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Meet Tim Rongley of Flagship Cruises and Events in Broadway Pier

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tim Rongley.

Tim, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I obtained my Bachelors of Arts and Communications from California State University- San Marcos. I had a few jobs as Marketing coordinator and client service specialist. After a few years, I became Marketing Manager at Gemaire Distributors, where I worked for almost 7 years, I then continued my career as a Marketing manager with Xerox for 3 years. Starting August 2014, I began my career as Director of Marketing at Flagship Cruises and Events.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Some of the biggest challenges working for a luxury high end yacht cruises & Events Company is differentiating ourselves in an ever changing market. There are other yacht companies in San Diego, so being able to be a “step above” the competition is always a challenge. Coming up with new ideas, new programs, new cruises & new partnerships are always in the works. Other obstacles we are faced with are the seasonal changes & tourism in San Diego. When the weather is bad (I know, not often in San Diego), but when it is, our business is affected. Same with tourism, if tourism is down – we are down as there is so much foot traffic along the Embarcadero. We are in a very convenient location to tourists, so a lot of walk up business takes place with Flagship Cruises & Events.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Flagship Cruises and Events story. Tell us more about the business.
Flagship Cruises & Events is San Diego’s only locally owned and operated cruise and Event Company. We operate San Diego’s finest fleet of high-end yachts expertly managed by our team of captains, crew, chefs and event consultants.

Our services include fabulous gourmet dinner and brunch cruises, cocktail cruises, harbor tours, whale watching excursions as well as ferry and water taxi services.

What we are most proud of at Flagship is the fact that we have been a Family owned and operated business for more than 100 years now. Our quality in our food, vessels and service is what definitely differentiates us from others.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Being in this industry, it’s all about being in the right place at the right time. Brand recognition, having our information in front of potential customers – whether it be a bride to be, a concierge, meeting & events coordinator or a couple celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. Making sure that when people have a reason to celebrate, they will have Flagship Cruises & Events come to mind.

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