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!