Sea Tow Captains from across the globe recently met at the Sea Tow Services International annual meeting in Orlando November 14-17.
The four-day conference gave the captains the opportunity to learn from others, hear about new techniques, discuss new technology and plan for the upcoming year and boating season. There were also discussions about safety techniques, as well as the Sea Tow Foundation’s Life Jacket Loaner Program and its Designate a Sober Skipper program.
The conference also included an annual awards presentation to honor outstanding franchisees. The following awards were provided:
- Sea Tow Franchise of the Year, awarded to the franchise that most exemplifies Sea Tow’s high standards of service and operation, was won by Sea Tow Central Florida Lakes (Fla.), owned by Capt. Kerry Kline.
- The Georgia Frohnhoefer Award, named for Sea Tow Executive Vice President Georgia Frohnhoefer and honoring an outstanding woman in the Sea Tow network each year, was presented to Ashley Ward of Sea Tow Destin, Pensacola, Lake Norman and Lake Wylie.
- Sea Tow Rookie of the Year, which recognizes the top performing new Sea Tow franchise, went to Sea Tow Portland/Midcoast (Maine), owned by Captains Matt Wilder and Bruce White.
- The Sea Tow Shipmate Award, an award honoring franchisees who provide exemplary service to the entire Sea Tow network, went to John Ward of Sea Tow Destin, Pensacola, Lake Wylie, and Lake Norman.
- The Sea Tow Foundation Hero Award, presented to the franchisee who most exemplifies the Foundation’s mission to promote boating safety, went to Captain Joe McGuiness, owner of Sea Tow Eastern Connecticut.
- Captain Duke Overstreet, owner of Sea Tow Sarasota, received a Sea Tow 25-Year Award for his franchise’s quarter century of service.