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We are proud to introduce the Ocean First Ambassador Program! Our ambassadors have been chosen to represent the Ocean First brand, mission, and image because they share the same vision and ethos for experiencing and preserving our marine habitats. 

 

Drew Herrick

Drew Herrick

Ocean First Ambassador

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Drew is an experienced freediving instructor and underwater photography enthusiast.  He uses his background as an outdoor educator to teach people more about themselves, increase their confidence in the water, and replace fear and misunderstanding of the ocean with wonder and compassion.  He hopes to create more advocates for ocean conservation while promoting the sport of freediving.  When he’s not in the water, you can find him running and biking the trails of Colorado or planning his next diving adventure.

Rhonda Ahrens

Rhonda Ahrens

Ocean First Ambassador

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A California beach raised woman landlocked in Colorado. Rhonda has a husband, two teenage kids - all SSI Rescue Diver certified. In addition to the people in her family she has  two rescue mutts Boomer and Bo. She has been diving since attending UCSD in the 80’s. Rhonda enjoys adventure travel, ocean conservation, and preserving our planet for her children and future generations.  Her favorite spots to dive are the Caribbean and Indonesia, though she learned in cold water off the Channel Islands of CA. Besides diving she enjoys rowing crew on the Boulder Reservoir early mornings April through October, fostering puppies for a local rescue group, watching her kids play sports, reading, drinking wine, cooking and working hard to live every day to the fullest.

Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

Ocean First Ambassador

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Ben Higgins is best known from season 20 of ABC’s hit series, “The Bachelor,” where he opened himself up to
millions of viewers, giving them the chance to truly get to know him. The opportunity ultimately led to an enhanced platform that he now uses to share what he is most passionate about with others – his faith, his hope for humanity and his love of sports.

Born and raised in Winona Lake, IN, Ben currently resides in Denver, CO, where he moved after graduating from Indiana University in 2012. Since “The Bachelor,” Ben has been keeping up with a number of projects with the help of some of his closest friends.

Most importantly, Ben co-founded Generous International, a for purpose company dedicated to contributing profits to social issues around the world, starting with a cup of coffee. With a vision to change the way society thinks of consumer products, all Generous merchandise is designed specifically to create and multiply good in the world. Whether creating jobs, feeding children or improving education, it begins with giving back in order to build a world that we all want to live in.

Ben stays connected with his loyal Bachelor following with his iHeartMedia podcast, “Almost Famous,” which he co-hosts with his friend and former Bachelor contestant, Ashley Iaconetti. With over 80 million downloads, it’s the perfect destination for fans to get an inside perspective on the popular franchise as they break down the current Bachelor season in addition to discussing pop culture, offering relationship advice and allowing listeners to keep up with their personal lives.

In 2018, Ben partnered with nationally recognized chef Daniel Asher and the team at Culinary Creative Group to open his first restaurant venture Ash ‘Kara in Denver, Co. Ash ‘Kara is a globally inspired restaurant with influences from Israel, the Middle East, and Mesopotamia. Ash ‘Kara which is Hebrew street slang for “totally!” or “right on!” explores the continuous evolution of Israeli cuisine with ingredients and flavors from across Europe and North Africa including Yemen, Syria, Morocco, Egypt, Turkey and Spain into a menu of shareable items from Ash ‘Kara’s wood-fired oven.

Salome Buglass

Salome Buglass

Ocean First Ambassador

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Salome’s marine science career began when she volunteered as a reef-check diver in Trinidad and Tobago. The experience led her to quit her job in marketing and pursue a MSc at the University of British Columbia (UBC) to investigate the impact of climate change on Tobago’s coastal coral reefs. After graduating she moved to Galapagos, Ecuador, to work as a marine scientist at the Charles Darwin Research Station, where she has been working on several applied projects that support the management of the Galapagos Marine Reserve. These include the first characterization of deep-sea ecosystems in the Galapagos, evaluating the effectiveness of the no-take reserves, and monitoring sub-tidal coastal ecosystems.

Salome was recently a recipient of a National Geographic Early Career Grant to lead a pioneer study using small remotely operated vehicles to explore seamount ecosystems known to be key fishing sites for the Galapagos artisanal fleet. Her most extraordinary finding was serendipitously discovering a new species of deep-water kelp with associated kelp-engineered habitat for the Galapagos Archipelago. To answer some of the many questions about this mysterious kelp forest Salome began a PhD in January 2020 at UBC. She aims to describe this new ecosystem and investigate its ecological role in the archipelago. Salome is also training to become a technical diver to enable her to dive deeper and study the kelp forest at close hand and collect better data.

Salome believes healthy ocean and land resources are essential for the planet and human well-being. She is aware that solving most of today’s environmental challenges requires an interdisciplinary approach, education and effective science communication. Thus, her goals are to explore understudied deep-sea systems and the use of creative ways to heighten public understanding about the existence of these remote and rarely seen ecosystems. She is also committed to crossing the diversity divide. “In the end we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught” -- Baba Dioum 1986

Mishka

Mishka

Ocean First Ambassador

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Born in Bermuda and raised in the Caribbean, Mishka is a traveler and a sailor at heart. A free spirit, whose lyrics melodies and grooves, are reflections of the roots and culture in which he grew, Mishka’s music is Caribbean at the core, and yet it's an eclectic sound that contains many elements and genres. From bass heavy roots reggae, to mellow acoustic ballads, songs of love, songs of social justice and consciousness, you have to hear for yourself and experience the music.

With 20 years of touring and recording under his belt, Mishka has seen many aspects of the music industry. From London to Hollywood, he has been on both major and independent labels, and his songs have been featured on sound tracks in films and t.v. all over the globe. Now fully independent, he continues to write and record, releasing titles on his own Mishka Music label. Mishka has released six full length Albums to date including the eponymous Mishka in 1999, One Tree in 2005, Above the Bones in 2009, Talk About in 2010, The Journey in 2013, Roots Fidelity 2015, and EP’s Anything Anytime Anywhere in 2012 Ocean Is My Potion in 2013 all of which have received critical acclaim around the world. In 2009, Mishka released a special digital only collection of acoustic songs entitled Guy With a Guitar which iTunes named the Best Singer Songwriter Collection of The Year.

Mishka’s released have charted around the globe including three releases reaching #1 spot on Billboard Magazine’s Reggae Chart. Mishka continues to tour extensively both solo and with his band playing clubs, theaters, and festivals all over America, Canada, Europe, Hawaii, and Japan.

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