Ownership & Management:
Ocean Runner was acquired two years ago by Steve and Kathy Crum. Steve is a long time boater who left his corporate america software job to move to St John and guide the future of Ocean Runner. A graduate of the University of Louisville with an MBA in marketing and finance, Steve's background includes coaching basketball at the high school and collegiate level (Louisville, Tennessee), banking (commercial lending), management at a large soft drink company and software sales/management for a US based software company.
Kathy is the Marketing Director for Ocean Runner. Kathy's background includes many years as Special Events Director for several large department store chains as well as a stint as the Fashion Director/Editor for a large metropolitan city magazine.
Kathy and Steve were married on St John over 20 years ago and have 2 children.
A few of our Captains:
Captain Connor Masterson - Born and raised right here on St John, Connor has quickly turned into a customer favorite because of his engaging personality and knowledge of the area. Connor spent almost two years doing dive charters throughout the BVI's so he knows the BVI's best snorkel/dive sites. Hobbies include bugging (slang for free diving for lobsters) and taking his girlfriend out on the town. Nicknamed "buttercup" for reasons we don't fully understand.
Captain Jay Rushing - grew up in South Texas, working on ranches and rodeoing. His parent’s home banked on the Guadalupe River and he was in the water anytime he wasn’t working. At 15 he read the book “The Dove” a true story about 16 year old, Robin Lee Graham sailing around the world single handed. This gave Jay a dream that he never lost. He started sailing a Sunfish right behind his house and now has over 30 years of sailing experience including Open Ocean and Racing. Jay is USCG 100 Ton Masters Licensed. Jay, his wife and two daughters live aboard their 46’ Antigua sailboat “Happy Ours” in Cruz Bay.
Captain Larita "Lu" Carter - has over 7 years of experience in our local waters and has been a resident of St John for 8 years. Born in the deserts of New Mexico and raised between there and the frigid slopes of Norther Utah, Lu eventually moved to St John from Colorado. She boasts thousands of miles of off shore sailing experience and has now found her heart's desire working as a Captain. She is wonderfully knowledgable about the beautiful island of St John as well as the surrounding islands and Cays. Captain Lu is happy to show you around this tropical paradise on your trip to remember.
Captain Gregory Pogan: Pogan is a local captain who moved to the islands in 1998 to try living here on a working 30 day vacation...Still here. Captain for hire the past 10 years. Also spent 2 years as a parasail captain. A diver, avid fisherman and PFD (personal floatation device) all in one large frame...He don't sink! Originally from Ohio has a background in the restaurant business and in sales as well 5 years as a stone mason. Married with a 7 year old daughter. Quote: "Want a fun day in the islands; call on me to go play."
Captain Jimmy Kujawa: Jimmy is a long time St John resident and sailboat captain who has been doing charter boat trips out of Coral Bay for many years. Because of his easy going style, Jimmy gets lots of repeat requests from our guests. Captain Jimmy will deliver a great day for you along with a ton of local knowledge. He will gladly share stories of his many sailing trips (Spain, Portugal, from Anguilla to Grenada).