tide goes out for miles. Since then, I’ve been an avid sail racer. I’ve done the TransPac, PacCup, Newport to Cabo (x2), and other ocean races. Also, I sailed in the Farr40 one design fleet.
I really love Catalina Island but for different reasons than the Pacific Northwest. I’ve only been able to explore the San Juans so far, but I’m planning on a trip to the Gulf Islands and Princess Louisa Inlet in 2018. I’m sure I’m going to find a new favorite spot.
The team. The work ethic of the Service office, as well as Charter and Admin, is really motivating. It’s nice to see everyone on the same page and striving to really do a top-notch job. I’ve never had the pleasure of working anywhere with the core values really instilled in all its people, like at NW Explorations.
When we managed to swap a transmission in a 52’ Grand Banks in less than three days. In 2017, we added a new boat into the fleet that came to us from Florida. After a ton of effort and a huge job list completed to bring the boat up to our standards in time for the charter season, the boat was taken out on a sea-trial.
Needless to say, it was short and limped back in on the port engine alone. After determining the issue, our team managed to source a replacement, remove, and install the transmission within 72 hours. That’s how we do it!
Fast paced, challenging, and fun.
Don’t sweat the small stuff.
So many people can get wrapped up over the silliest things. I like facts, get the answer, and move on. As long as I always learn something from the experience.
South Pacific on my sailboat.
That I play a few instruments and am really passionate about audio. I used to work in the music industry and film. I studied Audio Engineering for a number of years.
Outliers by Malcom Gladwell
That’s a tough one… Saving Private Ryan.
Thanks for providing an awesome place to work and be part of NWE!