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 & communications
David Daly continues his long career in multimedia production, communications, marketing and project management as the Director of Development and Communications for the Friends, where his focus is on corporate fundraising, campaign creation, membership management 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, a national Aldo Award for Fashion Journalism, several National and NC Press Photographer awards, and national Telly and Communicator awards.
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 the first weekend in November. He serves on the Boards of the Beaufort Lions Club and Carteret County Arts Council.
mUSEUM stORE mANAGER
Sunny Ingram returned home to Beaufort where she grew up, sailing Taylor’s Creek (the cut), exploring Carrot Island, Shackelford Banks and all the waters surrounding Beaufort. Sunny’s first job was at the age of 9 helping Charles McNeill in the NC Maritime Museum on Turner Street clean the aquariums and sweeping the floors. She spent much of her young adult life on the water between New England and the Caribbean working as a delivery mate/stewardess on private yachts and sailing for pleasure.
Sunny’s professional life has been spent primarily in customer relations and sales. She spent 13 years as a Real Estate Agent in South Florida at a small boutique office, specializing in waterfront properties.
Sunny returned to North Carolina in 2009 and settled in the mountains. Upon her arrival in western North Carolina, she became a dealer of antique/vintage furniture, locally handcrafted art and jewelry. Sunny also worked as the assistant manager at a non-profit boutique thrift store which supports victims of domestic violence.
She brings to the Port of Call Museum Store a background of staff management, sales, creativity and enthusiasm. Most importantly, Sunny brings to us the love of her hometown, the maritime history and culture she grew up with and a desire to preserve and support the mission of the Friends of the Museum as well as the Maritime Museum.