Who is Sea Threads?

Sea Threads started out when a couple of college students brainstormed a way to create the most sustainable clothing possible, while providing a means for people who wore the product to actually make a measurable impact on environment. We did our research and started working with companies that made clothing from post-consumer plastic bottles. We were pleasantly surprised to feel how soft and comfortable they actually were. But that was just the start.

While we loved putting recycled material to good use, there was still a bigger problem we wanted to address: ocean plastic.

While other brands utilize post-consumer plastic collected from your curb, Sea Threads is tackling the pollution actively harming our coastal and marine ecosystems. Virtually all of the plastic ever produced still remains on Earth, so removing it from our oceans isn’t enough. We go a step further by repurposing ocean plastic into clothing that is incredibly breathable, moisture wicking and UV protective. That is why Sea Threads has partnered with Oceanworks(R) to manufacture 100% Certified Ocean Plastic fabrics.

Meet the Team

Founder/CEO

Dylan Cross

Keith Nugent
Chief Marketing Officer

Keith Nugent

Adviser

Jarin Eisenberg

Financial Coordinator

Scott Dainton

Founder/CEO

Dylan Cross

During his time at Florida Tech, Dylan studied the regional environments of the Indian River Lagoon and Key West as well as abroad in the Galapagos and Cuba. 

Dylan’s year and a half as a marine biology major made a profound impact on his career path. He was inspired to shift gears toward a Bachelors in Business and Environmental Studies instead, which equipped him with the knowledge he needed to start Sea Threads. While still making sure to enjoy the ocean in his free time, Dylan now aims to influence others through sustainable business practices and vision to revolutionize the apparel industry with his ocean plastic innovations.

Chief Marketing Officer

Keith Nugent

With a background in Aerospace Engineering from Florida Tech and a passion for business strategy, Keith has helped businesses of all sizes, from startups to Fortune 500 companies, to set and achieve their goals. He connected with Sea Threads in the company’s early days, and in 2020 began working with Dylan to craft the company strategy and lead the marketing team.

While head of research development, and innovation with L3Harris Electronic Systems Division, he received an excellence award for leading innovation and collaboration for the internal technology accelerator and led the initiative to create the first-ever company-wide innovation platform that partnered innovators with key business leaders around the globe.

Adviser

Jarin Eisenberg

Jarin R. Eisenberg is the COO for Groundswell Startups, a nonprofit high-tech incubator and coworking space in Melbourne, FL. Jarin has over 10 years of experience in grass-roots community development and was previously the Executive Director of Melbourne Main Street where she worked to build public private partnerships to revitalize Downtown Melbourne. During her time there she helped facilitate over 100 million dollars in new developments, founded the Downtown Melbourne Food & Wine Festival and implemented the Melbourne Mural Project bringing over 14 large scales murals to the district. She holds a Master’s Degree in Sociology from the University of South Florida where she studied the impact educational policy has on students’ ability to acquire social and cultural capital. Since then she has published articles focusing on the benefits of providing non-traditional students access to experiential learning as well as gender differences in information technology degree programs, in addition to publications on the structural barriers women face in the workplace. Having worked at the Women’s Business Center at Florida Tech, Jarin has experience working with small business owners as well as non-profit organizations. She was the 2016 recipient of Lead Brevard’s 4 under 40 award.

Financial Coordinator

Scott Dainton

Scott was the Managing Director and Head of Debt Capital Markets for ING, Americas NY until 2018 when he retired. His primary responsibilities included managing the origination, structuring and distribution of US private placements, both internationally and domestically, as well as overseeing ING’s public debt capital platform. He was a member of ING’s Financial Markets Management Team in the Americas as well as a member of the NY Underwriting Committee and the global DCM Commitments Committee. Earlier in his career Scott worked for SPP Capital Partners, a boutique investment bank, specializing in debt and equity private placements, as well as bank financings. In another lifetime Scott was a professional actor, appearing in the Broadway National Tours of “Cats”, “Me and My Girl” and “Annie” as well as regional theater, background film work, television and Radio City Music Hall. He once sang the national anthem at Wrigley Field!

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