New Board Members and Advisors


PortSide has two new Board members & four new Advisory Board menbers

Board members added:

Raymond Howell is the owner and manager of Travel Express.  He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy. During the Cuban Missile crises, he co-commanded 3 Nuclear war heads and carried the US top secret war codes.  A former EVP at two major regional banks in Omaha and New Orleans, and the French Bank in New York.  He served on the boards of a major symphony orchestra and a major opera company, and was a founding Director of the Louisiana Nature Center. Prior to moving to NYC in 1985, he lived in New Orleans and was a member of the Southern Yacht club. Soon after arriving in NYC, he co-founded the Gowanus Dredgers canoe club which introduced boating to Brooklyn’s toxic Gowanus Canal and helped spur canal clean-up efforts.  As a result, he was one of the winners of MWA’s 2012 “Heroes of the Harbor” award given to paddling groups.


Domenic Venuto is a senior person in the media/marketing world of digital agencies. He is Principal of Domenic Venuto Consulting and a member of The 614 Group’s Advisory Board. 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 over saw 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.).

Advisory Board members added:

Captain Jonathan Atkin’s diverse work experience includes museum work, performing arts, travel and maritime photography. He has completed over 850 assignments for the New York Times.  Jonathan is currently a maritime photographer specializing in aerial and ship-to-ship media for vessels from cargo and cruise ships to tugs and barges.  He has been commissioned by the world’s leading media and major corporations that include cargo lines, cruise lines, and towing companies.  At 19, Jonathan sailed as an ordinary seaman aboard a bulk cargo vessel from Texas to Israel and back.  While pursuing an MFA at the Rochester Institute of Technology, he briefly creating his own dance group. During the mid-1970’s, Jonathan was Program Developer for the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, the nation’s oldest children’s museum, where he developed comprehensive media, marketing and graphics identities, and directed the museum’s public relations. His larger Brooklyn responsibilities gave him a role in the process of separating the member organizations of the Brooklyn Institute of Arts & Sciences (Brooklyn Museum, BAM, Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Brooklyn Children’s Museum) into the independent entities we know today.  Jonathan’s passions converge in his advocacy for historic ships for which he conceived the Hero Project where he photographs world class dancers aboard historic ships. The Hero Project creates a powerful visual duet of dancers and ships that bring visibility to our nation’s maritime legacy in a new ways that reaches new audiences.


Craig Gundry, SVP Operations of the firm Consorzio IDC. Craig’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.  In his free time he enjoys golf, fishing, and is an avid networker within the maritime industry. Craig is the section chair of the South East Section of SNAME (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.


Barry E.A. Johnson, Principal & Head of Inbound Investment & Global Market Access 32 Advisors, LLC Barry E. A. 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 a 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 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.


Phil Reed is an accomplished Salvage Master, Salvage Engineer, Marine Engineer, Naval Architect, Naval Engineer.  He worked for Titan Salvage for over 20 years on many and high profile, complex salvage jobsHe was one of six Salvage Masters on the famous COSTA CONCORDIA Wreck Removal Project and was one of the principal authors of the Titan-Micoperi bid tender and 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 including Special Casualty Representative (SCR), Salvage Master, Project Management and Salvage Engineer. He is also 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.