Deep Blue Submarines is led by a team of experienced, accomplished entrepreneurs with a proven track record building successful businesses across a range of industries. We are committed to executing our vision to create the most memorable and enriching excursion in the Caribbean - an adventure for tourists and a living laboratory for researchers to broaden their understanding of the marine world and deepen their appreciation for just how remarkable and fragile our ocean ecosystem is.
Dr. Edmund Kwoka - Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Edmund Kwoka has a successful track record of over 30 years as an entrepreneur and executive leader in the Consultative Business Industry, Marketing, and Operations Management. His experience varies across numerous industry sectors including Aviation, Healthcare, Technology, Finance, Manufacturing, and Telecommunications. Ed completed his undergraduate degree at Thomas Edison University in Applied Science and Technologies, graduated Summa Cum Laude from Drexel University's LeBow College of Business with an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, and graduated top of his class with a Doctorate in Business Administration from Drexel University.
He is a specialist in launching and managing new businesses, recovering distressed businesses, and has several successful mergers and acquisitions for which he has been responsible. His projects have included Geopolitical Risk Analysis for several large organizations, Market Entry Analysis for domestic and foreign organizations, Organizational Transformation and Strategic Planning.
Currently, Ed provides executive-level consulting to local and national organizations focused on Business Process Improvement, Design Thinking, Agile Transformations, and Geometric Strategic Planning. His strong business, finance, and analytical skills are put to use both professionally and for non-profit and governmental organizations.
Ed previously served as Chairman and member of the Board of Directors and currently sits on the board for the City of Fort Lauderdale Aviation Advisory Board, previous member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce and co-chair to the City of Fort Lauderdale Infrastructure Task Force.
He resides in Fort Lauderdale with his wife Sandy and enjoys time with his two grown sons, Steven and Alex. Ed also enjoys spending time with his granddaughter Lily. Ed is an accomplished professional pilot of both fixed wing and helicopters and also enjoys boating and traveling.
Mitchell Schultz - Vice President
Mitchell Schultz comes to Deep Blue Submarines with more than 40 years of entrepreneurial experience. Much of that has been devoted to the decorating products industry, where as owner of D. Schultz Interiors, he has grown a venerated, 100-year-old design firm into a Philadelphia-area institution. In his capacity leading the organization, he has had full responsibility for the company’s retail sales, wholesale distribution and manufacturing performance.
He also serves as president of OFB Contract/Office Furniture Barn, a Pennsylvania office furniture dealer that provides a variety of hardgoods to the business industry. In a related effort, Mitch also founded a successful commercial painting and wall covering contracting firm, a complementary business that leveraged his design expertise and business acumen.
Beyond this, Mitch has served as a systems consultant specializing in Digital Equipment Corp hardware and a range of software products, and he has been involved in multiple business turnaround operations and liquidations while serving as an asset recovery and remarketing specialist for a number of financial institutions.
As proud as Mitch is of these accomplishments, what’s nearest to his heart is the Captain Samuel Schultz Memorial Award at Penn State University. The award is in honor of Mitch’s son Sam, who was one of four Marines killed in a military helicopter crash during a training exercise in 2018.
Mitch attended the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University with an emphasis on Finance. He is a pilot, sailor and car collector who enjoys traveling, theater and concerts – all activities that he shares with his wife Julie and son Eric.