For this Commercial Marine Advisor, the marine industry is a way of life. Ken’s career began in the early 1980’s when he captained a 50’ commercial long-line vessel based in John’s Pass. He went on to direct and manage sales for the high-end technical sport fishing fleet of Dorado Marine in Ozona, Florida. In 2007, Ken launched The Fishin’ Mission, a local fishing club that emphasized family fishing as an outreach to bring family and friends closer together. “The Saltwater Fishing Coach” was his next endeavor in 2013, a consulting business through which he shared his love of fishing and boating with others. Ken holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Marketing from the University of North Texas; his insurance licenses include the Florida 2-20 General Lines and Property and Casualty. He is a US Army Veteran and volunteers at various fishing/boating clubs with special needs children and boys of single parents. He also speaks at local fishing clubs and West Marine retail stores on various topics related to fishing and boating.
Yvonne has been active in the marine insurance sector since 1974; she created Wiseley Marine Insurance in 1990. In 2001, she sold her agency to Wallace Welch & Willingham and ran its marine department until retiring in 1997 to travel the US with her husband. She recently moved back to Pinellas County and returned to W3 Marine as a trusted advisor. She says that her favorite part of returning to work is reconnecting with all the salesmen, brokers and friends she has made throughout her decades in the marine industry. Her favorite boating activity is fishing. Yvonne has 3 children and 7 grandchildren; in her free time, she serves as a Pinellas County Guardian Ad Litem. She also volunteers with the Children's Dream Fund.