Dr. Joseph Orgeron is currently the Co-Founder (along with his older brother Lee) of 2nd Wind Marine, LLC. Born on the bayous of south Louisiana, he graduated high school during the previous major oil-downturn of the 1980’s and opted to get an education in something OTHER than the family business of offshore oilfield service vessels. After receiving his doctorate in High-Energy Particle Physics at University of Texas at Dallas, he worked for 8 years as a Commodity Scientist for the global candy maker, M&M/Mars, where he ran neural-network models to predict crop forecasts, currency pairs, and advertising effectiveness models (among other, numerous ad-hoc data-modelling projects) for in-house commercial buyers & traders. In 2001, he moved back to the bayou and into the family-owned vessel business. As Special Projects Manager at Montco Offshore (which subsequently merged into ‘Falcon Global’ with Seacor Marine Holdings), he focused on projects utilizing their fleet of offshore liftboats outside of the normal oil & gas industry, such as specialty offshore construction, scientific coring jobs and most recently, the burgeoning US offshore windfarm market.
Beginning with the geotechnical coring for Block Island, America’s first offshore wind farm, he was fortunate enough to be involved in the geotechnical survey, foundation installation and Jones Act compliant feedering of turbine components for the final installation phase. Having been actively engaged in this market since 2009 and attending countless offshore wind conferences his experiences has put him in close contact with wind-farm project owners, turbine manufacturers, foundation & turbine installers, cable-layers and other construction & maintenance players….always with an eye on how offshore wind activities work within the framework of our cabotage laws. Additionally, he has made contacts with local east-coast NGO’s like commercial fishing associations, marine mammal observing organizations, labor unions, port authorities, shipyards, logistics providers. Going forward, he works towards solving the supply-chain issues along with port logistics related to installations in the unique US marketplace and future maintenance of the wind-farms.
In July 2020, he was elected as Louisiana State Representative for District 54 representing the people and maritime industries along Bayou Lafourche including the local deepwater port of Port Fourchon and also serves on BOEM’s Gulf of Mexico (GOM) Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force.