Barry Kallander was first introduced to the sea working as a deckhand on head boats in Plymouth, MA as a teenager. He enlisted in the US Navy Nuclear Propulsion Program where he served six years and completed six deterrent patrols. Following the Navy, Barry held various manager and executive roles in the power industry and high technology. In 2006 he founded WheelHouse Technologies, Inc. with a vision to improve the availability and reliability of yachts and workboats through sound maintenance practices. Barry has owned sailing and power vessels most of his adult life. Barry holds a 100 Ton Masters License.
Craig Parkhurst began his career in the marine industry at an early age as a mate on a cruising sailboat. While attending The University of Rhode Island’s (URI) Marine Affairs Program he worked at a local boatyard as a dock master and technician. Upon graduation he worked as a Service Writer / Coordinator at several well-known boatyards and gained experience in vessel systems, operation, and maintenance. It was during this time that he acquired his 100 Ton Masters License with towing endorsement. Before WheelHouse he ran a mobile marine service business as well as boat donation program.
Ian Morris has been boating for much of his life both professionally and recreationally. After graduating from the College of William and Mary and managing an eco-tour company on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, he also found time to mate on various private sport fish boats as well as operate his own boat offshore to maintain his connection to the sea. His most recent ongoing venture has been his work for the last six years as a contract project manager for Selene Annapolis Yachts’ new construction customers. Even now, he still finds time to participate in several boat deliveries throughout the year as a part of his continuing education in marine systems.
Kristin Larson is responsible for the finance and administrative functions for Wheelhouse. She has over 15 years of Accounting experience, starting at Ernst and Young and working as Controller/VP Finance for the past 10 years. She graduated from University of Richmond with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant. While she does not have the marine experience as the others at Wheelhouse, she is always willing to be a passenger and help when she can.
Laurie James is the great grand daughter of a Norwegian Shipwright that emigrated to the U.S. in late 1800’s. Laurie explored her interest in boating by restoring an old Owens Sedan and used the boat in and around the Seattle waterways. She also spent summers sailing the San Juan Islands on the family boat. Originally from Portland Oregon she studied computer science before working as a factory rep selling building materials to architects and custom home builders. In 1996 Laurie relocated to Acton, Ma. Laurie worked as an accounting manager for a tech business.
Deke Kennison is an accomplished production manager with a rich and varied professional background. A former naval officer, he was a helicopter instructor pilot, the director of an antisubmarine warfare training school, a helicopter detachment officer-in-charge in the First Gulf War, and a joint Pentagon staff operations officer. After naval service, various training, computer and software development, and program and account manager positions in the corporate tech sector preceded his joining WheelHouse in 2007.
Introduced to boating as an infant, David Mckenney’s father was the Sales Manager for Mercury outboards; there was always a boat for water skiing, fishing or sailing. His interest led to crewing on sport fishing boats, campaigning racing sailboats and to owning his own. David started his career as a Manufacturer’s Representative selling machined components. He has also represented Electronic Component Distributors and operated an Import/Export business. He combined his passion and profession in 1997 as a Certified Professional Yacht Broker.
Daniel started boating at the age of 2 and at an early age he knew that he wanted to spend his life on and around the water. Dan is a 2008 graduate of Massachusetts Maritime Academy receiving a Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation, along with a 3rd Mate Ocean Unlimited License. While attending MMA he worked at a local marina, commercially shipped on two product tankers, and multiple harbor tugs. Since graduation he spent a brief time aboard a geared bulker, then spent six years working on the Great Lakes for Interlake Steamship Company aboard the Dorothy Ann/ Pathfinder, a 711’ Self Unloading ATB, working his way up to permanent First Mate. He has also worked on MMA’s training ship TS Kennedy. Dan currently holds his 2nd Mate Oceans Unlimited License with Towing Endorsement. He enjoys spending his free time on his own boat.