Freedom Boat Club Jacksonville names Thompson Director of Dock Operations |
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As every physics student knows, a body at rest tends to stay at rest and a body in motion tends to stay in motion. What Kloe Thompson has also learned is that a body working out on the water tends to want to stay on the water.
That is certainly her story.
Thompson, a college physics student who had planned to pursue a career in teaching, has taken a new tack. The 22-year-old senior at University of North Florida, has recently been promoted to director of dock operations of Freedom Boat Club Jacksonville.
In her new role, Thompson will be responsible for customer care, greeting members as they arrive on the dock, and overseeing the care and maintenance of the club’s fleet of 60 boats. She will be managing a staff of nine at Julington Creek Marina in Jacksonville and Camachee Cove Marina in St. Augustine.
“I am thrilled to have this opportunity in such a male-dominated industry,” Thompson said. “This is a dream for me. Ever since my first job working on a dock, and getting to be outside on the water, I knew it was something I wanted to continue.”
As a high school senior, Thompson landed her first job at a marina, washing boats for $8.50 an hour. Six months later, she was hired by Freedom Boat Club Jacksonville.
“Kloe, has truly been a gift to us,” said Lisa Almeida, owner of Freedom Boat Club Jacksonville. “She learned the job very quickly, and took a leadership role on the dock with her peers.
“Best of all, our members love Kloe. She really connects with them.”
I addition to her hands-on responsibility on the dock. Thompson will also be handling the accounting tasks for the business.
“As a woman working in the marine industry, I couldn’t have a better role model than Lisa,” Thompson said. “She is a strong advocate for helping women succeed in the boating, as well as in business in general.”
Both Thompson and Almeida, Florida natives, began boating at an early age, encouraged by their fathers.
But what will Thompson do with the physics degree she expects to finish this spring?
“There are lots of practical applications for using physics,” she said. “I am sure it will come in handy, at some point, on the dock.”