Brian C. Schmitt spent his childhood fishing, boating and exploring the Florida Keys from his home in Marathon, where he lives today. He studied Marine Biology as an undergraduate and earned his Master’s degree in biology from Florida Atlantic University. In recent years he has been involved with the technical diving of blue holes in the Bahamas and underwater interactions with shark and whale congregations in the Caribbean. He is an experienced collector of nautical antiques and rare maps. Brian’s family has been involved with real estate in the Keys for more than a generation, and he currently owns Coldwell Banker, Schmitt Real Estate, the oldest and most productive real estate company in Monroe County with offices throughout the Florida Keys.