Charles “Chuck” Shields – CEO. While semi-retired, Chuck remains active at Shields Marina and is on premise most days. He and his wife Pam bought the marina from his parents in 1972 and through the years Chuck has developed it into what it is today from what it was – a small “Mom & Pop” operation. But he acknowledges that while he worked hard to accomplish his goals, he couldn’t have done it without the support and hard work of our employees, many who have been with us for years, the addition of his son Brett to the marina staff and the long-time patronage of our customers.
Brett Shields – President. Brett grew up coming to St. Marks on most weekends and living here during the summer months while growing up in Tallahassee. He worked at the marina part time during high school and college. His degree is in Building and Construction from the University of West Florida. After college, he worked as a project manager for Ajax Construction in Tallahassee but after a few years, he missed marina life and returned to Shields Marina. Brett’s experience and education in the construction industry has greatly contributed to what our new facility is today as he has been in charge of all new construction in addition to his other responsibilities. He serves as president and enjoys handling the majority of the boat, motor and trailer sales. He and his wife Cathy have three children, two daughters and a son.
Gil Sousa – Service Manager – Gil joined Shields Marina in July of 2016. He moved from Miami where for over 15 years, he was the owner/operator of Dave’s Car Clinic in South Miami. He worked his way up from technician to supervising manager and then owner. Gil grew up with a love of the water, boats and all things mechanical. After serving in the US Army, he worked for General Marine doing everything from engine repair, painting, electrical and fiberglass work. At Shields Marina, he has been able to get back to his love of all things nautical. As the service manager, he works closely with both the technicians as well as the customers. Gil prides himself on going above and beyond to provide the best customer service possible. He and his wife Lynda, a school teacher, live in Crawfordville. They have two children and soon (2017) to have their second grandchild.
Dennis Bailey – Parts Manager Dennis joined the marina staff in 2003. He served as both the service manager as well as our IT person for several years and currently is serving as the Parts Manager. He grew up in Tallahassee and graduated from Leon High School. Dennis learned his technical knowledge via “OJT” working at NAPA Auto Parts, Buddy’s Machine Shop and Tuffy Auto Service before joining Shields Marina as service manager. He works closely with our technicians as well as our customers coordinating service on their boats, motors and trailers. Dennis and his wife Wanda live in Tallahassee.
Joanie Hanney – Bookkeeper– Joanie, who grew up in Marianna, came to work at Shields Marina in 2000. Her knowledge of bookkeeping is vast having worked for various automobile dealers, attorneys and CPA’s. Her duties include all the normal bookkeeping responsibilities plus she is responsible for keeping up with all the rental slips, both wet and dry. She says this is the best part of her job because she likes dealing with our customers. She and her husband Ed live in Shell Point.
Charlotte Stanley – Purchasing Agent– Charlotte joined us in 2000 and has been a great asset serving as a clerk in the ship store as well as backup in Shipping & Receiving. She has recently (March 2016) been promoted to our purchasing agent and is in charge of shipping and receiving. She grew up in the area and was basically a stay-at-home mom until she began working at the marina. If you have been a customer for any length of time, Charlotte knows who you are. Her duties and responsibilities are vast. She and her husband Carson (who also works with us at the marina) have five children and three grandchildren. Charlotte enjoys cooking, fishing, NASCAR and football.
Maxine Moore – Clerk – Maxine grew up in Albany, Georgia but moved to Tallahassee in 1965. She studied business administration at Lively Vocational School and worked full time for the State of Florida for many years while also working on weekends at Shields Marina starting in 1997. Today Maxine is retired from the state but works in the ship store several days a week. She takes a personal interest in our customers and prides herself on becoming their friends and taking care of their needs.
Jen Colley – Clerk– Jen grew up in Tallahassee and graduated from SAIL in 2005. After spending approximately five years in upstate New York, her love of the area influenced her return. Her background is in retail sales in both Tallahassee and New York. When she joined the marina staff she says she knew nothing about boating, fishing or anything else affiliated with marinas life but now loves all aspects of it and enjoys working in this environment.
Tracy Gibson – Tracy joined our marina family in 2017 in the position of ship store clerk. She was born in Tallahassee and raised in Woodville & St. Marks. She has strong ties to the community as her father was born and raised in St. Marks and worked for the city for years. Tracy has one son. When not working, she likes to read and loves being on the water. She worked for the Leon County Clerk’s office for 23 years as well as working for Vail Ski Resort one ski season in Breckinridge, Colorado. She is a true “people person” and provides great customer service.
Patrick Meeks – Special Technician –
Mike Paulette – Service Technician Mike was hired in 1983 right out of high school and today is a wealth of knowledge because of both his many continuing ed courses and certifications as well as his on- the-job experiences. He is a certified profession technician for all of the Evinrude systems. Mike is a master technician for Yamaha outboard, fuel, electrical, 4-stroke, drive train, advanced systems as well as inline engine systems. In addition he has experience with Honda, Suzuki & Mercury. He and his wife Shannon have grown children and reside in Wakulla County.
Gary Radke – Service Technician – Gary joined Shields Marina in 2012 after deciding that he had had enough fun in the snow and living up north. His technical training and experience started in 1988 while working at Indianapolis South Marina. He is a Mercruiser Master Technician, has completed numerous courses on Mercury Outboard motors and also has experience with Volvo Penta, Caterpillar and Cummins. Gary totally understands boat and motors and participated in off-shore racing for five years as crew chief and navigator. He is single and resides in St. Marks.
Gary Adams – Gary joined us in 2006 and we are happy to say that he is still part of our marina family. His background was predominately in residential, commercial and industrial construction in the Steamboat Springs, Colorado area. He also served our country by being a combat engineer for the US Army and the National Guard. In addition to his construction background, Gary was a fireman in one of Florida’s small towns. While he is primarily a fork lift operator, he also fills in when needed in other areas due to his experience and background. He is single and resides in St. Marks.
Carson Stanley – Fiberglass & Gelcoat Tech Specialist After 20 years doing fiberglass fabrication and reconstruction at other businesses, Carson joined our marina family in 2009. He brought with him a wealth of knowledge in redoing and repairing anything that calls for fiberglass and/or gelcoat refurbishing. As he says, “If the work involves fiberglass, I can fix it”. Carson is married to another marina employee, Charlotte. His passion is being outdoors and he loves to grill!
Jake Farnsworth – Construction & Maintenance – Jake joined Shields Marina in May of 2013. He is originally from Weston, West Virginia but now resides in St. Marks. He has been a valuable asset to us, especially with all the construction that has been going on since Jake joined us. His hobbies are fishing, camping and traveling and family is very important to Jake.
John Hargan – Maintenance
Kelly Heald – Assistant to forklift operators/Dock Help Supervisor and more