Rick Ellett - Owner/Captain
Born December 3, 1952, in Roanoke, VA, Rick graduated Augusta Military Academy and served in the US Army. Rick worked in landscaping and then as an independent contractor for FedEx Ground until 2009, when he decided to embark upon a new venture as owner/operator of Sea Tow Smith Mountain Lake, where his office is out on the water. Rick grew up in the area and has been on Smith Mountain Lake since the lake filled up. He holds a current 50 ton US Coast Guard Masters License with towing endorsement. Rick stands ready 24/7, 365, in the Gills creek section of Smith Mountain Lake where he lives with his wife Nancy, who is also a Sea Tow Captain. Rick is a member of the Water Safety council, the Smith Mountain Marine Business Association, the SML Power Boat Association, the Smith Mountain Lake Association, the SML Striper Club, the SML Chamber of Commerce, and the SML Sail and Power Squadron.
Nancy Ellett - Owner/Captain
Born June 24, 1952, Nancy grew up in Craig County and moved to the lake with Rick in 1997. Nancy has worked in the legal field as a paralegal for almost 25 years, currently working for attorney Michelle Derrico in Roanoke. She has two grown children, Chris and Amy, and is looking forward to her first grandchild from her son, Chris. Daughter, Amy, is often seen working with Sea Tow at various events. Nancy holds a current 50 ton US Coast Guard Masters License with towing endorsement and works for Sea Tow when she is not at her week-day job. Nancy is constantly busy with the marketing of Sea Tow and especially loves helping collect a boat load of toys for the Smith Mountain Lake Flotilla and organizing activities to encourage the use of life jackets. Even though she works a full-time job, she is always seen out on the Sea Tow boats on weekends with her mate, Capt. Rick.
Jerry Hale - Captain
Born in 1944, Jerry is the youngest "old guy" you'll ever meet. He wakeboards, slalom skis, plays tennis, banjo and guitar, does all his own yard work and has the energy level of a much younger dude.He graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in journalism/advertising and later earned an MBA from the University of Delaware. He had a 35-year career as an advertising manager and marketing consultant for the DuPont Co in Wilminton, Delaware. He also worked for 2 1/2 years as an advertising manager at Trojan Yacht Co. in Lancaster, PA. He served 3 years in the US Army, including a year in Viet Nam, and left the military as 1st Lieutenant with a Bronze Star award. Jerry's boating interest began with family lake vacations in Minnesota when he was 6 years old. After moving to Delaware, he and his wife, Ferne, boated and skied on rivers before retiring and moving to a lake home in 2003. He is a free-lance writer who contributes extensively to Laker Magazine and several area newspapers. He is a committed Laker who lives the Lake Lifestyle to the fullest, year round. Jerry serves on the Parish Council at Trinity Ecumenical Parish in Moneta. He and his wife, Ferne, celebrate 47 years of marriage in 2015; they have two children and three grandchildren. He has been a member of the SML Water Safety Council for 8 years and is the instigator and organizer of the Lake's "No-Wake Fireworks" tradition. He enjoys sharing his boating experience with others and looks forward to assisting stranded boaters when the need arises.