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Charter Boat Captain

Licensed Boat Captain / Freelance Illustrator / WordPress Dev

Milwaukee, WI


I will drive your boat! I am looking for winter gigs somewhere warm to drive your ship. 
I have captain experience driving 22 and 49 passenger 45' twin outboard pontoons, as well as 25' single screw motor launches. I have been a deckhand or mate on various day sail and charter schooners in the Great Lakes and Bahamas. 
UPDATE: I am in the process of upgrading my license to Master 100 ton, Near Coastal! 
ART and DESIGN (Taking new clients) 
I make art! Looking to make art for cities, techno artists, musicians, bands, posters, poets, albums, books, wedding invites, and more! 
I produce professional graphic design, illustration, art, maps, and printed material. 
• Poster, print, fliers, banners, buttons and other creative promotional material research, design, and printing. 
• Map making for books or games with pen and ink, vector, or raster graphics. 
• Tablet and pen and ink to Raster / Vector 
• Custom map design for books, tabletop games, online interactive, and artwork 
CODING: (Not currently taking new clients) 
I am a professional freelance WordPress consultant, development, design, and CSS expert with over a decade of experience creating websites from concept to launch. All sites hand coded in PHP/CSS. Extensive use and customization of WordPress, including responsive / mobile CSS, plugin modification and scratch-built themes. 
• WordPress design, code, hacking and development 
• WooCommerce installation and setup 
• Quick turn around WordPress troubleshooting and code / graphics fixes 
• PSD to HTML5 graphics and code 
• Google Adsense, Analytics, / Social Media integration 
• UX, UI Design and Development 
• Code / CSS / responsive site optimization and code tweaks 
• American Association of Endodontists 
• American Student Dental Association 
• Bravo Restaurants 
• Dead 2 Me Records 
• Gothic Funk Press 
• Kroeschell, Inc 
• Lake Forest School of Graduate Management 
• Milwaukee School of Engineering 
• Open Ocean Creative 
• RESCU Foundation 
• SAVO Group 
• Smith Bucklin 
• Tall Ship Red Witch 
• Two x Four 
• Zacks Investment Management

Willing to relocate: Anywhere

Authorized to work in the US for any employer

Work Experience

Charter Boat Captain

Riverwalk Boats
Milwaukee, WI

July 2017 to Present

Drive various 40 to 45 foot, twin outboard pontoon boats on the Milwaukee Rivers and outer harbor. Vessels are 22 and 49 passenger, and most charters are two to four hours. 
DJ on occasion if the passengers have terrible taste in music.


South Shore Yacht Club
Milwaukee, WI

July 2017 to Present

Seasonal job. Operate tender, taking boat owners to their boats. Assist in fueling, pump out, and general maintenance and cleanliness of yacht club.

Freelance Web Developer and Designer

Creative Circle
Chicago, IL

2005 to Present

• Design and develop websites based on client supplied designs 
• Edit premium WP themes and build custom functionality 
• Produce one page sites, microsites, and HTML emails 
• WP Database transfers, installs, and setups 
• Maintain daily contact with clients, and teams of developers using Skype and SVN 
• Ability to meet on-site in Chicago area, as well as hold regular meetings online 
• Troubleshoot and fix WordPress sites that were abandoned by previous teams or developers 
• Work solo or with a team to produce sites 
• PSD to WordPress 
• jQuery, Bootstrap, Jetpack, WordFence and Google Fonts integration 
• Google Analytics, SEO optiization and plugins, Adsense/Adwords 
• Recognized locally as one of their most reliable WP developers 
Skills Used 
WordPress, SVN, Skype, CSS, HTML, Responsive CSS, Email design

Freelance WordPress Developer, Cartographer and Graphic Designer

Forge22 Design
Chicago, IL

2003 to Present

• Build and convert responsive websites and CSS. 
• WordPress design, development, coding, installation and updates. 
• Tweak themes and styles for existing websites. 
• Migrate WordPress databases and environments. 
• Graphic design including posters, fliers, web banners. 
• Create hand drawn and digital maps. 
• Create maps for RPGs, games, illustrations, novels, books and prints. 
• Configure websites for SEO, Analytics, Adsense and/or Adwords. 
• Artwork contributed to several successful Kickstarters, books, and an indie film 
Skills Used 
PHP, CSS, CSS3, HTML, XHTML, HTML5, Jquery, Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver

Tender Boat Captain

Chicago, IL

August 2016 to October 2016

Licensed tender captain. Ferry boaters to and from their boats in all manner of wind and waves. Drive 25' single screw motor launch.

First Mate

Tall Ship Red Witch, LLC
Chicago, IL

May 2011 to October 2015

Maintain and upkeep 77' wooden schooner, sail and adapt to rapidly changing weather 
• Train new crew and instruct volunteers, manage onboard and underway public relations 
• Basic woodworking and carpentry 
• Bosun work, rigging, lines, sail mending and handling 
• Assist USCG Inspections and operate MOB, etc drills

Helpdesk Technician

Northern Michigan University
Marquette, MI

February 2002 to August 2004

Install/setup software on student and faculty laptops in a fast and efficient manner. 
• Face-to-face and telephone tech support, troubleshooting and software repair. 
• Working knowledge of PCs/Macs, and a variety of software.

Asst Technical Director / Sound Technician

Lake Superior Theatre

2002 to 2003

• Build stage and setup lighting/sound systems. 
• Run mixer/sound board for musical theater, sound effects and live music.


Master Captain in 100 ton, sail aux, inland + Great Lakes, STCW95, Assist Tow

Chicago Maritime School
Chicago, IL

2016 to 2016

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Imaging

Northern Michigan University
Marquette, MI



Photoshop, Illustrator (10+ years), WordPress, HTML5, CSS3, PHP, MySQL (10+ years), Map Making, Cartography, Digital Design, Vector Graphics (6 years), Reponsive CSS and Websites, Mobile Interface Design (3 years), Small boat handling (3 years), Traditional Sailing Vessels (Tall Ships) (6 years), Charter Boat Captain (2 years), Renaissance Faires (1 year)


Master Captain, Merchant Mariner Credential

November 2015 to November 2020

Master Of Self-Propelled Vessels Including Auxiliary Sail Of Less Than 100 Gross Register Tons (GRT) Upon Great Lakes and Inland Waters.  
Towing Assitance. 
Ref #3815744

Additional Information

Tall Ship Sailor, 
Master Captain - Licensed Merchant Mariner, 
WordPress Geek, 
Steampunk and NERF Prop and Costume Maker, 
100% Freelance Web Developer / Graphic Designer, 
Map Maker