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Stuart Halley  (Photo: Mercury Racing

Mercury Racing Names Halley as GM

since 2011.During that time, Halley and his team were integral to the success of many of Mercury’s outboard platforms including the 150hp FourStroke, the 75-115hp FourStroke and the new 3.4L V-6 platform.Prior to working at Mercury, Halley was employed at General Dynamics and Lockheed in Ft. Worth, Texas and was involved with the F-16 National Aero-Space Plane (X-30) and F-22 aircraft programs. He holds a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering from Iowa State University

Mike Rickey (Photo: Honda Marine)

Rickey Named Senior Manager at Honda Marine

for Export Sales.  A decade later, he became National Sales Manager for Honda Marine, a role he held from 2009 to 2012. Soon thereafter, Rickey became Engines – Group Manager.  Rickey holds a Master of Industrial Distribution (MID) focused in Engineering and Industrial Distribution from Texas A&M University. He also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Management from Angelo State University in Texas

(File photo: Port Corpus Christi)

Corpus Christi Gearing Up to Handle US Shale Export Boom

Port officials on Tuesday are expected to consider $300 million in financing that would prepare the country's largest oil-export port - Corpus Christi, Texas - to handle a surge in U.S. shale production over the next five years.International buyers would like more U.S. crude but are unable to get it because of infrastructure constraints along the U.S. Gulf Coast. Terminals originally designed for imports only recently have revamped operations to handle exports including accepting larger tankers preferred by China and other oil buyers.The Port of Corpus Christi Commission is voting on a plan that

Steven Thrasher (Photo: Ashtead)

Ashtead Bolsters US Team

Global subsea equipment specialists, Ashtead Technology, has strengthened its leadership team with the appointment of Steven Thrasher as regional vice president for the Americas. Bringing almost 20 years’ experience in the subsea industry, Thrasher, who will be based in Houston, Texas, will head up Ashtead’s US operation as it gears up for further growth in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) and neighbouring markets.   Prior to joining Ashtead, Thrasher held a number of senior and technical positions at FTO Services, C-Innovation and Schilling Robotics.   He began his career in the

David J. Keehan (Photo: APC)

Keehan Promoted to President of Advanced Polymer Coatings

roles, David Keehan has also been actively engaged since 2013 as Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio, and has previously worked as a Supervisor at DuPont Tribon. He has a Bachelor of Business Management degree from LeTourneau University, in Longview, Texas. He has achieved Level 3 Certified Coating Inspector status from NACE International, the professional organization for the corrosion control industry headquartered in Houston, Texas

Bryceon Sumner (Photo: Foss)

Foss Names Sumner CFO

provide valuable leadership and support to many companies and boards. He began his career at Ernst & Young working on several IPOs, including a banking tech IPO that was later sold for $3.9 billion. Sumner graduated from the University of Georgia with a BBA in accounting and the University of Texas at Austin with an MPA in accounting

Maersk Viking. Photo: Maersk Drilling

Maersk Drilling Axes Dozens of Staff

 Maersk Drilling USA is laying off 84 employees who work aboard the Maersk Viking (UDW drillship), located in the Gulf of Mexico, and report directly to the company’s office in Houston, Houston Chronicle reported quoting data sent to the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).   The employees, who received notification of the layoffs on Jan. 12, report to the company's office at 2500 CityWest Boulevard. They will continue to work for the next two months until their employment is terminated, according to the WARN notice.   The termination will likely be permanent unless the company

Tony McWilliams (Photo: Pharma-Safe Industrial Services)

Pharma-Safe Expands into West Texas

Health and safety services provider Pharma-Safe Industrial Services said it has expanded into the West Texas market through the addition of a new office in Midland. In conjunction with Pharma-Safe’s new office, the company announced that Tony McWilliams will join as the West Texas Area Manager.   With more than 20 years of experience, McWilliams will lead business development strategies for health, safety and environmental services and deliver exceptional results to clients.    “Tony’s experience will help drive our company’s sales strategy and continued

Vallourec Drilling Products Cuts Roughly 150 Jobs in Texas

Vallourec Drilling Products, a subsidiary of Paris, France-based steel pipe maker Vallourec , will lay off roughly 150 employees in Texas, according to a regulatory filing. Vallourec specializes in making tubular products for the energy and other industrial sectors. It has about 19,000 employees worldwide. The layoffs come as companies that supply equipment and services to the oilfield are still recovering from a three-year rout in oil prices. Although benchmark crude futures have traded above $60 a barrel for much of the year, they have fallen recently amid concerns of growing supply. On

Dean Xeros (Photo: Principle Logistics Group)

Principle Logistics Group Names Xeros as President

passions has been as a volunteer and leader at Austin Street Center, a poverty alleviation outreach ministry, where he has served for almost 20 years, working with meal distribution efforts, teaching Sunday School, and organizing multiple fundraising efforts. Xeros earned a BBA in Finance from Texas A&M University

Sam Rubio. (Photo: GulfMark Offshore, Inc.)

Rubio Named CFO of GulfMark Offshore

both operating division and corporate levels as well as the management of accounting organizations. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Sul Ross State University and is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.   "As Sam assumes the CFO responsibilities we will be implementing further improvements in the efficiency and cost effectiveness of our operations," said Quintin Kneen, GulfMark’s President and Chief Executive Officer. "We are beginning

Kenneth Graham (Photo: NOAA)

NOAA Taps Graham to Lead National Hurricane Center

focused on expected impacts for hurricanes Gustav, Ike, Isaac, and during the historic 2017 season.   Prior to leading the New Orleans/Baton Rouge forecast office, Graham served as the systems operations division chief at 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

Pradeep Verma (Photo: Kreuz Subsea)

Kreuz Subsea Strengthens Senior Management Team

proposals and commercial head at McDermott International where he was responsible for business development and project acquisitions across the South East Asia region.   Marek Kaminski has joined the firm from Subsea 7 where he held the role of regional vessel and asset manager, based in Houston, Texas. He also worked at EMAS Offshore Ltd for five years and Rubicon Oilfield International prior to this. Kaminski brings more than 30 years experience in the oil and gas industry, specifically across project management and operations roles.   As director of marine assets, Kaminski will be responsible

Latitia McCane (HII photo)

McCane Named Director at Newport News’ Apprentice School

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’m

Photo: Borr Drilling

Borr Drilling Cuts Jobs in Texas

Offshore rig operator Borr Drilling cut 66 jobs in Texas at the end of March, according to a state regulatory notice, as the company prepared to close on its purchase of Paragon Offshore.The filing with the Texas Workforce Commission did not provide a reason for the layoffs.A Borr representative was not immediately available for comment.Borr, based in Oslo, Norway, offered to buy rival Paragon Offshore for $232.5 million in February and Paragon shareholders approved the deal on March 27. Borr's chief executive officer left the company last month, citing the acquisition of Paragon.Reporting by Liz

A member of the USCG tries on a commercial dive helmet, umbilical, and an emergency bailout bottle Photo ASA

ASA hosts Response Training for Houston Authorities

More than 40 U.S. Coast Guard, State of Texas, maritime industry and local emergency responders attended the American Salvage Association’s (ASA) Marine Salvage and Emergency Response training course last month in the Houston-Galveston area presented by the ASA Training Committee.  Designed to train students on how to coordinate proactive marine casualty response operations, this two-day program exposed students to a wide variety of course modules led by ASA members and industry experts in salvage law, naval architecture, commercial diving, environmental policy, and emergency response

BP Shipping’s Aggies left to right: Daniel Justus, Stewart Andrews, Jenny Long, Sara Broadrick, Garrett Jones and Michael Flannery.

Texas A&M Galveston Degrees Lead Six Aggies to BP Shipping

Jenny Long was an Aggie with a challenge. She had an important job opening to fill with her company, BP Shipping Americas, located in Chicago. As the regional voyage operations superintendent for BP Shipping, it is her job to fill it with the best and most qualified candidates. Long graduated from Texas A&M University at Galveston with a Marine Transportation degree and a minor in Maritime Administration.So, when she has an open position, one of the first places she contacts is her alma mater, Texas A&M Galveston. “BP Shipping has an open and fair hiring process” says Long. &ldquo

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