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THE TEAM

Entire Crew
Owner/Captain
Administration
Brokerage
Charters
Maintenance
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Ken Bowles
Broker 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 20 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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Chris S. Judge
Sales Manager 2021 - present
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Ben Oliver
Detail 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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Ryan Salas-Mitchell
Parts Manager - present
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Berenis Burge
Accounting Assistant - present
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Lucas MacDonald
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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Doug Bizer
Service Administrator 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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Owen Brown
Operations 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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Tim Rodger
Accountant 2020 - present
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Preston Sant
Fiberglass Technician - present
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Alan Conger
Marine Technician - present
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Scott Blake
Broker 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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Chris Fairbanks
Corporate Captain 2012 - present
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FUN FACT: In Boy Scouts I built a canoe. Later I built a tugboat for Sherlock Holmes in a production of ‘The Curse of the Sign of the Four’. I built a sailboat and then learned to sail. I build furniture now.

BIO: Chris has 25 years of experience operating pleasure boats and fishing vessels in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. He holds a USCG 100-ton Captain’s license and is a certified powerboat and sailing instructor. Chris has been teaching powerboat operations, navigation and seamanship for NW Explorations for 10 years. He is one of our captains of the Southeast Alaska flotilla.

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Talia Piper
Marine Technician 2021 - present
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FUN FACT: I didn’t get to see the ocean until I was 20 years old. When I finally made it to the coast I was mesmerized. I changed my entire life plan, packed up, sold my house, and never looked back.

BIO: I was born and raised in Colorado. I moved to the PNW to learn everything I could about boats and life on the water. I love my job and I feel so lucky to live in such a beautiful place!

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Wyatt Piper
Marine Technician 2021 - present
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Annie Sisson
Captain and naturalist 2022 - present
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Nicholas Lerma
Marine Technician - present
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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.

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Dane Bahr
Marine Technician - present
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Lee Chapoton
Marketing Manager 2020 - present
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FUN FACT: If he could have any super power, Lee would want to speak every language known to man. Unsure as to why, but thinks it'd be fun.

BIO: Lee grew up on and around boats in Louisiana where his family owned a seafood business. After graduating high school, he spent the better part of his adult life working on various aircraft in the U.S. Air Force. After marrying a girl from Canada, and two college degrees later, he is now back working around boats once again, this time in colder and deeper waters, and with far less alligators.

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Shaelynne Trunk
Flotilla Coordinator & Naturalist 2021 - present
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FUN FACT: Shae experienced SCUBA diving for the first time in high school, swimming alongside 7 different species of sharks. That opportunity initiated her career in Marine Biology, and she's never looked back.

BIO: Shae has lived in Bellingham, WA for five years now, graduating from Western Washington University in December of 2020 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology focused in Marine Science. Starting in 2021, she was a naturalist out of Anacortes, WA and has found her calling exploring and educating about the ocean both on the water and below the surface as a current Rescue Diver.

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Jen Haaland
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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Steve Nordtvedt
Broker 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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David Tanchin
Detail Specialist 2022 - present
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Matt Johnson
Marine Technician - present
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Samuelle Bernard
Detail Specialist 2021 - present
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Randy Nulle
Broker - CPYB 2019 - present
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FUN FACT: Randy was part of a team that delivered the first ever charter boats to the kingdom of Tonga. The trip in three identical boats from Tampa, FL to Tonga was over 8,000 miles and took 10 weeks!

BIO: Randy started sailing in Newport Beach, CA in the 70s. He has worked as a delivery skipper and sailing instructor. He has raced in two Trans Pac races as well as races and deliveries from Mexico to British Columbia. He has transited the Panama Canal and sailed the South Pacific. He's a 40 year veteran of the boating industry and has spent equal time in both the power and sail industries.

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Rachel Mason
Service Administrative Assistant 2022 - present