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Graebner, Robert "Bob" J.
Robert Graebner spent nearly all of his career at GSI, where he provided a crucial interface between research and operations. He received a bachelor's degree in engineering physics from the Colorado School...
Niels Aalund is a native Houstonian. He graduated from the University of Houston and worked in D.C. as a maritime lobbyist before taking a job with the West Gulf Maritime Association, where he currently...
Breaux, Royce and Breaux, Roy, Jr.
Royce Breaux is the chairman of Breauxs Baycraft, Inc. and Roy Breaux Jr. is the president. Both have followed in their father, Roy Breaux Sr.'s, footsteps and have continued the tradition of building...
Berard has been involved in the oil and gas industry for 50 years, working for and owning several companies, including most notably Unifab Fabricators (1980-2000). He was born and raised in the Atchafalaya...
Ward, E. G. "Skip"
Tibbs, Roy "Scotty"
Scott Tibbs is the president of Gulf Craft, Inc. an aluminum crew boat ship builder located in Patterson, LA on the Bayou Teche. He received a degree in History from LSU and flew crop dusters before getting...
Jonkman, Frederik Johan
Bobby Simon was born in Abbeyville, LA, and moved to Lafayette in 1959 to attend University of Southwestern Louisiana. Began work as a medical technician Charity Hospital and by 1976 he and a couple colleagues...
Tom Kelly was a long-time boat builder. He was vice-president of operations at Seward Seacraft in Morgan City in the early 1970s. He owned and operated his owned companies, mostly for boat repair. He was...
Thorjussen, Terge "Ted"
Ted Thorjussen is a native of Oslo, Norway. He started in the ship-broker business, then came to the U.S. for work, and later joined the U.S. Navy. He moved to Houston in 1970 and worked for a ship-broker,...
Randy LeCompte is co-owner of Geo Marine Incorporated at the Port of Iberia. Geo specializes in aluminum catamarans and shallow water crew/seismic boats. The company was started by Mac LeCompte in 1979...
Charles Mills is a native of Galveston, Texas and spent fifty years in the maritime industry. He joined the U.S. Merchant Marine in the late 1930s and sailed for Lykes Brothers Shipping. During this time...
Mr. Vernon Albert was born in Pennsylvania and grew up an "Army brat." He studied business at San Antonio College before joining the Army, where he went to flight school and spent two years in Vietnam....
Keene, William Patrick
Patrick Keene was recommended to me by a lifelong Pascagoula resident as someone who would be particularly knowledgeable about the history of shipbuilding in Pascagoula. We met at his house on Beach Blvd....
Mr. Patrick Ottinger was born in 1946 in Lake Charles and moved to Lafayette when he was 10 years old. His father was a land man/scout for Stanolind Oil and moved the family to Lafayette when the industry...
Vance Breaux is president and part-owner of Breaux Brother's Enterprise. He and his brother, Ward Breaux, broke away from their father's shipyard, Breaux's Baycraft, and started their own business in 1982....
Anderson, La Nell
Crawford, Carl M.
Carl Crawford was recommended to our study team by office personnel at Signal International. When contacted, he agreed to an interview. The interview took place at the Shell Landing Country Club. Mr. Crawford...
Leroy Molaison is the owner and president of Main Ironworks in Houma, LA. He bought the company in 1986 during the downturn. He came into the company through his father-in-law, who was co-founder of the...
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