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Susan Dabritz - President (2003 - 2013)

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Susan Dabrtiz

Susan Dabritz was raised in Andes, New York in the heart of the Catskill Mountains. She went to college in the Bronx at the State University of New York Maritime College, Fort Schuyler. She became a certified scuba diver in 1982 with her open water diving done in Long Island Sound. She graduated college in 1986 with a bachelor's degree in Meteorology and Oceanography and an U.S.C.G. unlimited tonnage Third Mate's license. After graduation Sue went on to work for Mobil Oil Corporation sailing on their oil tankers. She sailed for five years with Mobil along the West Coast of the United States, Central America and to Asia gaining enough sea time to upgrade to an unlimited tonnage Second Mate's license. She had a chance meeting with her old college boyfriend (Mingta) in Singapore and subsequently decided to move there permanently. She spent 5 years working for a Norwegian ship broking firm and her weekends were spent diving, photographing, and traveling throughout Southeast Asia. After her company disbanded she went to Thailand and completed her scuba diving instructor certification then joined her husband, Mingta, teaching diving and working on board his 75' liveaboard dive vessel. The M.V. Angin Barat traveled from Singapore to Malaysia and Indonesia for some incredible diving. In 1996 Sue and Mingta finally decided to move back to the United States to the Big Island of Hawaii where their daughter Kaili was born. She was hired by Doug Perrine as an office assistant at Innerspace Visions and eventually ran his entire office. She learned all aspects of the stock photo business from Doug and her photo editing skills from her co-worker, Masa Ushioda. Sue bought the company, which had been renamed SeaPics.com, from Doug in September 2003. The office moved to a new location and Masa and Tamara came with her to form the backbone of the company. Doug Perrine continues to serve as traveling ambassador, recruiting new photographers. Tamara left the company in 2006 to pursue other interests, and Sue hired Lynn Webber as SeaPics.com new office manager and bookkeeper. Christine Sheppard joined the company in October of 2006, and Kevin Miller joined in early 2007, each bringing their own skills and strengths to the company.

Susan was diagnosed as the stage 4 cancer in December of 2010, and passed away on September 12th, 2014. She resinged the company in December of 2013 and asked her 18 year long colleague, Masa Ushioda, look after the SeaPics.com, Inc. which she put her heart and soul into. She courageously fought for her life to the end. She was survived by her 16 year old daughter.

Susan Dabritz    December 10, 1963 - September 12, 2013