The Outside Hilton Head Team is made up of Captains, Guides, Educators and Visionaries all of whom share our core values of Safety,
Passion, Excellence, Teamwork and Sustainability.
President and CEO
Mike's the one with the vision and enthusiasm that keeps this team together and the company growing. Originally from Washington, DC, he has been on Hilton Head for over 30 years. The windsurfing school he started at South Beach in 1979 has grown to be the amazing company we now know as Outside.
Director of Marine Operations
A USCG Captain for over 20 years, Mickey is passionate about helping guests learn about the marine environment and history of the area. A local resident for about 25 years, Mickey currently lives on the Island with his wife Stacey and daughter Ella. In his free time, Mickey can be found out on the water with his family, hunting or playing golf.
Director of Administration
Tracie Martucci is Outside’s Director of Administration. Originally from Troy, MI, she’s been on the island since 1993 and joined the OHH team in 2005.mIn her free time, Tracie loves traveling with her husband and son. She is also a huge Detroit sports fan.
Director of Retail
Originally from McHenry, IL, Mark has been on the Outside team for longer than just about anyone. He says that the best part about his job is "undoubtedly, the incredible staff that I work with, they're family." In his free time, Mark loves spending time with his two girls and teaching them to surf.
Director of Reservations
Justin developed a love for the water and water sports at a young age growing up in New Bern, NC. He joined the team in the summer of 2010 as an intern and returned the following summer primarily teaching Standup Paddleboard classes, and is now a certified ACA Instructor. After completing his degree in Tourism Management at N.C. State University and becoming a USCG Master Captain, he returned as a full time employee. Justin is now the Reservations Manager, and loves to get on the water to enjoy the dynamics of the marsh.
Director of Destination Management
Carol Kavanaugh moved to Hilton Head Island in 1986 from Buffalo, NY. As owner of Click Event Production, her company has raised more than $1M for local charities. She served as Co-Event Producer for the Hilton Head Island Celebrity Golf Tournament for many years and most recently was featured on Wedding Impossible, Food Network’s production of Chef Robert Irvine’s wedding in Napa, CA. She has recently become part of the destinations by Outside Team and is excited to grow with the company.Carol feels much more at home on the water than on a golf course or in the kitchen – but mostly as a passenger on other’s boats.
Jessie Renew has loved being on the water since her early life in Johannesburg, South Africa, water-skiing and small boat sailing on the nearby dam. In 1995 she and her family moved to the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Her earliest professional pursuit was being an artist, and she graduated from the Governors School for the Arts in Greenville, SC...Read More...
Kelley was born in Newport Beach, CA, grew up in Sewickley, PA, and made it to Hilton Head many years ago. She is an integral member of the Outside retail staff. When asked what the best part of her job is, she replied "...meeting new people each and every day from all parts of the country (and sometimes the world). I like providing service that exceeds expectations with the goal of having Outside the place they come back to again and again
Kristen is originally from Chicago, Illinois. She attended Western Illinois University, where she studied Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration. She moved to South Carolina in February of 2014 and starting working at Outside Hilton Head immediately. Kristen worked as a kayak guide, SUP instructor, and retail sales associate before being promoted to Retail Manager later in 2014. Kristen holds Instructor certifications from The American Canoe Association in Stand Up Paddleboarding and Coastal Kayaking.
A Lowcountry native, Mollie was born and raised on Hilton Head Island. From a young age she was in love with the rich history and allure of the area. Mollie has been fortunate to live in many different places, from Texas to New Zealand and beyond. She and her husband Brian returned to the Island to plant their roots in 2013. Mollie loves the outdoors and traveling, in her spare time you can catch Mollie teaching yoga, kids yoga and providing birth doula services.
Shelter Cove Marina Manager /
Employee of the Year 2014
Sean was born and raised on Hilton Head. His hobbies include skateboarding, attending concerts, networking and spending time with his family. Sean won first place in the May 2014 Paddleboard Race Series. He is an American Canoe Association certified Stand Up Paddleboarding Instructor.
Leisa grew up in the northeast and has been living in the low country for the past 36 years. After retiring for a few years from owning two women's fashion and accessories stores, she joined our team as our buyer. She travels far and wide to find the best looking lifestyle clothes, shoes and accessories for our stores. She is married to one of our kayak guides (Peter) and has three children that also love being OUTSIDE!
Andy Kennedy was born, raised, and sorta educated in South Carolina and is one of Outside's boat captains and paddlesport instructors and guides. Andy is a US Coast Guard licensed boat captain. Andy holds paddle certifications with the American Canoe Association,Read More...
Michael Smith is a native of the Bluffton area, raised along the pristine banks of the May River, sailing, swimming and kayaking. He has worked on the water for fifteen years, the last six with Outside Hilton Head as an expert kayak guide. Specializing in the history and nature of the area, he communicates a unique perspective on the relationship between the two. Michael's found most days at our Outside Palmetto Bluff location introducing others to the beautiful marshes he calls home. Michael and his wife Christine were joined by a son, Samuel, in December 2012.
Originally from Upstate New York, Jean now shares her time between Hilton Head and West Virginia. Jean obtained her BS and MS in Athletic Training/Physical Education from Springfield College and her EdD in Sports Medicine from the University of Virginia
Amber Shadwick is a nationally recognized fitness and wellness professional. Amber holds high reputation in the weight loss and fitness industry as her professional experience includes working as the head trainer and fitness specialist at Hilton Head Health. She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor’s degree...Read More...
Pete Barbano is from Middletown NY. He's been working on the water for almost 30yrs, mostly as a charter or commercial fisherman. He says that even after all that time he's still in awe of every sunrise and sunset and the wonders of Gods creations. He's true passion is ministering to orphans in Malawi Africa in the spring and fall..
Captain Grant Salzer hails from sunny South Florida, growing up in the Miami Lakes area. He joined the Outside Hilton Head team in the summer of 2011. He has a passion for the outdoors and loves being on the water as a USCG Master Captain teaching and instructing kids and families about the Lowcountry environment. When not working, he spends time with his wife Elizabeth and his two sons Ethan and Eli.
Captain Jimmy Reese has explored the waters around Hilton Head Island beginning in the mid 70's. After graduation from the University of Georgia (B.B.A. Real Estate, of course), Captain Jimmy built his professional career around the Lowcountry and its unique fishery and seafood. "I managed Hudson's Seafood Restaurant much of that part of my life."Read More...
Kent Grimes has been a kayak guide and instructor with Outside Hilton Head since early 2010. Originally from near Philadelphia, with his jobs he and his wife, Pennie, have lived in seven states in different parts of the country. After vacationing on Hilton Head Island for 35 years and after retiring they moved here in 2008.Read More...
Holly was raised a Kansas girl, but the island life called her name. This is Holly's 3rd season with Outside Hilton Head and she has received all Paddle Fit certifications. She certainly feels like she could be living on the water from SUP-up to SUP-down.