Capt. Lilly graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in 1984, kicking off a dedicated career in the maritime industry. Capt. Lilly holds a Chief Mate AGT/Master 1600 GT and has been a licensed state pilot and First Class Pilot in PortMiami since 1992. During his seagoing years, Capt. Lilly served in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He also spent many years in leadership roles with the Florida Harbor Pilots Association - serving as Vice President for two years and then as President for four years. Capt. Lilly also served the Miami business community for three years as Chairman of the Seaport Alliance for the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. He enjoys his role in training and fostering professional development and leadership in a new generation of mariners by sharing a lifetime of practical knowledge passed on to him by previous generations.