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Wayne Brown

Wayne B. Brown - Chairman & CEO
SSI Instructor

Air Force veteran Wayne Brown and his family are passionate adventurers and he was so impressed with the trips they took with the Aggressor Adventures® in 2005 and 2006 he decided to make it a more ‘intimate’ relationship and purchased Aggressor® from the Paul Haines family in April of 2007.  Wayne is a hands on owner and is committed to providing personalized, exceptional customer service on every Aggressor adventure. From every department and every location around the world, you will experience first class service and adventures. Wayne serves on the Board of Directors for Sea of Change Foundation and Oceans For Youth Foundation. He is an avid photographer and spends much of his time on the many Aggressor destinations. He and his family reside in Augusta, Georgia.

Wayne Brown - +1-706-737-7687

Divng Pioneer Award 2016Wayne Hasson - President
(35 Years)
USCG Captain (200 ton)
SSI, NAUI & PADI Instructor
SSI, SDI, TDI & React Right Instructor Trainer

As a United States Marine, Wayne discovered the underwater world during off-duty passes scuba diving in Vietnam, Japan and NC. He was the first captain the Cayman Aggressor starting in 1984. He is an instructor, motivator and business partner and is always searching for new exotic destinations. Wayne's greatest passion is sharing the ocean world with tomorrow's explorers - children. He serves on the BOD for Sea of Change Foundation and Oceans For Youth Foundation. He is a Rotarian and avid photographer. Wayne was honored this year with multiple awards;  Legend of the Sea award by Beneath the Sea, SEA HERO award for giving back to the next generation of divers and by the Cayman Islands based International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame for his contributions to the scuba industry. He and his family reside in Naples, Florida.

                                                    Wayne Hasson - +1-239-449-6233     

Larry Speaker

Larry Speaker - Vice President;  Operations  
(13 Years)

PADI, SDI & SSI Instructor
HSA (Handicapped Scuba Association) Instructor

Having grown up as a competitive swimmer  it was only a matter of time until Larry was bitten by the "scuba bug". After landing his first real job it was an easy decision that his first vacation was a a scuba certification trip. Twelve months after that first trip Larry completed his instructors certification and soon after made scuba his full time career.  That was over 20 years ago. During his career Larry has certified more divers than he can remember, managed and trained instructional staff, was a professional travel agent, launched a software company for dive stores and worked in marketing, advertising and IT for a large dive company.  Larry earned his MBA specializing in International Business where he met his wife Carry.  Larry is Vice President of Operations for Aggressor Liveaboards®.

Larry Speaker - +1-706-664-2949      800-348-2628

Anne Hasson
Women Divers Hall of FameAnne D. Hasson - Vice President;  Reservations, Advertising & Marketing
(35 Years)
NAUI Divemaster

In 1981, Anne was vacationing in the Cayman Islands and signed up for a Scuba certification course. Her instructor was Wayne Hasson and the rest is history. She helped start up new Aggressor destinations, design the yachts and crewed the fleet's first vessel, the Cayman Aggressor. She manages the Reservation Office, Marketing & Advertising Department & Reseller Program at Aggressor Adventures®. Anne is an inductee into the Women Divers Hall of Fame (WDHOF) and SSI Platinum Pro5000 Diver Program, serves on the Advisory Board for Oceans For Youth Foundation and is on the Board of Directors for Sea of Change Foundation. She is an avid outdoor wildlife photographer and spends her free time photographing wildlife in Southwest Florida and gardening. She and her family reside in Naples, Florida.

Anne Hasson - +1-239-593-0191      800-348-2628

Natalie Risley

Natalie Risley - Administrative Assistant  
(12 Years)

Natalie was born in Wisconsin but grew up in Colorado where she met and married her husband. A huge NFL football fan she grew up attending Denver Bronco games, but having Wisconsin roots she is also a fan of the Green Bay Packers. Natalie started in Mortgage Banking then started with Aggressor Fleet® when she and her husband relocated to the Augusta, Georgia area in 2006 for her husbands career. With Aggressor Fleet® since January of 2007, Natalie is the Administrative Assistant to the CEO. On her bucket list is a trip with Aggressor Liveaboards to experience the Hump Back Whales in the Dominican Republic.

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Capt Jay Roberts
Capt. Jay Roberts - Operations Manager  
(13 Years)

USCG Captain (500 ton)
PADI & SSI Instructor, EFR, React Right Instructor, Equipment Repair Technician, DAN Oxygen Provider Instructor

Captain Jay Roberts, was born in Clearwater, Florida and grew up working in his father's diesel mechanic business after school. He has always loved being around the ocean. Having been a certified instructor since 1996, he has enjoyed teaching and showing others the underwater world he loves so much. He is a graduate of Southern Arkansas University Tech in Computer Information Technology and practiced Architecture for 8 years and is a AIA Member. He began working as the photo pro onboard the Okeanos Aggressor in Cocos Island  in 2002 then went on to become Captain of the Belize Aggressor III. Jay holds a USCG 500 ton international captains license and resides in Augusta, GA with his family.

Contact Jay Roberts - +1-706-550-6677      800-348-2628

Tom Gebhardt
Capt. Tom Gebhardt - Reseller Manager; Tour Operators, Travel Agents & Dive Stores
(15 Years)

MCA Captain (200 ton)
NAUI, SDI, TDI, SSI Instructor

Tom holds a 200 ton Yacht Master License, worked as a Captain for 20 years, 9 of them on the Cayman Aggressor. He is a certified Scuba Instructor for four national certification agencies and is fluent in English, German, Spanish, Swedish and Portuguese. Tom originated from Norrtalje, Sweden where he graduated from Rodenskolan College then went on to spend 8 years in sales in Spain and Portugal. He is responsible for managing the reseller program for USA and International tour operators, dive stores and travel agents, leading fam trips, managing trade and consumer dive shows as well as contributing to the fleet's social media. He spends much of the year traveling and working dive travel shows in Germany, France, Canada, USA, Spain, Asia and leading familiarization trips on Aggressor Liveaboards yachts.

Tom Gebhardt - +1-305-677-0695     800-348-2628

Caroline Hasson
Caroline Hasson - Reseller Manager; Adventure Sales
(1 Year)

SSI Master Diver

Caroline Hasson was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, lived in the Cayman Islands until she was five and raised in Naples, Florida. She graduated from the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC with a Bachelors Degree in Hospitality Management and Business Administration. After working for multiple 5-star resorts,  she joined the Aggressor Family in May of 2018.  She was certified as a junior diver before obtaining her Master Diver Certification. Caroline is the Adventure Sales Manager for the Aggressor Nile Cruise and Aggressor Safari Lodge. She loves to travel and just returned from visiting the Aggressor Safari Lodge in Sri Lanka and Nile Queen in Egypt. She resides in Bethesda, Maryland.

Caroline Hasson - +1-706-671-6577     800-348-2628

Samantha Whitcraft
Samantha Whitcraft - Director, Conservation & Outreach
(2 Years)

PADI Dive Master
NAUI, Scuba Instructor

Over the past 20 years, as a marine conservation biologist, Samantha has worked from the field, lab, and office to protect the oceans’ ecosystems. Researching biodiversity, sustainable fisheries, and the illegal wildlife trade has taken her to the Amazon with National Geographic, to the Mesoamerican reef with NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program, and to some of the most remote islands of the Pacific to promote sustainable eco-tourism emphasizing ocean advocacy and adventure. She a published nature writer, and educator.

Samantha holds a Bachelor’s in Natural Sciences from Harvard University and earned her Masters of Marine Affairs and Policy at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. She served as Adjunct Faculty in Natural Sciences at Miami-Dade College and lives on her family’s certified, sustainable tree farm in rural Florida.

Samantha Whitcraft

Debbie BooneDebbie Boone - Operations Administrator
(1 Year)
PADI Advanced Open Water & Nitrox

Debbie was born and raised in Crownsville, Maryland in the small community of Arden on the Severn where she enjoyed all that the Chesapeake Bay had to offer.  She met her husband while he was in the Navy and they lived in Florida and Mississippi before returning to Maryland, where they raised their two boys.  In 2017 while on a cruise to the Western Caribbean she received her scuba certification.  Later that summer, upon moving to Augusta, Georgia, she became active with a local group of divers and enjoys diving weekends in the lake and river.  She also volunteers with local nonprofit groups for river cleanups, both above and below the water.  Debbie is the newest member of the Operations team with a background in administration, and is amazed that diving has led her here to such a wonderful group of people to both work for and with.

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Justin BrownJustin Brown - Director of Apparel Development & Design
(8 Years)

Justin was born in Wiesbaden, Germany on a US Air Force base and grew up in Augusta GA.  Justin has a bachelors degree in Business Administration from Georgia College & State University.  He is self taught in Adobe Illustrator and the clothing embellishment industry.  He is in charge of the clothing throughout the Aggressor Fleet corporate yachts and online boutique.  Justin began his SCUBA hobby when he was 15 with his father; he has expanded his love of SCUBA to his wife and now 1st born son.  He is an extremely devoted family man, with a wife and 2 sons.  His other hobbies include swimming, biking, and running, in that order.

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Richard ShurlingRichard Shurling - Director of IT & Programming
(3 Years)

Born in the small kaolin mining town of Sandersville, Georgia, Richard began his IT career as a web design contractor, before moving into the health education sector in The Medical College of Georgia’s Department of Family Medicine, where he developed patient logging software. While in Family Medicine, he sharpened his data analysis, and database design skills working with faculty preparing publications for various journals. He joined the Aggressor team in 2016, and looks forward to new challenges in this exciting field. While he has never tried it, he also anticipates giving diving a try in the near future. When not tinkering with his various electronics projects, Richard spends his time canoeing, motorcycling and playing the guitar. 

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Ina StricklandIna Strickland  - Web Design/Development 
(9 Years)

Ina Strickland has been a web designer for over 20 years. Her graphic career began as an illustrator for computer game companies on the West Coast.  When the first internet company came to her city she offered her graphic services as a volunteer and began learning how to apply her talent to this new technology. Ina ran her own successful web design business for 12 years with a large clientele base before joining the Aggressor team full time. She is responsible for the web design, branding, social media and graphic design for Aggressor Adventures. Ina recently spent a week on the Cayman Aggressor V and loved her diving experience.

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Cole WatkinsCole Watkins  - Director of Content Strategy
(5 Years)
SSI Advanced Open Water & Nitrox

Cole was born and raised in Augusta, Georgia. He received his Bachelor’s in Business Management from Augusta State University in 2012. Cole has always loved the water and even started his own kayak tour and rental business in college. He is a certified scuba diver and has found his new favorite hobby. He is very excited to take his work from the river to beneath the sea with Aggressor Liveaboards. Cole lives in Evans, Georgia with his wife, son, daughter, and their two dogs. He loves spending time with his family, friends, and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves & Atlanta Falcons. Cole manages the social media, video editing, and analyzing website analytics for Aggressor Adventures. Cole recently received his third Iron Diver in a row on the Belize Aggressor IV®.

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Airlines, Tours & Excursions

+1-706-664-0052 (Local and International)
(Toll Free US and Canada)

Offering competitive rates and personal service for airline travel, hotels, and excursions in all of our exotic destinations.

Bob Thompson
Lisa Stierwalt - Manager (9 Years)
Contact Lisa

Lisa Stierwalt has over 30 years experience working in travel agencies from Alabama, Colorado to Georgia in the leisure travel market. She specializes in extended travel to: Djibouti, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Roatan, Maldives, Oman, Red Sea & Sudan.
Bob Thompson - Travel Agent Planner (4 Years)
Contact Bob
Bob Thompson has over 25 years as a certified travel agent working in both leisure and corporate travel. He specializes in travel to:  Bahamas, Belize, Cayman, Cocos, Cuba, Galapagos, Indonesia, Kona Hawaii, Palau, Raja Ampat, Socorro, Thailand, Turks & Caicos.

Yacht, River Cruises & Safari Lodge Reservations
Adventure Planners:

Darien Bacon
Suzanne Livingston
Sabine Camacho (9 Years)
SSI Open Water, Advanced

Darien Bacon (28 Years)
NAUI & PADI Open Water
Suzanne Liverett (3 Years)


Jimmy Summers
Roxann Montellese (1 Year)

Jimmy Summers (3 Years)
SSI Open Water & Nitrox
Andrew Rachlin (4 Years)

Erin Baird  
 Erin Baird (1 Year)
SSI Open Water