Aggressor Adventures has announced diving industry veteran Jeff McNutt as its new Assistant Operations Manager. Jeff’s responsibilities will span staff recruitment and training, purchasing and quality control.
“We are thrilled to have industry pro Jeff McNutt joining our Aggressor Adventures team,” said Aggressor Chairman and CEO Wayne Brown. “Jeff has a fantastic reputation within the diving industry, and we cannot wait to see what he does as part of the Aggressor family.”
In this new role, Jeff will oversee the recruitment of adventure staff as well as training across Aggressor’s portfolio of destinations the world over. He will support the planning and budgeting for dry docks and serve as on-site management for yacht dry dock projects and assist in sourcing destination products and parts, along with confirming installations as a part of his purchasing responsibilities.
To ensure quality control, Jeff will visit each destination and complete quality inspections to ensure everything is running up to Aggressor’s strict standards for safety and guest enjoyment. He will also assist in creating enhancements and revisions to Aggressor’s Standard Operating Procedures, and other operational documents, based on his experiences in the field.
Jeff will also visit potential new destinations and evaluate for suitability for Aggressor standards. Additionally, he will join each new destination during its ‘start-up’ month to provide staff training and ensure Aggressor’s quality standards. Jeff will simultaneously serve as the resident mechanical expert, assisting destination staff as questions or issues arise.
“I have been passionate about diving for over 24 years now and am so excited to join this team of like-minded enthusiasts that is just as dedicated to elevating adventure travel as it is to preserving the beautiful destinations it explores daily,” says McNutt. “I can’t wait to ‘dive in’ to each of every one of Aggressor’s unique adventures very soon.”
Jeff grew up in Texas and became a Dive Pro while attending Stephen F Austin State University. He moved to Dallas after college, where he managed a dive centre, later moving to work as a dive instructor in the British Virgin Islands with his wife, Casey. Together, the McNutts spent two years as general managers before becoming partners in Dive BVI on Virgin Gorda. After 14 years in the BVIs, the McNutts moved back to the US, and in 2017 he began traveling the Caribbean as a sales manager for SSI. Jeff enjoys the outdoors, boating and photography.