Meet True North Marine

At True North Marine, we are committed to making your boating experience the best it can be.  By installing, maintaining and managing your boat’s systems and equipment properly, whether you enjoy being at the dock, on the lake, the bay, or beyond… our goal is to enable you to MAXIMIZE YOUR MOST VALUABLE ASSET – YOUR TIME!

We strive to provide our customers with the best possible product – good customer service combined with superior workmanship.  Our technicians are professional, conscientious, well trained and well equipped.  In order to safely and professionally maintain your vessel, we invest heavily in education and training.  Our commitment to solid, industry-specific education is supported by our membership in the American Boat and Yacht Council.  The ABYC is the only organization of its type that works closely with the Coast Guard to develop standards and recommended practices for the design, construction, service, and repair of all types of pleasure boats.  They offer many marine industry-specific certifications.  Some of the certifications our staff members possess are in Marine Systems, Diesel Engine & Support Systems, Marine Corrosion, Marine Electrical Systems, and ABYC Standards Accreditation.  This insures you, our customer, can feel confident work performed on your boat is done to ABYC standards and will preserve or add value to your vessel.  If you feel the service you’ve received from other companies hasn’t valued your free time as much as you do, give us a call TODAY!

 

Meet Our Team

 

NICK KANGAS

Marine Electronics Technician

  • Federal Communications Commission (FCC) General Radio Operators License
  • International Society Certified Electronics Technician
  • Texas State Technical College: Associates Degree in Avionics Technology

Nick came to True North Marine with experience installing, troubleshooting and diagnosing electronic systems. He has an in depth knowledge of wiring harnesses, electronic circuits and conducting software updates. Nick is still continuing his education to broaden his knowledge in the Marine Industry. We are excited to see all he will accomplish here at True North Marine!

 

KOBY SMITH

Marine Mechanic Technician

  • ABYC Marine Electrical & Corrosion Mitigation Training 

Koby is one of True North Marine’s top mechanics. He graduated from Texas State Technical College and has over 6 years of hands-on experience with engine diagnosis and repair. He began his career in the automotive industry but has seamlessly transitioned into Marine Mechanics. Koby has completed extensive training on the fundamentals of electrical theory, AC & DC circuit types & design, shore power systems and more. He has proven his capabilities in a short amount of time and is passionate about continuing his education and training through ABYC Standards.

 

ANDY SMITH

Marine Electrical Technician

  • ABYC Master Certified Technician
  • ABYC Certified in Marine Electrical
  • ABYC Certified in Marine Systems
  • ABYC Certified in Diesel Engines

Andy graduated from the International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS), in Bristol, Rhode Island. At IYRS he studied their Marine Systems Program which has allowed Andy to bring his knowledge and abilities to our True North Marine team. With Andy’s drive & experience, he has been a great addition!


MIGUEL PEREZ

Marine Technician – Specializes in Electrical and Electronics

  • ABYC Marine Systems Certification
  • ABYC Marine Electrical Certification
  • 12+ years of industry experience
  • Education in Industrial Engineering

Miguel recently successfully passed ABYC’s Marine Electrical certification, further expanding his formal training after passing the ABYC Marine Systems certification last year. Miguel has the expertise and technical knowledge to install, troubleshoot, and upgrade navigation and communication electronics aboard your vessel. A passion for boating has always been in Miguel’s blood. He honed his skills working for more than 12 years at his father’s boat service company in Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela. He also graduated from Universidad Jose Maria Vargas’s (also in Venezuela) Industrial Engineer program, and later moved to the United States. He brought with him not only his depth of experience, but his valued ability to efficiently and logically troubleshoot and repair a broad range of marine systems, making him an extremely valuable member of our team.

WILL MITCHELL

Marine Technician – Specializes in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

  • ABYC Certified in Marine Electrical
  • ABYC Certified in Marine Systems
  • EPA Certified
  • Raymarine Certified Installer
  • Dometic Factory Trained in Cruisair and Marine Air Direct Expansion Air Conditioning

Will is not only a Raymarine Certified Installer (qualified to get your new Raymarine equipment certified for On-Board Warranties), but is also Dometic Factory trained in Marine Air and Cruisair air conditioning systems.  He also holds an EPA refrigerant certification, and is experienced in troubleshooting and repair of self-contained and split AC systems from all the major manufacturers.  Troubleshooting, repairs, replacements and installation of AC & DC refrigeration equipment is also in his wheelhouse. His attention to detail and solid troubleshooting skills make him a valuable member of our team across several areas of specialty. Whether it’s electronics, air conditioning, or refrigeration, he is competent to get your systems working and reliable when you need it most.

ALBERTO TUDURI

Marine Plumbing & Sanitation Technician

  • ABYC Master Certified Technician
  • ABYC Certified in Marine Systems
  • ABYC Certified in Marine Electrical
  • ABYC Certified in Marine Corrosion

Alberto specializes in Sanitation and Potable Water Systems. He brings to us many years of experience in the marine repair industry. Although his expertise spans many functional areas aboard, his knowledge, professionalism, and cleanliness set him apart in his chosen specialty of sanitation and potable water systems. The fact that he owns a small fleet of vessels might give you an idea of his passion for water. 

 

NICK MASHBURN

Marine HVAC Technician

  • EPA/HVAC Certified 

Nick recently completed the EPA/HVAC Training and Certification through Johnson Supply and has been continuously expanding his knowledge in Marine Air Conditioning and Refrigeration. Nick came to True North Marine from the automotive industry with his Associates of Applied Science. He has been troubleshooting, diagnosing and repairing various systems such as air conditioning, electrical systems, transmissions and engines for over 5 years. We are very excited to have Nick’s skills and expertise at True North Marine!

 

Oliver

OLIVER HANLEY

Marine Mechanic Technician

  • Marine Mechanics Institute, Certification in Marine Technology
  • Training in both gas and diesel inboard, outboard, and sterndrive engines
    • Volvo Penta training

Oliver came to True North Marine from the U.S. Virgin Islands.  He grew up working on and around boats and has always enjoyed being close to the water.  He moved to Florida to attend MMI which eventually led him to his new career with TNM.  Oliver has a great attitude and is always ready to learn something new, he has been a great addition to our team!

 

SCOTT RITTERBUSCH 

Marine Mechanical Technician

Scott has 21 years of experience in the marine industry with a wide range of skills that include troubleshooting and repairing gasoline & diesel engines, transmissions, generators and air conditioning systems. Scott held his Captain’s License for over 5 years and was part of the Volvo-Penta Rapid Response team dedicated to diagnosing and repairing generators. He also has vast knowledge of MSD Systems, plumbing and electrical diagnosis and repair. Scott’s expertise makes him a very valuable member of the True North Marine team!

 

 

DRENNON ALLEN

Service Writer

  • Service Engineer – Diesel Engine Operation & Controls
  • Service Engineer – Hydraulic Systems & Controls
  • Service Engineer – Cargo Pumps & Pumping Systems

Drennon has over 30 years of experience in the marine maintenance industry and general aviation environment. Drennon handles invoicing, warranties, and assists with customer communications. He is a motivated team member with a quality minded work ethic. He has proven that he is versatile in technical and administrative tasks. Drennon’s past field experience with engines (Mercury & Mercruisers), hydraulic systems, pumping systems and stern drives have allowed him to bring a very valuable skill-set to True North Marine.

 

JOHN HARRISON

Purchasing Agent

John is True North Marine’s Purchasing Agent. He has over 21 years of experience managing warehouses in the boating industry. John works directly with vendors coordinating the buying, selling and distributing of parts & materials. This is very important in ensuring the technicians have what they need to complete their work aboard our customers’ vessels. He has done a tremendous job building vendor relationships, as well as tracking and distributing parts & materials.

 

JulianJULIAN CASTRO

Warehouse Inventory Manager

Julian came to True North Marine in 2014 as a highly motivated Warehouse Assistant and is now our Warehouse Inventory Manager. He has extensive knowledge in supervising various warehouse processes, managing inventory control processes and reporting inventory and financial analysis. Julian has shown great initiative and grown within the company becoming one of our team’s most reliable employees. With his drive and flexibility we are excited to see where is career will lead at True North Marine.

 

 

 

PHIL BISHOP

Warehouse Assistant

As True North Marine’s Warehouse Assistant, Phil works one on one issuing parts to technicians, receiving & shipping parts, and assisting with inventory control processes. He also ensures the building is well maintained, organized and a safe environment to keep things running smoothly. Phil has been working in a warehouse for seven years and has proven his ability to successfully learn and implement warehouse processes. With his outgoing and friendly attitude Phil is a pleasure to be around and has become a great member of the TNM Team!

ALIE FRANKLIN

Marketing Administrator

Alie graduated from Johnson & Whales University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Merchandising, Marketing & Advertising. She came to True North Marine with several years of marketing and management experience. She puts her marketing, digital graphics and design skills towards the development of True North Marine’s newsletters, website, brochures and signs. Along with projecting a strong visual presence for the company, Alie orchestrates presentations and seminars at regattas, boat meet-ups, boat shows and job fairs. Alie plays her part in many aspects of the companies’ development, including administrative work & company morale activities. Her dedication and personality make her a crucial and delightful addition to the TNM team.


ROB BUTLER

Marine Service Coordinator

Rob has been with True North Marine since 2011 and has become an imperative employee. He is the first point of contact for customers and builds customer relationships through communicating updates, providing estimates, and creating work orders. Rob is also responsible for managing the technicians’ schedules. His attention to detail in performing these duties aides in the productivity of our technicians in the field, keeps things operating smoothly and helps us deliver a competitively priced product to our customers.

 

First Mate Checkout Technician, SANDRA WILECZEKSANDRA WILCZEK

First Mate Checkout Technician

  • ABYC Marine Systems certified
  • NATO Medal
  • Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal
  • Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal

As our Lead First Mate Checkout Technician, Sandra, conducts customized bi-weekly vessel inspections aboard. During these checkouts Sandra tests and runs critical systems that would prevent the boat from leaving the slip, keep customers from staying aboard, or affect the safety or security of the boat itself. Sandra came to True North Marine with over 6 years of experience as a Fuel Engineer and a United States Navy Veteran working on Oil & Gas Turbine Systems, Oil & Gas Testing and Oil & Fuel movements. She has conducted domestic and global operations near Somalia, the Mediterranean, and the Atlantic & Pacific Oceans. Sandra is the recipient of multiple awards for her outstanding performances and professional work aboard ships. We are happy to have her experience and expertise on our team!

 

NIK RICE

Swabbies Yacht Detailing Technician

Nik is a vital member of our Swabbie’s Yacht Detailing Team. He has extensive experience in auto detailing. He is using his experience detailing high end cars to expand his skill-set in the marine industry. He has proven he is detail oriented, hardworking, & knowledgeable when it comes to using top of the line products. He always has our customers’ best interest in mind.

 

JORGE BUSTOS

Swabbies Yacht Detailing Technician

Jorge is originally from Costa Rica and has been around boats his entire life. He has over 10 years of experience detailing various vessels. Whether it is waxing, washing, bilge detailing or interior cleaning, Jorge has the expertise to bring boats back to life in almost any condition! He is very detail oriented and cares for our customers vessels’ as if they were his own! He has become a very valuable asset to our True North Marine team.

 

Matthew_LovetteMATTHEW LOVETTE

Service Manager

Matthew came to True North Marine with over 9 years of experience working in various boating communities. He started at True North Marine in 2012 with widespread industry knowledge and managerial skills. Matthew also holds multiple certifications through Mercruiser and Volvo Penta. His experience, strong leadership skills and drive to go the extra mile for customer satisfaction make him a valuable member of our team!

 

MIchelle_McAndrewMICHELLE MCANDREW

Michelle came to True North Marine in 2010 and has been instrumental in orchestrating the incredible growth experienced over the past years. As a University of Houston graduate, she has applied her organizational, accounting, and management skills to help transform True North Marine into what it is today.  She handles accounting, accounts payable & receivable, human resources, payroll, marketing and many other aspects of business management that has laid the foundation for our continued growth.

PATRICK MCANDREW

After attending Texas A&M University in College Station, where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets and studied Manufacturing Engineering Technology, he accepted a job in Dallas at a company that was a factory-authorized remanufacturer of gas engines for OEM manufacturers like Ford, Nissan, GM, and Mercruiser, among others. Starting out as a process engineer, and later moving into warehouse and production management roles, he was able to develop both technical and managerial skills. After moving to the area in 2001 and living aboard for several years, it became clear that the Clear Lake area could support a company offering quality workmanship with consistent customer service. Adding to previous education and technical certifications (ASE Cylinder Head Specialist, ASE Cylinder Block Specialist, and ASE Assembly Specialist), he also obtained ABYC certifications in Diesel Engine and Support Systems, Marine Electrical Systems, and ABYC Standards Accreditation shortly after True North Marine was founded in 2003.  While continually striving to stay on top of new developments and advancements in products and technology in the marine industry, he draws on his 10 years of experience to provide technical consulting, teaching, training, troubleshooting, and quality control to our technicians and customers alike.