A retired United States Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander.  He is the Regulatory Consultant for RTI Forensics, LLC.  His background in this industry comes from his 29 year career with the United States Coast Guard and obtains expertise experience with providing safety, security and technical engineering consulting services to the marine industry.


During his Coast Guard career he sailed as an engineer on two Coast Guard ships, crewed as the senior engineer at two Search and Rescue stations, acted as Chief Engineer at a Coast Guard LORAN station and then managed a Coast Guard repair haul-out facility for search and rescue vessels.  He has developed specialized regulatory expertise in commercial shipping, SOLAS, ISPS, MTSA, MARPOL for large commercial ships, small passenger vessels, with special emphasis on machinery systems, steam propulsion, automation and commercial vessel repair. He also trains Coast Guard regulators on the inspection of wood and composite commercial vessels.



Academic Background

University of Phoenix, Associates of Arts Technical Management/Marine Engineering, 2001


Professional Experience

RTI Forensics, LLC, Hayward, CA, Regulatory Consultant, 2013 – Present

Technical Services LLC – Owner, Maritime, Oakland, CA, 2009 – Present

Eleventh Coast Guard Coast Guard District, Alameda, CA, Program Manager for Domestic Inspection and Casualty Investigations, 2006 – 2009

MSO, San Francisco, CA, Domestic Inspections Department Head, 2001 – 2006

Marine Safety Detachment, Santa Barbara, CA, Assistant Detachment supervisor and Independent Duty Marine Inspector, 1998 – 2001

NASSCO Shipyard, San Diego, CA, Resident Coast Guard Marine Inspector, 1996 – 1998


Other Professional Training

Santa Barbara California City College, Mechanical and Architectural Drafting (AutoCAD) courses, 1998 – 2001

ABARIS, Advanced Composite Structures, Fabrication and Damage Repair Phase 1, 2013

International Boat Builders, Exhibition and Conference Sponsored Marine courses, 2009 and 2010

Germanischer Lloyd, Train the Trainer and Approved HazMat Expert course, 2010

Brian Toss & John Koon and Associate, Sailboat Rigging Inspection Techniques, 2009

American Boat and Yacht Council, Accident Investigation, Metal Corrosion in Boats, Composite Boatbuilding, Electrical certification courses, 1997, 2004, 2009 & 2012

Quality Management International (QMI), Maritime Safety Management Systems and Auditing using ISM Code, 2007

QMI, Quality Management Systems Auditor/Senior Auditor, 2006

American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, Section IX, 2003

National Fire Protection Agency, International, National Electrical Code seminar, 2002

United States Coast Guard, Marine Safety Investigating Officer Course, Marine Inspector Course, 1996 – 2000

The Wooden Boat School, Surveying of Wooden and Fiberglass Boats, 1999 – 1998

Captain Franke Marine Surveyors, Inc., Inspection of Marine Composites and Wooden Boats, 1998

Hellier NDT Training, Introduction to Non-Destructive Testing, 1997

General Services Administration, Boston, MA, Total Quality Management Facilitation Skills, 1995

United States Coast Guard (USCG), Executive Leadership training, 1995


Professional Associations

American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC)

San Francisco Port Engineers Association


Awards and Certificates

USCG, Meritorious Service Medal

USCG, Commendation Medal, 2 subsequent awards

USCG, Achievement Medal, 4 Subsequent awards

USCG, Letter of Commendation

USCG, Meritorious Team Commendation, 10 Subsequent awards

USCG, Letter of Appreciation, USCG Training Center

USCG, Turk Award, USCG Training Center

USN, Letter of Appreciation, USS PATTERSON

ABYC, Composite Boat Builder Certificate, 2008

ABYC, Marine Corrosion Technician, 2004

AWS, Certified Weld Inspector, 2004-2009

ABYC, Marine Electrical Technician, 2002

City of Rochester NY, Third Class Stationary Steam Plant Operator License, 1998