Meet the Ishkeesh Crew
Captain Nate Eckler
Nate Eckler is a Coast Guard Certified 100 Ton Near Coastal Master with an Assistance Towing Endorsement. Nate has been operating vessels for over 32 years, including the Morris, a 125' former Coast Guard Cutter, which was the largest youth training vessel in operation in the world at the time. He served as a Sea Scout Skipper of the Neptune program and currently runs the non-profit division for the Sea Scout Ship Albatross based out of Martinez, CA. Nate has received numerous awards for his leadership of youth maritime programs.
Captain Nate is also a licensed California Yacht Broker and a proud member of the California Yacht Broker's Association (CYBA). He is chairman of the Web and Social Media Committee for the CYBA and is a member of the Marina West Yacht Club, West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce, and Delta Chamber of Commerce and a member and supporter of the Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors (BAADS).
In his spare time, Captain Nate enjoys spending time aboard Kingfisher, his 53' Pacemaker Motoryacht in Northern California with his amazing First Mate Shelley.
Shelley Eckler is a member of the Karuk tribe of Northern California and owns multiple boats with her husband and they spend a lot of time up and down the Sacramento Delta region. She is active in community service through membership in the West Sacramento Mighty Rotary, West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce, and the Delta Chamber of Commerce. Protection of all things related to the delta has long been a priority for her and her family.
Shelley is also actively involved in non-profit endeavors that support young musicians, as well as sailing adventures for disabled sailors and young adults. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Communication Studies from California State University, Sacramento and is presently in the process of obtaining her Masters of Pastoral Studies through the Loyola Institute of Ministry within Loyola University, New Orleans.
Senior Director, Sales
Deanna has long had a passion for boating and being on the water. She served as a member of the Sea Scout Ship Sea Otter in Benicia, California where she achieved Sea Scouting's equivalent of an Eagle Scout and received a Quartermaster award. She now imparts her love of boating and knowledge to young mariners while serving as Executive Officer and Secretary of the Sea Scout Ship Albatross, which is led by her husband, Adam Mollwitz.
Deanna has overseen marine repair facilities and shipyards and has over 25 years of management experience. She has a degree in Child Psychology paired with double minor studies in Marketing and Human Resources from Penn State University.
She's very passionate about Ishkeesh Marine Services and loves being part of the team!
Yacht Sales Advisor, San Diego
Randy grew up in the sailing community of Newport, Rhode Island. He moved to San Diego in 2004 to work as a sailor for tours of the America's Cup boat Stars & Stripes USA-11 raced by Dennis Conner in his 1992 America's Cup campaign. Randy went on to specialize in digital marketing and video production working for MTV, VIACOM, and then coming back to San Diego to work for the Marine Corps at Camp Pendleton.
Now part of the San Diego Ishkeesh Team, Randy is bringing his expertise in video production and digital marketing to our organization to help provide our clients with the best service in the industry.
Yacht Sales Advisor, Pacific Northwest
Kevin Davidson grew up in Seattle, Washington waterskiing on Lake Washington and boating in the San Juan Islands and Desolation Sound. He attended Seattle Prep and the University of Victoria, British Columbia. Before working in commercial real estate and the marine industry, Kevin had extensive industry experience, managing the parts department for a yacht manufacturer and dealership. Kevin decided to become a Yacht Sales Advisor with Ishkeesh Marine Services so he could share his passion of all things boating with new and veteran members of the boating community.
When Kevin isn’t helping boat owners fulfill their boating dreams, you can find him teaching skiing lessons at Snoqualmie Pass or hiking in the Cascades.
Captain Bruce Heller
Yacht Sales Advisor, Southern California
Captain Bruce Heller has been passionate about boats since the 5th grade. He bought his first boat at age 13 and has had boats ever since. Since acquiring his first boat, he has bought and sold over 12 boats throughout the years and currently owns a 37-foot flybridge and a 31-footsport fisher which he takes groups out in for charter fishing. He has owned a Boston Whaler, a Bayliner, a Trophy, a Triumph, a Sea Ray Amberjack, and now a Tiara.
Captain Bruce also has extensive sailing experienceand has an ASA 101 Sailing Certificate. He sailed a Coronado 15 in college, and has raced on Erickson sailboats, and cruised on a Cal 42.
Captain Bruce knows boats, especially fishing boats. Bruce started fishing at around 7 years of age and has fished on party boats, charter boats, private boats, and now owns his own charter business.
Captain Bruce believes strongly that the mistakes he has made buying and selling boats, has become a benefit for clients. Bruce is committed to helping clients through the entire process of boat ownership from both the buying and selling sides, to facilitate creating lifelong memories for those clients.
Jim has owned and operated River City Physical Therapy in the Sacramento region since 1989. Prior to that he owned and operated La Palma Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine in Southern California. A graduate of California State University, Long Beach, Jim has a passion for helping others return to full function after an injury or illness. As a lower leg amputee, the result of a teen age motorcycle accident, Jim understands both the difficulty and value of regaining function to participate fully in life and passes that on to the patients he works with.
Jim is a competitive sailor and bareboat certified Skipper and past member of the US Sailing Team (Disabled) and has sailed in multiple countries around the world. He is also an avid snow skier and past member of the US Ski Team (Disabled) and active in working with youth programs and in disabled sports programs. Jim presently serves as the Chief National Classifier for US Sailing and is Chair of the classification committee for US Sailing and serves on the acquisition committee for the Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors.
Adam has been driving boats for almost 35 years and knows powerboats inside and out. Adam has skippered vessels all over Northern California, including offshore trips of boats up to 85' in length. Currently pursuing his 100 Ton Masters License, Adam shares his knowledge with the next generation of boaters as Skipper of the Sea Scout Ship Albatross, a program that received National Flagship recognition under his leadership.
Adam currently operates the M/V Phoenix, a 62' steel ex-San Francisco Bar Pilot Vessel. When he is not driving boats, Adam also serves as a mechanical expert on vessels of all types.
Yacht Sales Advisor, Northern California
Erik has extensive marine industry experience, having been involved with the Martinez Sea Scouts for over 10 years now. As a youth Eric enjoyed numerous outings along the Sacramento Delta region as well as in and around the San Francisco Bay area.
Erik is a very skilled marine engineer and prides himself on being able to utilize the knowledge he attained while at sea, both on deck and in the engine room. To this day Erik truly enjoys being out on the water, no matter the occasion.
The sea has always drawn Erik near, and he will firmly attest that she’ll never disappoint.
Yacht Sales Advisor, Northern California
Marcy’s love of sailing started at the age of six when she crewed on her father’s sailboat on Lake Ontario. This love of sailing then blossomed into a sailing addiction during high school with extensive lake and coastal sailing in New England. Over the span of several decades in five countries on two continents, Marcy has learned the ins-and-outs of boat ownership, operation and maintenance, as well as racing, and--most importantly--sharing the joy of boating with family and friends.
Marcy’s successful career in high-tech sales and marketing, along with her passion for and experience with sail and power boats makes her uniquely qualified to help clients find the right boat to fulfill their dreams.