Director of Operations
Brent Creelman became involved as a Museum volunteer while helping with The Friends’ Junior Sailing Program many years ago, bringing with him 25 years of experience in the boating and summer camp industries. After college Brent was an administrator at Maine Waterways, a wilderness tripping camp on the coast of Maine, and then had The Sailing Place (boat rentals, charter, lessons, etc.) in Atlantic Beach for 15 years prior to coming to work for The Friends.
The Friends hired Brent in 2001 as Boat Program Coordinator, overseeing the boating related programs that The Friends administer in support of the Museum, including the Boat Donation Program, developing additional programming, and overseeing Friends’ owned properties.
In April of 2003 Brent was appointed Executive Director of The Friends by the Board of Directors. He manages the Friends of the Museum offices, oversees the membership, development, and Museum support staff and coordinates and supervises the Museum’s Boating Programs and related activities administered by the Friends of the Museum.
In the spring of 2009 Brent’s title was changed to Director of Operations to better reflect the duties he has in running the non-profit and administering museum program support.
Director of Development
David Daly continues his long career in multimedia production, communications and project management as the new Director of Development for the Friends, where he will focus on corporate fundraising and communications. He is no stranger to the area, having been born and raised in New Bern, returning to the Crystal Coast in 2015 via career stops in Charlotte and Chapel Hill.
Speaking of Chapel Hill, David has a long history with his alma mater, UNC-CH. He was team manager for the Tar Heels basketball team, cutting down the national championship nets his senior year, produced Coach Dean Smith’s television show as well as several documentaries about the program, and was the director of Blue Heaven, The Carolina Basketball Museum. He also authored the book One To Remember, recounting that legendary 1982 Tar Heels season, written several published articles and is a frequent speaker/historian regarding the Carolina Basketball program.
David’s television career has taken him from the eye of the storm with the famous Hurricane Hunters to the side of a 30-story building washing windows and almost everywhere in between. He has managed diverse clients such as NASCAR and ACC Basketball, Bank of America and Sunbelt Rentals, and even locally for Don Lee Camp & Retreat Center. Along the way, he has been honored with several awards including 2 regional Emmys.
An avid runner, David logs many miles in and around Beaufort, and also directs the popular Beaufort Bridge Run, put on by the Lions Club in November.
mUSEUM stORE mANAGER
Francoise Boardman will join the Friends of the Museum staff in February 2022, continuing her role as Museum Store Manager. The Friends take over operation of the Store on February 1, 2022 with a renewed focus on providing quality maritime and coastal merchandise to not only Museum visitors young and old, but also to the surrounding community residents. The 2022 goal of the ‘new’ Museum Store will be to become a go to destination for visitors and shoppers along Front Street, Beaufort and beyond. Francoise will continue to be responsible for management of operations, merchandise and supervision of part time clerks in the Museum Store. She has a B.A. in Biology from the College of Charleston, has taught Horticulture, and has a broad depth of retail experience. Francoise has been a member of the Beaufort Maritime Museum staff since 2014.