Meet Our Team

Martin Bentz


Raised on the waterfront, and having grown up the son of a fisherman, Martin developed an appreciation for Maryland’s waterways at an early age. He saw first-hand the positive impact that our waterways can have on a person’s life – from providing a livelihood to the emotional benefits of being outdoors and simply enjoying it in a sustainable way. He and his wife, Nichole, are active supporters of the community and local school systems. Martin is also the CEO and Founder of ClearShark, LLC, a leading cybersecurity and IT solutions provider in Hanover, Maryland.

Nichole Bentz

Co-Founder and Executive Director

Having lived in Pasadena, Maryland for much of her life, Nichole is a long-time supporter of the local community and advocate for Maryland’s waterways. As current Anne Arundel County residents, she and her husband, Martin, share the same passion and appreciation for our waterways, and continue to value the positive impact this resource has on people’s lives. As ClearShark H2O’s Executive Director, Nichole spearheaded the creation of ClearShark H2O’s environmental youth curriculum, currently offered in five Maryland schools and created in collaboration with the Oyster Recovery Partnership.

Mike Hatcher

Director of Marketing

Since ClearShark H2O’s inception, Mike has played an integral role in building the ClearShark H2O brand and raising awareness about its programs and community initiatives. As Director of Marketing, Mike focuses on new business development, generating sponsorships, executing promotions, and creating brand awareness for ClearShark H2O. Raised on the waterfront in Anne Arundel County, his passion for creating a positive impact on the local community and Maryland’s waterways is the driving force behind his work with ClearShark H2O. Mike is also the Managing Partner for PYY Marine and founder of ItsaWaterLife, a branding and marketing company focused on the marine industry.

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