Volunteer Profile: Galloway Selby February 22, 2017
With a background in archeology, a degree in anthropology, and a history of managing hotels, purchasing, and special projects, Galloway offers an abundance of unique perspectives and experiences.
Where are you from and how long have you lived here?
I was born in Corpus Christi, Texas on August 1, 1957 and have lived in Fort Lauderdale off and on since the mid-1980s.
How long have you worked at Derecktor and what are your main duties?
I was hired as a Purchasing Manager in 1999 and have been Project Manager since 2002. My main duty is Project Management of the repair and refit of yachts. I also am involved with facility maintenance and repairs including permitting and supervision of subcontractors. I hold our State of Florida, Department of Agriculture, Pesticide Dealer License, allowing us to purchase and apply antifouling paints. This license requires taking a Department of Agriculture Pesticide Dealer License exam every four years. Other duties include setting up and manning our booth at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. When tug operations are required at the shipyard, I operate our tugs, moving boats, floats, etc.
What prompted your participation in the Broward County Waterway Cleanup and what do you enjoy most from the experience?
I was introduced to the Waterway Cleanup by our co-sponsor, Arnie Correia of Beard Marine in 2005, and have organized and operated our sponsorship of the Waterway Cleanup for the last thirteen years. For the past several years, we have recruited engineering-major high school students from Nova High School to assist with both the Waterway Cleanup and the Plywood Regatta. One of our goals is to try and recruit young people to join the South Florida marine industry. I really enjoy working with the young students and encouraging their enthusiasm for marine industry activities.
Are you involved in any other community organizations or events?
Derecktor Shipyard is involved in all MIASF events and has actively participated in the Plywood Regatta every year since 2013.
Why is volunteering important to you?
One of the reasons I volunteer is to get young kids on board with the cleanup. The kid in the photo flashing the signs is my son Keegan Selby with his middle school buddies at our cleanup in 2006. He is now 23, having graduated from the University of Southern California. These guys volunteered at our site for several years, enjoying earning community service hours. Getting kids involved at an early age is extremely rewarding.
What do you do for fun?
Surfing, paddle boarding, and outdoor cooking.