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Our Staff

Our staff members are experienced sailors and windsurfers, as well as recreational paddlers, so you tap into well over 100 years of combined "on-the-water" experience with every purchase.


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Aris Tsamis - President & Owner
Email: aris@mariner-sails.com

A native of North Texas, Aris has been involved in the sailing business since the early 1970's. Aris is a walking encyclopedia on all subjects related to sailing, windsurfing, paddling, and standup paddle boarding (he has bona fide, extensive experience in most of these water sports venues). If he doesn't know the answer to your questions he'll do his best to find the answers from our extensive source of industry contacts.


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Dave Potts - Operations Manager (Kayak Fishing)
Email: dave_potts@mariner-sails.com

Before joining our team, Dave became a key element of our local Heroes on the Water chapter. Helping wounded and recovering Veterans get an introduction to kayaking and kayak fishing is near and dear to his heart. Every month you'll find Dave and the rest of the Heros on the Water volunteers providing kayaks, friendship and expertise to our honorable military men and women. He is a valuable resource for your kayak fishing needs.


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Ursula Barnhill - Store Customer Service (Recreational Kayaking)
Email: ursula@mariner-sails.com

Ursula's passion for kayaking and paddle sports is very contagious. She has nine years of consistent paddling experience in a variety of conditions and several different kayaks. And just as everyone should paddle on a regular basis, she's happy to let you know if she thinks you're not getting enough time on the water.

 

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Adrian Acosta - E-Commerce, Social Media and Customer Service (Kayak Fishing)
Email: adrian@mariner-sails.com

Adrian's years of kayaking and kayak fishing experience will make sure you get good advice from someone who has been there. His passion for Kayak Fishing is evident with his involvement with numerous groups and organizations geared towards growing the sport.


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Chris Heidema - Customer and Data Services (Catamaran Sailing and Kayak Fishing)
Email: chris@mariner-sails.com

Chris is a passionate sailor who is not afraid to use a paddle when necessary. He brings to the table a diverse set of marine industry experience and is committed to finding innovative solutions for our customers. Whether you are after parts, rigging, hardware, or a whole new boat, Chris will get you on the water.

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Rich Schreckengost - Installations and Warehouse (Kayak Fishing and everything else)
Email: rich@mariner-sails.com

Rich was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. After spending 10 years in the Army he moved to Dallas via Denver CO. Rich has been kayak fishing for 2 years and is now exclusively fly fishing. Rich loves to fish rivers and he is not shy about telling you that his favorite kayaks are Hobies!


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Chris Beal - Sail Loft Manager
Email: sailmaker@mariner-sails.com

Chris embodies the quality of workmanship that our customers have come to expect from Mariner Sailmakers. With our 40 years of sailmaking industry experience at his back, he will get you taken care of whether you need a new set of sails to last for years to come or a small repair after an intense day on the lake.

 

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Liz Obregon - Seamstress
Email: sailmaker@mariner-sails.com


Liz's work speaks for itself.  Her desire for producing a quality product is among her core beliefs.  Liz produces most of  our custom sail covers, sailing bags, trophy bags, merchandise covers as well as many other items that come through our doors.     
                                                                   

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Terry Potts - Receiving/Bookeeping
Email: terry@mariner-sails.com

Terry’s upbeat, never-dull attitude brings a smile to everyone she meets. She handles many of the behind-the-scenes logistics that allows Mariner Sails to provide our customers with the extensive product selection we carry. She also takes every opportunity to support Heroes on the Water.

 

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John Webster - Store Manager (Sailing) Recently Retired and wishing him well!!
Email: jaws@mariner-sails.com

A witty and outgoing Aussie, John is our most avid and experienced catamaran sailor and possibly one of the most active and skilled cat sailors in North Texas. Experienced with many of the regatta venues in the area, John has also sailed throughout Australia, Central America, and North America and is a frequent participant in the Great Texas 300 long distance catamaran regatta.

 

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