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Aric Chaltry
Parts Specialist, Nestegg Marine

Aric Chaltry started his marine industry career in high school, cutting grass at Nestegg Marine. Shortly after graduating from Northern Michigan University, he spent summers building new docks and working in the service department. Over the last few years, Chaltry took courses through Mercury Marine, Raymarine and Lowrance. And in November 2013 he was awarded the Duane Spader Development Scholarship from MRAA, currently serving as Nestegg’s parts specialist. Chaltry dishes with us about his rise in the ranks, taste in music, and his goals for the future.

Q: What is your current role at Nestegg Marine?
Chaltry:
I am currently a parts specialist at our marine ship store. 

Q: How did you get started at Nestegg?
Chaltry:
In 1999, I was hired to cut grass, pump gas, work the docks, wax/clean boats, and paint bottoms. I continued learning other portions of our business by working with the service, sales, management, and parts department team.

Q: You won the Duane Spader Development Scholarship in 2013. What was that like? How is the education program going thus far?
Chaltry:
It was an incredible and fortunate feeling to be selected as the recipient of that scholarship. The training is extremely insightful and has had an impact on the culture of our business. 

Q: Do you have any advice for students currently in marine technician schools?  
Chaltry:
A marine technician’s job is unique, as every job is different. Be prepared for the challenges, and you will be rewarded.

Q: What are your 5- to 10- year business goals?

Chaltry: We are currently at a critical path in our business. We have somewhat plateaued. Nestegg is looking to expand its boat storage facilities and hire additional technicians. We also need to begin finding new faces for those people retiring in the next five years. Additionally, we need to continue additional capital improvements of our facilities.

 

Q: Let’s Get real…

     

  • What do you do when you’re not working? Hunting, fishing, Packers, Badgers, Brewers, and weight training is my therapy.
  • What would be some songs we would hear on your iPod? Disturbed, P.O.D., Godsmack, Metallica, Mudvayne, Linkin Park, Eminem, Papa Roach, Fall Out Boy, AC/DC, Van Halen.
  • What’s your “dream boat” to own? A Hatteras GT63. 
  • What’s your favorite water sport? Fishing and duck hunting.
  • Any other fun/interesting facts you’d to share? I like to tuck my bow in on any island on Green Bay so I can disconnect myself from the world. It’s great just to hear the waves and smell the breeze. Wisconsin’s Spotted Cow, a pair of shades and some guac and chips make it a bonus!