(Founder of Artificial Reefs of the Keys, 'Shipwrecker')
From early youth Joe had been involved with a marina that his father owned on the seacoast in New Jersey. He gave sailing lessons, went fishing, conducted repairs of vessels and was involved in the management of the business. After college he was part owner of Looker Diving in Key West. Looker offered the very cutting edge of SCUBA diving including wreck diving, reef diving, deep diving, and spear fishing. He designed and executed marketing strategies, new diving experiences, and teaching criterion for his customers and employees. He also worked with the Northrop Corporation in an effort to sink a confiscated vessel as artificial reef off Key West.
He began work on the ARK project in 1998, incorporating in 1999 after selection of the Vandenberg as the best choice for the location.
He has a 100-ton U.S. Coast Guard Master's license with an auxiliary sail and towing endorsements. He is a PADI SCUBA diving instructor, certified gas blender, medic/first aid CPR instructor, and DAN oxygen provider instructor. He is very experienced with local diving geography, conditions, and has enlisted the active support of all of the local experts to ensure the successful completion of the ARK project. He has a longstanding relationship with RCC, and is now employed with ARK's primary contractor, Reefmakers, to implement the final phases of the project.
Jeffrey C. Dey
Jeffrey C., Dey is CEO of Reefmakers and President and CEO of Resource Control Corp. (RCC). Jeff has been interested in geologic and environmental science, since beginning his studies at the University of Delaware. After graduation with a BS in Geology, Jeff joined Groundwater Technology, Inc. and worked his way up the ranks to Territory Manager. Jeff founded RCC in 1992. Jeff first became interested in assisting Joe Weatherby with an artificial reef project, after learning of the purgatory these large vessels were encountering at the end of their glorious lives due to environmental concerns. Clearly a standard system of processes could be developed to effectively eliminate environmental threat from these vessels to allow their use in various ways that would not harm the world’s waters.
Jeff lives in Rancocas, New Jersey with his wife Maura and children Kaila, Aleka, Teagan, and Gemma