2020-21 BYC Flag Officer Candidates
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Shaun has been on the water all of his life. It starts with his dad teaching him to SCUBA dive at the age of 12, followed by owning his first boat at the age of 16. He was born in Virginia, moving up and down the east coast unit age of 8 when his family settled in Gig Harbor, WA.
Shaun joined the BYC in May 2011 and has been active in volunteerism. Shaun became a BYC Trustee in January 2016, being appointed by the 2016 Commodore to fill a first year Trustee vacancy. Shaun finished the rest of the Trustee term and was voted in as Fleet Capitan in September 2017. Shaun continued through the Flag officers’ positions, being voted in as Rear Commodore in September 2018 and Vice Commodore in September 2019. He currently is finishing his term as Vice Commodore.
Shaun owns a racing sailboat and is out every Wednesday and Thursday night whenever possible. Shaun and his wife Ginger can be found at the BYC most evenings enjoying the comradery of their fellow BYC members.
I am Kevin Schwitter, the nominee for Vice Commodore. I am honored to continue to be able to serve you, the membership, during these bizarre pandemic times. My goals include to help keep the club on solid financial footing, to find new ways to keep members engaged, and to restore the club traditions, activities, and events as soon as we can safely do so. I recognize that most of our membership falls into higher risk categories so safety is my first concern.
I also recognize that while traditions are an important part of our history, there is a new generation of boaters who we need to engage with to keep the club relevant and vital. We need to put energy into making the club a welcoming place for younger boaters and have more family friendly events once we begin to emerge from quarantines and shutdowns. I look forward to the challenge.
I have been cruising the waters of Pacific Northwest with my family both in sail and now a trawler for well over 30 plus years. After graduation from WWU we left this beautiful part of the country to pursue careers and life. My path led me into the telecommunications industry with roles in Executive sales, business development and finally creating a successful consulting firm in the industry.
In the early 90’s our dream to return to Bellingham and the salt water happened. That led me to my second passion, developing non-profits. I built and managed funding for multiple organizations. My ability to create organizations that understood how to develop funding by using the volunteers that were passionate about them has been a key to my success.
When I joined the Yacht club, I wanted the opportunity to volunteer in roles to learn more about the club. As a Trustee of the board I led the Event/Social Committee and created and implemented the business plan to develop long term revenue from the Marina Room and Event Center. As Fleet Captain I had the privilege of working with the cruising, racing and youth fleet volunteers, in a most challenging of years. I also continue to work with the Event Center team to continue to stabilize our financial future.
I am well prepared for a new challenge in the role of Rear Commodore. I look forward to continuing as a member of the leadership team.
Jim is a Washington native, having been born and raised in Edmonds, where his grandfather, uncle, and father ran a family sport fishing/boat rental business. He attended Meadowdale High School and Washington State University. Jim served four years in the Coast Guard, first as an enlisted sailor and later as a junior officer. After the service he attended law school in Salem, Oregon. He practiced law and taught law school before being appointed U.S Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Maine. After 23 years on the bench, and a two-year stint teaching law at the University of Maine, Jim and his wife, Regan, moved to Bellingham, joining the BYC in 2016. Jim has served two years on the BYC Board, acting as Finance Committee chair. He and Regan own a 28′ Cutwater, the TimberMaiden, in which they enjoy cruising our beautiful environs.