Captain Name: Ryan
Captain Nationality: American
Number of Crew: 5
Captain Ryan Dunn
Ryan was born and raised on the Mississippi gulf coast where, as a child, he spent many weekends on a boat. Growing up on the water really fueled his passion for boating and ultimately steered his career choice of being a captain. His career spans vessels ranging from fishing charter boats, prize winning sportfish boats to offshore supply vessels up to 225ft and yachts. Yachting gives him the joy of showing people new experiences that will last a lifetime. Creating memories from catching someone their first fish to an unforgettable dive at a beautiful remote island really gives him a sense of fulfillment. Ryan looks forward to making each charter unique and special for each guest onboard WILD KINGDOM.
Mate Donnie Scot
Donnie grew up on the shores and in the mountains of the Carolinas spending his childhood pursuing adventure sports around every corner. Colorado summoned his soul where he became a snowboard instructor for a few seasons, but the ocean beckoned him back and he relocated to Key West. Here he received a degree in Marine Science and Dive Instructor certification while working as a wildlife guide for an Eco-Tour Outfitter. Next few years Donnie’s time was spent as an Underwater Treasure Salvator and Marine Surveyor. Soon after he found himself in Ft. Lauderdale beginning his career in yachting. With years of training in the tourism & hospitality industry combined with his knowledge of the marine environment has allowed him to hone-in the skills necessary to provide a 5-star experience to all his guests on charter. His lively and adventurous personality ensures his guests are happy and relaxed while enjoying a safe professional memorable charter experience.
Chef Tracey Gantenbein
Prior to her yachting years, Tracey was brought up in a sailing family. Her early years on the water ultimately brought her back later in her career. While living in sunny Southern California she worked as a production caterer on film sets in Hollywood and decided to head back home to Newport, Rhode Island where she took her love for cooking out on the high seas with WILD KINGDOM.
Chief Stewardess Michelle Pelletier
Michelle was born near the heart of yachting in Deerfield Beach, Florida. In her youth she was a competitive swimmer for a decade which led her to a role as a lifeguard and water safety instructor for several years after. With water in her veins, she entered the service industry honing her event setup and bartending skills. Her skills don’t stop there! She also studied interior design and wedding planning, has a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certificate and is continuing education in herbal medicine. She felt yachting was a great way to blend her experience while getting back to her beloved water.
A freelance deckhand/stewardess will join the WILD KINGDOM crew on charter