Randy Repass is founder of West Marine, Inc. and an affiliated director. He served as the Company’s chief executive officer, from 1968 to April 1995 and from July 1998 to November 1998 and as president, from 1968 to 1990 and from August 1993 to March 1994. Mr. Repass also served as board chair from the Company’s inception to May 2015. Mr. Repass graduated from Duke University with a BSEE in 1966 and began his career in engineering and marketing with Fairchild Semiconductor. In 1973, he founded Semiconductor Engineering Associates, specializing in programming of computer-controlled testers for complex integrated circuits. Earnings from this business provided the initial financing for West Marine.
In 1968, Mr. Repass founded West Coast Ropes, later to be renamed West Marine, a mail order purveyor of quality three-strand rope. The first retail store was opened in Palo Alto, CA in 1975.
Mr. Repass has also served as commodore of the Santa Cruz Yacht Club, a director and president of Sail America, the US sailing industry association, and a director of the National Marine Manufacturers Association. Mr. Repass' boating background includes dinghy and club racing, coastal cruising in New England, the Northwest and Mexico, and several ocean races to Mexico and Hawaii. He has cruised extensively with family in the Pacific Northwest aboard a traditional New England lobster yacht and in the South Pacific, Far East and Europe aboard a performance passage-making sailboat. As Co-chair of Action Pajaro Valley, he was active in collaborative planning for the area. For many years he has been and remains active in marine conservation for the benefit of the marine environment and fishers. Mr. Repass currently serves as director for the Golden Gate Salmon Association and Ocean Champions and serves as a member of the Leadership Council for Joint Ocean Commission Initiative.