Marshall grew up in the area of Fredericksburg Virginia. Shortly after graduating from high school in January of 2004, Marshall shipped out to Coast Guard boot camp in Cape May, New Jersey. Because of his prior military school experience, he was selected to be his boot camp company leader. After 8 weeks of training, Marshall received his first orders to Coast Guard Cutter Smilax in Morehead City, North Carolina. His cutter was assigned to the mission of Aids To Navigation construction and maintenance.
After 10 months on the Cutter, Marshall received orders to the Yorktown Training Center to attention the boatswains mate A school. After 16 weeks, orders for his class were cut. Marshall would be heading to the treacherous Pacific Northwest. He was assigned to motor lifeboat Station Depoe Bay, only one of 25 special Surf Rescue stations in the entire country.
Upon arrival to his new unit Marshall was placed in the elite “Surfman recruitment program”. This program was designed to take the most skilled Coast Guard Coxswains and tailor their career to provide them the experience to become a certified Coast Guard Surfman, the highest level of boat driver. Depoe was an extremely treacherous harbor. It is known as the worlds smallest harbor; at only 7 acres however, it is the entrance that is the concern to Mariners. The entrance to the harbor is through a sheer rock cliff that is only 33 feet wide and 100 yards long. There is a right and left dog leg that must be navigated all while minding the breaking surf that is trying to oust your boat into the rocks what you come into the harbor. This is where Marshall gained his expert boat handling skills.
3 years in Depoe Bay and up for transfer, Marshall was hand selected to be assigned to one of the coast guards Deployable Security Units, Maritime Safety and Security Team Kings Bay in Kings Bay, Georgia. This unit was assigned the mission of guarding the nations most important assets and infrastructure from the ever present terrorist threat. Marshall participated in missions including the 2008 Republican National Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota, naval war games off of the Florida coast, and vessel protection missions at every major port in the country. Marshall was on deployment about 280 days a year to some part of the country.
Marshall spent a total of 4 years as a deputy but was then offered an opportunity to get back into the maritime world. A local TowBoatUS port owner was looking to expand his operation to Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia. Marshall accepted the offer and was given the title of Port Manager where he was placed in charge of all facets of the ports operation, from fleet management to vessel recovery operations. Marshall managed the port for only one year and after Marshall’s departure, the port was sold.
Marshall decided that he wanted to get an upgraded captains license so he was hired by American Cruise Lines as a deckhand and boson. He spent 4 months with the company and gained the time that he needed on the large inland cruise ships.
Upon returning home to Virginia, Marshall discovered there was the local Sea Ray dealer was hiring in their sales department. After a couple interviews Marshall was selected to join the team at Prince William Marina (boating Industry’s Dealer of the year 2011 and 2012). In Marshall’s first year he was quick and to learn the sales process and gained product knowledge. The marina sold new Sea Rays, Bayliners and Scouts. Also, the marina had a large used inventory and a brokerage program.
After 3 years at the marina, Marshall was afforded the opportunity to strike out on his own and founded Surfman Marine.