While managing his position as VP of Commercial Real Estate at The Dohring Group and after starting a sailing charter business in downtown Tampa, Josh Dohring burst through the door and exclaimed to his wife, “I have an idea! Let’s start an electric boat rental business and activate the waterfront.” With a one month old baby in her arms his wife’s expression was that of a new sleep-deprived mother…somewhere between are you crazy and heck no. Josh’s idea came from a strange craving that his wife Anndrea had experienced during pregnancy—an overwhelming desire to be on the Hillsborough River downtown Tampa on a quiet and fume-less boat. A year later we introduce to you eBOATS TAMPA.
This venture was actually a lifetime in the making and strongly driven by the contagious entrepreneurial spirit that afflicts most Dohrings. Josh has been marching in his parents’ footsteps as they have run successful small businesses their entire lives. Josh grew up sailing, fishing and diving with his family in Florida. After he graduated from Florida State University he set off to start a sailing charter business in the U.S. Virgin Islands with just a suitcase and a couple hundred dollars in his pocket. He ran Best Day Charters successfully for six years before moving back to Tampa to become a commercial real estate broker. However, the need to be on the water and see value in the waterfront is a constant in his life. Josh the visionary and businessman combined his talents with those of his wife’s in an effort to invigorate Tampa’s best natural asset…her waterways.
Anndrea grew up in Seattle, Washington and was stationed with the Army at U.S. Central Command and brings her creative, progressive and strategic organizational abilities to Josh’s entrepreneurial pursuits. After nine years serving her country and many travels, she has her sights set on making the town she fell in love with be all it can be. Anndrea chose a business that focuses on helping others enjoy life and doing it in a way that preserves Tampa’s environment for her children and someday grandchildren.
Josh and Anndrea want to carry on the tradition of a customer-focused family-owned business. In addition to providing the best service on the water, it is their passion to help others experience and explore the city and her waterways in a clean, quiet and the most relaxing way possible. Please feel free to provide your feedback on Facebook or send an email, so we can be sure eBOATS TAMPA will live up to its promise!