AEU Named an Alabama 'Best Company to Work for'
The American Equity Underwriters, Inc. (AEU) was recently named as one of the Best Companies to Work for in Alabama in an annual ranking compiled by Business Alabama and Best Companies Group.This survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize, and honor the best employers in Alabama, benefiting the economy, workforce, and businesses. 22 companies received the coveted award.In the small-to-medium company category (15 to 249 employees), AEU ranked 5th among the 13 companies receiving the award. Headquartered in Mobile with offices in Metairie, La., Seattle, Wash., Philadelphia, Penn.
Bergeron to be Honored
a staff of 10 employees. Through the years, Bergeron grew the business into an international marine manufacturing and service firm with up to 1,400 employees, the largest reported inland river barge contract in U.S. maritime history at $58 million, with shipyards and services in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Venezuela. Bergeron previously served as Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans. Bergeron has also received honors such as the Governor’s Lantern Award presented by former Governor Dave Treen as well as special recognition from former Alabama Governor
TNPA Focuses on Ship Repair
Manager for Transnet Port Terminals in 2002. Prior to that he was Municipal Manager for the Municipality of Phalaborwa, following 18 years’ as a geologist, educator and education manager in the mining industry.A BSc Hons graduate of the University of Fort Hare, he holds an MSc from Huntsville, Alabama, a Diploma in Human Resources Management from Rand Afrikaans University and an MBA from De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. He has also completed a number of marine-related and executive leadership courses, including the Executive Development Program at the Gordon Institute of Business
Vigor Hires McCreary, Blount in Leadership Roles
growing government programs in ship repair and fabrication. He brings to the role long history in shipbuilding and ship repair, having serves as Executive VP for VT Halter in Mississippi for five years, CEO of Marinette Marine from 2005 to 2011, and recently finished a six year tour with BAE Systems in Alabama. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan in Naval Architecture/Marine Engineering. Blount joins Vigor as the Manager of International Business Development for the company’s portfolio of military craft and specialized aluminum patrol boats. He has 26 years of maritime leadership
McCane Named Director at Newport News’ Apprentice School
College in Brewton, Alab. McCane earned doctoral degrees in urban higher education administration and education administration from Jackson State University and Lacrosse University, respectively. She also holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in organic chemistry and chemistry from the University of Alabama, Texas Southern University and Alabama State University.“Latitia comes to us at an important time in our company’s history when we are focused on people and technology—transforming the way we do business,” Bagley said. “Given Latitia’s wealth of experience, I&rsquo
NOAA Taps Graham to Lead National Hurricane Center
National Weather Service Southern Region headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas, where he led Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts. He also served as the meteorological service chief at NWS headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, and was the meteorologist-in-charge at the local forecast offices in Birmingham, Alabama, and Corpus Christi, Texas. Graham has vast experience working with emergency managers prior to and during a wide variety of weather threats and spent time deployed with officials at emergency operations centers. His career with NOAA began in 1994, after working as a broadcast meteorologist
Glassman Joins VMAG
, conducted numerous aids to navigation projects, was the resident fisheries expert for the Gulf of Mexico, rescued many mariners from the sea, attended electronics schools to attain electrical engineering qualifications, became boarding officer qualified, partook in the massive rescue efforts in Alabama/Mississippi/Louisiana after hurricane Katrina and also responded to Deepwater Horizon disaster and participated in the gulf cleanup.
Marine Exhaust Systems of Alabama Names Simmons CFO
Marine Exhaust Systems of Alabama has appointed Karen C. Simmons, CPA, PFS as Chief Financial Officer effective January 1, 2017.
BOEM Oil and Gas Lease Sale: 48m Acres
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Ross Hopper announced the bureau will offer more than 48 million acres offshore Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama for oil and gas exploration and development, in a lease sale that will include all available unleased areas in the Central Planning Area (CPA). “As one of the most productive basins in the world, the Gulf of Mexico remains an important component of our domestic energy strategy to create jobs, foster economic opportunities, and reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil,” Hopper said. “The exploration
Grand Bahama Shipyard Adds Four Executives
years of experience in ship repair, ship conversion, new building project management, estimating, contract management, operations and engineering management. Prior to joining GBSL he held several middle and senior level management positions at Atlantic Marine and BAE Systems Florida and Alabama Shipyards in the U.S. Throughout his career Chuck has been responsible for the implementation of corporate strategies by leading the pursuit of new business opportunities, as well as startup and continual improvements in new ship building and ship repair operations. As VP of Special
Austal Stops Shares Trading
USA is best known for it construction of vessels for the U.S. Navy, and late last year the parent company’s price took a hit amidst reports of difficulties with the Littoral Combat Ship program. As recently as two days ago (June 28, 2016), a ceremony was hosted at the U.S. facility in Mobile, Alabama to celebrate the keel authentication of the U.S. Navy's future USS Charleston (LCS 18), the ninth Independence variant littoral combat ship. LCS is a modular, reconfigurable ship, with three types of mission packages including surface warfare, mine countermeasures and antisubmarine warfare
Long Beach Harbor Commission Hires Chief of Staff
and conferences, among other duties. Jordan, who was born in Houston, graduated in 1990 from Sam Houston State University in Texas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. In 2011, he earned a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama. Jordan is scheduled to start at the Port on Monday, Dec. 7
VT Halter Marine President Skinner Retires
leadership. After more than 46 years in the shipbuilding business, including nearly two decades at VT Halter Marine, President and CEO Bill Skinner has announced his retirement. Skinner previously served as President, CEO and Director of ADDSCO Industries (1985-1989), the parent company of Alabama Maritime Corporation, where he also served as President (1982-1984) and as President of Alabama Shipyard, Inc. (1989-1997) following its acquisition by Atlantic Marine. “I have been privileged to serve at the helm of a shipbuilding company that has such a rich history, renowned reputation
OceanLED Names Ambrose Account Manager
OceanLED U.S. Superyacht Division appoints Katelyn Ambrose as Account Manager for the Southeast, Alabama and Gulf Coast OceanLED, a manufacturer of LED marine lighting technology, announced that Katelyn Ambrose has joined the U.S. Superyacht Division in the role of Account Manager for projects in the Southeast, Alabama and Gulf Coast. Based in Deerfield Beach, Fla., Ambrose will have core responsibility for strengthening sales as well as supporting existing customers in her regions. In Katelyn’s new role she will work alongside William Banning, U.S. Superyacht Division Manager.
Magnolia LNG Completes Management Team
LNGL OSMR® opportunities. He brings 20 years hydrocarbon processing industry operations and management experience to MLNG, including his most recent posting as Vice President Corpus Christi LNG Operations with Cheniere Energy. Mr. Hudson holds a BS in Chemical Engineering at the University of Alabama and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Global Business Management. MLNG Chief Operating Office, John Baguley, advised, “We are very pleased to have Maury and Richard joining our MLNG management team. They significantly strengthen two key areas of our project delivery &ndash
Signal Ship Repair Achieves OSHA Milestone
Signal International announced that on December 31, 2014, the Signal Ship Repair Operations located in Mobile, Alabama achieved one full year and worked 387,926 manhours, without the occurrence of an OSHA recordable incident. This is a safety milestone within the United States shipyard and marine fabrication industry, thus representing world-class safety performance, the yard said. By realizing the goal of a zero OSHA recordable incident, which includes work-related injuries such as cuts, lacerations, punctures, abrasions, fractures, strains, sprains, dislocations, burns, bruises and
NCE Opens Office in Alabama
Noise Control Engineering, LLC (NCE) opened a new office in Mobile, Ala. The office will be staffed by Nathan Jones, a Senior Engineer with more than 10 years of experience at NCE. “Our customers along the Gulf Coast region are a very important part of our business and this office will enable us to better serve them. Our goal is to be in a position to react quickly to their needs and provide them with superior support” explains Nathan. Mr. Jones will be providing clients with expert engineering support during the vessel design and construction phase which will include the QC of noise