The Kraken Family

 
 
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TONY MENDINA | CO-OWNER

In 2008, after spending the first 24 years of his life in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Tony headed south to the Tampa area for warmer weather and an opportunity to pursue a career in education and fitness. It is during this time that he met his beautiful wife Cameo, whom he married in September of 2014. 

Always looking for an opportunity to create a new business that could bring lasting memories to those who took part, it was a couples trip to Nashville, TN that inspired Tony and co-owner/best friend Jeff to create Kraken CycleBoats. 

Now that he has the opportunity, Tony could not be more excited to introduce the CycleBoat experience to the greater Tampa area.

Contact Tony: tony@krakencycleboats.com

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JEFF RHODES | CO-OWNER

Jeff moved to Tampa Florida in 2011 from Madison Wisconsin but was born and raised in Indiana. Although Jeff is a Hoosier at heart, the warm weather and access to Tampa's waterways has made this area his new home where he, his wife Alyssa and their expecting daughter look forward to spending a fulfilled life together. 

While Jeff has spent 20 successful years in Financial Services, he has always had a passion for being involved in his community and bringing enjoyment to everyone he meets. He is extremely excited to offer this incredible CycleBoat experience along side Co-owner Tony Mendina. 

 

Contact Jeff: jeff@krakencycleboats.com

 

 
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SHAWN MARSH | LEAD CAPTAIN

United States Navy veteran and Florida native Shawn Marsh has spent his lifetime, both professionally and personally, on the water.  After completing his service onboard the USS Normandy he became a USCG licensed 100 master captain.

Shawn has spent most of his career on the US southeast atlantic waters piloting a multitude of various vessels including charter fishing boats, commercial fishing boats, fisheries research vessels, and ferry boats.  Kraken Cycle Boats is very proud to have him as our Lead Captain.  

His professional experience and great personality reflects in our crew, our clean and well maintained boats and the positive fun environment that we would love to share with you.

 

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SHANNON LAWSON | cAPTAIN

Captain Shannon was born and raised in East Tennessee and moved to Tampa  in 1996. She grew up working at her family’s marina in Johnson City, TN on Boone Lake. Her passion and love for the water and boating started at a very young age.   

After moving to Tampa, Shannon was a stay at home mom for 15 years raising her 2 children — Tripp 21yrs old and Sunni 19 yrs old — while also owning multiple businesses throughout the years. After her children entered high school Shannon wanted to follow her passion for the water. Her father and brother became captains and encouraged her to do the same. She was ready to fulfill her dream, knowing that she would be a minority it gave her more reason to pursue her dream. Shannon holds a USCG 50 Ton Master Captains license with over 42 years of experience in the marine industry. She has been with Kraken since the first day they launched their first CycleBoat in Tampa and looks forward to growing with the company.