Growing up living on and near the water, ClearShark H2O’s co-founders, Martin and Nichole Bentz, saw first-hand the many benefits Maryland’s waterways offered to the community. They understood the importance of protecting it, which inspired the founding of ClearShark H2O and its focus on connecting the community to its waterways. Realizing that not all residents have the same opportunity to access the waterway to develop this appreciation, ClearShark H2O has focused its environmental educational programs on inspiring locals through hands-on programming.
ClearShark H2O is the first initiative of ClearShark Charitable Foundation, a non-profit established by Martin and Nichole. Martin is also the CEO and Founder of ClearShark, LLC, a leading cybersecurity and IT solutions provider in Hanover, Maryland. Nichole, the Executive Director of ClearShark H2O, enjoyed a successful career in the IT field at Northrop Grumman prior to focusing her work on ClearShark H2O full-time.
ClearShark H2O is a small local grassroots organization comprised of several volunteers, one part-time paid educator, and high school/college interns. The volunteers include educators from Anne Arundel County Public Schools, local business owners, and current/retired business professionals.