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Abram Anderson
Marine Technician 2017 - present
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FUN FACT: I went to college in Pennsylvania, studying Philosophy & History.

BIO: Originally from the Oregon coast, I spent a decade in the heart of Manhattan as a full-time parent for four years and six years in the hospitality industry. I was a commercial fisherman on a purse seiner in S.E. Alaska for seven years before landing as a tech at N.W. Explorations. I am happy to be here taking care of these beautiful boats.

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Doug Bizer
Service Coordinator 2019 - present
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FUN FACT: Doug was the technical director of the 50th anniversary production of Death of a Salesman. The show went on to win the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play that year and he had the honor of meeting playwright Arthur Miller.

BIO: Lifelong Chicagoan and boater, both of Doug’s grandfathers worked for Johnson Motors, Doug has spent the last 35 years in the live entertainment industry. His second act in life has brought him and his wife to the PNW to work in the marine industry and sail the Pacific Ocean. After attending Skagit Valley Tech School, he’s achieved ABYC advisor certification.

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Scott Blake
Broker, Bellingham 2004 - present
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FUN FACT: Scott bought his first GB at 27, then being afflicted so young, bought five more of various sizes and models over the lasts 25 years.

BIO: Scott has been with our company for 25 years, has been to the Grand Banks factory many times in the past, has run boats and enjoyed our flotillas from San Diego to Prince William Sound and has helped hundreds of customers buy and sell Grand Banks and other cruising yachts.

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Ken Bowles
Broker, Seattle 2010 - present
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FUN FACT: Ken entered the boating life at the age of 5 on east coast lakes aboard his family’s Catalina 30 houseboat—basically a tiny mobile home on an aluminum hull with a Johnson 40hp outboard stuck on the stern.

BIO: Growing up around boats, Ken has cruised the Intracoastal Waterway, sailed the Bahamas and Virgin Islands and spent that last 15 years enjoying the amazing cruising grounds of the Salish Sea. He and his wife have raised three daughters on the two Grand Banks they have owned since arriving in the PNW. Ken holds a Coast Guard OUPV license.

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Jon Brown
Marine Technician 2018 - present
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FUN FACT: Jon is a ticketed journeyman in two different trades; Automotive Service Technician and Marine Service Technician.

BIO: Jon grew up in North Vancouver, BC. He and his family have always been involved with the ocean. His Grandfather was a submariner in the Navy, and Father was in the Coast Guard. Jon has recently moved to Vancouver Island and has become completely enamored with it. He is absolutely loving working with NWE in the charter industry.

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Owen Brown
Project Manager 2015 - present
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FUN FACT: Owen is an avid sailboat racer with two Newport to Cabo races (1st place), two crossings to Hawaii (2nd and 3rd places) and held a spot in the pro Farr40 fleet North American circuit.

BIO: Hailing from Nova Scotia, Owen moved to Bellingham in 2009. He lives aboard his 44’ sailboat with his wife, daughter and dogs. With a passion for cruising. they moved to California for 2 years aboard their Catalina 36' and returned to Bellingham with their current boat, delivering it all the way from Mexico. Owen holds his USCG OUPV Captain’s license and enjoys the surroundings of the San Juans.

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Patti Brown
Charter Fleet Service Specialist 2018 - present
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FUN FACT: Patti was the lead singer in a rock band, Shimmer, based out of Houston, TX in her early twenties!

BIO: Born in Boston and raised in Houston; mix the Yankee with the South and add the PNW, you’ve got Patti. She moved to Bellingham in 2009 with her husband and live aboard their sailboat with their daughter. Having a passion for food, Patti is also the owner of Galley Girls, a provisioning company for pleasure vessels. She grew up on the water from Nantucket to Lake Houston and now calls the PNW home.

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David Carnahan
Service Specialist 2005 - present
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FUN FACT: He used to climb and top scary trees for a living.

BIO: David grew up in Nahcotta, WA. and at the age of 19 he joined the military, where he learned to fix generators and served 2.5 years in Germany. He got out of the military, worked, married, lived and learned for another 5.5 years in Germany and has lived in Whatcom county since 1995, starting at NWE in 2005.

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Alan Conger
Marine Technician 2016 - present
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FUN FACT: Alan is am a fourth generation, life-long Whatcom County resident.

BIO: Alan has two grown children. he grew up in the boating world and focused on fishing and rigging for 8 + years. After retiring from being a heavy equipment operator, he decided to join NWE as a tech to stay in the marine industry, which he loves. He enjoys coaching youth sports, boating and taking long road trips to nowhere.

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Debbie Curry
Staff Accountant 2018 - present
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FUN FACT: Debbie's first time on the ocean was on a ferry from Anacortes to Orcas Island in 2009, And she fell in love with it!

BIO: Debbie grew up on a farm in a very small town in North Central Missouri. She moved to Bellingham in 2001 and loves the PNW. She has a bachelors’ degree in Accounting and owns a cake decorating business. She loves to go whale watching and being on the water as much as possible. She enjoys traveling and hopes to drive the Pacific Coast Hwy from WA to CA one day.

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Rich Fitzpatrick
Flotilla Captain 2012 - present
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FUN FACT: Rich worked at the White House and carried the briefcase with the Nuclear Codes for the President.

BIO: Graduated from the US Naval Academy, commanded 3 ships including an 820 Helicopter Aircraft Carrier, and retired from the Navy after 30 years. Qualified ASA sailboat instructor, Master 100T USCG license, Powerboat instructor, Private Captain, and Flotilla leader for our Alaska Flotillas. Author of several of the Operating Manuals for the Charter Fleet. He also teaches the USCG licensing courses.

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Jen Haaland
Senior Marine Technician 2013 - present
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FUN FACT: In addition to being an ABYC Master Mechanic, Jen has a BA in Fine Arts from Seattle University.

BIO: Jen received her marine training from the Skagit Valley College Marine Maintenance Technology program and holds ABYC certifications in Marine Electrical, Corrosion, Gasoline, and Diesel Engines. She specializes in AC and DC electrical troubleshooting and has a passion for labeling.

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Tim Hoving
Broker, Bellingham 2014 - present
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FUN FACT: Tim began boating at birth. His dad built a wooden ski boat named the “Playpen” when he was born.

BIO: He enjoys teaching and instructing as well as finding just the right boat for his clients. Tim has boated extensively in the San Juan and Gulf Islands. He has cruised to Alaska, Hawaii and toured the Caribbean. Tim has a US Coast Guard Merchant Marine Officer 100 gross ton license.

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Hannah King
Marketing & Flotilla Coordinator, Naturalist 2018 - present
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FUN FACT: Hannah's first time sailing was on a trip from Friday Harbor, WA to the Sea of Cortez on a 72’ wooden schooner.

BIO: Hannah grew up exploring the rivers and forests of Missouri. After graduating with degrees in Biology and Public Health, she moved to the San Juan Islands for a summer job as a naturalist and a kayak guide. Five years later, she is happy to still call this area home! She loves working on the water and educating others about this amazing area.

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Lacey King
Detailing Specialist 2019 - present
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FUN FACT: Lacey used to train horses and did a little showing in rodeo when she was younger. She would love to get back into it someday!

BIO: Lacey was born and raised here in Whatcom County and the PNW is where she plans to raised her 2 amazing kids as well. Her love for outdoors and everything adventurous makes the northwest the perfect place to call home. She plans to become a marine technician and continue learning about the boating industry.

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John Kurtz
Parts Person 2018 - present
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FUN FACT: John was born 20 minutes before his younger sister – so yes that makes him a twin!

BIO: John has had a love affair with boats as long as he can remember. He grew up with a 14' boat. Growing up in N. California, he explored the many lakes in the area fishing and water skiing. Later he moved to Eastern WA. where his father purchased a marine and RV dealership and they still had boats. There, he met his wife Beth and moved to Bellingham in 1985 and enjoy being outdoors in any capacity.

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Lucas MacDonald
Senior Marine Technician 2013 - present
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FUN FACT: Lucas once drove a VW Bus from Fairbanks (-12 degrees) to Phoenix (110 degrees) in eight days, driving backwards through the seasons along the way.

BIO: At 9 weeks, Lucas started crawling around boats in Minnesota and things haven't changed much. He moved to Washington and became an ABYC Certified Master Marine Technician at the Skagit Valley College Marine Technology Center. When he's not working on customer's boats, he tries to be out on (or working on) his boat or enjoying the rest the PNW has to offer.

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Brodie McEachen
Marine Technician 2018 - present
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FUN FACT: Brodie was the 2nd engineer on the Attessa III, a 225 foot superyacht.

BIO: Brodie grew up playing on the water in Canada and the Pacific NW. His background is on superyachts and was based in the Mediterranean and Mexico. He now lives in Victoria and is excited to help the NWE Canadian team grow.

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Emmelina Mojica
Charter Manager 2006 - present
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FUN FACT: Emmelina has a marine biology degree and started out as NW Explorations’ naturalist on the Alaska Flotillas in 2006.

BIO: Emmelina grew up in Texas where her family could never explain her love for whales. A university course led her to the Pacific NW where she camped on an island researching Orca whales. She worked at the Monterey Bay Aquarium for seven years before coming to NWE. She now uses experiences gained on the flotillas to help charter clients prepare for a trip of a lifetime!

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Andrew Morris
Marine Technician 2017 - present
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FUN FACT: Andrew spent time as a Marine Engineer aboard one of the world’s most complex and largest sailing yachts, the iconic Maltese Falcon.

BIO: Andrew joins NWE from the Superyacht industry bringing a wealth of electro-mechanical and electronics experience. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys giving back to the community by coaching motorcycle safety training in Whatcom and Skagit counties. Originally from the UK, Andrew finds the Pacific Northwest a beautiful place to live.

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John Nassichuk
General Manager 2018 - present
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FUN FACT: John was born and brought up in Powell River, in the middle between Desolation Sound and Princess Louisa Inlet. Being out on the water before he could walk, he has a very deep love for our coast and the Salish Sea.

BIO: John has been in the yacht repair industry for over 40 years. Starting as a mechanic and owning a boatyard for 12 years has provided him with a wide variety of experience. Now tasked with opening the Canadian Division of NWE, his enthusiasm for the Northwest cruising grounds has grown with each passing year. He is looking forward to getting folks out on well-maintained vessels through NWE!

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Steve Nordtvedt
Broker, Bellingham 2019 - present
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FUN FACT: Born during the Battle of Midway, Steve is convinced his arrival on this earth was the key factor in turning the tide of war in the Pacific.

BIO: Steve first worked at Uniflite, rising to division GM. He was CEO of Nordic Yachts, builder of sailing & power yachts. He was PM at Dakota Creek Ind., building high-speed ferries. Steve joined Titan Corp as Program Manager, building X-Craft, an advanced technology ship for the US Navy, 272-ft 50-knot catamaran. Currently, he supports the owners of the many vessels he has enjoyed building.

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Andy Novak
Marine Technician 2018 - present
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FUN FACT: He enjoys fishing and hunting throughout Washington state.

BIO: Andy is originally from Missouri and came to Washington from Colorado in 2015 to attend the Marine Maintenance program at Skagit Valley College's Technical Institute. He spent the past three years working on diesel and gas engines as well as all other boat systems. He is excited to be at NWE!

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Ben Oliver
Detailing Specialist 2016 - present
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FUN FACT: Ben is currently a student at Western Washington University, earning a degree in Plastics and Composites Engineering.

BIO: Ben grew up near Olympia, WA and later moved up to Bellingham to pursue higher education. Having been fortunate to live near the Puget Sound all of his life, he has undoubtedly found a love in boating. Up until recently Ben has only had experience with powerboats, however he hopes to soon expand that experience to include sailing.

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Ron Parrish
Parts Manager 2018 - present
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FUN FACT: Ron's favorite water activity is water skiing and can be found skiing the inland lakes of BC and Washington and all the bays in between!

BIO: Ron grew up in Vancouver, BC and loved to hang around with his father who was a marine technician. He loved it so much that he followed his footsteps and has done everything in the marine industry from a rigger, parts, sales and yacht sales. He has joined NWE's team in Canada and is excited to watch it grow!

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Alexis Pemberton
Administrative Professional 2019 - present
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FUN FACT: Alexis is an animal lover. She currently has 3 dogs, and she one day hopes to have her own rescue farm.

BIO: Alexis is brand new to the marine industry, however she has a leg up by being married to one of our skippers! She comes to NWE with 10 years of customer service experience and has been working in a high school office position for the past 5 years. She is excited to be a part of something new and the learning that will come with it!

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Jordan Pemberton
Marine Technician & Flotilla Captain 2018 - present
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FUN FACT: Jordan has over 1500 days of sea time between flotillas and deliveries.

BIO: Jordan grew up in Washington spending his last 15 summers in Alaska on the water. 13 of those were with the Mother Goose flotillas. He spent one year working for a tug boat company out of Seattle and two years at the Skagit Valley Tech School where he achieved ABYC certifications and working as a diesel mechanic in Anacortes, Wa.

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Wyatt Piper
Apprentice Marine Technician 2019 - present
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FUN FACT: My third-grade science project was to see how strong I could get in one month. I worked out every day, and the end result was me pulling my dads truck down the street with all the neighbor kids in the back.

BIO: I was born and raised in Florida. I grew up loving the water and spent a lot of my childhood on the Gulf Coast. I first came to Washington on a family vacation and I immediately knew the Northwest was going to be my new home. I attended the Marine Maintenance Technology program through Skagit Valley College. Working at NWE gives me the opportunity to combine my love of the outdoors and mechanics.

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Kyler Reed
Apprentice Marine Technician 2019 - present
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FUN FACT: I also travel around and do bike jump shows to try to get as many people excited about mountain biking as possible.

BIO: Growing up in Bellingham gave me a love for the deep backcountry of the Cascade mountain range, mountain biking, rock climbing and of course exploring the beautiful San Juan islands. Working on the boats that enable such adventures seems only natural! I'm glad to be a part of the NW Explorations team!

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Talia Shaw
Apprentice Marine Technician 2019 - present
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FUN FACT: When I was eight a chicken hatched in my hand. He imprinted on me, so I spent that whole summer taking him with me everywhere.

BIO: I grew up on a farm in Southern Colorado. The first time I saw saltwater was on a road trip to Washington when I was 20. One trip was all it took for me to fall in love with the Salish Sea and the boating community. I decided to make a career out of my passion for the water. I studied Marine Maintenance Technology at Skagit Valley College. NWE is my dream job and I love coming to work every day!

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Ross & Evie Tennant
Owners 2017 - present
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FUN FACT: In college, Ross worked as a logger in Haida Gwaii, but after meeting Evie wanted to work closer to home in Victoria and took a job driving old, British Leyland double-decker buses for the summers.

BIO: Ross and Evie met when they were 17 and have been together for 40 years. They have three grown boys and granddaughter they are nuts about. Family times revolve around boating and skiing. Ross’s career was in the software and technology sector (Canada and US), with a transition 15 years ago into land development. Evie focused on creating a great home environment for their family.