One of our specialties at Watermark is youth travel and educational experiences for students in Maryland. When Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) reached out to us earlier this year and asked if we could host their students, coming to Baltimore for their Annual National Conference, on a business tour we jumped at the chance. We were tasked with providing a “behind the scenes” tour for college students that included staff members talking about their career path and Watermark’s business operation. We also hosted visitors to the conference on our Baltimore Harbor Cruises and Annapolis Harbor Cruises throughout their stay!
For the business tour, we rolled out the red carpet for students to board Raven, our primary charter yacht in Baltimore. Director of Land Operations Heather Skipper gave a presentation to the students about the history of our company and how it’s grown over the years and adapted to the different markets we serve. Highlights included our second generation of family ownership, being a woman led company, merging with another woman led company and growing the company’s geographic footprint by adding operations in Baltimore.
One of the things that makes working at Watermark so unique is that you never know where your career path may take you. Heather first worked for the company as a Vessel Operations Assistant during the summer while she was in college. After a career in broadcast journalism, she found herself drawn back to Watermark…this time on land. Zach Gibbons, our Baltimore Operations Manager began his path as a crewmember while still in high school. He worked for Watermark throughout college and during his final semester of college, he joined full-time as an Operations Manager. He went on to earn his 100-Ton Captain’s License through the company making him an even more valuable employee who can wear many hats…literally. And lest you think going from crew to Captain is the only logical path, Suzy on our team started in the company as a Charter Sales Specialist. She’s now out of the office and on the water working towards her Captain’s License as well.
After Heather completed the formal part of our FBLA business tour, students were invited to break out into informal groups and meet with individual staff members for Q&A sessions. They met with members from our Operations, Sales, Marketing and even Tour Guide teams. The final part of the day…cruise! Students got a chance to relax and enjoy Baltimore from the water and our team members loved having the chance to meet a group of students who will surely make our futures better.