Meet the Team

Debbie

Debbie Gosselin, President

Joined Watermark in College

What is your favorite Watermark product and why?

This is like asking which of your children is your favorite. Each of Watermark’s products is unique, distinct, and supports our brand essence statement. They’re all great!

Have you ever held any other positions at Watermark?

I started out as a crew member in college; became the bookkeeper in the early 1980’s, and President in the 1990’s. In 1999 when I purchased the tour and charter boat business from my father, I became the owner.

What is your favorite Watermark memory?

There are too many, but my favorite continuing experience is meeting and working with so many wonderful young people. They remind me that the future is bright.

Jake

Capt. Jake Iversen, General Manager of Vessel Activities

Joined Watermark Summer 2017

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

I think it’s important to spend time in everyone’s role, so that I can get a hands-on understanding of how the operation comes together. As I get to know each team member, my appreciation for Watermark’s dedicated employees continues to grow.

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. I’ve been a fan ever since!

What was your first job?

My first job was on the West River working at a marina in Galesville. I helped fuel boats and kept the club members happy.

 

Cecilia Benalcazar, Director of Guide Operations

Cecilia Benalcazar, Director of Guide Operations

Having had several retail stores in the historic district, I’ve gained an understanding of the uniqueness of Annapolis – from its residents, tourists, and temporary legislatures to the many distinctive Annapolis traditions (May Day basket pictured). I have found a common bond with our guides through history. I love managing such passionate historians and a wonderful group of people. It’s fun here with the variety of land products we offer – whether Four Century Tours, Ghost, Architecture, Candlelight, etc. I’m constantly learning and have a desire to always improve our guest’s experiences.

Nick on Harbor Queen

Nick Sottile, Director of Sales & Marketing

Joined Watermark January 2018

What is your favorite Watermark product and why?

I would have to say any of our special events. From Rock’N River cruises on Harbor Queen to the New Years Eve Fireworks Cruise on Catherine Marie. Watermark’s special events allow the public to experience unique and exciting new venues.

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

Explore!  This region is full of history and entertaining events. From crab feasts, Tug of Wars, and a really long 0.05k Bridge Run, there is always something new and exciting to be a part of.

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

It would have to be the Captains of our vessels. Being able to be out on the water every day sounds like a dream job!

 

Gabriella

Gabriella Shewfelt, Marketing Specialist

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!

Ginny

Ginny Mininger, Scheduler

Joined Watermark Fall 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.

Chip

Chip Johnson, Comptroller

Joined Watermark 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!

Zach

Zach Gibbons, Baltimore Vessel Operations Manager

Joined Watermark 2010

What is your favorite Watermark product and why?

My favorite Watermark product is the Baltimore Firework cruises on the 4th of July. Baltimore always puts on an impressive display and Watermark’s part in the event puts you in the best viewing area.

Have you ever held any other positions at Watermark?

Yes. I started here as a crew member straight out of High School.

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

I love adrenaline sports and being outside. Boating in the Severn River with my family and friends is also one of my favorite things to do.

Amanda

Amanda Kurland, Charter Sales & Event Manager

Joined Watermark in 2020

What was your first job?

I was a golf caddy at a Country Club in Michigan. Turns out being a caddy is very hard work for a skinny 14 year old girl, so that was the last summer I did that! I learned a lot about the game, though!

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

In the warm season, I love to explore different beaches like Calvert Cliffs or North Beach. I also love to take the kayak out and discover rivers and coves that I have never seen before. There is always something new to see on the Bay!

Why did you first want to work at Watermark?

This company has a wonderful reputation and provides so many fun and interesting things to do for our Annapolis tourists and locals, alike. They have a beautiful fleet of yachts and I am very proud to be a  part of the team.

Anything else we should know?

I love going to Trivia Nights, listening to live music and walking around downtown with my pug mix, Lola.

Claudette

Claudette McDonald, Youth Group Sales Specialist

Joined Watermark 2000 as a tour guide.

Have you ever held any other positions at Watermark?

I tour guided, and have been the clothing designer and seamstress for 15 years (yikes).

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

I love touring vineyards with my family, taking my Golden Retrievers anywhere, spending time in the Mountains – reminds me of home.

What is your favorite Watermark product and why?

I have lots of favorites – the Day on the Bay makes me feel like I am on vacation, the new Time & Tides enhances all I thought I knew about the area and the Four Centuries Tour is still the best ambassador program for Annapolis.

Jennifer

Jennifer DeLancey, Adult Group Sales Specialist

Joined Watermark March 2012

What was your first job?

My first job was as a camp counselor and I was also the Water Skiing Instructor and Program Director at the camp. The camp was an all-girls’ camp near Highlands North Carolina. It was in the mountains and a beautiful area.Great first job!

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

I would like to be a Captain. I lived on a boat for 12 years that looked like Cabaret II and I miss being behind the wheel. I have also always wanted to be a Bartender!

What is your favorite Watermark product and why?

My favorite product at Watermark are any of the Cruises because I just love to be on the water!

Linda

Linda Heinz, Retail and Merchandise Manager

Joined Watermark July 2017

What was your first job?

Pizza Hut in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I was in High School working as a hostess, waitress and pizza maker. It was pretty fun, especially when neighbors and friends dropped by.

What is your favorite Watermark product and why?

This is tough because I love all of our products and boats! I would say the Special Events such as the WineFest trip to Saint Michaels , Schooner Race and New Year’s Eve Cruises because they celebrate and participate in exciting community events and destinations.

If you could trade jobs with someone at Watermark, who would it be and why?

I’d join the crew. As a kid we spent our summers on a cabin cruiser on Grand Lake, I have fond memories about “crewing” our boat and I love the relaxation of being on the water, so the more time on the boats, the better.

Jo

Jo McCarthy, Administrative Assistant

Joined Watermark February 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.

Bill

Bil Heflin, Director of Maintenance

Joined Watermark November 2019

Why did you first want to work at Watermark?

I was looking for something more stable than freelance yacht maintenance.  I was looking for something with a reputable company.

What is your favorite Watermark event?

WRNR Cruises on the Harbor Queen.

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

You can probably find me relaxing in a hammock or canoe when i’m not working.  When we go to the beach, it’s an all day event.  We bring the hammock, the coolers, paddle boards, the kids kayaks, the whole 9 yards.

Anything else we should know?

I am a excellent whistler and I am fluent in German.