After receiving his B.A. in 1979 from Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, PA, Steve started his marine career as USCG Captain for the Clipper Fleet out of Panama City, FL operating 120 ft. crew and 140 ft oil spill recovery vessels. He moved into administration as the Clipper Fleet Port Captain of the crew based operations in the Santa Barbara Channel. In 1984 Steve joined Jackson Offshore LTD in Ventura as Marine Manager and when the offshore business slowed he accepted the offer to become a Managing Partner at Ventura Harbor Boatyard in 1990 were he spent 8 years experiencing first hand all phases of ship maintenance and repair of commercial and recreational vessels. He supervised the weld and fabrications crews, machinists, electricians and shipwright services. He spent 1998 to 2001 as Rincon Marine, Inc.’s on-site contract and technical representative for the owner’s start up operations and construction of two USCG SOLAS 4000HP 190 ft Anchor Handling Tug Supply Vessels and supervised their delivery to the West Coast. Steve returned to Ventura Harbor Boatyard in 2001 as the General Manager.