Boating Career Day

Presented by NMMA logo

Date: Friday, October 25th

Time: 8:30 AM — 10:00 AM

Where: Progressive Booth

Chart your Future

Is a marine career in your future? Come find out! Learn about the skills, training and education you need to join a workforce that’s making waves. Get career advice from marine industry professionals and enjoy a fun day exploring the show.

Student Sign-Up Form

Speaker Panel

Program Moderator - Misty Wells, Avid Angler, Outdoor Writer and TV Host

Misty is the 1st Female host of an Outdoor Show on the Fox Sun Sports Networks, "Let's Take it Outside," airing on Fox Sports in 2020. As an outdoor writer Misty's work appears in the Tampa Bay Times, Coastal Angler, Florida Sportsman and many more publications.  Misty is founder of "A Reel Future" non-profit taking children in foster care fishing and teaching them about conservation, to date she has taken over 3,000 foster kids fishing.

Chris Butts, Marine Max - Technical Training Center Manager

Chris has been in the marine industry for 19 years and holds Mercruiser, Mercury and Honda certificates.  He holds a bachelors in business administration and a degree in aviation maintenance technology.

Gavan Hunt, Chris-Craft Boats - Vice President of Sales

A marine industry sales and marketing veteran with over 30 years of experience. In addition to Chris-Craft, Gavan has worked in leadership roles at Cobalt Boats, Chaparral/Robalo Boats and Nautic Global Group.

Capt. Erich Jaeger, Sea Tow Tampa Bay - General Manager

Erich has been in the marine assistance business for 5 years. Before that he was a charter/commercial boat captain/owner.

Capt. Bill Kaupas, Sea School - Instructor

Bill is a licensed USCG Merchant Marine with 10 years in the U.S. Navy and over 40 years in the marine industry. He has operated upon the ocean, coastwise, western rivers, and intracoastal waterways.

Jon Reinke, Outcast Watersports – President

Jon has been President of Outcast Watersports for the past 23 Years. Previous to Outcast Watersports, he was the Owner and Dock Master of Apollo Beach Marina for 3 years. Jon is a Yamaha, Mercury and Suzuki Certified Mechanic.

Kerry Schroeder, Yamaha - Senior District Service Manager

Kerry’s field territory area is northern and central Florida coast to coast.  He has had the pleasure of working for Yamaha Motor Corp for almost 19 years, with over 30 years of marine industry experience. Everyday is a different challenge and that’s what makes his job enjoyable.

Capt. Jamie Shaffer, MTC Maritime Training Center

Capt. Jamie Shaffer brings experience on navigating the water. He will be speaking to the requirements and relevant topics on how to get your Captain's License.

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