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CJ Bown

Vice President

CJ’s great, great, great, grandfather founded a British shipbuilding company in 1852, so you could say this is probably CJ’s destiny. Introduced into rowing by his dad at an early age, CJ began rowing in high school during the summer of ’99.  He went on to successfully row and coach at Marquette University. 


CJ started working with Finish Line [Rowers Choice] in 2015 and manages nationwide boat repairs and sales.  Now at Rowers Choice, in addition to drinking a lot of coffee,  CJ is excited to support his sales team across the US as they expand and grow.


Outside of rowing, CJ is married to Carrie and has two children, Henry and Zara, and from time to time is known to be seen photographing concerts around the midwest.

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Mike Smith

SE Region Support

Mike started rowing in 1996 at Mercyhurst Prep and was recruited to row at Mercyhurst College. While rowing, he also began coaching and has accumulated over 16 years of coaching experience. Throughout his coaching career Mike has consistently brought teams to the SE Regional and SRAA National Championships, and has coached teams to medals at Florida State Championships and SRAA. Outside of rowing, Mike enjoys exploring the outdoors with his 11 year old son.


Mike Wallin

Coaching Support

Mike Wallin started his rowing career in 1996 as a freshman at St. Joseph's Prep in Philadelphia PA. Mike went on to attend the University Of California at Berkeley on a rowing scholarship.  While at Cal, Mike won 4 straight PAC-10 and IRA National Championships.  He is now the program director at Chicago Rowing Foundation.