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Ikelite Remembers Tom Kepler
1936 - 2013
Ikelite mourns the loss of one of our Founding Fathers, Thomas Kepler.
Tom was Ike's first employee, an active diver, dive instructor and photographer. Many of his earliest days at work were spent polishing the mold that would be used to produce the world's first reliable underwater flashlight.
Tom became manager of our Indianapolis dive store, Divers Supply, helping to build it into one of the top dive shops in the country during the 1970s. Tom used his experience in managing a dive store to establish programs which reinforced Ikelite's commitment to strengthening the dive community.
As Ikelite grew, Tom got involved in our assembly and product development processes. He ultimately assumed the position of Vice President and Sales Manager, which he held until his retirement in 2008. During this time Tom established a network of sales representatives within the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, and expanded Ikelite's dealer network throughout these territories. Through courses and training materials he created, Ikelite became known for actively promoting education in underwater photography and videography.
Tom's experience and professionalism helped us to become who we are now. He is deeply missed, yet his presence is still felt.
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