Talk about never having to live the same day twice. From protecting soldiers in the desert to rescuing a family offshore in their boat, Captain Brandon Upton has lived his life knowing that each day would bring new challenges and rewards.
This former United States Marine traded in his uniform for a yellow Sea Tow shirt and fleet of boats by purchasing the company’s Corpus Christi, TX franchise.
Captain Upton, originally from Corpus Christi, has been boating all his life, but his technical experience came from serving his country first and enlisting into the Marines. For five years, Captain Upton served as a 5912 Avenger Technician serving overseas in Iraq. In life-threatening situations, Captain Upton’s leadership allowed him to be promoted from Corporal to Sergeant.
Fishing and being on the water has always been a passion for Captain Upton and after serving in the Marines, he gained experience working with fishing intervention tools and knew owning a business would be part of his future.
“I settled down in North Dakota with my wife, had a successful career and was happy, but I knew something was missing. I saw an opening for Sea Tow in an ad and the light-bulb turned on,” Captain Upton said. “This was my chance to move back to my hometown to fulfill my passion of working with my hands, leading a team, and being on the water. It’s just not in my nature to be sitting behind a desk.”
Family has always meant the most to Captain Upton, from his military family to his father showing him the ropes of boat maintenance at the marina. The bond between father and son, while shallow water fishing or sailing around the gulf, can now be shared between Captain Upton and his young son for many years to come.