Our Pilots

Mission Statement

We are dedicated to providing the highest quality of reliable, efficient and modern pilotage services that are essential to the economy and public health, safety and welfare of the Tampa Bay Region. We are entrusted to preserve and protect the Tampa Bay ports, population and environment to the fullest extent possible. We will facilitate and promote the safe and efficient flow of commercial vessel traffic throughout the pilotage waters of Tampa Bay. We will strive to serve the maritime industry with professionalism, courtesy and with a commitment to excellence. We will have mutual respect for each other and value the people that make up our association, our customers and our community.

Administration & Operations

Executive Director
Capt. Allen Thompson Capt. Allen Thompson
Office Manager
Kelley Fowler Kelley Fowler
Station Manager
Leslie Head Leslie Head


Capt. John Timmel John Timmel
Capt. Jorge Viso Jorge Viso
Capt. Hap Brandenburg Hap Brandenburg
Capt. John Wrasse John Wrasse
Capt. Brian Tahaney Brian Tahaney
Capt. David Besser David Besser
Capt. Richard Heston Richard Heston
Capt. Frank Wood Frank Wood
Capt. Rick Van Enige Rick Van Enige
Capt. Allen Lindsey Allen Lindsey
Capt. Carolyn Kurtz Carolyn Kurtz
Capt. Tobias Rose Tobias Rose
Capt. Travis Bacon Travis Bacon
Capt. Peter Glynn Peter Glynn
Capt. Joseph Lachnicht Joseph Lachnicht
Capt. Steve Sottak Steve Sottak
Capt. Greg MacLaren Gregg MacLaren

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