OMSA expands Board of Directors


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The Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA), today introduced the chosen slate of its Board of Directors for 2020– 2021. The slate is led by inbound Chairman, Minor “Tony” Cheramie, III as well as consists of the adhering to brand-new Directors:

Ashton Laborde: President, Laborde Marine;

Garrett Rice: Chief Financial Officer, Master Boat Builders, Inc.;

Caitlin Sause: Vice President,Sause Bros Ocean Towing Co., Inc.; as well as

Karl Senner: President, Karl Senner, LLC;

The slate of elections will certainly be taken into consideration for verification by OMSA’s subscription at the company’s upcoming Spring Conference.

“I congratulate our new and returning Board of Directors and look forward to having the benefit of their expert direction as OMSA sails into the decade ahead more motivated than ever,” stated Aaron Smith, President as well as Chief Executive Officer of OMSA. “The second century of the Jones Act presents countless opportunities for us to advance and strengthen our industry in exciting new ways, while always remaining true to our founding mission. With an expanded Board of industry leaders reflecting the full scope of America’s marine industry, OMSA will remain steadfast in its commitment to supporting the Jones Act; fostering a safe, secure, and viable maritime sector; and providing for the hardworking men and women who make it run.”

“I am deeply honored to be named as Chairman of OMSA. I have been involved continuously in OMSA for the last 27 years and I look forward to putting that history and the perspective it gives me to good use as I work with all of my fellow OMSA members to further our essential, all-American industry,” stated Tony Cheramie, the brand-new Chairman of OMSA. “OMSA will continue working tirelessly to shape public policies for the benefit of the American mariners, shipyard workers, vessels operators, and members engaged in every aspect of our industry. Chiefly, OMSA will continue to ensure full fidelity to the Jones Act by all governmental authorities.”

Since its implementation 100 years earlier, the Jones Act (additionally referred to as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920) has actually needed that all vessels that transfer items in between UNITED STATE factors be American- constructed, -possessed, -crewed, as well as -flagged. OMSA keeps in mind that this legislation has actually offered the nationwide rate of interest by advertising durable financial development, reinforcing nationwide protection as well as boundary protection, as well as sustaining the development of hundreds of family-sustaining work for American employees.

Of specific note, the chosen slate of OMSA Board of Directors consists of 12 Directors that belong to multigeneration family members firms (suggested by asterisks in the listed here). Furthermore, a bigger board is the rational outcome of an ever-growing subscription as well as will certainly offer to much better enhance the varied voices that compose the aquatic sector throughout the United States.

“As a third-generation of a family dating back to the roots of the offshore support vessel industry, joining the OMSA Board of Directors to represent Laborde Marine and more than 170 other American companies is a high honor for me,” stated Ashton Laborde, President ofLaborde Marine “I look forward to promoting our industry and upholding the Jones Act with my fellow board members in the years to come.”

“A robust maritime industry underwrites America’s economic, energy, and national security,” stated Caitlin Sause, Vice President,Sause Bros Ocean Towing Co.,Inc “When we succeed, our nation prospers and stays protected. I am so proud to follow three generations before me in service to the thousands of American households whose livelihoods are supported by the work we do each and every day.”

Garrett Rice, CFO of Master Boat Builders, stated, “My family’s company has always prided ourselves on building work boats with an emphasis on work. Along with my fellow Board Members, I look forward to applying that diligence toward the issues facing the American maritime industry.”

“Working for my family’s international, marine propulsion distribution and service company gives me the benefit of exposure to every corner of the marine industry,” stated Karl Senner, President of Karl Senner, LLC. “I hope this broad base of knowledge is of value to the OMSA Board of Directors as we work to address the issues facing the offshore marine transportation industry and emerging markets that provide new opportunities for the U.S. marine industry.”

The Executive Committee of the 2020– 2021 OMSA Board of Directors

  • Minor “Tony” Cheramie *, III, OMSA Chairman,Vice President, L&M BoTruc Rental, LLC
  • Otto Candies, III *, OMSA Vice Chairman,Vice Chairman, Otto Candies, LLC
  • Blake Miguez *, OMSA Secretary/Treasurer, President as well as Chief Executive Officer, SeaTran Marine, LLC
  • Court Ramsay *, Immediate Past OMSA Chairman, President as well as Chief Executive Officer, Aries Marine Corporation

The 2020– 2021 OMSA Board of Directors

  • Ben Bordelon *, President as well as Chief Executive Officer, Bollinger Shipyards, Inc.
  • Dino Chouest *, Vice President, Edison Chouest Offshore
  • John Gellert, Chief Executive Officer as well as President, SEACOR Marine Holdings Inc.
  • Barry Graham, Managing Member, Barry Graham Oil Service, L.L.C.
  • Todd Hornbeck, * Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer, Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc.
  • Lee Jackson, Chief Executive Officer, Jackson Offshore Operators
  • Ashton Laborde *, President, Laborde Marine
  • Kenny Nelkin *, President as well as Chief Executive Officer, Candy Fleet LLC
  • Chris Orth, Vice President Sales, Tidewater Marine
  • Garrett Rice *, Chief Financial Officer, Master Boat Builders, Inc.
  • Caitlin Sause *, Vice President of Government as well as Public Affairs,Sause Bros Ocean Towing Co., Inc.
  • Karl Senner *, President, Karl Senner, LLC
  • Lynn Strahan, President, Marine Systems, Inc.
  • Rob Vosbein, Jr., Executive Vice President as well as General Counsel, Harvey Gulf International Marine, LLC

Background on 2020-2021 OMSA Chairman Tony Cheramie

Minor A. “Tony” Cheramie III has actually acted as a participant of the OMSA Board of Directors given that 2008 as well as involved for almost
3 years. He additionally offers on the United States Coast Guard/ OMSA security collaboration board.

Cheramie previously offered a two-year term as chairman of the OMSA Human Resources Committee from 2006 to 2008, where he was in charge of collaborating quarterly board conferences covering subjects influencing vessel drivers as well as the sailors that manned OMSA participant vessels. An graduate of the College of Business at Nicholls State University (Class of 1994),

Cheramie acts as a Vice President of L&M Bo-Truc Rental Inc where he has actually been utilized given that 1988. L&M Bo-Truc Rental is an independently held offshore supply vessel driver developed in 1948 which possesses as well as runs 9 U.S.-flagged overseas supply vessels headquartered in Galliano, Louisiana.

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