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A Resourceful And Cost-Conscious Vessel Operations Manager With Extens

Shelby, North Carolina, United States
April 25, 2018

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Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) Incident and Investigation Management Classification and Regulatory Surveys

Domestic and International Barge, Container Ship, Tanker, and Tug Operations



Corporate Property Administrator 2015-2018

Responsible for administering, controlling, recording, and managing all government-assigned and contractor-acquired assets.

• Authored formal “Property Control and Management Program” manuals for government contracts.

• Provided day-to-day advice and assistance to vessel masters, chief engineers, port engineers, and other personnel, including technical advice within the operating requirements of the contract.

• Handled $178M in government-furnished property for AMSEA over 15-year contract period with 100% accuracy achieved during tenure.


U.S. Navy Contract Manager of Procurement, Logistics, and HSEQ 2004-2011

Selected to support five-year global operational management contract for seven naval research vessels. Maintained corporate responsibilities while overseeing all logistics, EHS, HR, and procurement programs. Provided technical project experience for environmental, ISO, and ISM compliance as well as emergency towing and technical coatings applications.

• Developed SOPs and audited vessels to address risk areas, emphasizing safety, waste management, RCRA and SOPEP requirements, environmental stewardship, and emergency preparedness while directly facilitating an interval with zero infractions.

• Recommended and successfully applied experimental plural component coating product that significantly reduced wear on Horizon Line’s Alaskan service vessels while providing protection from stress ice created on vessel bows.

Corporate Manager of Procurement, Inventory, and Materials Management 2000-2011

Developed corporate inventory, logistics, and warehouse management strategies worldwide to facilitate 24/7 services with lowest possible investment. Supported maintenance and repair, procurement, vessel repair and operations, and dry-dock planning while managing global vessel and terminal asset acquisitions and corporate warranty and investment recovery initiatives. Oversaw budget in excess of $55M and virtual team of more than 100 associates. Audited commercial vessel fleet, naval vessels, and Horizon Line facilities to address risk areas while emphasizing health, safety, and compliance with EPA, FDA, OSHA, MEPR, 40 and 46 CFR, ISPS Code, SOLAS, MARPOL 73/78, RCRA, and NAICS standards.

• Influenced company policy and culture even outside areas of direct authority. Partnered closely with U.S. Navy leaders, technical staff, and senior vessel officers during well-organized and highly accurate operations that managed multiple priorities, ensured stakeholder accountability, refocused inventory management, and applied just-in-time (JIT) methodology.

• Conceived and directed U.S. Navy global materials life cycle strategies.

• Launched pilot project to reduce inventory costs by $1.3M and increase parts availability from 85% to 99.3%, ultimately saving $2.2M across various company divisions.

• Led initiative to recover excess inventory left undiscovered for 15 years.

• Initiated cost recovery plans to soften financial impact of scrapped assets, returning $800k in government funds over six-year period.

• Established consistent procedures, skills, and accountability and authored property materials control and procurement procedure manuals for MSC and the U.S. Navy, saving $1.2M at operating contract turnover by accounting for all assets.

• Orchestrated 2005 acquisition of more than $5.4M of American President Lines’ marine spares for only $580k. Reduced transportation costs by $200k over the subsequent five years, allowing immediate cancelation of $250k in pending repairs and purchases.

• Coordinated cross-functional integration and compatibility of Lotus Software, SpecTec AMOS, and Oracle database systems, coaching associates from five offices and three seafaring unions to meet quality and customer goals. Provided internal clients with ability to direct order via online catalogue, saving company 9% annually.

• Initiated use of outsourced vendors, renegotiated both owned and leased facilities, and moved warehouse locations, ultimately saving company $281k annually.

• Eliminated $11M in redundant marine inventory by balancing materials against supplier-owned inventory as well as alternative sources.

• Developed advanced auditing and processing systems, resulting in 100% reconcilable accuracy for 11 consecutive years, as confirmed by independent auditors from EY.

• Focused team spread across three states towards identifying hard cost savings for working capital equipment.

• Standardized equipment design, combined spares shipments, and overhauled spares restoration.

• Reduced annual company spending from high of $598k.


Consultant, Logistics Project Management and Process Administration, 2011-2015. Analyzed and resolved complex projects, including logistical, regulatory, contract management, and HSSE issues. Investigated and provided logistical solutions to salvage planning underwriters while acting as senior salvage logistics specialist. Developed corrosion control coatings solutions as well as applications for clients.

Manager of Performance Monitoring, 1999-2000. Provided financial expertise to ship management services, supporting 24 container ships operating globally. Highlighted performance against budget. Ensured adherence to both internal and external policies, including ISO 9000 and ISM standards. Led emergency salvage team in rescuing container ship that ran aground, using in-depth technical expertise and coordination with local and federal authorities to enable ship to float free with no environmental impact, saving $1.7M and avoiding any fines or penalties. Created automated voyage measurement and strategic performance and financial analysis program to reduce discretionary overtime by 15% for both onshore and offshore operational services.

Senior Vessel Superintendent, 1987-1999. Provided administrative, financial, and operational support to ship management services for 12 container ships trading globally. Developed more than 200 relationships with both multinational vendors and U.S. repair contacts. Handled supplier negotiations, proposal requests, and policies and procedures to enhance sourcing services with $90M budget. Produced cost-benefit analysis to provide monthly project tracking and ensure spending within 10% variance. Designed “Partners in Management” voyage planning concepts and alternatives, empowering senior shipboard management team with direct operational and functional responsibilities and saving $1.2M annually. Achieved 97% vessel schedule integrity and reduced fuel costs by 8% by optimizing vessel scheduling.



B.S., Marine Transportation and Environmental Science


Risk-Based Internal Auditing, Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies/Pacific Maritime Institute



AWO-Certified Responsible Carrier Program (RCP) Auditor, The American Waterways Operators (AWO)

Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM)

Coatings Failure Analysis Certification, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA)

ISM Code Certification

ISO 9001 Certification


National Property Management Association (NPMA)

American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)


Microsoft Office Suite


Secret Security Clearance, U.S. Navy

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