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Rising Stars: Meet Kevin Clarke

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kevin Clarke.

Hi Kevin, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today.
I am a STEM graduate of Georgia Southern University and Florida A&M University, where I received my Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD). I was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and my family emigrated to Atlanta, Georgia, in the mid-’90s to ” make it” in America. Since my early years in Jamaica, I have always been interested in the water and boats. Over time, this interest grew, and I eventually purchased my first yacht cruiser and simultaneously started “Noire Waters,” a premiere yacht chartering company.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
As a new boater, I experienced a steep learning curve in operating a boat, the mechanics, and understanding the waters. Additionally, my vision to curate experiences on the water has no roadmap or path to follow. Building out this vision has expanded our business through education, creating networks, and philanthropy to culminate our “Black Boating Culture” identity. Ultimately, overcoming and working through these challenges has capitulated Noire Waters’ growth and create partnerships in multiple cities.

Thanks – so, what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a proud graduate of the illustrious Florida A&M University (FAMU) in Tallahassee, Florida. FAMU gave me a sense of belonging and allowed me to achieve my career goal of becoming a pharmacist. I currently work in the biotechnology industry, working to find cures for rare diseases. Outside of my career goals, I have always been passionate about teaching and networking with others, which is the vision of Noire Waters. We aim to share boating culture and build sustainable networks and relationships via the waterways.

In terms of your work and the industry, what are some changes you expect to see over the next five to ten years?
In the next 5-10 years, I see the yacht and boating industry becoming more inclusive of all ages and identities. Hopefully, Noire Waters can share the accessibility of boating, especially to minoritized groups.

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