Adrian Amadeo is Vice President Operations for the International Development Corporation in New Orleans. Mr. Amadeo has served as a trainer and consultant to such companies as Exxon, Shell, Chevron, Waste Management, Halliburton, Schlumberger, Popeyes, Brown’s Velvet, Superior Energy and many other local and international organizations. He has over 25 years of experience facilitating various groups on a wide range of topics. He’s presented hundreds of seminars to thousands of people. He was chosen to teach in the University of Southwestern Louisiana’s Training and Development Certification Program where he had the unique opportunity to train and certify other trainers. He was also chosen to teach in the Masters program for Instructional Design at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. These opportunities afforded him the privilege of influencing the future of the training and development field. Mr. Amadeo exemplifies the common sense savvy and business smarts of today’s corporate leaders. He was one of the key player’s in Dresser Industries’ Project 2000 and directed the efforts toward ISO 9000 registration for SubSea’s corporate office. A brilliant speaker, he receives numerous speaking requests every year where he shares his approach to leadership, change, breakthrough thinking, creativity and innovation, customer service, motivation and personal development, quality and the creation of a superb customer-focused organization.
With more than 25 years’ experience on the front lines of Marketing, Public Relations and Strategic Branding, David Avrin has owned his own firm since 1996. With a strong track record of successful media/marketing campaigns, his business is now focused on keynote speaking and strategic consulting. Known internationally as The Visibility Coach, David Avrin has spoken to enthusiastic audiences across North America and around the world including recent presentations in Singapore, Bangkok, Melbourne, Bangalore, Antwerp, Monte Carlo, London and Buenos Aires. In his highly entertaining and informative marketing presentations, David Avrin shows business owners, sales professionals and entrepreneurs how to do a deep-dive to ferret-out, craft and promote a truly unique and marketable competitive advantage.
Elias Boletis is a Mechanical & Electrical Engineer. He received a M. SC. in Fluid Dynamics and a Ph.D. in Applied Sciences (1985) from the Von Karman Institute of Fluid Dynamics, Belgium. He has worked in several industrial positions as R&D Sr. Manager and Program/ Project Manager. He has lead various Product Development and Systems Development activities through the years. His main fields: Marine Propulsion, Industrial Machinery, Energy Conversion and Power Transmission. He is currently leading the Product and Technology Development of Propulsion at Wärtsilä Corporation. Member of ASME and IMAREST.
Ralph Duncan is Vice President of Marine at Art Anderson Associates. He works with all aspects of the firm’s marine engineering and design practice, including the development of new markets for the firm and a marine research group that boasts more than a dozen contracts with the US Navy under the Small Business Innovation Research Program. As a member of the Company's Executive Management Team, Duncan assist's the President in forming strategies and making business decisions that leverage the skills and talents of both the Marine Team and Facilities Team.
Phil Essex has been a tonnage specialist for over 30 years, and is currently principal of Moorsom Consulting Group, the foremost tonnage consulting firm in the U.S. He previously served as Tonnage Coordinator for Germanischer Lloyd, where he led GL to become one of the largest suppliers of admeasurement services to the US maritime industry. He is well known in the maritime industry for his presentations at the International Workboat Show, Pacific Marine Expo and the Passenger Vessel Association’s MariTrends conferences.
Phil holds a BS-Ed from the State University College at Oneonta. A member of SNAME since 1985, Phil was named to the Who’s Who in Science and Engineering in 1998. Phil was the first associate member to serve on the PVA Regulatory Issues Committee, and has also served as Chairperson of the Associate Member's Council and as the associate member representative to the PVA Board of Directors. An avid photographer, singer and actor when he is not stretching his measuring tape, he resides in Sea Cliff, NY with his wife Joan and son Kyle.
Gerald Frentz, E-Learning & IT Specialist, Seamens Church Institute Center for Maritime Education, brings together a widely-varied blend of experiences in education, computer networking, project management, marketing and the US Armed Forces. After graduating from the US Naval Academy, his tours included time on destroyers, submarines and naval support and training in Diego Garcia, Spain, Puerto Rico and several locations in California and Texas as part of the Seabees and Civil Engineer Corps. With a Master of Engineering degree from Texas A&M University, Gerald created and published a new way of using hydrodynamic simulators to model the behavior of certain types of offshore oil platforms. He has designed and supported several large-scale computer and telephony networks and was a VP of Engineering for a major fiber-optic networking, distance-learning and Internet services company. Gerald’s current roles with the Center for Maritime Education of the Seamens Church Institute is to develop and administer Internet-based curriculum to allow maritime customers to satisfy regulatory compliance requirements of the American Waterways Organization’s Responsible Carrier Program and to operate full-mission bridge simulation exercises used to evaluate mariners for their Towing Officer Assessment Records needed for the US Coast Guard’s licensing process.
Jon Goldman is Founder and President of Brand Launcher, a strategic business and marketing company focused on supporting entrepreneurs in their businesses and their lives. The company’s international team includes coaches who are expert in marketing, business operations, sales, and management. Previously he was co-owner of one of the largest promotional-products companies in the US, with sales of $20,000,000+. Over the span of his career, he and his team have worked with companies including IBM, National Geographic, and Häagen-Dazs, in addition to numerous small-tomidsized businesses. A successful entrepreneur, rainmaker, business coach, and speaker, Jon’s powerful presentations have attendees laughing, participating –even jumping in the aisles! Jon's fresh approach, combining marketing savvy with deep personal insight, has been rated “#1 for Presentation Style and Takeaway Content.” He is the author of two works on business and marketing strategy, including one that has been translated into Japanese. Goldman’s weekly e-letter brings a wealth of business growth and marketing tips to thousands of subscribers. His campaigns have been featured on NBC and CBS and in The Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek.
Eddie currently serves as the General Manager for Shell’s LNG for Transport Business Development activities in the Marine and Stationary sectors. In this role, he is responsible for developing business strategy, sales & marketing plans, customer relations, customer value propositions, and supply chain partners.
Drawing upon more than 30 years of experience in the energy industry, Eddie now manages a team with unique transport sector experience. The team is strategically positioned in key markets and is charged with identifying, maturing and operating business opportunities and growing the division.
Eddie joined Shell in 1991 as Technical Services Manager of the new Shell Fuel Additives Division of Shell Chemicals. Since then, Eddie has held a number of business, technical, and management positions. Recent past positions include General Manager of Shell Marine Products, Director of Market and Strategy of US Commercial Fuels, Business Development Director of Shell Pipeline Company, Manager of Fuels Business Development for Shell Retail Marketing and Manager of Automotive Fuels Technology for Shell Oil Products Company.
Eddie graduated from University of Temple with a BA in Chemistry and has completed numerous business and leadership programs including the Wharton Business School, Shell Executive Leadership Program.
In 1988, Mr. Guidry joined his family’s business, Harvey Gulf International Marine, Inc. Over the years, Mr. Guidry has worked in many areas of the company including the organization and implementation of on-board vessel safety inspections, vessel maintenance and repair and Vice President of Harvey Gulf’s sales and marketing division. Through Mr. Guidry’s direction and management, Harvey Gulf quickly developed an aggressive and effective sales force. Mr. Guidry soon saw the need for, and developed, a new marketing strategy for the company – exclusive towing alliances. Through these efforts, Harvey Gulf became the exclusive provider of towing vessels for some of the largest operators in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, including without limitation Chevron, Shell and Devon Energy. In 1997, Mr. Guidry was promoted to CEO of Harvey Gulf by its Board of Directors. He still holds that position today. During his 11 years he has lead the new organization into the deep water markets where larger marine assets would be needed. His primary strategy has been to provide corporate growth through fleet enhancement and focus on what he believed was, and still is, the future for the marine industry in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, North Sea, Brazil, West Africa, South East Asia and Mexico – deep water exploration and development.
John Hatley PE, Americas Vice President Ship Power for Wartsila North America, has over 30 years of combined marine experience spanning business development, project management of domestic and overseas vessel construction, owner’s representation, ship operations, and vessel design. Prior to joining Wartsila he held positions with General Electric, Marine Industries Northwest, First American Bulk Carriers, John J. McMullen Naval Architects, US Container Lines, and Trinidad Tankers. He is a licensed Chief Engineer with 8 years sea experience onboard commercial ships in global trades, the last 2 years serving as Chief Engineer on a Diesel Containership with unattended engine-room. He has a BS degree from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Kings Point, an MSE from the University of Michigan, and an MBA from the University of Washington. He holds positions of trust on various industry and academic advisory boards.
Will Krev started his profession in welding by joining the union sheetmetal workers in St. Louis. Through his apprenticeship course at a local community college, he was introduced to Welding Engineering Technology by Ferris State University. Krev graduated in 2011 and started work in the automotive sector making car seats. In 2012, William Krev changed focus and entered the manufacturing world at Trinity Industries, Inc. providing technical services to their manufacturing facilities.
Mark Masor is a Naval Architect and Gulf Coast Operations Manager for Gibbs & Cox, Inc. In this role, he leads a multi-discipline engineering and design group performing commercial, government, and special maritime projects for shipbuilders, vessel owners, and government clients in the Gulf Coast. Mark has held technical leadership roles in design development of naval ships, patrol vessels, dredges, offshore supply vessels, special-purpose vessels, and high speed craft. He has a B.S. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of New Orleans is a licensed Professional Engineer in Louisiana.
Jonas Nyberg graduated from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, holding a master of science in engineering physics and has worked with engineering and marketing since 2005 with a focus on the offshore industry. His experience comes from working in the propulsion, engine and systems field and is currently the medium speed sales manager for North and South America based out of Brazil.
Joe Payne is the Electrical Department Manager at Guido Perla & Associates and has over 25 years experience in marine electrical systems design and systems integration. His specialties include electric propulsion, power distribution, and systems integration.
Brent Perry is a global operating and management executive who's successful at building high-performance teams and leading sophisticated manufacturing and service organizations with P&L responsibility. A strategic visionary, Brent has a strong understanding of the energy sector and attacks problems with a clear sense of purpose and urgency. He is well skilled at establishing operational excellence within culturally diverse environments, translating conceptual models into specific growth strategies and planning and executing multi-faceted global business development campaigns designed to improve market share, gross revenues and net profit.
Brent has a clear vision for the expansion of the lithium-ion battery industry and a proven history in lean manufacturing, sales, product distribution and customer service leadership.
Deanna’s responsibilities include managing the development, service, marketing, sales and production of virtual reality welding training systems for Lincoln Electric. Deanna started her career at Lincoln Electric more than 10 years ago and has held roles as the product manager and marketing manager for Lincoln Electric Automation as well as the product manager for the high technology welding products. She held a global product management position with ABB Automation for 7 years previous to coming to Lincoln Electric.
Srikanth is a senior application engineer working for Emitec for nearly 2 yrs. His main responsibility is to specify the necessary catalyst(s) to meet the emissions level specified by CARB and EPA, durability requirements of the application, and any other customer specific requirements. Prior to this position, Reddy worked at Ford Motor Company for almost 13 yrs. While at Ford, he had several different positions, but the notable ones are the following : 1) the Design and Release engineer for the catalytic converter – determining the appropriate canning techniques for the application 2) Product Development engineer in exhaust aftertreatment – specifying catalyst size, PGM loading, and ensuring that backpressure and durability requirements are met. Reddy has four patents issued and several scientific publications. During my career at Ford, I managed to get a Ph.D. in Materials Science from my Alma Mater, State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Peter Rogers is Senior Vice President of L-3’s Power Products Division based in Hamburg which specialises in marine power & propulsion systems as well as manufacturing a range of power conversion products for applications in aviation and land based installations. Peter is an electronics engineer by trade and spent much of his engineering career developing and applying power conversion technology to land based and marine applications which included pumps, compressors, drilling and propulsion. Experience on power & propulsion projects stretches from large cruise ships through to Offshore Workboat type applications. Peter was previously Managing Director of L-3 Marine Systems UK Ltd which was heavily involved in the UK’s aircraft carrier and submarine programmes. Prior to L-3 Communications, Peter was a Senior Vice President of Rolls-Royce plc., with responsibility for marine automation and electrical systems in Naval, Offshore and Commercial sectors.
Robert J. Russo holds a 1600 Oceans and Western Rivers Masters License along with Master of Towing. Capt Russo retired from the US Coast Guard after 21 years of service and started his own tugboat company. In 1999, Capt Russo opened a USCG Approved school for training mariners. Capt Russo has sailed to every continent on tugs and is a AWO RCP Auditor.
Adrián Sarasquete received his MSc in Naval Architecture from Ferrol Polytechnic School in 2001. He worked at IZAR Gijón shipyard at the basic outfitting department. After three years, he moved to Vigo and joins Baliño SA as R&D manager, investigating on propeller design and optimization of the rudder geometry. In 2007 he becomes the manager of Vicus Desarrollos Tecnológicos S.L., focusing his research efforts on ship efficiency, mainly on new hybrid direct drive systems for ships and hydrodynamics of propeller-rudder interaction. He holds several patents2013 Professional Series Conference Program Speakers.
Captain Jeff Slesinger founded Delphi Maritime, LLC to create innovative solutions for working safely at sea. Delphi Maritime develops and implements onboard and shoreside training programs, crew development and assessment programs, and conducts vessel and management audits and marine surveys. Captain Slesinger’s seagoing career began at an early age on sailing vessels, but he has devoted the past 33 years to tugs and towboats. A licensed master since 1977, he has embarked on voyages from harbors in New England throughout the Caribbean, Pacific Coast and throughout Alaska. Through Delphi Maritime, LLC, Captain Slesinger has created onboard and simulator training programs for tug and towboat handling, bridge resource management and other skills critical to both the brown water and blue water professional mariner. He continues to work with training institutions and individual companies in the development of programs that foster acquisition of the practical expertise required to be competent and qualified on inland, coastal and offshore waters.
Thomas Spinks is the Business Development Manager for Tenneco’s Advanced Technology group. He is currently responsible for new business development. Tom is located in Monroe, Michigan and is supported by an extended team servicing customers around the globe. Prior to being the Business Development Manager for our Advanced Technology group he was the Business Unit Manager for our Commerical Vehicle Systems group and was responsible for starting Tenneco’s Commercial Vehicle business in North America. Tom has also worked as a Business Unit Manager for Tenneco’s Ford team. In this role Tom developed our catalytic converter business with Ford and Jaguar. Tom has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Miami University. Tom is also an avid sailor having won three national titles and is the current record holder for the fastest corrected time to finish in the Chicago to Mackinac race.
William Stegbauer is the President of Southern Towing Company. He has worked for STC since March, 1977. Prior to joining STC, he was an officer in the U.S. Army for six years serving with the XVIII Airborne Corps Artillery and 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg, NC, and the 2nd Infantry Division, Korea. He graduated from Tulane University in 1972 with a B.A. degree and from Vanderbilt University in 1982 with a M.B.A. degree.
From 1978 to 2006, he participated in various capacities in the industry trade association, The American Waterways Operators. He was an eight term member of the Board of Directors, a past Chairman of the Regulatory Committee, a member and advisor of the Safety and Training Committee, and a regional chairman for the Ohio Valley Region. He actively participates in the U.S. Coast Guard Towing Safety Advisory Committee and Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee. He was appointed in 2006 to the NFPA Technical Committee 301, Code for Safety to Life from Fire on Merchant Vessels and has worked since 2003 with the NFPA Technical Committee 472, Standards for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents. He is a past member of the Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee, Coast Guard Area Maritime Security Committee for the Sector Lower Mississippi River, and the Lower Mississippi River Waterways Safety Advisory Committee.
Tony has a maritime career spanning over 34 years with 29 years in DNV working in an international environment in Singapore, Qatar and North America. His experience ranges from Management, Technology & Business Development, LNG & Gas technology, Ship Classification surveys, Marine Warranty and Ships New-building supervision. He graduated from Glasgow University with 1st Class Honors and has completed the Executive Business Program at IMD, Switzerland and Relationship Based Selling in CapGemini, France. To date he has trained over 100 Key Account managers. He has delivered close to 100 presentations at major conferences on topics in LNG Fuel, LNG carriers, CNG technology, Ships’ Energy Efficiency & Arctic technology and is instrumental in the successful awards of various LNG Fuel studies with Washington State Ferries, IMO, LNG Central and recently MARAD.
MICHAEL F. VITT is Vice President of Operations and General Counsel at E.N. Bisso & Son, Inc., a New Orleans-based harbor-tug and offshore towing company. He graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law with his J.D. and then from Tulane Law School with a L.LM. in Admiralty. He has been published in University of Baltimore Law Review, Tulane Maritime Law Journal and Benedicts Maritime Bulletin. He served as an adjunct faculty member at Tulane Law School teaching the Regulation of Shipping and currently serves as a member of the Towing Safety Advisory Committee. Prior to law school, Mr. Vitt sailed on towing and other vessels while holding a license as Master, 1600 GRT and First-Class Pilot. He is admitted to practice in Maryland and Louisiana and is a member of the Maritime Law Association and NTSB Bar Association.
Sue Wang is a senior managing principal engineer working for ABS in Offshore Technology Group. Her recent work has been focused on station keeping including dynamic positioning and mooring systems. She has been working on DP capability analysis and DP assisted mooring analysis. She is the main author of the ABS Guide for Dynamic Positioning Systems. Before joining the Offshore Technology Group, she has worked in engineering support group and advanced analysis group of ABS. Her work areas range from environmental load, global performance, mooring, structural loading, structural strength and fatigue analysis for sea going vessels and offshore floating units. Sue has a PhD degree in Ocean Engineering and over 18 years of experience working for ABS.
Carl Magnus Ullman has done significant work developing, testing and validating methods and technologies for measuring and analyzing whole body impact exposure, striving to create relevant scientific results in a comprehensible way.
Carl Magnus is the CEO of Ullman Dynamics. In this role, he has secured the company’s firm hold as the market leader in suspension seating, now active in over 60 countries. He has also contributed to the continuous growth of the company, ranging from 30-100% annually despite recession in the industry.
He is the conference manager for the High Speed Boat Operations Forum, a bi-annual three day event gathering 300 of the top authorities on professional high speed boating, from over 30 countries.
In his work with professional organizations around the world, Carl has acquired a broad knowledge of the different politics, tasks, challenges and platforms in professional organizations worldwide.
He has a BSc in Industrial Management and Economics and is finishing a Master’s Thesis at the institution of Management and Economics of Innovation at the Chalmers University of Technology.
He served in the Swedish Amphibious Corps as a platoon commander. He has extensive experience in high speed boat operations, navigation, handling and tactics, fully certified as a commercial high speed boat captain.
Johan Ullman M.D. is a Swedish Navy doctor and specialist in anaesthesiology/ER/intensive care and occupational medicine, with a background in diving medicine and flight medicine as well as civilian helicopter rescue service. His pioneering research with the Swedish CG and the US Navy led the way and today most Navies and Coast Guards worldwide use suspension seating on their high-performance craft. Still the world’s leading expert on injuries and injury prevention on high-performance boats Dr. Ullman is currently heading a research project, “Impacts on High-speed Hulls and Humans”, sponsored by the Norwegian, Danish and British Royal Navies, Swedish CG and two universities. Dr. Ullman is the inventor of a wide range of products and technologies preventing work-related injuries. His patents range from ergonomic office chairs and computer mice to the portable hands-free for cell phones and the first Bluetooth devices. He has also designed numerous solutions for High Performance Craft including intuitive steering systems and suspension seats, now being used by professionals in over 60 countries worldwide.