We’re continuing to feature members of our club. If you’d like to be featured, please send a note to Jennifer Kifer, VP of Communications, at firstname.lastname@example.org. This month, get to know 2018-19 Club President, Ed Coppedge, Vice President of Coppedge Marine, Inc. d/b/a Coppedge Marine & Industrial.
Propeller Club Member: Ed Coppedge
Company Name: Coppedge Marine, Inc. d/b/a Coppedge Marine & Industrial
Title: Vice President
Where are you from/hometown?
Briefly explain your job and major responsibilities:
Sales & Technical Representative for Thordon Bearings, Inc. We supply environmentally-friendly propeller shaft bearing systems, rudder and steering linkage bushings, deck equipment bushings to yachts customers on up to Cruise Ships. Industrially, we supply bushings to pump repair companies, Power Plants and Sewage Treatment Plants, South Florida Water Management as well as Hydro-Electric Plants in the Southeast. We also represent Sea Horse Marine Sewage Treatment Devices as well as RPM, Inc, who supplies us with hard coated liners and other castings.
How long have you worked at your current job?
30 Years in December
What’s your favorite part of your job?
I like working with people and companies. I enjoy offering customers a long lasting, environmentally-friendly products. I also enjoy working with my family.
If you went to college, where did you go and what was your major/minor/degree?
I attended Belmont Abbey College where I earned a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. I have had extensive, hands on training in the field as well as frequent training seminars with Thordon Bearings, Inc.
How long have you been a member of the Propeller Club?
Coming up on 30 years.
Why did you join the club? Please also include your favorite thing about the Propeller Club.
I joined the Propeller Club Port of Jacksonville for the networking opportunities plus to follow in the footsteps of my Grandfather, James H. Coppedge, President and founder member in 1930, my father, James W. Coppedge- President in 1964 and my brother, Robert J. “Bobby” Coppedge, President in 1993. Shipbuilding and Repair kind of “runs in the blood” of us Coppedges!
Favorite Propeller Club Event?
I like all the events; however, Maritime Day touches my heart as we remember all those who have gone before us. Secondly- the Pirate Party, because it is a blast!
I have 3 brothers and two sisters plus my parents Jim & Dolly Coppedge. I am married to Beth Coppedge and God Blessed us with a daughter and son.
What is your proudest moment/achievement?
I am honored to follow in the footsteps of my family as President of the Propeller Club and be active in the maritime community.
What is something unique about you that you’d like to share…hobby/hidden talent/award?
I am an Assistant Chaplain at Baptist Hospital where I visit the sick and terminally ill. I am a devout Catholic who attends daily mass. I include God in everything I do.