Meet Our Crew: Naples Outfitters Staff
Chris Boland- El Presidente
Chris Boland is a lifelong paddler and owner and founder of Naples Outfitters, Naples Kayak Company, ( previously Saltwater Sports) and Everglades Kayak Company. After serving our country in the United States Navy,he had a long career as a Registered Nurse. He then decided to do something fun for rest of his life. Opening a kayak shop was the next thing he did. He has three kids and is married to Yvette the co-owner. Chris loves all aspects of paddling from Stand up paddling to traditional skills, surf ski to kayak fishing and everything in between.
Yvette Boland- Book keeper
Jesse was born and raised in Naples Florida about a block from the beach. He has been passionate about water sports from a young age, everything from boating in the 10,000 islands to fishing or skim boarding at the Naples pier. After holding down various jobs, including enlistment in the U.S. Coast Guard, Jesse started work at Naples Outfitters in October of 2013. He has since earned a Level 1 ACA Instructor Certification in Kayak as well as Stand up Paddleboard, and has been leading SUP Lessons and Tours for the last 2 1/2 years. His interests outside of work range from kayak/SUP fishing, SUP surfing, adventure paddling, as well as frequently being mistaken for various reggae artists
Andrew McGriff- Rental Manager
Andrew moved to Naples from Tallahassee just one year ago. He is an avid paddler, and can be found on the water in kayaks and on paddle boards. He is an ACA Certified Level 1 kayak instructor. He also enjoys BMX, and fishing. He is the Rental Manager and is in charge of all rental and used equipment.
Ashley Howe- Chief Executive Officer
Ashley is from Murfreesboro, TN and moved to Naples about 3 years ago. Since moving to Naples she has found a profound love of all things water related. She can be found on the water almost everyday, kayaking, paddle boarding, and practicing SUP yoga. Ashley is the CEO of Naples Outfitters, and she is an ACA Certified Level 1 kayak instructor, as well as a paddleboard tour guide/instructor.