Chris Willis - Owner/Captain
For over 25 years Capt. Chris Willis has owned and operated Sea Tow Wrightsville Beach. Prior to Sea Tow, Capt. Chris owned and operated East Coast Marine. With over 30 years of towing and recovery in Wrightsville Beach he has become a staple in the boating community.
Starting with a used Grady White and a few borrowed dollars, Capt. Chris has built Sea Tow Wrightsville Beach into one of the 4 largest Sea Tow franchises in world. He has since 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 on-board cameras.
As a recipient of the 2007 Franchise of the Year Award, Capt. Chris has left his mark on the Sea Tow community. He is a pioneer when it comes to the development of towing vessels, being the first to test the Triumph and Twin Vee as tow boats. He has lead multiple captains towards owning their own franchises and becoming part of the Sea Tow International management team. Capt. Chris is known for his dedication to the excellence and professionalism Sea Tow stands for.
Capt. Chris is a lifelong resident of Wilmington and a graduate of New Hanover High School. He continues to be active in the daily operations of Sea Tow Wrightsville Beach. Capt. Chris has been a USCG Licensed Captain since 1987.
Scott Collins - General Manager/Senior Staff Captain
Capt. Scott represents the "new generation" of captains in the marine industry. A native of Gaithersburg, Maryland he began his marine career at age 19 working a wide array of jobs prior to his Sea Tow career. A veteran, serving 6 years in the United States Coast Guard, and another 6 years on a research vessel that specialized in sub-surface moorings. Capt. Scott graduated from Cape Fear Community College's Marine Sciences and Technology Program. He has also served on the board of directors of CPORT (Conference of Professional Operators for Response Towing).
Capt. Scott's role at Sea Tow Wrightsville Beach has grown over the years from being a staff captain to his current role as manager. In his off time you can find Capt Scott surfing, fishing and spending quality time with his wife and daughters.
Over recent years, Capt. Scott has become known as the face of Sea Tow Wrightsville Beach. He's easy to spot, always accompanied by the famous Charlie Brown, his chocolate Lab. While everyone knows and respects Scott, Charlie Brown is the star of the Sea Tow show. Capt. Scott holds a USCG 100 ton Master License as well as a SCUBA certification.
Ryan Saporito – Assistant Manager / Senior Staff Captain
Capt. Ryan’s love for the water started when he was a child going fishing on his Grandfather’s boat on the south shore of Long Island. He started working on the fishing boats out of Captree, NY in 1998 and has worked in the maritime industry ever since. After completing a two year program for small engine / marine mechanics, Ryan worked in several boat yards as a rigger and mechanic. In 2003 Ryan enlisted in the United States Coast Guard and steadily rose through the ranks to become a Chief Boatswains Mate. After four years of serving as a Staff Capt. Ryan’s Coast Guard background as a manager, vessel operator and training coordinator has allowed for a smooth transition to his current role as the Assistant Manager. Ryan has held a 100 ton Master license since 2008 as well as a SCUBA certification since 2017. In his spare time he enjoys spending time at the beach and fishing with his wife and children.
Capt. Ryan is always accompanied by his yellow Lab Tuna and you can usually find them visiting Masonboro Island early in the morning while they are waiting on a call.
Rich Mason – Maintenance Supervisor / Staff Captain
Capt. Rich joined Sea Tow Wrightsville Beach in 2016 and can regularly be seen patrolling the Carolina Beach area. Capt. Rich served 6 years in the United States Coast Guard as a Machinery Technician. As the lead mechanic for Sea Tow Wrightsville Beach he completes nearly all of the maintenance for the vessels, pumps and other equipment. Capt. Rich has held a 100-ton Master License since 2012, a marine electronic installer certification along with other marine certifications. He was born in Salem, Massachusetts and lives in Wilmington with his wife and 5 children. Capt. Rich grew up around boats and the water and that is where his passion for both boating and mechanics stemmed.
Jon Geiss - Staff Captain
Capt. Jon joined Sea Tow Wrightsville Beach in 2018 and can regularly be seen patrolling the Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach areas. Capt. Jon’s love of the water, including activities such as boating, fishing and kayaking, led to his desire to work in the marine industry. He was born in High Point, NC and now calls Wilmington home. In his spare time, he can be seen poling the flats of the Cape Fear coast in search of redfish and other inshore species.
Capt. Jon is normally accompanied by his chocolate Lab Finnley, who constantly gets called Charlie Brown.