I have been an avid hobbyist over the past 10 years. I kept fish as a kid and in college but about 10 years ago I dove deep into the hobby. I joined my local club, Tampa Bay Aquarium Society (TBAS) and within a couple of years I was running for President and organizing major events for the club. I am the past Vice-president of the Florida Fancy Guppy Club and am currently the President of TBAS.
My involvement with the clubs lead me to a job with the Florida Tropical Fish Farmers Association’s Coop Store. I managed the store for about 2 years from 2011-2013. While working there I developed connections with many tropical fish farms in the area. I then went to work for Nautilus Marine Wholesale as a sales rep. My love and knowledge of fish exploded there as I was introduced to species from all over the world. At the end of 2015 I left to try to pursue web development and website design. After 1.5 years I came back into the industry working at WaterScapes Aquatic Plant Nursery where I am currently the Sales Manager. I am in charge of all imported items, sourcing new local plants and some dry goods such as driftwood, and working on special projects.