30 years as Capt in the Bering Sea, Jack brings a lifetime of leadership skills honed from the far reaches of human endurance. Living beyond surviving, but thriving, the real life challenges to stay alive and produce, while minimizing drama and injury. Jack will entertain and enlighten you.
Jack gave a 45minute talk and slide show regarding his experiences as Captain of a commercial fishing boat in the Arctic. Included were inspirational events Jack experienced in the Arctic. Since that time our Country Club has introduced a program to bring in other speakers who would be as inspirational and interesting as Jack Molan--what a wonderful story he tells.
Captain Jack was throughly entertaining while sharing his vast knowledge and experiences of the Bering Sea. Fascinating evening.
Jack regaled us with his experiences while at the helm leading his crew through some of the most treacherous seas on Earth and the commensurately impossible situations that come with them. Foolish, impatient or imprudent decisions can lead to the inevitable and unimaginable, and while Jack deftly described and explained what happened or could have happened, you could have heard a pin drop. He of course supports his riveting stories with pictures and videos -- and like he says, you can't make this sh** up!! And some of it is quite hilarious, by the way.
Jack is a masterful photographer, capturing breathtaking shots of wildlife UP CLOSE, and his talented daughter contributes her film making talents, making the visual aspects of his presentation just as vivid and animated as his stories.
Despite this bombastic description of Captain Jack's talk, I can tell you that I don't believe I've ever met a man as humble, self deprecating, reflective and kind. You'll know exactly what I mean when you have the opportunity to engage him and become acquainted.
What a wonderful evening my wife and I had when we went to hear Captain Jack speak. My only regret is that his presentation didn't last longer. One hour plus with Jack is not nearly enough time. His stories of being a sea captain in the Gulf of Alaska were captivating. His photography is absolutely amazing. Seeing hundreds of Bald Eagles very close was breathtaking. Pictures of fishing ships in very rough seas while being ice encrusted presented a visual reality of the dangers of fishing in Alaska. There were 8 year olds through 70 year olds in attendance and all were captivated by Jack's presentation. His question and answer secession was every bit as good as his presentation.
If I take my time to listen to a speaker, I want to be captivated on subject matter. Capt’n Jack fit the bill wonderfully!
Bringing you the Wild and “Dangerous World of the Bering Sea “ was one of the most interesting presentations I have ever listened to.
I liked the way he did his power point, comparing it to life challenges we face. Jack was to the point, without getting off subject matter and rambling as some presentations I have attended have been.
If you have an opportunity to listen to Capt’n Jack, don’t pass it up! You will be transported to the Wild Kingdom of the Bering Sea; totally fascinating!!
When Captain Jack spoke, the people in the room were riveted. They almost held their breath waiting for the next story - the next amazing tale of true adventure. Wonderful. Truly one of the best speakers I've heard on the excitement of the north, and the frightening nature of the Bering Sea.
Jack is so much more than a ship's captain, though he was very much just that, a fishing boat Captain, who was entrusted literally with the lives of his crew for many years.
Jack is an incredibly gifted photographer - wildlife: eagles, whales, bears, oh my!
In spite of, or maybe because of, Jack is a gifted writer. I read thru his "Can't Make this Stuff Up" in one sitting because I couldn't but it down.
Add to the list raconteur. Jack can tell spell-binding tales primarily because he has experience them in his bones.
Finally - Jack is a good person.
Yeah, good people, can/do finish first on my list.
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Come aboard as Captain Jack reveals his wild and dangerous world in the Bering and Arctic Seas. Experience complications with other boats, ferocious winters, how he managed to keep his boat and crew safe in hurricane force winds, and still bring in the best possible catch. Captain Jack gives an honest account of how he managed his personal struggles as well as dealt with difficult deckhands and crazy captains to become a respected leader in the icy northern waters. You’ll love the adventure and come away with leadership strategies to empower your own life.
Starting as a greenhorn deckhand on the Columbia, a 123-foot Marco fishing boat, in the king crab boom era of 1980, he rose to captain in 1987. Captain Jack ran the Columbia until 2013, fishing year-round in brutal winters and long summers. After 2013, he ran Norseman II, the research vessel, in ice-covered Arctic waters. His last few years found him running the Aleutian Ballad and Cornelia Maria during summers to give their famous captains on the “Deadliest Catch” TV show a much-needed break. Today, Jack uses his charisma and incredible photography to thrill audiences of all ages.
You Can't Make This Stuff Up will take you on a ride you'll never forget.
"I've known Jack my whole life, and he was never known to let a little [B.S.] get in the way of a GREAT story. But sometimes, to quote Jack himself, ‘You can't make this stuff up!’"
~Captain Casey McManus, Cornelia Marie, featured on “The Deadliest Catch”
“Jack Molan eloquently and expertly brings to life that of a captain in the Bering Sea
~Captain Mike Storey, Pegasus
“Thanks, Captain Jack! What a great story. It gave me goosebumps because I felt like I was in the wheelhouse, too.” (regarding acceptance of “Wicked Winter Night” for publication)
~Cory Lowe, editor Grundéns USA
“I always enjoyed fishing alongside Captain Jack, a top-notch performer who made it look easy in a tough environment—always ready and available if a boat was in trouble and as elusive as ever when the bite was on. So glad [he was] an ally and not a foe!”
~Captain Howard Malcom, from the wheelhouse of the Northern Patriot
“Jack Molan is known to his fellow captains as an excellent fisherman who is open-minded and wishes success for all...I relished his comradery and his excitement for the thrill of the kill!”
~Captain Gary Hanson, from the wheelhouse of the Golden Dawn
“Jack stands [out] in my mind as one of the captains [who]...thought outside of the box to…[harvest]...fish in the most efficient way and deliver the highest quality product. He was a pleasure to work with and always presented a positive attitude in a high-stress environment.”
~Dave Abbasian, Western Alaska Operations, Trident Seafoods Corporation
“I have...watched [Jack] turn young greenhorns into seasoned deckhands, and [those] deckhands into old salts. Combine that with a lifetime on the water and surfing in... many countries, [Jack is] truly a waterman’s waterman. The Bering Sea is not the same without Jack in it.”
~Captain Jim Howard
“For years I had the pleasure of working alongside Capt. Jack Molan and his lovely wife, Joanne. We looked forward to having Capt. Jack come alongside to offload his catch because his fish were the best we ever processed. Also, he always saved three to four…king salmon for me to smoke! I’m retired now, and I miss those summer days visiting with…Joanne and Capt. Jack. We have a lot of sea stories to tell.”
~Captain Joe Pirak