Volunteer profile: Parker Stockdale April 27, 2016
New MIASF member Parker Stockdale helped coordinate a team of more than 60 volunteers at this year’s Broward County Waterway Cleanup and is the project manager on a major refit taking place at Derecktor Florida. Here is some more about Parker and why he decided to get involved with MIASF.
How long have you worked on Project Anodyne, and in the marine industry total? I have been on Project Anodyne since the owner bought the vessel in March of 2014 and in the yachting industry for 15 years. I execute the roles of Build Manager and Owner’s Representative for this project. Those roles place me in control of the entire project including but not limited to achieving the owner’s directives, planning, management of day to day operations, negotiations, accounts, writing contracts, and overseeing all the technical details of the project. This is my fifth major project in the last 10 years.
Why did you decide to get involved in MIASF? Why did you decide to get involved in the Broward County Waterway Cleanup, and what was the result? Getting involved with MIASF was a natural step to support my colleagues in the industry. The association keeps me involved in important regional and industry-related issues and initiatives as well as keeping me close to the community and events that I enjoy. The Waterway Cleanup was important not just for the positive impact of cleaning up our inland waterways, beaches and marinas but also for my team to get involved in a community event that would contribute to the greater good of our environment. The Anodyne team will continue to support the Waterway Cleanup and related events by contributing volunteers, equipment and resources through the life of our project.
Are you involved in any other community organizations or events? I’m a proud member of Young Professionals in Yachting which has also brought forward dozens of new friends and industry connections. YPY is actively involved in a multitude of community related events and initiatives. I’m looking to get more involved in organizations that support the industry, educating young people in the art of shipbuilding and responsible boating, as well as working with children who want to learn how to sail.
Why do you think it’s important to volunteer? For me volunteering grounds me to my city, community, colleagues, and young people. It brings me closer to everything that I care about. Taking time to volunteer brings me clarity and the chance to reconnect with what’s important to others and to me.
How did you get involved in boating and the marine industry? I started sailing when I was 12 years old and have always found it to be the best release. This eventually led me to work for my parents’ excursion company in the Virgin Islands, where I earned my first masters license and on to the yachting industry. After running yachts for several years I found myself really enjoying naval architecture and engineering, which got me started rebuilding and building ships.
Where are you from, and where do you live now? I was born and raised in Philadelphia. I now live in Victoria Park here in Fort Lauderdale.
What do you do for fun? Presently I’m learning to fly helicopters and airplanes. After recovering from a knee injury I’m getting back into rowing and foil sailing. I also like track racing cars around Florida.