Fifteen-year anniversaries are traditionally marked by exchanges of crystal.
And while two Sea Tow franchise owners are unlikely to receive gifts of Austrian glass, it’s crystal-clear that they keep their home waters safe in the areas where they operate.
Captain Anthony Noury of Sea Tow Charleston, South Carolina, and Captain Mike DeGenaro of Sea Tow Charlotte Harbor, Florida, have each notched a decade and a half of service. Each is committed to his business and deeply entwined with his home community—qualities on and off the boat that haven’t gone unnoticed.
And though no accolades are necessary for these experienced hands, both men have been recognized for their heroic and philanthropic contributions by the U.S. Coast Guard and Sea Tow.
Capt. Anthony made the move to Sea Tow after a 17-year corporate career. That experience helped him grow his business from two to four boats and several captains.
He is a longtime supporter of the Lowcountry Maritime School, whose mission is to nurture the next generation of mariners. When students ran into a shortage of life jackets, Anthony swooped in, donating essential gear.
Between them, both captains have installed numerous Sea Tow Foundation Life Jacket Loaner Stations at popular launches and docks to encourage boating safety in their communities.
Capt. Mike is passionate about keeping local waterways pristine. He’s salvaged more than two dozen derelict and abandoned vessels and assisted with cleanup after the devastating 2010 Deep Horizon oil spill.
“These anniversaries are a testament to the commitment that men like Anthony and Mike bring to the job every day,” says Sea Tow CEO, Captain Joseph Frohnhoefer III. “We’re proud to have them wear Sea Tow Yellow.”
When you see Capt. Mike and Anthony on the waters this summer, no crystal gift is necessary, just a little nod and wave.