"Solutions for Your Offshore Oil Skimming Needs"
Charles has extensive experience in both manufacturing and international business. He is the former President and COO of a $420 million privately held group of paper and packaging companies. Under his leadership and management, the company opened its first recycled paper mill, added new operations, acquired sheet plants and sheet feeders, started-up a new specialty box plant, and concluded joint ventures for timber and sawmill operations. Charles has also managed the design, construction, startup and operations of multiple large industrial scale projects.
Charles has also worked for Procter & Gamble, Bechtel, Inc., and the University of Cincinnati.
He earned a Masters in Construction Engineering and Management from Stanford University and holds a BS in Civil Engineering. Charles is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program of the Harvard Business School. He is the recipient of the Ellis Medal of Honor and serves on the Professional Advisory Board of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Rear Admiral Joel Whitehead, U.S. Coast Guard (Ret.) is President and CEO of J. Whitehead & Associates, Inc., a consulting firm in the New Orleans metro area that specializes in environmental protection, governmental affairs and regulatory compliance, acquisitions, strategic communications and emergency management.
Admiral Whitehead served over 35 years in the United States Coast Guard collaboratively working at all levels of the maritime industry including shipping companies, U.S. and foreign port authorities, pilot associations and numerous federal, state and local authorities. Initially trained as a commercial vessel inspector and casualty investigator, he has inspected over 2,000 U.S. and foreign flag vessels and has conducted hundreds of marine casualty investigations. His long service with the Coast Guard has included federal crisis management during 9/11, hurricanes IKE and GUSTAV in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and many other states. He was also intimately involved in the emergency response to the EXXON VALDEZ oil spill as well as during the first “Superfund” (CERCLA) hazardous chemical spill in the United States. He culminated his Coast Guard career as Commander of the 8th Coast Guard District in New Orleans with responsibility for Coast Guard operations in 26 states.
Joel was educated at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, the Rockefeller College of Public Administration at the State University of New York at Albany and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is a National Director of the Navy League of the United States and a Board Member of the International Propeller Club of the United States.
Bob has over 40 year’s design experience in the marine industry, mainly in the areas of oil spill control and marine fendering design. He worked on the design of the original ORS-2000 high-seas oil skimmer system for the U. S. Coast Guard, and was the project manager for its construction. He also developed a fast-current oil skimmer, and a portable flaring burner system for on-site disposal of recovered oil. Since that time he has focused on the design of marine fendering systems, as well as buoys and similar products, utilizing much of the same materials technology that went into the ORS-2000.
In the course of his career he has worked for Union Carbide Corporation in the Process Engineering Department, and for Ocean Systems, Seaward International, Inc., and Trelleborg Marine Systems in the marine products area. At Seaward, he was VP of Engineering and also served as VP of Manufacturing. While at Seaward he also designed the polyurethane elastomer production facility still in use by Trelleborg. At Trelleborg he was Engineering Manager for the Foam Products Division, where the main product was foam-filled ship fenders.
He earned a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Tech, and an MS degree in Ocean Engineering from the University of Rhode Island. He has served on ASTM committees for oil spill control, ship fendering, and for plastic timber products. After his retirement in 2010 he has performed independent consulting services, and is currently working on the new design for the ORS-1000 high-seas oil skimmer.