Without another job lined up, he resigned. "I actually just quit to not be unhappy anymore," the 27-year-old told CNBC.
As a stopgap measure, Flotteron took a summer job with a wakeboarding school in Sag Harbor, New York, where he had worked during high school and college. He figured the three-month gig would allow him time to figure out his next step while doing something he loved. Flotteron had grown up on Long Island, teaching wakeboarding and captaining charter boats in the Hamptons to pay for college.
Recreational boating is a $5.8 billion-a-year industry in New York, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, with approximately 10 percent of revenues coming from the eastern part of Long Island. But Flotteron noticed that companies on Long Island were so focused on customers in the Hamptons, that the growing tourist population on the North Fork was underserved. He saw an opportunity, and at the end of August 2012, Flotteron decided to strike out on his own.