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Our Staff

Our staff members are experienced sailors and windsurfers, as well as kayak anglers, and 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: [email protected]

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 stand up 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 - Distribution Manager (Kayak Fishing)
Email: [email protected]

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 Heroes 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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Katie Backa- Customer Service (Kayak Fishing)
Email: [email protected]

Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Katie and her husband, Ryan, moved to Texas in 2018, and hit the kayak fishing scene like a force of nature!  In a former life, Katie was a public servant in EMS and technical rescue for many years, but these days, she's chasing her dreams as a competitive kayak angler, influencer, avid artist, writer, creator, life enthusiast, and protector of the environment; dedicating her time across being on the water, building the sport, and uplifting her "fishing family" as much as she possibly can.  Katie is proudly sponsored by Old Town Canoes and Kayaks, Fishbrain, Temple Fork Outfitters, Lake Fork Trophy Lures, Rod Sox, PLine, and Western Son Vodka; and when she's not on the water, Katie can usually be found at home with Ryan and their lovable Saint Bernard, "Moose", sketching, painting, and working on educational and artistic fishing content for her website www.FishLikeAKat.com

You can connect with her at:

https://www.facebook.com/FishLikeAKat/

https://www.facebook.com/Katie.Ferrari.44

https://www.instagram.com/fishlikeakat/

https://fishbrain.com/anglers/KatFerrari

https://twitter.com/fishlikeakat

https://www.tiktok.com/@katiebacka

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCh3tCPm4NJaf2dSEIHE2cgw/featured

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Jennifer Foster - E-Commerce, Fulfillment, and Customer Service ( Kayak Fishing)

Email: [email protected]

Jennifer is a Dallas native, customer service extraordinaire who is part of our e-com and fulfillment team!  Jennifer's favorite part of her job here at Mariner Sails is helping customers fulfill their on-the-water needs, and taking excellent,
in-house product photography shots.  In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys fishing and kayaking with her husband, and her Yorkie pup, "Chloe" - as well as running her own event and portrait photography business.
You can view her work by visiting her website: https://www.jfosterphotography.com/
 

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Adrian Acosta - E-Commerce, Social Media and Customer Service Manager (Kayak Fishing & Recreational Kayaking)
Email: [email protected]

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. 

You can connect with him at:

DFW Kayak Fishing

DTP- DownToPaddle

 

 


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Chris Beal - Sail Loft Manager
Email: [email protected]

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: [email protected]

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/Bookkeeping
Email: [email protected]

Terry is our receiving specialist extraordinaire!!  She spends her days here at Mariner Sails, making sure that we are well-stocked, and ready to rock!  Every delivery that hits the door at Mariner Sails goes through Terry - so you could say she's like our in-house "gatekeeper"!  When she's not at work, Terry enjoys spending time with her husband, Dave, tending to her garden, and cuddling their adorable new lab puppy, "Abby".

 

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