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#066: Becoming Captain of the Family Fleet – Flagship Cruises & Events

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Brad Engel – President – Flagship Cruises and Events – San Diego, CA

Podcast recorded live above the butcher shop at Valley Farm Market in Spring Valley, California.

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Summary

  • Brad Engel is the President of Flagship Cruises and Events; one of San Diego’s greatest forms of waterfront entertainment from the high-speed thrills of The Patriot jet boat to fine dining and event cruises.
  • Flagship started in 1915 offering harbor tours and ferrying people between downtown San Diego and Coronado. Over a hundred years later they service more than 1 million passengers per year.
  • The completion of the Coronado bridge in the 1960s pushed Flagship to diversify their fleet and shift their focus to private charters and excursions.
  • Being a positive influence and giving back to your community by investing in your staff.
  • The obstacles of transporting a 70 foot jet boat across the country from New Jersey to California.
  • Brad and Derek share the invaluable lessons they’ve learned being raised in a family business and the hardships of managing a professional familial relationship.

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Shareable Quotes:

  • “If they can make the jet boat successful in New York or Chicago where it’s frozen for a good portion of the year. How can we not do it in San Diego where we have beautiful weather 12 months out of the year?” {13:36} – Brad Engel
  • “When you have employees, all their lives and all their families are impacted by the decisions you make.” {23:26} – Shawn Walchef
  • “All the time I hear myself and I sound like my dad or I sound like my uncle. At some point it just kinda hits you- All the stuff they said really made sense!” {27:02} – Brad Engel
  • “If you want to be in business that’s real work, that’s hard. School that’s fucking easy.” {27:51} – Shawn Walchef
  • “It’s about being a kind human not worrying about transactional things and monetary gain. It’s you worrying about other people.” {30:10} – Derek Marso
  • An important thing for us is we’ve always developed trips programs that are good value for your money. If you pay for it. It’s gonna be a good service {42:23} – Brad Engel

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