Expert in Boating safety, navigation on inland or international waters, standard of care for vessel passengers and crew, accident investigation/analysis and consultation
I have served as a vessel charter captain, 28+ years in industry, specializing in; crew training, safety procedures, crew drills and practice, passenger safety orientation, boating accidents, slip & fall, seaworthiness, marine electronics, navigation and rules of the road, expert writer and public speaker.
During that lengthy career I have had no accident or injury claims because I am a diligent seafaring professional and I know what dangers to look for and remedy before they cause problems.
I drove passenger buses and vans for 2 years with no accidents nor injuries. I hold a Class A California driver's license with all endorsements including hazmat. I successfully graduated from a trucking school.
Brief business bio:
~Owner/operator/Captain of (private boat charters)
~Owner of Hook, Line & Sinker fishing center in Santa Barbara
~Owner of Guns of Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara
~Faculty at Santa Barbara City College (teaches ocean-related classes)
~Executive Director, SOFTIN, Inc. (NPO serving special needs people)
~Member of the California MPA collaborative
~Member, Board of Directors, Coastal Conservation Association — California
~Member of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council
~Senior Editor, Pacific Coast Sportfishing magazine
~Staff Writer for Western Outdoor News
~Columnist, Noozhawk on-line news service
~Collaborative marine research/outreach consultant and expert witness
~Seminar speaker for the Fred Hall Fishing Shows (industry trade shows)
~Lecturer for clubs and civic organizations
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Long Beach, California - Bakersfield, California - Thousand Oaks, California - Oxnard, California - Santa Clarita, California - Los Angeles, California - Ventura, California - Pasadena, California - Lancaster, California
|Year: 1972||Degree: Associate Arts||Subject: Business Admin/Office supervision||Institution: California Community College|
|Years: 1991 to Present||Employer: Undisclosed||Title: Owner||Department:||Responsibilities: As business owner and captain, Expert has been responsible for serving as captain and for overseeing crew and passenger safety, navigation and vessel safety. He also handles vessel outfitting, maintenance and repair; business administration and operations; marketing; sales; customer relations; vendor management, facilities; consulting for constituent representation and resource management; and seminars, lectures and presentations. In this capacity, Expert also provides expert advice to boards, commissions and councils.|
|Years: 1995 to Present||Employer: Undisclosed||Title: Freelance Writer and Public Speaker||Department:||Responsibilities: Expert has published over 3,000 articles for a variety of print and online periodicals. His editorial responsibilities have encompassed technical, educational, advocacy and entertainment.|
|Years: 2007 to Present||Employer: Undisclosed||Title: Executive Director||Department:||Responsibilities: Expert is Executive Director and vessel Captain of a non-profit organization that provides at-sea educational adventures for special-needs people.
In this capacity he is responsible for business administration and operations; fiscal management; funding development; community relations; service programs; curriculum development; volunteer functions; and event planning and management.
|Years: 2002 to 2004||Employer: Sea Cubed, Inc.||Title: President, CEO, CFO, COB||Department:||Responsibilities: Expert ran a small business that publishes, sells and distributes nautical products such as charts and informational displays.
He was responsible for business administration and operations; fiscal management; marketing; sales management and direct sales; customer relations; new product specifications; warehousing; inventory control; fulfillment; facilities; and safety and OSHA policies.
|Years: 1972 to 2002||Employer: AT&T||Title: Manager of Technical Operations||Department:||Responsibilities: Expert served as multi-department and multi-discipline manager of software, database and customer support for AT&T. Prior to this time, from 1972-78, he was Operations Manager, where he supervised multiple departments and handled banking, manufacturing, automobile pricing and dealerships.|
|Years: 2011 to Present||Employer: Undisclosed||Title: Retail Store Owner and Operator||Department:||Responsibilities: Expert owns a charter boat, fishing center and a gun shop.|
|Associations / Societies|
|Channel Islands Marine Sanctuary (CINMS) Advisory Council (2010-present)
CINMS socioeconomic work group (2013-present)
NOAA’s California Action Team (2016-present)
Outdoor Writers Association of California (2002-present)
|Licenses / Certifications|
|US Coast Guard's Master Mariner (OUPV) license since 1991|
|Senior Editor for a fishing and boating magazine (2000-present) with over 500 articles on marine electronics, angler practices, and fishing and boating.
Staff Writer for Western Outdoor News (2013-present) with over 800 articles published regarding fishing.
Columnist for multiple outdoors and fishing/boating news services.
|Publications and Patents Summary|
|Expert has published over 3,000 articles for print and online periodicals alike. Topics have included marine electronics, boat technology, sportfishing, fish and wildlife, fishing practices, and outdoors news. He has significant public speaking experience (approximately 85 engagements) at industry trade shows, fishing clubs, and civic organizations.|
|Other Relevant Experience|
|Nearly 3 decades as a working sea captain, professional writer, lecturer, teacher and businessman.
He provides expert witness services for boating safety, navigation on inland or international waters, standard of care for vessel passengers and crew, accident investigation/analysis and consultation.
As a professional writer, his Expert Reports tend to be strong influencers in the process of litigation and have been a driving force in decisions to settle.