As a young business owner, with three years of experience in the marine industry, myself and my workers have demonstrated success, building our talents off of one another and capitalizing on new trends and technologies within the industry. As a result, I've been able to boost business initiatives and reach my own sales objectives year after year. Taking skills and ideas I've learnt in school and in the workplace, I've become more self-motivated in trying to make myself succeed in everything I do. I've learned to reduce costs and transform marine customer service standards through affordability and excellent levels of communication and work. I've gotten better with leading and supervising a team of employees on job sites and managing the goals and expectations of clients, making my job into a business that I genuinely enjoy.
I stopped working at Shubie's in April of 2018 to start my own business, an idea that I had for a long time. To this day, I still work for myself and although it has its struggles, I don't think I've ever been happier. Using clients, friends, and people I met working at the grocery store, I founded my business with the idea that everyday people could find reliable and affordable marine services. I started off doing detailing work, ultimately growing my business out into marine carpentry, boat maintenance, and all around full service work. In 2018, I began doing brokerage work, buying and selling boats for myself and others.
By the time freshmen year rolled around, I wanted a stable job where I could work good hours that was close to home. I found a job at Shubie's, a high end grocery store in Marblehead. I worked seven hours a shift, three days a week. It was a lot to manage with school but it was a great job. I made a lot of great connections within the community, serving people food, interacting with customers, and making good friends. While there I:
There, I really learned how to sell. At first, I just gave people what they wanted. I later learned however, that if I recommended other foods that I genuinely liked, people would buy them. This sort of experience is what gave me the skillset I needed to start Shore Marine.
As the summer months came to a close, so did Gallaford Shellfish, prompting me to get a more official job. I was 14 when I started working at Commela's, the youngest legal age to begin working in the state of Massachusetts. I took orders, cleaned the restaurant, and served customers, all of which taught me discipline and attention to detail. It was a great job and I really enjoyed my time there. While working I:
Gallaford Shellfish was the first real business I started at around age 12. I knew that come the summer months, there was a huge need on the North Shore for fresh crab and lobster. I started with dropping crab traps in Swampscott Harbor, and selling the crab to a Vietnamese restaurant in town. I'd sell 10-15 pounds of crab meat every few days in the summer months to a Vietnamese restaurant owner, whom I met fishing one day. Eventually, with the help of my father, I purchased lobster traps. I caught lobster with these traps, expanding my business further.
During the later years of elementary school, I took a lot of interest in computer sciences, mathematics, and learning more about the human body. I implemented a reading program within my administration in 4th grade for students to practice their reading skills for kindergartners and first graders. Myself and other students would read to these younger kids during our recess time, improving our reading and becoming better members of our communities.
I really came into my own in middle school, joining clubs and taking classes that interested me. I participated in our school coding club, as well as the art club. All the while, I was swimming competitively for the Sea Serpents Swim Team at the JCC of the North Shore. In 7th grade, I organized a book drive for the Salem Hospital, collecting over two thousand books for the children who were there.
I started at Swampscott High School in August of 2017, taking four honors classes Freshmen year. I knew that I wanted to be apart of my community so I ran for treasurer and was elected two years in a row by students in my grade. I took an active role in Environmental Club, as well. Being an avid boater, I wanted to make sure that our waters stayed clean, prompting me to participate in weekend beach clean ups, recycling programs and more. During sophomore year I continued all of this, making my town into a better place. I joined the DECA club in 2018 to pursue my interest in the business world. My first year at the DECA competition, I did poorly and didn't qualify for states. However, by the time junior year came around, I was more than ready, taking AP Econ as well as Honors Accounting the year prior. I chose Business Finance as my category for the competition. I came 4th place in the state, with myself being tied for 2nd and 3rd place with those competing against me. I was invited to attend the National DECA competition in Nashville, TN but my plans to go were interrupted when COVID-19 hit and the event was canceled. During my junior year, I was challenged and captivated by the four AP classes that I took; AP Lang, AP History, AP Econ and AP Physics. I grew close with my teachers and learned a lot about myself as a student this year, and more importantly, I'm proud of myself and my classmates as we ended this year out of the classroom.
For the past two years, I've been working on the restoration of boats, mainly focusing on the marine carpentry aspect of things. I learned how to restore wood on boats, prompting me to offer it as a service for clientele in the marine world. From there, I've begun to restore my own boats, as well as the wood work within my own home. I really enjoy it and there's something so satisfying about making things better than they were before.
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