There’s something special about the changing of the guard. Whether it’s the Queen’s Guard outside of England’s Buckingham Palace or the Guards of Honor at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, the process is always detailed, precise and handled with extreme care.
The same can be said for the recent change of ownership at Sea Tow Central Chesapeake. Capt. Dave Duvall has stood watch at the Annapolis, Maryland-based franchise for more than 33 years. With a vigilant eye and quick response, Capt. Dave has established a foothold as the go-to resource for local boaters whenever they might need a hand.
The longest-tenured owner in the Sea Tow franchise network, Capt. Dave has the experience and know-how to handle any job that might be thrown his way, but after 33 years at the helm, he said it’s time to move on to a new chapter in his life.
“I’ve lived, breathed and bled Sea Tow yellow – it’s been my identity for almost 34 years,” Capt. Dave said. “But after being on call 24/7, 365 for all those years, it’s time to slow down a bit and try something new. It’s a bittersweet feeling leaving something that’s been such a big part of my life, but I know the franchise will be in good hands.”
A little more than a month ago, Capt. Dave handed over the keys to Alex Peyreigne, who now becomes Sea Tow’s youngest franchisee at 25 years old. With such a stark difference in experience, one might worry about what that might mean for the franchise, but as a recent grad of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Capt. Alex has all the tools to continue to build upon the strong foundation Capt. Dave has lain.
“We’ve been working together for a couple of months now and Alex already has a firm grasp on what it takes to be a Sea Tow captain and owner,” Capt. Dave said. “I’ve been putting him through my training program and have tried to help him out with the office side of things and the little idiosyncrasies that go along with owning a Sea Tow franchise. He’s picked everything up extremely quickly. I have no doubt he will be a phenomenal captain and a great steward to local boaters.”
Having Capt. Dave there as a springboard for whatever advice or tips he might need has made the process of taking over the Central Chesapeake franchise a relatively easy process, Capt. Alex said.
“Dave has been an invaluable asset,” Peyreigne said. “No matter what situation I run into, I know I can always call him and he’ll know exactly what to do. He’s imparted so much wisdom on me so far. Dave has a wealth of information and knowledge that he willing shares."
Like many of our younger captains, Alex is eager to carve his own path as owner and head captain of Sea Tow Central Chesapeake. With a great foundation already in place, he said he hopes to double the franchise’s membership base over the next decade, create new affinity programs that offer discounts to members at places around Annapolis, as well as implement several other new, creative ideas.
“I have the drive, the time and the resources,” Capt. Alex remarked. “I want to make Sea Tow Central Chesapeake one of the best franchises around.”
With Capt. Alex in charge, Sea Tow CEO Joseph Frohnhoefer III said the franchise is in good hands.
“We congratulate Dave on moving on to this next chapter in his life and wish him the very best in the future,” Joseph said. “We have no doubt Alex is a great asset to the Sea Tow network and that he will have a long and successful future with this company!”
For a little bit of Sea Tow trivia – with Capt. Dave’s departure from Central Chesapeake, Capt. Will Beck of Sea Tow Palm Beach is now the company’s longest-tenured owner at just over 32 years in charge!
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