Maritime Employment
Our Crew

Rick Ely
Cell (251) 545-1639

Rick Ely, the founder and president of Compass Marine Inc., has been working specifically in marine industry finding ideal positions for mariners for over twenty (20) years. While working for other employment agencies, Rick began to see the fallacy of so-called headhunters. Hence, Rick founded Compass Marine embracing these principles. He attributes the success of Compass Marine to adhering to those principles and a lot of hard work.


Jocelyn Ely

Ten years ago I started my career in the maritime industry, and from day one I have truly enjoyed helping individuals find not just a job, but solid advancements in their career. I take my time to find out the needs of each individual from both the applicant and the boat companies. If there is anything that I can do to help assist you in your employment needs, please feel free to contact me. I look forward to the opportunity in assisting you

Bre Hanenkrat
(251) 209-1653 cell

Combined, I have over eight years’ experience in the recruiting industry, five of which has been solely focused in the Oilfield and Maritime Industries. I strive for the satisfaction of applicants by placing them with highly reputable companies, to begin a fulfilling long lasting maritime career. I look forward to doing business with you and assisting you with any questions that you may have!

Pat Senna
(251) 635-6537 cell

I am originally from Tuscaloosa, Alabama and grew up dreaming of life on the water. I planned on becoming a marine biologist, and living my life sailing the Seven Seas. I took several detours from that original plan, but finally got my shot when I married the daughter of a shrimp boat Captain in Bayou La Batre, AL. I became a deckhand at age 35, and the fun started. After 3 years working with my father in law, I had enough sea time to study for my Captain’s license. In 2007 I got my first issue, and Compass Marine helped me secure my first job in the oil field. In seven years I ran on 8 different vessels ranging from 110-150’. I ran production, construction, dive ops, survey, and inspection jobs. I worked exclusively in the GOM, and navigated Ports from Aransas Pass, TX to Mobile, AL.

Because I spent several years of my life at sea, away from my family, I appreciate the sacrifices one has to make to earn a living as a mariner. I always conduct myself in a professional manner that emphasizes the needs of the seaman I place. We take pride in finding the right opportunities for the applicants we present. I want to secure employment with companies that will not only provide income, but also lead to advancement of your license and skills. I make myself available seven days a week, and I will always make time for you!

Soquel Kelley

I have recently joined the recruiting industry this year with no prior experience in the recruiting business, however I’ve quickly caught on. I am focused and have a positive attitude. I’m very excited to continue growing in this company while helping others with their journey in searching for careers.

Melinda Smith
(Office) 251-973-1828

I am responsible for the day to day bookkeeping for the office and payroll for each client that is placed for employment by our recruiting staff. Life events such as changing jobs can be stressful, and I look forward to assisting you in your endeavors to secure a future for you. I recently joined Compass Marine after working in the auto collision repair industry for twelve years. I knew that I wanted to work in an office from a very young age. I love numbers. I love people. The combination of my two loves gives me the opportunity to assist you with questions or concerns that you may have during this life event. Moving into the maritime industry seemed like a natural choice as I have been around water my entire life. My childhood was spent around the Mississippi River, Tennessee River and Kentucky Lake. Upon my marriage to a Coast Guardsman, I moved to the Eastern Shore of Virginia and fell in love with the Chesapeake Bay area. After spending twelve years in the Tidewater/Chesapeake Bay area, I came to an area called Mobile and instantly knew this was my home for life. My heart was filled with same feeling after meeting Rick and Jocelyn Ely; my home for life. We enjoy what we do and we look forward to working with you.





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