Sea Tow expects significant growth

SOUTHOLD, N.Y. - During what he called “the most motivating network gathering in the company's 22 year history,” Captain Joe Frohnhoefer, chairman and CEO of Sea Tow Services International, Inc., shared his expectations for the marine assistance provider's future.

“We strongly believe we're poised for significant growth heading into 2006,” said Frohnhoefer.

He spoke during Sea Tow's annual meeting, a four-day event that took place last week at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut, attracting nearly 200 attendees, according to a company statement.

He and his senior management team chose “Powering Ahead” as this year's annual meeting theme. According to Frohnhoefer, “we chose this theme as a reflection of all the behind-the-scenes work we've done in 2005 that will strongly position us for a break-out year in 2006.”

He credited independent market studies and member surveys, IT infrastructure redesigns, brand analysis, senior staff development and the building of a new national headquarters with command center facilities as just some of the back-office work done this year that's expected to drive the company's anticipated growth. Specific initiatives for 2006 are scheduled to be announced in the coming months, according to the company.

“This past year has been dedicated to forging stronger ties with others in the industry, analyzing the needs of our business partners and the general consumer and fine-tuning our own internal infrastructure,” explained Sea Tow President Capt. Keith Cummings. “I'm proud to say that not only did we accomplish all of these mission-critical objectives this year, but we also managed one of the largest post-hurricane disaster response programs in the nation, which speaks volumes for the strength of our network, as well as our management team.”

Sea Tow issues annual awards

During the company's annual awards ceremony, Frohnhoefer named Capt. Will Beck, owner of Sea Tow Palm Beach since 1985, as the 2005 Franchise of the Year.

Beck received the award in recognition of his remarkable business acumen, his unrelenting commitment to the strategic development of his own staff, as well as those of his colleagues in the Sea Tow network, and his franchise's dedication to community service - an honor he shares with office manager Amy Tolderlund, his wife, Catherine, and his two sons, according to the company.

Frohnhoefer also awarded the company's coveted Lifesaving Award to Capt. Brian Hawthorne owner of Sea Tow Miami, Capt. Ed Hand of Sea Tow Beaufort and Capt. Orlen Oakleaf of Sea Tow Tampa Bay. A heroism award was also presented to Capt. John Ludwig of Sea Tow South Mississippi for his indescribable heroism, which saved nearly sixty people, the day Katrina hit his region.

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