Frank J. Wilem, Jr., is an entrepreneur living in Gulfport, Mississippi with his wife, Dee Dee, and daughter, Brittany. Frank’s love for the sea blossomed during his high school years at West High in Torrance, California when a friend convinced him to snorkel off Lunada Bay in Palos Verdes. When it was his turn to use the mask, one look beneath the chilly Pacific waters and he was hooked.
After graduating from Texas A&M with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, the call of the ocean led him to the University of Miami, where he earned a Masters degree in Ocean Engineering. Frank worked in the R&D departments for two Fortune 500 companies before his love of the ocean led him to join Computer Sciences Corporation at NASA’s Stennis Space Center.
He left there to become a founder of Triton Systems, Inc., which he and his partners grew into a $100 million company and the nation’s largest manufacturer of automatic teller machines. With the sale of Triton, Frank purchased his sportfish boat, Vixen, and pursued his passion for bluewater fishing. Most days he and Captain Eric Gill can be found in the northern waters of the Gulf of Mexico or the Bahamas, chasing billfish, tuna, wahoo and dolphin.
"The Keys" is Wilem’s first book and "The Pass" is its sequel. His third book in the series, "The Aral," and fourth book, "Tears of Coral," are both due to be released in fall of 2014
Frank also writes a weekly blog and a newspaper column for the Sun Herald.