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Vessel Operations

Prefer a management position managing vessel operations and leading employees. However, would willingly accept a position as vessel master because I still enjoy getting underway and operating a vessel.


LEADERSHIP                     STRATEGIC PLANNER                   PERFORMANCE                              RESULTS

 

------------------------------------------------Professional Profile-----------------------------------------------------

  • High-performing operations-management leader with 30 years’ maritime expertise and 18 years’ executive experience in building/optimizing diverse teams, measurement systems, and infrastructure to maximize corporation results in maritime operations.
  • Recognized leader and mentor who effectively manages multiple diverse groups of employees
  • Take-charge manager who resolves difficult situations under adverse conditions
  • Exceptional interpersonal communicator with proven ability to motivate diverse groups
  • Highly motivated self-starter who maintains high team morale during difficult times.
  • Innovative troubleshooter and problem-solver who excels at developing creative ideas.

-------------------------------------------------------Areas of Expertise------------------------------------------------------------


  • Risk Management
  • Cost Reduction
  • Change Management
  • Organizational Design
  • Performance Management
  • Negotiation
  • Decision Making
  • Communications
  • Mentoring and Motivation
  • Dynamic Leadership
  • Team Building
  • Human Resources
  • Problem Solving
  • Project Planning and Execution
  • Training and Leadership Development
  • Deployment of Operational Assets



------------------------------------------------Professional Experience------------------------------------------------

Executive Officer, St Lawrence Seaway Development Corp, Massena, NY 2018-Present

  • Establish program objectives, develop long range plans and identify required resources in order to promote a safe, efficient, effective and fiscally responsible organization.
  • Interpret and implement SLSDC and DOT policies and regulations.
  • Assign responsibility for accomplishment of specific projects and participate with other managers in setting organizational goals.
  • Assure development and establishment of adequate internal controls.
  • Analyze and interpret the status of projects and resources required and available for various programs to provide advice on issues that may significantly impact programs.
  • Direct and orchestrate meetings and conferences.
  • Identify operating problems, conflicting priorities, program deficiencies and potential problem areas and direct the development of corrective or preventive measures to obtain desired results.
  • Represent the SLSDC in discussions with our Canadian counterparts about operational issues, including issues related to Seaway opening and closing dates.
  • Continues as Captain of corporation vessels

Captain/Chief of Marine Services, St Lawrence Seaway Development Corp, Massena, NY 2013-2018

  • Chief of Marine Services, managing and maintaining fleet of 6 vessels & 2 barges, overseeing all management-related issues, including human resources, hiring/training/mentoring team members, conducting performance reviews, ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements, project planning/scheduling, product specifications, and managing budgets of up to $2M.
  • Meticulous in scheduling ship board maintenance
  • Expertly manage inventory and maintenance of 213 fixed and floating aids to navigation
  • Planned and implemented water rescue program and training for lock crews and an Emergency Response Team program for confined spaces within the corporation
  • Lead in overseeing the design, and now construction of a new Robert Allan designed tug to replaced aging assets.
  • Cultivated and maintained excellent relationships with town and village mayors, port executives, and US and Canadian Coast Guard officials
  • Captain of St Lawrence Seaway vessel ROBINSON BAY with ice breaking capabilities

Operations Supervisor, St Lawrence Seaway Development Corp, Massena, NY 2012-2013

  • Supervised crew of 7 personnel and Vessel Traffic Center along the St Lawrence River
  • Managed vessel incidents occurring along the river, between Cornwall, Ontario and Tibbets Pt, NY
  • Conducted ballast water inspections on all sea going vessels
  • Responsible for training, performance appraisals, awards, and discipline of lock crew
  • Coordinated vessel transit with Canadian Seaway Supervisors

Ship handling Instructor, Maritime Simulation Institute, Middletown, RI 2011-2012

  • Taught navigation and ship handling at US Navy facility
  • Course included classroom and simulator training.

US Navy, 1986-2011:

  • Retired as Senior Chief Quartermaster/Command Senior Chief
  • Command Senior Chief, providing leadership, training, mentoring, and professional development for 200-person enlisted crew on two separate vessels
  • Communicated daily with senior leadership on personnel, maintenance, and schedule updates.
  • 14 years as Qualified Officer of the Deck on five separate classes of Naval Vessels 
  • Received the Distinguished Service Medal twice; once for navigation and ship handling for river transit during the Iraq War and the other for distinguished and exemplary service as Command Senior Chief.

-----------------------------------------Education and Vocational Training----------------------------------------

USCG MMC Master, Near Coastal, 1600 Gross Ton

Unlimited Radar Observer

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – , , CA GPA: (3.74)

Communication, Leadership & Management Course – U.S. Navy, 240 Hours

Hazwoper 40 Hr Course and 8 Hr Annual Refresher

Norfolk, NY,
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