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Tim Choate: Driven by Passion to Make a Difference

Arthur (Tim) Choate has led a colorful and vibrant life, full of unique experiences. At the age of 7, while on vacation hunting for gems in the desert, he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D). Following his parents’ divorce, he and his mother relocated from New York to Islamorada in the Florida Keys. That is where Tim’s love for fishing began. Tim’s passion for extraordinary billfishing expeditions in unexplored waters led to him winning tournaments in every corner of the world including the Caribbean, South America, Australia, and Hawaii. These amazing life experiences are testament to the fact that he has never let T1D stand in his way or slow him down.

When he moved to Florida, Tim began seeing Dr. Daniel Mintz, the Diabetes Research Institute’s (DRI) founder and first scientific director. Tim remains a devoted supporter of the DRI, he closely follows research progress, and is optimistic about what the future holds for people with T1D.

Tim attended the University of Miami and became an attorney with the Florida State Attorney’s Office. He later joined a private law practice led by a retired 3rd district court of appeals judge. As an enthusiastic angler with a deep concern for marine life and ocean conservation, Tim left the legal field behind and led several companies including Artmarina, a sport fishing enterprise he developed which specialized in fishing lodge resorts and charter fishing operations in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Brazil, and the Galapagos Islands.

As one of the founders of the Billfish Foundation, Tim actively promoted the catch and release philosophy and included the use of circle hooks to enhance the survival of released billfish. As a conservationist, he also worked diligently for years to encourage governments and conservation groups to validate the contributions that recreational fishing provides to tourism, pointing out the higher value of sport fishing to a region over commercial fishing.

Tim has received numerous awards and prestigious recognition including the 2013 International Game Fish Association Conservation Award for his key role in the passage of the Billfish Conservation Act of 2012. This act outlawed commercial sales of marlin and sailfish from the Pacific in the US mainland. He also served as chairman of Wild Oceans, the oldest saltwater fishing conservation group in the US, from 2011 to 2022. Following in her dad’s footsteps, his daughter, Stephanie Osgood Choate Oppenheimer is the current Wild Ocean co-chairman.

Tim has always been an enterprising and visionary individual. He developed a thoughtful and taxwise estate plan and included the people and charitable organizations that are meaningful to him. To ensure that the DRI’s cure-focused research continues until a cure has been discovered and is available to all, he has provided for the DRI Foundation (DRIF) in two ways. In addition to a bequest, Tim has established a charitable remainder trust. This trust provides income for life to a loved one. After their passing, the remaining funds in the trust will support the DRIF and other charitable causes.

We truly admire Tim and his numerous passions driven accomplishments and will always be grateful for his generous and steadfast support today and in the future.

Strategic Planning Pointer:

Many people use charitable remainder trusts (CRTs) to increase their income, save taxes, and benefit charities. A CRT lets you convert highly appreciated assets like stocks or real estate into lifetime income. To learn more contact Jill Shapiro Miller at (954) 674-3205 or jshapiro@drif.org or request our complimentary booklet on Charitable Remainder Trusts here.

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