We are currently growing our board and will announce some additional directors in early 2017 after the next board meeting.
Capt. Jonathan Atkin, Maritime Photographer
Craig Gundry, SVP Operations of Consorzio IDC
Bob Hill, Founder, President Ocean Tug & Barge Engineering Corp.
Barry E.A. Johnson, Global Business Development Advisor, Former White House Appointee
Phil Reed, Naval Architect, Salvage Master, Managing Director, Reed Maritime LLC
David Sharps, President, Waterfront Museum Barge
Carolina Salguero, PortSide Founder and President. She began life in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn and spent her teen years in New England, often on the coast. She graduated magna cum laude from Yale with two majors (Art and American Studies). The social policy studies from the latter informed her journalism and ultimately PortSide. She worked around the world as a freelance documentary photographer and writer from the opening of the Berlin Wall through 9/11 where she arrived at ground zero on her own boat. Her intrepid photojournalism had her survive a hit man and Shining Path bomb in Peru, and a car-jacking at machine gun point in South Africa. Since 1998, she has been researching, documenting, boating and advocating on behalf of New York City's waterfront. In 2002, she completed a multi-year project on NYC tugboats for National Geographic which introduced her to the working waterfront. In 2003, she launched the first interactive community board website in NYC for Brooklyn Community Board 6 about the "Piers 6-12 Study" pertaining to plans for the Red Hook Containerport. In 2007, she supervised the haul-out of the MARY A. WHALEN. She continues creating art photography via a series of porthole views from the MARY A. WHALEN. Carolina received a National Maritime Historical Society ship preservation award in 2013, and has a 6-pack captain's license. She is a member of New York Maritime Inc. (NYMAR), the Connecticut Maritime Association (CMA) , and the National Maritime Historical Society (NMHS).
Dan Goncharoff is a consultant on financial exchanges and risk. He grew up in Fort Greene, Brooklyn and attended Stuyvesant High School and Yale. He worked for Goldman Sachs for 13 years, where he developed their first risk monitoring process, and became the youngest VP in the firm's history. He ended up in Europe, where he stayed for most of the next two decades, living in London, England and Frankfurt, Germany, two cities with identities closely tied to their river locations. His consulting work for Deutsche Boerse, the largest exchange company in the world, has taken him to locations such as Paris, Madrid and Dubai. Dan works on PortSide event planning and funding research and serves as the financial officer.
Rear Admiral Robert C. North, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired) Rear Admiral Robert C. North retired from active duty with the U. S. Coast Guard on 30 April 2001. He is presently serving as the President of North Star Maritime, Inc., a marine industry consulting firm, specializing in international and domestic maritime safety, security and environmental protection regulatory compliance. In this capacity, he works with a range of maritime industry clients and attends meetings of the International Maritime Organization.
His U.S. Coast Guard career spanned nearly 35 years and culminated with service as the Coast Guard’s Assistant Commandant for Marine Safety, Security and Environmental Protection where he directed national and international programs for commercial vessel safety, merchant mariner licensing and documentation, port safety and security and waterways management. In that capacity, he led U. S. Delegations to the International Maritime Organization and also served as a member of the American Bureau of Shipping Classification and Technical Committees, the Det Norske Veritas North American Committee, the Lloyds Register General Committee, and the Sealift Committee of the National Defense Transportation Association.
He is a graduate of the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, State University of New York Maritime College at Fort Schuyler and the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, PA. Rear Admiral North is a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers; the Propeller Club, Port of Washington, DC; and the Board of Trustees of the Seaman’s Church Institute of New York and New Jersey.
Levent Kemal Sadıkoğlu Levent is an investment banker with an extensive background in shipping,ranging from shipbuilding, repair & refit, and ship management. He is a director at First Capital Advisers L.L.C., a boutique investment bank focusing on manufacturing and maritime shipping. He also serves as the secretary and a director of New York Maritime Inc. (NYMAR), an association dedicated to promotion of New York as a maritime center, and as a managing director at SK Capital Advisers, Inc., a private investment company. Previously he was an international consultant at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.
Levent has diverse experience in shipping from his family’s longstanding and broad involvement in many aspects of the maritime industry. These ranged from ship-owning, ship-management, shipbuilding, repair and conversion, towing, and salvage. He worked in many of their operations including the two family shipyards, Tuzla Shipyard, Türkter Shipyard, and multitude of shipowning & management companies.
Levent holds a B.A. in History and International Relations from Colby College. He is a member ofSociety of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME), Society for Nautical Research, Connecticut Maritime Association (CMA), The Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce, and Young Shipping Professionals of New York.
Levent grew up in Istanbul, a city profoundly shaped and entwined with its waterfront, the Bosphorus. As a transplanted New Yorker and an avid sailor, Levent is keen to expand the prominence of the New York waterfront as well as the preservation of the maritime legacy of New York. He also has an appreciation for historic ships and his family restored the 1931 built, 446 foot MV SAVARONA, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s yacht.
Domenic Venuto is a senior person in the media/marketing world of digital agencies. He is General Manager, Consumer Division at The Weather Company. He was previously the Global President of Data, Technology and Partnerships at VivaKi where he was a key contributor to VivaKi’s global growth and digital dominance strategy. During four years, Domenic was responsible for all aspects of product development, from strategy and technology to user experience and data. He also oversaw the development of SkySkraper: a powerful, centralized solution for standardizing global media spend and performance data at Publicis agencies, one that drives performance and fuels strategic thinking.
Prior to VivaKi, Domenic was Managing Director of Razorfish’s New York office where his work shaped the online products of Dow Jones, The Wall Street Journal and Condé Nast’s portfolio of magazines. Before joining Razorfish, Domenic was a Senior Manager in Arthur Andersen’s Business Consulting division where he was responsible for implementing ERP solutions for multinational clients. Domenic holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and an MBA from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (R.M.I.T.). He is an immigrant from Australia who became an American citizen. Thanks to PortSide, he was introduced to NYC's waterfront and became an avid sailor, the owner of his own boat; and he is eager to similarly introduce people to the BLUEspace.
John Weaver began his career on stage, first as performer then in production in theater and television. From staff Director at WABC-TV he turned to producing and directing commercials for twenty five years, becoming a Senior Vice President at Young and Rubicam. John has made the ship the focus of his diverse talents since 2007. He brings a unique personal history to PortSide's re-use of the MARY WHALEN. John's father in law was captain of the MARY WHALEN for twenty years. His father in law was NOT aboard when the MARY WHALEN ran aground in the famous 1968 episode that led to a Supreme Court case; that was the other captain. His wife has donated the papers of her father Captain Alf Dyrland, giving PortSide a precious collection of memorabilia relating to the ship and the Norwegian immigrant community. John is Production Coordinator for performing arts programs at PortSide NewYork, and a key part of the branding and visioning team. John’s hobby is woodworking, sometimes on a large scale; he built his own log cabin vacation home in the Pennsylvania woods.