Nautique Insider


Talented People Helping Others

Sep 29, 2009

Kevin and Emily Durham with This Iz My Story

Kristi Overton Johnston with In His Wakes

I always hate to lose good employees and was really disappointed a few months ago when our Team Manager, Kevin Durham, came into my office to resign. Kevin is a total class-act and did a great job here at Nautique. Kevin also is known for “marrying up” (just kidding Kevin, well, sort of…) and has an incredible wife, two time wakeboarding world champion, Emily Copeland Durham.

When Kevin told me he was resigning I really wanted to talk him out of it, but, when I found out what he was doing, I thought I better let him go. Kevin left Nautique to start a ministry that uses professional athletes to help people improve their lives and, more importantly, to share their faith. All of us on the Nautique team wish Kevin and Emily the best in their new venture. If you are interested in learning more about what Kevin and Emily are doing feel free to check out their website at This Iz My Story

Others in our industry are also trying to use the talents they have to help others.

In His Wakes is an organization led by long time Team Nautique athlete Kristi Overton Johnston (current slalom world record holder). In His Wakes takes kids who would never have the opportunity to ski and uses skiing to help them improve their lives through Kristi’s “Day to Remember” events. As I have heard Kristi say many times “you have to get off the dock” and she helps kids do that. If you would like to learn more about In His Wakes please feel free to check them out at In His Wakes

Finally, Radical Riders is another organization, based here in Orlando and led by Rob and Michelle Krogman, which uses professional athletes in a manner similar to Kevin and Emily’s ministry. I have known Rob and Michelle for a couple years and know that they really have a heart to help others. To learn more about Radical Riders feel free to check them out atRadical Riders

I feel privileged, and humbled, to know people who are trying hard to use their God-given talents on the water to help others and make the world a better place.

Enjoy the Nautique life.