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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.
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).
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.
Capt. Jonathan Atkin, Maritime Photographer
Jonathan Atkin’s work experience spans museum management, dance, and many maritime activities. Jonathan currently specializes in photographing ships and is known for meticulously planned aerial media from manned helicopters and drones. His clients include blue water cargo shipping, towing companies, cruise lines, shipyards, and the broader workboat sector. At 19 he sailed as a merchant seaman from Galveston Texas to Haifa Israel and back on a trans-Atlantic bulk carrier making his first serious maritime photographs. While pursuing an MFA at the RIT, he combined a passion for dance in photography, briefly creating his own dance group. After grad school, Jonathan became a Program Developer for the newly designed Brooklyn Children’s Museum, the nation’s oldest children’s museum. Prior to specializing in maritime photography, Atkin completed over 850 assignments for The New York Times Travel and Arts & Leisure sections. His other editorial work ranged from the Smithsonian Magazine to The Wall Street Journal, with noteworthy coverage of civil rights. Jonathan advocates for historic ships and their value to American heritage. Jonathan combines his love for dance and maritime in the Hero Project where he directs and photographs world class dancers aboard historic ships, creating an evocative duet between dancers and ships that brings a unique visibility to maritime heritage. He is an active participant of Harbor Ops Committee at USCG Sector NY and a member of Connecticut Maritime Association.. He has a 100 ton Masters License.
Craig Gundry, SVP Operations of Consorzio IDC
Craig Gundry's career has primarily focused on the commercial side of various organizations’ technical efforts serving in hybrid positions of operations, business development, and project management. While working within the Cruise and Offshore Oil & Gas markets, he has been involved with technical commodity supply; maintenance, re-power, new-build projects for power generation; wastewater treatment system maintenance, installations; and passenger space refurbishment, conversion, additions. Currently, he is SVP Operations of the Italian firm Consorzio IDC which has offices in the USA. IDC has worked on the famous COSTA CONCORDIA salvage job and is heavily involved with providing EPC services to the Cruise industry, along with engineering and design support to Offshore Oil & Gas. Craig is the section chair of the South East Section of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, has been an active "Big" with Big Brothers and Big Sisters for 7 years, and is a member of South Florida Maritime Lions Club. He has a B.S. from the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point.
Robert Hill, Founder, President Ocean Tug & Barge Engineering Corp.
Bob Hill is the founder and President of Ocean Tug & Barge Engineering Corp., of Milford, MA. His firm specializes in the design of AT/B's, "Articulated Tug/Barge" units, for ocean and coastwise service. Mr. Hill has over 30 years of experience in AT/B design, including working with most of the major tug/barge connection systems available worldwide. His firm, has been involved in the engineering of 26 currently operating US flag AT/B's, – more AT/B designs and conversions, than any other design firm or shipyard in North America. Currently, the firm is developing AT/B designs for half-million barrel "ShuttleBarges" for service in the GOM FSO trade, as well as AT/B designs for the carriage of everything from chemicals, to petroleum products, to container feeders, to railcars, to bulk materials. The firm has provided AT/B engineering support to shipyards such as Alabama Shipyard, and Halter Marine, and has performed contract design services for such prestigious firms as Mobil Oil Corp., Conoco, Reinauer Transportation, Penn Maritime, Dixie Carriers, Canada Steamship, and many other such firms.
Barry E.A. Johnson, Global Business Development Advisor, Former White House Appointee
Barry Johnson leads the Inbound Investment & Global Market Access advisory practice of 32 Advisors LLC . He uses his 55-country network and 25 years of multidisciplinary work experience as a corporate business executive, entrepreneur, and economic diplomat to help companies and governments, accelerate cross-border growth and development. His practice bridges major business, policy and culture gaps that challenge international corporations wishing to enter the US or other markets. He is also a Fellow in the University of Texas- Austin's Institute for Creativity and Capital, the innovative “think and do” tank helping to catalyze regional economic development through cross-society collaboration. Previously, he served the Obama Administration, first as Senior Advisor for Economic Development in the U.S. Department of Commerce; then as founding Executive Director of SelectUSA, the first White House initiative to promote and facilitate inward investment. Prior to that Barry, worked in the private sector in investment banking, real estate and entertainment industries with a specialization in new business formation. He built a strong track record of launching successful “intrapreneurial” businesses at companies that include Disney, Bertelsmann and Sony; and he was founding President of MSBET, the joint venture between Viacom’s BET Networks and the Microsoft Corporation. Barry also serves on the Board of Directors of the Corporation of Yaddo and is a co-founder of the non-profit organization Global Act. Barry has a B.A from Yale and an MBA from Harvard.
Peter Liguori, media executive, most recently CEO of Tribune Media. Liguori is a former top executive at Discovery Communications Inc. and 21st Century Fox. More bio info coming shortly.
Phil Reed, Naval Architect, Salvage Master, Managing Director, Reed Maritime LLC
Phil Reed is an accomplished Salvage Master and Salvage Engineer. He worked for Titan Salvage for over 20 years on many and high profile, complex salvage jobs. He was one of several Salvage Masters on the famous COSTA CONCORDIA Wreck Removal Project and was one of the principal authors of the Titan-Micoperi bid tender. He was involved throughout the project including parbuckling, refloating and the redelivery of the wreck to Genoa. In December 2012, he launched his own salvage consultancy Reed Maritime LLC which offers services worldwide to salvors, vessel owners & operators, underwriters, P&I clubs, government agencies and solicitors. He is a US-based member of Lloyd's Panel of Special Casualty Representatives (SCR). In 2015, he did salvage work in New York Harbor in the matter of the GREY SHARK which was brought, while afire, to the Homeport pier in Staten Island. Phil has a BS in Marine Engineering/Marine Transportation from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point and a MS in Ocean Engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology.
David Sharps, President, Waterfront Museum Barge
David Sharps is the Founding President and Executive Director of The Waterfront Museum (1986-present). After visiting waterfronts in over 40 countries he focusing as an entertainer he restored the 1914 Lehigh Valley Railroad Barge #79, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Media Spokesperson for Museum and Waterfront Issues. U.S. Coast Guard Attraction Vessel. Provided waterfront access and programming for extended stays in Red Hook, Brooklyn Bridge Park, NYC Hudson River Parks, South Street Seaport, Riverdale, Piermont, Cold Spring, Poughkeepsie, Kingston, Hudson, Waterford, NY & Hoboken, Liberty State Park, NJ. Secured major grants totaling over 2 million dollars to restore and program the only surviving, wooden example of the Hudson River Covered Barge. 1998 United Nations Designation of Barge as “Regional Craft of the International Year of the Oceans.” Attracted a million people to hundreds of cultural programs and exhibitions produced for the general public at low cost and/or free of charge.
Capt. Eric Wiberg, Captain, maritime management, maritime author and historian.
Eric Wiberg is a mariner and licensed maritime lawyer from the Bahamas. A nautical historian with six non-fiction books published, he studied at five universities in three countries, including at Oxford. He has sailed 75,000 nautical miles on over 100 vessels, mostly as a yacht captain, and commercially operated a fleet of nine tankers from Singapore. A citizen of Sweden and the US, he is a Marketing Manager for McAllister Transportation in New York City. Eric is on the board of the Steamship Historical Society of America, the Library Committee of the NY Yacht Club, and is Membership Chair for India House.