Karen grew up in the family boatyard. She was constantly on the water during her childhood. Karen's first paid job was at a neighborhood boatyard, as well as the unpaid labor at the family boatyard and sail loft. Within a week of graduation she joined the Maryland State Police where her career spanned 22 years and numerous assignments across the State. Being a detail oriented person with a tenacious attitude, she specialized in investigations for most of her State Police career. Even before retirement, Karen inspected boats with her dad, Chuck. Karen holds a 50 ton USCG Merchant Mariner (Captain) credential and is rated for sailing and towing.
In her spare time, Karen races sailboats and Chesapeake Bay Log Canoes and enjoys fishing and boating. Her family has been sailing worldwide for generations. Her daughter, Kate is a knowledgeable seaman and helps with the business when not at school or traveling. Haus is pretty worthless but he is great company.
Chuck Wiley, Founder retired as a Certified Marine Surveyor with the National Association of Accredited Marine Surveyors and an Accredited Marine Surveyor with the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors after turning the helm over to Karen. Chuck founded Anchor Marine in 1979. Chuck designed and built yachts with his Dad in Oxford, Maryland at the Wiley Shipyard (known as Cutts and Case these days). Chuck was a US Merchant Marine and sailed the world in that capacity. He attended the Westlawn School of Naval Architecture before becoming the Superintendent of Nevins Yacht Yard in the 1950's. He owned Ulmer Sails in Annapolis with his wife Beryl Ulmer Wiley. Chuck was in the Naval Reserves and taught at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.