Seeking career as a manager or supervisor for a shipping company or port in the fields of government affairs, environmental, safety and security compliance.
• Directs research, development, drafting and implementation of environmental regulations applicable to the commercial maritime industry including ballast water management, biofouling, dry cargo residues, MARPOL Annex V wastes. Administered over $ 2.1 million annual R & D budget, judiciously targeting funding at most critical information gaps.
• Develops budget and spend plan for Division totaling $2.25 million annually. Responsible for negotiation of and oversight for interagency, as well as private contracts. Implements all facets of budget and program execution for experimental ballast water treatment system program known as Shipboard Technology Evaluation Program.
• Alternate Head of U.S. Delegation to International Maritime Organization meetings, develops U.S. government negotiating positions among myriad competing agencies and persuasively negotiates with international maritime leaders resulting in favorable outcomes for U.S. positions on ballast water and risk assessment methodologies.
• Chairs project management team for long-awaited ballast water management regulations. Shepherded regulation package through contentious inter-agency review process, effectively balancing environmental concerns with maritime industry constraints. Persuasive, yet conciliatory demeanor during numerous public meetings and negotiating sessions with myriad stakeholder groups yielded consensus and gratifying results for all participants.
Commanding Officer at U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Duluth: July 2005 - June 2008 (2 years 11 months )
• During the catastrophic grounding and sinking of a 1000 foot ore carrier, quick, decisive actions prevented oil spill and preserved the structural integrity of the vessel despite austere weather conditions (-20°F & 25+mph winds). Instituted Unified Command to develop stakeholder objectives and strategies and executed plan swiftly, yet deliberately. Developed and implemented safety plan which covered 100+ person shipboard, landside and diving operations and resulted in no injuries or near misses. Vessel owner lauded the joint response as “best ever”, balancing worker safety, pollution prevention and vessel integrity.
• Directed all marine safety and security operations for busiest port in the Great Lakes including over 450 miles of coastline in 3 states. Managed staff of 25 military and civilian personnel and oversaw administration of $125K annual budget. Initiated and developed unit’s five year strategic plan, established prioritized goals and objectives, incorporating key performance measurements to validate goal attainment.
• Lead federal officer for reviewing and awarding $1.2 million in Port Security Grant Money. Responsible for ensuring federal grant money was spent in accordance with grant proposals.
• Successfully facilitated first cruise ship arrival into downtown Duluth following 9/11. Coordinated with numerous city, vessel and port agencies and representatives to ensure cruise ship arrival was conducted safely while maximizing tourism opportunities.
University of Phoenix: Masters, business Administration
University of Rochester: B.S., Biology
Coast Guard Specialty Courses in the following fields of study:
Vessel Inspection & Investigation
Leadership & Management
International Safety Management
Port Contingency Planning
On-Scene Crisis Coordinator
Systems Acquisition Management
Incident Command System
Commercial Vessel Operations
Ports and Waterways Management
Emergency Response Operations
Federal Maritime Security Coordinator
Federal On-Scene Coordinator