Specialty Marine & Industrial Supplies, Inc. was founded by Sharon Whalen in 1991 to fill a local need for quality specialty marine products that was not being filled by the existing supply houses. Sharon is native to the Jacksonville area and holds a degree from the University of New Mexico. Prior to the founding of the Company, Sharon had a background in the insurance industry and spent some time working for the Department of Energy.
In 1993, Sharon’s husband Mike Whalen joined the business. Mike, who is also a Beaches native, has worked his whole life in the marine business and is a graduate of the FCCJ and of a Management Training Program conducted at the Jacksonville Ship Yard facility. Mike worked for several years as a Field Tech for the General Electric Co. and has hands on experience in the installation of the products that Specialty Marine sells and he and the rest of the sales staff bring many years of experience and combined knowledge to the Company.
Specialty Marine’s strength lies in the fact that it provides a “one stop shopping” source for many of the Mil. Spec. components required by the marine subcontractors who work at the local yards and at ship repair facilities around the world. The Company also sells directly to the U.S. Navy. The Company also has a proprietary deck drain conversion product that it markets.
At Specialty Marine – OUR CUSTOMER’S SATISFACTION is our primary concern. We exist because of our customers and it is all of our jobs to ensure that when they do business with us – they leave satisfied that they have received value for their dollar and with an intention to return.