Hunter Hartford McIntosh is a true guardian of the environment and is passionate about sustainability and working to create commercially viable industries in eco-tourism and the fishing community. He is inspired by a family legacy of environmental education, philanthropy and conservation that protects our natural resources for future generations; Hunter is steadfast on preserving nature through his work as President at The Boat Company.
Hunter is proudly carrying on his family legacy of conservation and shares The Boat Company’s vision at national conferences where he has spoken on topics of Sustainable Tourism. He has been a speaker at the World Green Energy Symposium on multiple occasions, The International Ecotourism Society Annual Conference, as well as the American Society of Travel Agents Cruise West Symposium, and Cruise World (the largest single conference dedicated to cruise travel in the United States).
Kathy Nissley is the Boat Company’s Reservations Manager. During her 20+ years with the company, she has worked in almost every capacity, ultimately settling into her present office role where she handles all guest travel reservations with a personal touch. Though she was resistant to moving off the boat and into the office, she finds great joy in helping guests prepare for what she knows will be their “trip of a lifetime.”
Mary Ann Confar
After several years in professional theater and running the education program on a Tall Ship, Mary Ann signed on the Liseron as a chef’s assistant in the summers and winter maintenance crew. During a break from sailing, she worked as a computer trainer for The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 500+ rural libraries across the US. Finally, before returning to The Boat Company, Mary Ann earned an MLIS (Masters in Library & Information Service) from the University of Washington. This combination makes her The Boat Company’s “resident geek,” handling all technical and information management functions to ensure our guests have a seamless, personally tailored travel experience.
Traci brings in-depth management and executive level skills in a variety of departmental specialties. She has many years of senior leadership and operations management experience, including nearly 12 years with the Washington State Ferry system. Traci began her early career in the service industry working her way from the bottom up, learning every aspect of quality service and hospitality business practices and operations. In 1993, Traci moved into the marine cruise environment and was soon placed in operational charge of 8 small overnight vessels, operating in over 20 ports of call. Hired in 1997 by WSF, she transitioned to a marine ferry transportation system. Having responsibility for the system’s many terminals and routes, she quickly rose to the executive ranks and became the first female Director of Operations and eventually, Chief of Staff and Deputy Executive Director. Traci excelled in many notable areas. She became known for professional, results oriented oversight of operations and programs, with a great emphasis on customer service and public relations. She is an accomplished leader – a 3-time recipient of excellence awards and a WA State Extra-Mile Award. She was selected as a 2007 Female Professional Mentor in Macy’s Follow a Leader Program, is a graduate of Leadership Tomorrow Seattle 2008 and is a 2010 co-recipient of the David Clark Excellence in Editorial Award. Traci holds a BA in International Business from Western Washington University. She is thrilled to be a part of The Boat Company, to be bringing people to the best of Alaska and to continue the company’s fantastic conservation efforts.