Meet the Crew

Large ships need a skilled and varied crew to complete a successful voyage! Meet the crew of Caribbean Trading Company…

Tim Collins
Captain and President

The captain is responsible for fitting out his ship for sea and has 'to use his best endeavors to get the ship manned'. At sea he is responsible for the ship and for all on board. The powers of the captain are great and his crew will follow wherever he leads.

Lucy Villegas Collins
Creative Director and First Mate

The First Mate is the officer who ranks just below the Captain of the ship and takes over in the event that the Captain can no longer perform his duties.

With years of creative experience, Luz drives the creative juices of the company to greater and daring heights. Always on the lookout for new looks and design trends, she effortlessly combines these elements to create elegant tropical designs full of whimsy and fun.

Meghann Hawes
General Manager and Pilot

Typically the pilot works with the navigator and captain to pilot the ship over the water. The pilot needed to know such aspects as the ship's draught (how deep she sat in the water) how wide the ship was and how sharply she could turn. In shallow waters, the crew would take soundings (checking the depth of the water) and it would be up to the pilot to either steer the ship or sometimes stand at the bow and relay orders back to the man at the helm which way to steer the ship.

As General Manager, Meghann works in partnership with the clients and the crew to determine the direction of the crew and ship, making sure that elements are available to provide for a terrific experience and sounding out new items and ideas!

Victor Vidal
Accounting and Boatswain (Bosun)

The Bosun was in charge of a ship’s anchors, cordage, colors, deck crew and the ship’s boats, and would also be in charge of the rigging while the ship was in dock.

In charge of Accounting, Bosun Victor works to make sure that all the nuts and bolts are in place and accounted for so that the crew and ship can embark on their next voyage!

Sasitorn Wildeman
Assistant Manager, Wholesale and QuarterMaster

The QuarterMaster had a large amount of responsibility to the Crew and it was their duty to represent their interests.  The QuarterMaster is responsible for maintaining order, settling disputes and distributing food and other essentials, as well as keeping the records for the ship

Involved in our Wholesale and Retail Sales, Sas works with our clients and customers, overseeing our Wholesale Department and our Retail Stores, ensuring that all necessary items are available, of good quality, and produced in an efficient and ship shape manner She is our motivator-in -chief and works with the whole team to ensure a positive and motivated crew!

Risell Medina
Production Manager and Ship’s Carpenter

The Carpenter was responsible for the maintenance and repair of the wooden hull, masts and yards.  The Carpenter’s duties were to check the hull, placing oakum between the seams of the planks and wooden plugs on leaks to keep the vessel tight.

Carpenter Risell is in charge of all production for our branded products and corporate gifting and ensuring our high levels of quality control.  Like the Carpenter, she is responsible for keeping the ship tight and ensuring that everything going out the door is 100% correct and of quality

Yaritza Boccalon
Rincón Store Manager and Lookout

The Lookout mans the crow’s nest and uses a telescope or binoculars to gaze out at the horizon, ever alert for approaching ships and land masses.

As our Rincon Store Manager, Lookout Yari is the face of Caribbean Trading on the West Coast and she is ever alert for roadblocks and land masses.  Working with our customers, the community and ensuring that all necessary items are available, she makes sure the store is always ship shape!

The East Coast Crew
Noelia Ayala, Nitza Montes, Stephanie Ramos, Alexandra Berrios

On a large ship there was a need for many crewmates aboard.  Mates served in all departments of the ship and were charged with fitting out the ship with all necessary items to ensure a safe voyage.  The mates are the first to find anything amiss and are tasked with the management of all of aspects of the ship, at sea and in port.

As our Sales Associates in the El Yunque Company Store and our Island Outpost in Palomino, Crewmates Nitza, Noelia, Alexandra and Stephanie are the face of Caribbean Trading to our customers in the store.  Known for attention to detail and excellent customer service, the entire Crew  ensures that all sails are working properly and the ship is set to sail at all times!

The West Coast Crew
Fabiola Ruiz, Dalyzbeth Ortiz, Grace Rivera, Marangelie Hernandez

On a large ship there was a need for many crewmates aboard.  Mates served in all departments of the ship and were charged with fitting out the ship with all necessary items to ensure a safe voyage.  The mates are the first to find anything amiss and are tasked with the management of all of aspects of the ship, at sea and in port.

As our Sales Associates in the Rincón store, Crewmates Marangelie, Fabiola, Dalyzbeth and Grace are the face of Caribbean Trading to our customers in the store.  Known for attention to detail and excellent customer service, the entire Crew  ensures that all sails are working properly and the ship is set to sail at all times!

Bernard and Patrick Collins
Cabin Boys

The cabin boys were typically young boys sent to sea. As an apprentice of sorts, they were expected to learn all aspects of the maritime trade.

As sons to the captain and first mate, these cabin boys are still too young to be official apprentices, but they are consulted on various matters; particularly taste testing new snacks for our baskets and recommending new children's items for our Retail locations!


The Crew at Work

The crew at work. On course to preparing special gifts just for you and your important guests!

making gift baskets gift baskets gift basket production making gift baskets