Serenade Wind Admiral
Canadian-born and of Taiwanese descent, Denise was raised in southern California.
She attended Wellesley College and graduated with a degree in economics. She went on to receive her MBA from The Wharton School of Pennsylvania with a masters in finance.
Throughout her career, she has worked in financial services, management consulting, biotech, as well as media and entertainment. Her specialties include M&A, post-merger integration, international business development, debt restructuring, strategic planning, corporate finance, and financial planning & analysis.
Images and experiences of sailing have also echoed throughout her life, including:
- an overnight stay on a 90 foot merchantman brig The Pilgrim in Dana Point (see below)
- sailing posters such as Homer’s Breezing Up, Seurat’s The Seine a la Grande Jatte, and Hopper’s Ground Swell adorning her dorm room at Wellesley
- taking up sailing in her 30’s (sunset regattas in Marina del Rey, moonlight sail in San Francisco, etc.).
Sailing has been – and always will be – part of her life.
Unlike her childhood friends, Denise grew up fairly outdoorsy. Each year, her family vacationed by traveling across the U.S., and they visited most of the national parks to hike, fish and camp. Some of her most vivid memories include sunrise hikes and high elevation hikes with her family.
Then in high school, Denise was introduced to trad climbing. Along with a few other graduating seniors on a weekend trip to Joshua Tree, she learned the ropes (so to speak) tying figure 8’s and stopper knots, climber and belay commands, different hand and foot holds. After that weekend, she could not look at a vertical face of a wall or building quite the same again.
While she occasionally visited some indoor gyms thereafter, it was only after meeting Andrew that they delved back into the world of rock climbing, working projects and sending routes.
It must be fate that brought these two together and to join their lives along with two fluffy cats – Oreo (grey tuxedo) & Xiao Long (black tuxedo) – on the brink of a new adventure.