Meet Our Team

Don & Velda Gentry

OWNERS

Both Don and Velda grew up in Lake Stevens and spent their youth on the water, boating skiing and fishing. While spending time with friends, they started looking at boats. They found what they were looking for and decided it was time to get back on the water and begin a new adventure. So they purchased a 94’ SeaTrek, named it the M/V friendship and with the help of their friends, started their private yacht charter business.

Liz Adams

MARKETING DIRECTOR

Liz joined Friendship Private Yacht Charters in February of 2016 as the Director of Marketing and is responsible for the marketing, communication and business development efforts of the yacht. She also directs media relations, branding, advertising, and website development. She manages and oversees events, catering, bookings, promotions and public relations. She has more than 30 years of experience in the marketing and sales industry.

Lucien “Lou” Keller

CAPTAIN

Lou is a seasoned marine operator with more than 30 years’ experience covering the full spectrum of vessel management, handling and operating requirements. His boating experience is not limited to the past 25 years, however. He began boating in 1957 when he was schooled in sail and engine-powered boat handling on Lake El Estero in Monterey, California. Since then, he has Captained a wide variety of vessels either through ownership of specific boats or employment with Yacht Brokerages like Top Notch Yacht Sales and Swiftsure Marine Yacht Sales.

Chris Roberson

ENGINEER

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Kathy Hettiger Thomas

DECK HAND

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Kiahna Fitzgerald

DECK HAND

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