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Capt. Chris Willis
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You may rest assured that your vessel will be in good hands due to the trained and committed captains we have on staff. Our commitment to safety and customer satisfaction has helped make us the leading and most respected marine assistance provider in the world. Our captains are standing by 24/7 to assist our members both on and off the water. Give us a call any time, we can help or just say hello!

Our Team

Chris Willis - Owner/Captain
For over 20 year Capt. Chris Willis has owned Sea Tow Wrightsville Beach. He has been a familiar face to area boaters for even longer with his East Coast Marine that he started prior to owning his local Sea Tow franchise.

Starting with a used Grady White boat and few borrowed dollars from family and friends, Chris has built Sea Tow Wrightsville Beach into one of the 4 largest Sea Tow franchises in world. He has moved from that single Grady White to a fleet of Twin Vee boats equipped with state of the art features such as the latest in navigation equipment, GPS vessel tracking and even on-board cameras.

Over the past 25 years, Chris has left his mark on the Sea Tow network by being a pioneer in the development of towing vessels, being the first to test The Triumph and Twin Vee boats as tow boats. He has also had multiple captains move on to own their own franchises and become part of the Sea Tow International management team. In 2007 Chris received the coveted "Franchise of the Year" award from Sea Tow Services International recognizing his dedication to excellence and professionalism.

Chris is a lifelong resident of Wilmington and a graduate of New Hanover High School. He continues to be active in the management of Sea Tow Wrightsville Beach with his wife Holli.

Chris has been a USCG Licensed Captain since 1987.

Holli Willis - Sea Tow Family
Holli has a background in disaster response and recovery. After working across the United States with federal, state, regional, and local response entities she has joined the Sea Tow team to assist with planning and operations. As the former state trauma coordinator Holli has special interests in injury prevention and responder capabilities concerning health and medical as it relates to boaters.

Andy Powell - Sea Tow Family and Captain
Forever a part of the Sea Tow family. His love for fishing and family will always be remembered.

Bert Lomax - Office Manager/Senior Staff Captain
Bert has been working in and around the water his whole life. After graduation from UNCW in 2001, he has held several positions in Wilmington with various companies. Bert has partially completed his MS degree in marine science and sits on the SE Regional Advisory Committee for the NC Division of Marine Fisheries and the Research Grant Committee for the NC Sea Grant program. He has held a USCG 50 Ton Master License since 2005 and has been with Sea Tow Wrightsville Beach full-time since 2009. Bert brings years of experience both on various size vessels working in academia, commercial and recreational marine activities and business. In addition to working on the water, Bert handles vessel maintenance, office administration and bookkeeping/accounting.

While not on duty, Bert enjoys spending time with his family and friends playing in the great outdoors and on various projects around his home.

Charlie Brown - Mascot
Born on September 4, 2008, Charlie Brown is well known in the Sea Tow Wrightsville Beach area. All of our captains are commonly asked as we arrive to assist one of our members "Where is the brown dog?". Charlie is well loved by the Sea Tow crew and our members.

In his spare time, Charlie likes to run, swim and sniff everything in sight. Keep a look out for him because he is waiting to meet you!

Cutter - Sea Tow Dog
Born in Casper Wyoming on December 24, 2013, Cutter is the newest Sea Tow dog to join the family. Born in snow and mountains a Blue Merle Australian Shepherd, Cutter loves the water and the boats as if he were born of the sea. Called by the native Sioux (LAKOTAS) "Wompa Hintu Sunka" translated as "lucky blue dog" Cutter brings entertainment to the Sea Tow family.

Frank Lyons - Dispatcher
Frank is a native of Greenlawn, LI, NY. In his high school days, he served as a Lifeguard at Robert Moses State Park and at Jones Beach, Long Island, NY. After high school, he attended college at Spring Hill College, Mobile, Alabama from 1969-1971. He then served at a Quartermaster with the US Coast Guard from 1971-1975 on the USCG Cutters Lilac (Buoy Tender) and Alert (Medium Endurance Cutter). Then with the Captain of the Port in NY, NY as a Hazmat/Pollution Investigator. After leaving the USCG, Frank attended Cape Fear Community College receiving his AS Degree in Marine Construction Engineering Technology. In the summer of 1976 he returned to his Lifeguard roots in Carolina Beach, NC. From 1977-2000 Frank worked worldwide in Marine Seismic Exploration as Senior Vessel Manager. During this time, he worked with Teledyne Exploration, Simon Horizon Ltd., Horizon Exploration and Eagle Geophysical. Frank joined us at Sea Tow Wrightsville Beach in 2000 and has since been a very integral part of our staff. We simply could not do it with out him. If you call us Friday through Monday, chances are that you will speak with Frank. He is ready to assist you anytime that you need us!

Glenn Dildy - Senior Staff Captain
Capt. Glenn began boating at an early age in coastal NC with his grandfather. He grew up in Marietta, GA and then lived in Ft. Lauderdale, FL for 4 years where he rediscovered his love of boating before making Wilmington his home in 2001. He has been with Sea Tow Wrightsville Beach since February 2009.

In his spare time Glenn enjoys taking his dogs to Masonboro Island and spending time with family and friends. He has held a USCG Captain's License since 2006 and upgraded to a Master 50 ton License in 2011.

Jon Trunz - Electrical Engineer/Staff Captain
Jonathan grew up boating on Long Island Sound and the New England lakes. After becoming a pilot and Air Traffic Controller in his 20's, he continued to pursue more boating experience by bare-boating and crewing on off-shore sailing excursions. Eventually gaining enough experience and confidence to purchase his own 30' sailboat, live aboard while traveling the the ICW from Rhode Island to Florida and then to the Bahamas. Once settling back onto land in Wilmington, NC in 1995, he obtained his USCG Captain's License and started teaching sailing at an ASA approved sailing school. Jon started with Sea Tow Wrightsville Beach the week Hurricane Ophelia struck N.C., in 2005. Since then, he has been involved in not just towing (his favorite), but also keeping the electrical systems on the boats up to par. Watch for Jon and his dog Ginger out on the water.

Phillip Reynolds - Junior Staff Captain
Phillip was born and raised in Wilmington, NC. His boating career began as a child, learning with his father on the Intracoastal Waterway. Ever since, it has become his passion to be on the water. Whether it be working on the charter boat fleet out of Carolina Beach, fishing with friends and family or just going for a evening cruise. Over the years he has gained a strong mechanical background in repair and maintenance of various types of motors, from small engines to recreational vehicles. Phillip has held a USCG 25 Ton Masters license since 2009 and plans to upgrade down the road. When he's not out on the water, he can be found in the great outdoors spending time with friends and family, playing on his big boy toys.

Scott Collins - General Manager/Senior Staff Captain
Scott represents the "new generation" of captains in the marine industry. A native of Gaitersburg, Maryland he began his marine career at age 19. He has worked a wide spectrum of jobs prior to his Sea Tow career such as serving 6 years in the United States Coast Guard, and another 6 years on research vessel that specialized in sub-surface moorings. Scott graduated from Cape Fear community College's Marine Sciences and Technology Program. He has also served on the board of directors of CPORT which is the national association for the marine assistance industry.

Scott's role at Sea Tow Wrightsville has grown over the years from being a staff captain to his current role of manager of Sea Tow Wrightsville Beach. When he has time from the day to day challenges of managing the nation's 4th largest Sea Tow operation, Scott loves a wide range of outdoor activities such as surfing, fishing and all types of water sports.

Over recent years, Scott has become known as the face of Sea Tow Wrightsville Beach. He's easy to spot on the boat. Just look for the Sea Tow boat with the chocolate brown lab (Charlie Brown) on board. While everyone knows and respects Scott, it's Charlie Brown that's the star of the Sea Tow show. Scott has been a USCG Licensed Captain since 2005.

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