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Marine Estimator, Project Manager

Corporate / Senior Management

John R. Karwacki

2314 S. Cypress Bend Drive, Unit 512, Pompano Beach, FL 33069

PHONE (954) 593-2705 EMAIL j*******




To further my career in the maritime industry, work in challenging environments with intelligent, committed teams of people seeking to produce and service world class vessels; and continue to grow in quality, understanding and effectiveness by problem solving with clients, vendors, sub-contractors and




1978-1981 Loyola High School, Towson, MD

High School Diploma


1983 Houston Marine, New Orleans, LA

100 Ton Master of Steam or Motor Vessel


1996 Army Institute for Professional Development, Fort

Eustis, VA

Supervisor Development Certificate


1998 Houston Marine, New Orleans, LA

500 Ton Master of Steam or Motor Vessel


2004 CCIM 101, Atlanta, GA

Financial Analysis for Commercial Investment Real Estate


2005 CCIM 102, Atlanta, GA

Market Analysis for Commercial Investment Real Estate


2012 Coursera, University of Pennsylvania

Operations Management



I have over thirty-five years of extensive experience in practically every facet of the maritime industry; specializing the last decade in estimating and project management of new construction, repair and refit in land based shipyard environments.





2008 – Present Derecktor of Florida, Dania Beach, FL 33004

Estimator/Project Manager

I was hired as estimating coordinator for a busy South Florida shipyard specializing in mega yacht (85’ – 220’) repair and refit projects. Derecktor has been a force in the Fort Lauderdale yachting industry since 1967. I am in charge of estimating costs on each aspect of vessel repair including but not limited to mechanical, electrical, plumbing, carpentry, painting and metal works; directing subcontractors; working with owners, managers, brokers, captains and engineers in order to organize the scope of projects and ensure schedules are met; and visiting vessels worldwide to collect information about specific necessary repairs.

I also act as a Project Manager, dealing with every feature of the profession including but not limited to meeting with owners, owner’s representatives, yacht brokers, surveyors, captains and chief engineers; coordinating schedules; supervising subcontractors and in-house labor; overcoming obstacles in time and cost overruns; managing billing, invoicing, scheduling payments; and making certain the client leaves the yard satisfied and willing to return for their future projects.

I have also bid and managed commercial ventures for local and state government agencies, creating schedules, budgets and timelines. I am proficient in computer skills, reading blueprints, and effective when speaking with small or large groups.

I also assist in vessel haul outs and launches utilizing our 900 ton Mobile Boat Hoist, 600 ton synchro-lift and 220 ton Travelift. I support in yard operations with cranes, Pettibone lifts, forklifts, man-lifts, JLG’s and trucks.

I also hold a current five hundred ton master captain’s license and operate yard tugs to aid vessels and barges in navigating the shipyard’s waterways.



2006- 2008 Freeport Shipbuilding Group, Freeport, FL



Responsible for research, bidding, recording, ordering, scheduling and tracking all materials needed for new build and repair projects on commercial vessels. Assist with inventories, accounts payable, coordinating with owners, naval architects, in-house engineering, and the trades in order to facilitate work schedules and Gantt charts. Use oral and written communication to work with owners and vendors dealing with any discrepancies, modifications and change orders. Perform detailed bid assignments, estimate and negotiate change orders during vessel construction and repair. Develop cost analysis, budgets and schedules for new build and repair projects in an efficient and timely manner.


2004-2006 Moneysales Inc., Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Small Business Owner

Buying and selling residential and commercial building lots, buildings, houses and rental properties. I worked with partners and investors to acquire commercial and residential land in Bay, Walton, Santa Rosa, and Escambia counties. Responsible for price research, comparisons, writing contracts, hiring environmental and site engineering firms, coordinating multiple projects simultaneously, finding and negotiating with buyers and sellers.



1998-2004 Shore Thing Yacht Services / Shore Thing Cleaning

Services / Sugar Enterprises, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32549

Small Business Owner

I started a small business in 1998 cleaning and maintaining condominiums and yachts for owners in Destin and Sandestin. We had several lucrative contracts with large condominium complexes including Sandestin, Southern Resorts and Hidden Dunes from 2001 through 2004 when we sold the business.

I was responsible for sales, marketing, accounting, personnel, writing contracts, dealing with owners and rental companies and resolving any discrepancies. We were in charge of maintenance, cleaning, repairs, coordinating subcontractors when needed, deliveries, teaching basic boating skills and basically anything a yacht owner might want or need in the course of purchasing and keeping a vessel, including concierge services.

I delivered new Sea Ray yachts from Merritt Island Florida to Sandestin, Florida; ran private yachting trips with owners and guests on vessels ranging from 36-75 feet to several locations along the gulf coast of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Florida’s East Coast, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean. I coordinated day trips in said locations which included swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, dining and sunset cruising. We sold these businesses in 2004 to pursue real estate investment full time.



1997-1998 Tidewater Marine Inc., Amelia, LA


I was responsible for running several 110 – 225 foot utility, crew and supply vessels in the Gulf of Mexico oil industry. Navigating rivers, bayous, locks, the Gulf of Mexico: maneuvering under cranes and alongside other vessels in all

manner of weather and sea conditions. I was responsible for keeping logs, controlling inventories, handling personnel, hiring and firing, implementing and auditing ISM and ISO systems; every aspect of communication with the oil rigs,

base operations and the companies we were servicing. I was responsible for all manner of safety record keeping, performing safety drills and making sure all equipment and personnel were ready in case of emergency. I earned my 500ton license in January of 1998. I participated in many dry dock shipyard periods where I facilitated repairs and scheduled maintenance in accordance with good marine practice and USCG survey procedures. I won every safety award offered by the company during my tenure there. I left to pursue my own businesses in Florida.



1988-1997 Department of Defense, Aberdeen Proving Ground,

Aberdeen, MD


I was captain of several 80 foot landing craft and 40 foot patrol boats in the Chesapeake Bay from Little creek, Virginia to Havre De Grace, Maryland; transporting military tanks and other heavy equipment with the landing craft in all types of weather conditions to and from Army, Air Force and Naval bases in Maryland and Virginia. I was responsible for navigating rivers, creeks and the bay in order to fulfill missions in fog, snow, rain and other hazardous weather conditions.

I also guarded live fire missions on the patrol vessels in order to keep the public out of harm’s way during testing of tanks, helicopters and large caliber antiaircraft weapons. I held a high level NSA security clearance. I participated in search and rescue missions during adverse weather conditions when called on to do so.

I ordered and maintained inventory for repairs and maintenance of said vessels. I ran a 60 ton Travelift and hauled boats from the water in order to perform repairs. I performed and assisted mechanics in all facets of vessel repair including but not limited to fiberglass and paint repair, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, carpentry and metal work. I left to pursue a higher tonnage license.

1986-1988 Annapolis Yacht Basin and Harrison Yacht Sales,

Kent Island, MD

Mechanic, Captain

I was responsible for assembling new Carver and Chris Craft yachts, installing and servicing all manner of electronic and mechanical equipment on motor and sailing yachts. I operated marine forklifts, travel lifts, and cranes and helped prepare owners to handle their new vessels safely. I left to pursue a

better career opportunity.



1982-1986 Phil Guilbeau Offshore Inc, Golden Meadow, LA

Deckhand, Engineer, Captain

I began as a deckhand at the age of eighteen, worked through

engineering duties and onto the bridge. I earned my 100 ton masters license at the age of twenty one in August of 1984. I was responsible for running the deck, handling all maintenance and mechanical emergencies, and then running a 120 foot utility vessel in the Gulf of Mexico from Port Aransas, TX to Mobile,

Alabama. I was laid off in 1986 due to a cutback in domestic oil production.



Fort Lauderdale, Florida,
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