What You Don’t Know About Ken Stiles
Position: Stiles EVP
Background: Born and raised in Fort Lauderdale and went to college at Elon University in NC. Before joining the family business in ’05, he worked all through high school and college on charter and private sport fishing boats in the Florida Keys, Bahamas, St Thomas, Panama, Ascension Island, and Brazil.
Picture taken: On his boat, plumbing Davy Jones' locker
Currently focused on: Growing Stiles in key markets throughout South and Central Florida, as well as Charlotte. Also concentrating on growing third-party business in each service division.
On working with family: Family is everything. Not many people have the opportunity to work with their father, who’s been my mentor since I was little.
Favorite pastimes: Fishing and golf. Nothing beats the ocean.
Favorite music group: Zac Brown Band.
Favorite vacation: Nova Scotia for bluefin tuna fishing. Fished three days and caught eight out of 12 tunas between 600 lbs and 1,000 lbs. I will never forget the sheer size of the first fish we released.
Favorite food: After going to school in NC, it’s hard to turn down some good, old Southern BBQ.
Startling fact: In 2001, while fishing in Guatemala, Ken and his father caught and released 88 sailfish in one day, fishing out of the Fins and Feathers lodge. At the time, it was the world record for most sailfish caught in a single day.