Our Focus is Boating Industry Clients

Steve Ward Media, LLC is an advertising agency based in Texas.  We specialize in helping our boating industry clients grow and thrive.  We employ advanced techniques in digital marketing and audience intelligence to help clients sell more and find great leads.  Our deep industry experience allows us to bring unique, powerful options to all boating industry businesses.

What We Believe

We believe water can be energizing, mysterious and invigorating.  We especially believe that sailing brings joy and a special connection to nature (and world history) to people all over.  We believe that water is life-giving and is a great place to make a living, have fun or both! 

We envision a world with more happiness, fulfillment and business success on the water.  We help our clients to achieve this.  

Why do we do this?:  We love the water and enjoy sharing that love with others.  We are energized by helping others enjoy boating.  We believe that water has a magical quality and holds a special place in the history of humanity.  Water brings people together and connects us in incredibly diverse and wonderful ways.  

Our Mission

Our mission is to improve the lives of our customers by helping them to enjoy and thrive on the water, through sailing trips for consumers and through business growth for our maritime advertising clients who make their living on the water.  

We strive to apply our skills to bring fun and enjoyment to retail customers on our sailing charters in Austin and beyond.

We strive to help boating industry clients grow, increase revenue and thrive on the water through high quality advertising with fantastic results.

Values & Company DNA

  • We value honesty and integrity
  • We would rather lose money than be dishonest and make a killing
  • We believe in giving a fair deal
  • We err on the side of generosity and fairness
  • We are in this business because of a higher calling, not just to make a buck
  • We believe all people can contribute
  • We believe in taking business risks and trying new, innovative ways to do things
  • We believe in giving our best and that making mistakes is ok and human
  • We take seriously our special duty to care for and protect our clients from physical dangers on the water on our boating charters
  • We admit our mistakes and are upfront about them with clients and ourselves
  • We go out of our way to make things right

Experience & Background

Our founder, Steve Ward, has excelled in a variety of high level jobs, including Chase Manhattan Bank, Boeing and Dell Technologies

Additionally, Steve has been a lifelong boater,  inspired by his father who introduced him to sailing on Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans, La.  

Steve combined a passion for all things boating with business and marketing know-how.  He brings a unique expertise to marine industry clients seeking outrageous results from their Google Advertising.

Boating & Marketing Highlights and Accomplishments:

    • Owner of sailATX a charter sailing and education company in Texas
    • Graduate of The Chapman School of Seamanship, Professional Mariner program (valedictorian)
    • Sailing Blog and Sailing Podcast
    • ASA and US Sailing Certified Instructor 
    • Lake and Ocean Racer
    • Volunteer, Trainer and Youth Sailing Coach
    • Google Ads Certified

Steve Ward

Founder, CEO

Steve Ward is an entrepreneur and business owner living in Austin, TX. Born and raised in New Orleans, Steve made his way to Austin after stops in New York City and Houston. In Austin he met his lovely wife and started a family. Steve and his family (and golden retriever) live in the hills west of Austin.

When he’s not helping customers make more money with AdWords, Steve’s love is Sailing. In 2015 he started a sailing charter company on Lake Travis. His company (sailATX.com) takes people on memorable outings for bachelorette parties, birthdays, engagements, photo shoots and just plain getting together for lake fun.