Meet the Team

Jake

Capt. Jake Iversen, President

Joined Watermark in 2017

What is your favorite Watermark product and why?

Impossible to choose just one! From walking tours to charter boat cruises and everything in between, Watermark brings history, culture, and fun to the Chesapeake area. Each of Watermark’s products is unique, distinct, and supports our brand essence statement.

Have you ever held any other positions at Watermark?

I started out as a captain on the iconic Harbor Queen before becoming General Manager of Vessel Activities in 2017. In 2022, my wife Laura and I purchased the tour and charter boat business as new owners, and I became President.

What is your favorite Watermark memory?

My favorite memory dates back to age ten. As a fourth grader on a school field trip, I was in my element aboard a Watermark vessel, learning about the history of the Naval Academy and Annapolis. I’ve been a fan ever since!

Ginny

Ginny Mininger, Director of Vessel Operations

Joined Watermark in 2011

What is your favorite Watermark product and why?

City Lights Cruise! It’s such a magical way to see the city of Baltimore and there’s great music.

Have you ever held any other positions at Watermark?

One time I planked for 2 minutes. I also managed operations in Baltimore, then Annapolis, and now I am responsible for the operations in both locations.

What is your favorite Watermark memory?

Seeing our Captain pull Harbor Queen into City Dock on a rainy day with 250 kids doing the Harlem Shake. Somehow, even on rainy days we all still have a blast.

Alex Knoll, Director of Sales & Marketing

Joined Watermark in 2020

What was your first job?

My first job was as a paperboy in Springfield, Illinois. I woke up at 5:00 each morning and walked a couple miles up and down my neighborhood delivering 200-plus copies of the State Journal-Register. It taught me responsibility, punctuality and customer service.

Besides Watermark, what are some of your favorite things to do in the Chesapeake area?

I love learning the history surrounding Chesapeake Bay … the fact that Maryland tobacco financed the Revolution; that Annapolis’ capitol is the only active capitol to also be the U.S. capitol; that when Capt. John Smith first sailed the Bay oyster reefs so large they were a navigation hazard.

If you could trade jobs for a day with anyone at Watermark, who would it be and why?

I’d like to switch with one of the captains. But for the sake of any passengers, I’d settle for being mate. When I was younger, I worked several years as mate on a crab boat and loved it. All but the worst days on the water are better than any on land.

Jamie Foster, Director of Guide Operations

Joined Watermark in 2016

What was your first job?

I scooped ice cream in an old, converted railroad car in rural Michigan called the Caboose.

What is your favorite Watermark product and why?

I have to pick two. I really enjoy riding the Harbor Queen, but also love our public walking tour! As a history lover, I enjoy walking the streets and hearing the stories of the past. The history comes alive as you make the connections from the things you are seeing and experiencing with stories and information shared by the guides.

Have you ever held any other positions at Watermark?

I have been a tour guide since 2016 and still enjoy giving a tour when I can.

Outside of Watermark, what is your favorite thing to do in the Chesapeake Bay area?

I love being with family and friends as well as hiking the different trails and parks around the area.

Gabriella

Gabriella Shewfelt, Marketing Manager

Joined Watermark in 2020

What was your first job?

I got my first job the summer before my senior year of high school at Great Harvest Bread Company in Annapolis. I kneaded, sliced, and bagged bread and ran the cash register. Of course, my favorite job duty was taste-testing!

Outside of Watermark, what is your favorite thing to do in the Chesapeake Bay area?

I love to walk around Downtown Annapolis with a City Dock chai latte in hand.

Have you ever held any other positions at Watermark?

Nope!

Aaron Hull, Operations Manager

Joined Watermark in 2021

What was your first job?

When I graduated from the Naval Academy in 2016, my first job was as a Student Aviator! I attended flight school for the Navy in Texas and had a blast.

Besides Watermark, what are some of your favorite things to do in the Chesapeake area?

I love cruising around Annapolis on my Hobie Power Skiff, and love to kiteboard on days that it’s windy. You can also catch me flying single-engine planes out over the eastern shore on the weekends!

Why did you first want to work at Watermark?

Annapolis has always felt like home to me, and Watermark is such an important part of the culture and history of this town. When the position became available I couldn’t wait to start working on the water again!

Chip

Chip Johnson, Comptroller

Joined Watermark in the 1980s

What is your favorite Watermark product and why?

I really like them all. From the 40 & 90 minute tours to the “Day on the Bay Cruise”, or a private Charter down the Severn River. I have worked on all of them.

What was your first job?

My first job was a dishwasher at Country Kitchen in Casper Wyoming. Needless to say I don’t like doing the dishes.

Outside of Watermark, what is your favorite thing to do in the Chesapeake Bay area?

There are so many things to do in the area, I think one of my favorite is going to the beach with friends!

Jo

Jo McCarthy, Office Manager

Joined Watermark in 2018

What is your favorite Watermark product and why?

Day on the Bay to St Michaels is my favorite. I love the boat ride to and from St Michaels it is very relaxing and enjoyable.

Outside of Watermark, what is your favorite thing to do in the Chesapeake Bay area?

Boating with my family and friends and enjoying the many views of the Chesapeake Bay.

If you could trade jobs for a day with anyone at Watermark, who would it be and why?

I would trade jobs for one day with the boat crew. I think being on the water and mingling with passengers is fun .

Have you ever held any other positions at Watermark?

No I have not.

What was your first job?

My first job was Assistant Portfolio Manager for Merrill Lynch.

Capt. Alex King, Company Security Officer

Joined Watermark in 2021

What was your first job?

My first job ever was as a lifeguard at a local Swim Club in my hometown of Cherry Hill, NJ. My first “real job” was on a boat as a deckhand on the Riverlink Ferry that connects Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia to the Camden Waterfront in New Jersey!

Outside of Watermark, what is your favorite thing to do in the Chesapeake Bay area?

I like to walk around the waterfront and check out dockside bars and restaurants. There’s live music at a lot of places, and a few establishments are right in marinas, so we get to watch both professional and amateur captains get on and off the docks, which can sometimes make for an entertaining happy hour!

What is your favorite Watermark product and why?

My favorite Watermark Product I’ve been a part of so far is the 90-minute tours. The 90s are a nice change of pace from the hustle of the 40-minute tours and give us a chance to see more of the features of the area that we don’t get to see every day, such as an up-close look at the Chesapeake Bay Bridges and the Thomas Point Lighthouse.

Becky Porzillo, School & Group Tour Manager

Joined Watermark in 2021

What was your first job?

My first paycheck came as an RA (Resident Assistant) in my college dormitory at Texas Woman’s University. That began my love for and career in the hospitality and travel industry.

Why did you first want to work at Watermark?

Since moving to Annapolis almost 20 years ago, I have loved the proximity to the Bay and the history of the town. A company that highlights both while embracing the importance of service to customers and employees is a perfect fit!

Besides Watermark, what are some of your favorite things to do in the Chesapeake area?

During summer, you’ll find me enjoying a day sailing on the Bay or tubing with the kids on one of its many tributaries. Come fall, I’ll be at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium enjoying time with friends and Mids cheering on the Navy football team. And any time of year, I’m enjoying the great foods of the Bay – crab, oysters, fish – at the bountiful restaurants in town.

What is your favorite Watermark product and why?

It’s always great being out on the water, but there’s so much rich history in the maze of cobblestone streets in downtown. The colonial guides are a fount of knowledge, so every tour is an opportunity to learn something new.

If you could trade jobs for a day with anyone at Watermark, who would it be and why?

I’d choose to work the ticket umbrella. Our ticket agents speak with so many of Watermark’s customers – they know where they’re from and what they’re interested in learning about Annapolis. That’s great information for a sales person. Plus, they have the best office view!

Unike Brown, Retail & Merchandise Manager

Joined Watermark in 2021

What was your first job?

My first job was at a nursing home. I played bingo in the afternoons with the residents of Ginger Cove!

Besides Watermark, what are some of your favorite things to do in the Chesapeake area?

Outside of work, I enjoy hanging out with my family. We love to fish. Currently sports control our lives. My daughter plays travel basketball and my son plays soccer, so we are always on the GO!

What is your favorite Watermark product and why?

As an Annapolitan, Water Taxi rides have been somewhat of a tradition in my family. If you get honor roll in school, you knew my dad and mom were going to take you to the Chart House for dinner and on a Water Taxi ride. For me, it’s a really cool tradition in our family that has been done with me and my siblings, and now my kids.

Jorge Cartagena, Inventory Manager

Joined Watermark in 2021

What was your first job?

My first job ever was as a cook at McDonald’s when I was 16. I made the burgers, the fries, the bacon, everything.

Why did you first want to work at Watermark?

It was something different I hadn’t done before, and it got me away from making phone calls all day at my last job.

Besides Watermark, what are some of your favorite things to do in the Chesapeake area?

When I’m in town, I like to walk around and check out some of our local restaurants.

What is your favorite Watermark product and why?

They’re all so great, it’s difficult to choose just one.

If you could trade jobs for a day with anyone at Watermark, who would it be and why?

I’d want to trade with the captains for the chance to drive the boats and maybe get my captains license some day!

Watch the fireworks from the best seat in town!
3rd & 4th of July cruises in Annapolis & Baltimore
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