As Owner/Operators of two separate, award-winning boat tour companies in downtown Providence, Kristin McGinn, Thomas McGinn and Matthew Haynes formed a partnership and established the Providence Kayak Co. in the spring of 2017. With a combined forty-eight years of experience navigating the beautiful waters of the Ocean State, we were confident that we could offer quality watersport rentals in an otherwise untapped urban setting. Our extensive, first-hand knowledge of marine operations, marketing, and customer service has proven to be invaluable in successfully managing and growing the business over the last four years.
With three decades of experience as a small business owner, Kristin’s business acumen and exceptional customer service is second to none. Presently the Co-owner of the Providence River Boat Company and the Providence Kayak Co., Kristin excels at marketing, organization, and employee management. Her enthusiasm is infectious, and she is continuously striving to improve our customer experience and streamline operations. As the majority shareholder in the corporation, Kristin proudly certified Providence Kayak as a Minority/Woman Owned Business with the State of Rhode Island in 2021.
Thomas, widely known as “Captain Tom,” offers his extensive experience as a Rhode Island boater and US Coast Guard licensed Master of Vessels. Tom is currently the Treasurer of the Providence Kayak Co. and Co-owner of the Providence River Boat Co., celebrating its 30th year in business in 2021. His proficiency in vessel maintenance, USCG regulations and dock operations is immeasurable, and passenger safety while underway is paramount.
Matthew (“Marcello”) rounds out our management team with 22 years of rowing experience as the current Owner and Head Gondolier at La Gondola Providence, and Co-owner of the Providence Kayak Co. In addition to helping manage the daily operations at Providence Kayak, Matthew is our proficient tour guide, offering his extensive knowledge of the historical Providence waterways. The long-standing success of La Gondola is a testament to Matt’s easy-going nature and superior interpersonal skills.