Marathon Marina, Marathon, FL
How long have you been in the marine industry?
It happened gradually over the last 27 years. My background is in finance and business management. While working full time in the legal field, I took a part-time finance job at a marina. From then on, I kept growing away from suits and heels and closer to shorts and boat shoes.
How did you get involved in the industry, and what brought you to this marina?
As a Kansas farmer’s daughter, I had no boating experience when I relocated to Florida. Once I got up the courage to leave the dock on a sailboat, I was hooked. From that point on, I just followed the direction that beckoned me, which ended up being marina management in the Keys.
What is the most fun part of your work?
What work? I wake up every morning in paradise and spend the day with guests (both two legged and four legged) from every part of the world.
Where do you like to send people for an authentic dining experience when they arrive at your marina for the first time?
I recommend Lazy Days South just steps away from their slip to enjoy laid-back oceanfront dining and Florida Keys cuisine.
You work in paradise. Where do you go on vacation?
During the last two years, I have traversed the Panama Canal and explored Central America, Italy and Greece. I had hoped to hike Machu Picchu and explore the Galapagos Islands this year, but the COVID-19 pandemic has put those plans temporarily on hold. Looks like an RV road trip is in my future.
Describe yourself in three words.
Dedicated, resourceful and compassionate.
What is the most important item to always keep on a boat?
A good sense of humor.
Why do you think people should visit the Florida Keys?
Location. The Great Florida Reef is the only living coral barrier reef system in the continental United States, and is the third largest in the world. Lucky for us, it runs parallel to the Florida Keys. Combine spectacular diving and snorkeling with world-class fishing, recreational, historic and cultural attractions, great weather and friendly people, and that’s why the Florida Keys should be on everyone’s bucket list.
What is the one thing that everyone should do or see at your marina?
Celebrate a Florida Keys sunset. Watching the sun fade from a fiery orange to pink as it reflects off the ocean and dips below the horizon is a magical show not to be missed!