Lee Winters started Sailing For SOS to help document the dream of sailing around the world while helping the children of SOS Children's Villages. Sailing For SOS details Lee's story of finding the perfect cruising sailboat, refitting the vessel for ocean voyaging, and giving voice to the children and staff he meets at SOS Children's Villages across the globe.
Like so many other adventurers, Lee's life was forever changed by a book, Sailing Alone by Joshua Slocum. The fast paced corporate sales environment provided Lee with early success, but never the personal satisfaction he longed for. The idea of sailing around the world to drive revenue for and raise awareness of a multi-national non-profit grew slowly, along with Lee's sailing skills. Regardless of his limited experience sailing, Lee gave up a lucrative career in software sales to set sail in November of 2008 from Kemah, TX headed for the Panama Canal and South Pacific with final destination unknown. Several stops are planned at SOS Children's Villages around the world.
Lee grew up as the youngest son of two entrepreneurial parents, Max and Sandra Winters, in Springfield, MO. After High School, he completed his B.S. in Geology at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX, M.S in Geology at Washington State University in Pullman, WA, and his Executive Masters in Business Administration from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM.
Professionally, Lee has sold enterprise software solutions including Laboratory Information Management Systems and Chromatography Data Systems since he completed his M.S. in Geology. In addition to working for a Fortune 500 company, Lee volunteered his time as a member of the board of directors for a nationally recognized non-profit in Albuquerque, NM.