Some people are both fortunate and driven enough to do exactly what they were born to do. Evan K. Marshall, the 57-year-old founder and head of EKM Limited, is one such lucky man. Born in Manhattan to the children of Barbadian immigrants, his exposure to yachts was early and consistent. His novelist mother encouraged his creative inclinations while his father, a sociologist-turned-executive at AT&T, docked a cabin cruiser at the 79th Street Boat Basin, a short distance from the family's Upper West Side apartment and where Malcolm Forbes kept his legendary Feadship The Highlander. He began to draw yachts as a boy, poring over his father's subscription to Yachting magazine. With a degree in architecture from Hampton University, he enrolled at the Yacht Design Institute in Maine. After stints at Sparkman & Stephens and Winch Design, he opened his own firm in 1993.