Keynote Speaker: Sustainable Leadership: A Formula for Success
Peter is the Chief Executive Officer for Lockton, the world’s largest privately held, independent insurance broker. Peter works with executives across all business lines and geographies to help Lockton continue the company’s unprecedented growth, attract the best industry talent, and maintain its position as the best place to work and do business in insurance. Lockton has more than 7,500 Associates and more than 100 locations around the world, serving more than 52,000 clients in insurance brokerage, risk management, employee benefits consulting and retirement services.
Peter joined Lockton in 2006 as Chief Operating Officer of Lockton’s St. Louis operation, helping position that team for consistent double-digit growth. Most recently, Peter was an operations executive for Lockton, Inc., where he served as an advisor and partner to several of the Lockton offices across the country. In May 2017, Peter took over as U.S. President and Chief Operating Officer, and in May 2020 as Chief Executive Officer. He sits on the executive committees of the local Lockton offices and helps them build and execute their strategic business plans. He also has a passion for and regularly facilitates leadership development programs for executive teams inside and outside Lockton.
In the time that Peter has been with Lockton, he has seen the company grow from just over 2,000 Associates and $409 million in revenue to more than 7,500 Associates and $1.72 billion in revenue. Lockton has been recognized as the only large broker to earn the Best Places to Work in Insurance award from Best Companies Group and Business Insurance magazine for 11 straight years (2009–2019). Lockton’s growth has earned Lockton the eighth spot on the Business Insurance list of largest global brokers.
Peter has a unique 20 years of insurance experience, including 10 years with Zurich North America on the insurance company side of the business and another 10 years on the brokerage and consulting side. His career experience has given him the opportunity to lead teams in property casualty, employee benefits and retirement services.
Senior Vice President, US Offshore Wind Leader Marsh
Featured Speaker – Offshore Wind: The US Perspective
Ben Roberts leads Marsh’s US Offshore Wind Practice and is a senior member of Marsh’s US Energy & Power division with accountability for advisory services, business development and due-diligence services in support of clients globally. Ben sits on Marsh’s Global Offshore Wind Executive Committee and is a founding member of Marsh’s Global Renewables Practice, the first truly integrated global risk advisory and insurance brokerage team with over 100 colleagues placing more premium on behalf of more clients than any other broker in the sector.
Prior to joining Marsh, Ben was the Head of Global Sales at ESAI Energy, an independent energy economic consulting firm that advised upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas companies around the world. Prior to ESAI Energy, Ben lived in Houston for six years and worked for a market data and analytics provider where he successfully delivered projects and lead international, collaborative service teams that served the trading and risk management departments of merchant power generators, regulated and deregulated utilities, refiners, producers, trading houses, state owned firms and the integrated oil and gas companies based around the world.
Dawn Zajac is the Risk Manager for Great Lakes Dredge & Dock. Previously she was the Risk Manager Siemens Industry and well as Siemens Energy supporting all lines of business including what would become Siemens Gamesa. She deals with all commercial insurance for the company including marine, marine general liability and professional liability. She previously worked as the Risk and Safety Manager for Stericycle and handled coverage issues for The Hartford as a coverage consultant. Dawn has handled complex claims ranging from construction defect litigation to catastrophic liability claims.
Dawn Zajac has a law degree from DePaul University and holds her adjusters licenses in multiple states. Prior to beginning her career in Risk Management, Dawn worked in physical therapy as a Licensed ATC in charge of a clinic’s workers compensation – work hardening program.
As an underwriter working for GCube Insurance Services Inc., Michael specializes in underwriting offshore wind projects across the world in addition to other renewables projects. Michael joined the company in 2013 in London and has since moved to GCube’s New York office in order to be able to offer a domestic insurance solution to offshore wind developers who are beginning to establish themselves in the US. Michael has previously worked at Aon as an insurance broker where he was responsible for account management and procurement of insurance on behalf of independent power producers and utilities across the globe for renewable energy projects.
Director of Lloyd Warwick International, Matthew’s areas of expertise include HV/DC Transmission assets, Rotating Machinery, Renewable Energy – specializing in Offshore & Onshore Wind, Biomass, Hydroelectric and Photovoltaics. He has been heavily involved in the fast and exciting growth in offshore wind, working on various large scale projects across the globe with over 18.5GW of installed experience.
Mark joined Equinor (formerly Statoil) in 2011. In his current role as Insurance Manager and E&P Collaboration Leader for Corporate Insurance based in Houston, he is primarily responsible for insurance placements and claims activity related to development and production activities in the US, Canada and Argentina. This charge includes onshore shale, deepwater oil and gas, two offshore wind projects in the US (Empire Wind and Beacon Wind), and onshore solar. Prior to working for Equinor, Mark was an insurance risk manager for CITGO Petroleum, and prior to that was a VP with Marsh in their Environmental Insurance Group in Houston. Mark also previously worked as an associate attorney for a boutique environmental law firm in Houston, as an attorney in the Resource Protection Division of Texas Parks & Wildlife Department in Austin (TPWD), and before that as a Conservation Scientist with TPWD. Mark earned his Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University, his Master of Science in Biology/Aquatic Ecology from Southwest Texas State University, and a Juris Doctorate degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio.
Featured Speaker : Offshore Wind- The US Legal Perspective
An admiralty lawyer since 1984, Attorney Dave Farrell’s passion for maritime commerce began in high school when he worked at a Cape Cod boatyard. He ran a tour boat during college summers and later fished commercially up to 100 miles offshore in 30-36 foot vessels. He also has time at sea on tugs, ferries, container ships, and oil tankers.
Having personally evaded multiple maritime casualties, Attorney Farrell’s practice primarily involves litigating them, typically for the defense on appointment by marine insurers, international and domestic. Because in our business evidence can disappear with the ebbing tide, our office is available 24/7 to attend casualty scenes, appoint marine surveyors and forensic experts, and deal with government authorities so cases can be intelligently managed with positive results for our client from the outset.
Luncheon Speaker – Update on the New Houston Maritime Museum
An entrepreneur by nature, Leslie Bowlin has been involved in numerous business ventures that took her from the coffee trade to the industrial coatings industry. She has been a major force as a fundraiser for various charities and organizations in Houston, including The Houston Symphony, The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, Hospice at Texas Medical Center, and the UTHealth Science Center. Ms. Bowlin also shares her talents and time by serving on many non-profit boards including CCFA, The Houston Symphony, The Fay School, Northwood University, and the Houston Grand Opera. Today, Ms. Bowlin serves as a board member for UT Health PARTNERS.
In 2002, she founded PR Squared, a full-service PR and marketing agency based in Houston. The company continues to operate today with Ms. Bowlin still overseeing the company. In 2013, Ms. Bowlin joined the team at the Houston Maritime Museum and was appointed the Museum Director. Since joining the museum, she has overseen the growth of the current museum and is planning the expansion of HMC to a new Maritime complex to be built on the banks of Buffalo Bayou. The current focus is establishing the Houston Maritime Center into a maritime HUB for education and discovery of the maritime world, with focus on Houston’s important place in the global maritime industry.
Lauren has more than 19 years’ experience in the shipping industry and focuses her practice on international and maritime litigation, alternative dispute resolution, and business matters, notably involving domestic and foreign corporate interests as well as disputes concerning international and domestic commercial contracts, marine insurance coverage, and charterparties. She counsels on claims involving the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act, maritime attachment and vessel arrest actions, marine casualty investigations, recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitration awards and judgments, and commercial negotiations and dispute resolutions.
Lauren has been recognized by Chambers USA every year since 2013, and is noted by a client as being “thorough and organized,” “quick to grasp the relevant issues and facts,” and a “rising star who is very good technically.” Lauren has also been recognized as a Rising Star by both The Legal 500 United States and New York Metro Super Lawyers, and in Best Lawyers in America for Admiralty and Maritime Law in New York.
Lauren has been an active member in numerous maritime industry organizations throughout her career, including the Maritime Law Association of the United States, the New York City Bar, WISTA, and she was co-chair of the New York County Lawyers’ Association’s Admiralty Committee. Lauren currently holds the Firm’s Board seats of the Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce and Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce.
Panelist: Beyond COVID – Cruising in a post-pandemic world
Leanne is Regional Director for the UK P&I Club and the UK Defence Club, with responsibility for claims and servicing operations in North and South America. She is also President of Fairlead Group Inc, a private investigations platform tailored to the needs of the maritime and transport industries in the US.
Prior to joining Thomas Miller Leanne was President and Regional Claims Director at another International Group P&I Club, where she spent 10 years between the New York and London offices. Leanne began her legal career as a solicitor specializing in insurance defence litigation for a law firm in Dublin, Ireland.
Based in New York, Leanne is a qualified lawyer, with qualifications in New York, Ireland and England and Wales. She obtained her LLB from Trinity College Dublin. Leanne holds a P&IQ Diploma.
Leanne is a member of WISTA, MLAUS, CMA, ABA TIPS among other maritime industry bodies.
Anthony Roseburr, SCLA ARM
Director of Insurance Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
Panelist: Beyond COVID – Cruising in a post-pandemic world
Anthony Roseburr is currently the Director of Insurance for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. d/b/a Royal Caribbean Group (“RCG”), based in Miami, Florida. He joined RCG in May 2018 and leads all aspects of the company’s global insurance program, oversees all hull and machinery losses and high-level protection and indemnity claims, and reviews and proposes indemnification language and insurance requirements for all contracts, agreements, bids, proposals and potential transactions.
Before joining RCG, Anthony was the Director of Risk Management for Paragon Offshore Services. Prior to that, he was the Insurance Manager for Noble Corporation. Anthony spent approximately 12 years in the Energy and Oil & Gas sectors in Houston, Texas. His career began with St. Paul Fire & Marine Insurance Company as a claims adjuster and was the Unit Claim Manager for its Oil & Gas Claims Department.
Anthony has a B.S. from the University of Kansas School of Business and has obtained his Senior Claim Law Associate and Associate in Risk Management certifications.
Panelist: High Water Losses – The View from the General Counsel’s Office
Jonathan H. Sandoz is Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Compliance Officer of CGB Enterprises, Inc. where he is responsible for the management of the legal and compliance functions for a group of businesses focused on the origination, handling and transportation of agricultural and other commodities or bulk materials throughout the Midwest and on the U.S. inland river systems, primarily for shipment and sale to export markets. Prior to CGB, Jonathan worked as Group General Counsel for a division of the Shaw Group, a global engineering and construction company, where he supported domestic and international infrastructure and environmental remediation projects within both the private and governmental sectors. Before then, he was engaged in private practice in the New Orleans metropolitan area with a practice focused almost exclusively within the transportation and construction industries. He is a 1995 graduate of Loyola University, New Orleans law school.
Panelist: High Water Losses – The View from the General Counsel’s Office
Thomas J. “Beau” Bethune IV is General Counsel and Vice President of Corporate Affairs/Corporate and Maritime Security at Blessey Marine Services, Inc. in New Orleans, Louisiana. Employing over 700 people across the United States, Blessey owns and operates more than 80 inland push boats and 165 inland tank barges that move liquid and pressurized petroleum cargoes along the Intracoastal Waterway from Brownsville, Texas to Pensacola, Florida, throughout the Mississippi and Ohio River valleys, and across Lake Michigan. Beau manages all aspects of Blessey’s legal activities, including contracts with petroleum/chemical producers and shippers, commodities brokers, third party vendors, and shipbuilders; litigation activities; local, state, and federal government relations efforts; general advices regarding U.S. Coast Guard issues, government compliance, human resources, as well as financial and business recommendations to Blessey’s ownership team.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Vanderbilt University, a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Tulane University, and a Juris Doctor and a Bachelor of Civil Law from Louisiana State University. Beau also holds a Diploma from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to joining Blessey in 2011, Beau clerked in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana and practiced maritime law representing both ocean going and inland river vessel owners and several members of the International Group of P&I clubs. A member of the Maritime Law Association and the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, Beau has presented programs on inland river industry issues to the World Bank/U.S. Treasury Department Infrastructure Investment Program (Ukraine), the Tulane University Admiralty Law Institute, the Tulane Law School, the American Law Institute, the ABA Tort Insurance Practice Series, and the annual meetings of the Meritas global alliance, among others. Beau is a Board Member of the Louisiana Association of Waterways and Shipyards (LAWS) and maintains active engagement in American Waterways Operators (AWO) and Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI). In recent years, Beau has researched and published numerous articles covering architectural preservation of historic New Orleans homes on behalf of the Preservation Resource Center. Beau and his family live in New Orleans.
Panelist: High Water Losses – The View from the General Counsel’s Office
Spencer joined Canal Barge Company in May 2006 and was named Vice President of Risk Management in December 2010 and General Counsel in February 2014. He manages Canal Barge Company’s legal work, claims handling, regulatory compliance, and external relations. Spencer is a past President of the Gulf Intracoastal Canal Association (GICA) and has also served on the Framework Development Team for the State of Louisiana’s Coastal Restoration Master Plan. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) and is the President of the Louisiana Association of Waterway Operators and Shipyards (LAWS).
Prior to joining Canal Barge Company, Spencer was Contracts Director with Intermarine, LLC in New Orleans, where he was primarily responsible for the company’s legal and insurance affairs. He also worked in the Admiralty Law section of the Phelps Dunbar law firm in New Orleans.
Spencer graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in American History and earned his law degree from Tulane University Law School, cum laude, in 1996, with a Certificate of Specialization in Admiralty & Maritime Law.
Moderator: High Water Losses – The View from the General Counsel’s Office
Scott Jenkins is a partner in and leader of the Maritime Practice Group and co-leader of the Maritime Industry Team. He advises clients on a broad range of maritime transactions,
compliance, and litigation.
Scott advises clients on coastwise trade, security, citizenship, manning, and vessel documentation issues; contracts; service agreements; charter agreements; disputes arising from commercial, construction, insurance coverage, and indemnity issues; personal injury and casualty litigation; and general vessel and operational compliance advice. Scott regularly handles offshore and maritime-related regulatory matters, including those involving the US Coast Guard and the US Customs and Border Protection of the US Department of Homeland Security. Scott also has assisted clients in meeting the requirements of the Maritime Labor Convention, including
the drafting of employment contracts required by the MLC. Scott was a member of a subcommittee of the National Offshore Advisory Committee, which provided recommendations to the US Coast Guard in connection with the US Coast Guard’s efforts to revise its Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular pertaining to the Outer Continental
Shelf citizenship requirements and exemptions. He also has given presentations on offshore regulatory matters, including Outer Continental Shelf manning requirements, the MLC, and coastwise trade issues.
Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications
Featured Speaker : “How to Communicate Trust: What Stakeholders Must Hear”
Bobby Zafarnia leads the corporate communications practice for Mitchell, part of the Dentsu Aegis Network (DAN), a global conglomerate of marketing and communications agencies. He represents clients across a broad range of industries and sectors, with over two decades of expertise in media relations, issues and crisis management, thought leadership and executive visibility, public affairs and more.
Prior to Mitchell, Bobby worked for global communications firm Edelman and led the energy and crisis practice for the agency’s southwest operation. Bobby’s work has also found him consulting multinational and publicly traded companies in manufacturing, entertainment/hospitality, insurance, healthcare and higher education, and outside the corporate world for heads of state, foreign governments and members of Congress.
Prior to Edelman, Bobby served in-house for NRG, a Fortune 500 company where he led communications to promote the company to mass retail/B2C and commercial and industrial/B2B/large-scale renewables customers, while also shaping corporate media outreach around investor relations. His work helped expand NRG’s standing as the largest provider of retail electricity services in Texas.
Bobby earned a law degree from George Mason University, master’s from George Washington University and bachelor’s from Vanderbilt University.
Featured Speaker: Lloyd’s Role in the Marine and Energy Market: Today and Tomorrow
Hank is responsible for Lloyd’s market development activities in the US, Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean and Bermuda. From offices in Chicago, Frankfort KY, New
York, Toronto, Bogota, Mexico City, Miami and Rio, Lloyd’s is actively engaged in educational and marketing outreach to retail, wholesale and reinsurance intermediaries, risk managers, MGA’s and MGU’s, risk management programs at colleges & universities and other stakeholders in the Lloyd’s market.
Over the past 40 years, Hank has held a range of underwriting, client management and leadership positions in the United States and Europe at Chubb, Johnson & Higgins, Marsh, HRH and Lloyd’s.
Hank received his BA from the University of California, Berkeley and has completed an executive leadership program at The Wharton School. He’s a member of the Board of Overseers at the Hank Greenberg School of Risk Management at St. John’s University and is on the boards of the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (International Chair), Insurance Information Institute and Insurance Federation of New York.
With approximately 60% of Lloyd’s global premium in 2020, the Americas region is Lloyd’s largest market for insurance (E&S in the US) and reinsurance. In addition to market development, Lloyd’s colleagues in the Americas provide media relations and regulatory support to the managing agents / syndicates and operational oversight of the licensed platforms in Illinois, Kentucky, the USVI and our Lineage system in Montreal.
Captain Jason E. Smith
Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston
Panelist : Extreme Weather– Focus on Preparedness, Response and Claims
Captain Jason Smith assumed the duties of Commander, Coast Guard Sector Houston – Galveston on June 12, 2020. As Sector Commander, CAPT Smith coordinates maritime security, law enforcement and response operations and serves as Captain of the Port, Officer-in-Charge of Marine Inspection, Federal Maritime Security Coordinator, and Federal On-Scene Coordinator for the navigable waterways between Lake Charles, LA and Matagorda Bay, TX.
Throughout his career, CAPT Smith has held numerous field and staff assignments specializing in marine safety, security, and environmental compliance. Prior to reporting to Sector Houston Galveston, CAPT Smith was the Deputy Sector Commander of Sector / Air Station Corpus Christi. His previous assignments include Detachment Chief for the Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise where he supervised a team of liquefied gas subject matter experts who provided technical advice and support to both the liquefied gas industry and the Coast Guard, Chief of Prevention at Sector Boston where he oversaw a 75 personnel department to ensure waterways safety and regulatory compliance of vessels and maritime facilities, Coast Guard Headquarters’ Directorate for Commercial Regulations and Standards where he worked as the US’s liaison to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and field assignments at the Marine Inspection Office Europe, Rotterdam; Detached Duty Office North Bend, Oregon; Marine Safety Office Puget Sound, Washington; and Marine Safety Detachment Bangor, Maine. CAPT Smith received his active duty commission with the Coast Guard in 1996 after serving as an enlisted reservist for 3 years.
CAPT Smith’s personal awards include four Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medals, four Coast Guard Commendation Medals, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and other unit and team awards.
Originally from Pelham, New Hampshire, CAPT Smith is a 1996 graduate of Maine Maritime Academy with a B.S in Marine Transportation and a 2007 graduate of the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering with a M.S. in Systems Engineering and Reliability/Risk Engineering. He has lived in Houston since 2014 with his wife, Dr. Jennifer Smith and son Jack Smith.
Panelist: Extreme Weather – Focus on Preparedness, Response and Claims
Captain Bill Diehl, U.S. Coast Guard (Ret.), is President of the Greater Houston Port Bureau, a maritime trade organization of 210 companies.
Before coming to the Port Bureau, Bill served 31 years in the Coast Guard in a variety of challenging jobs including serving as a diplomatic liaison officer to the Panama Canal. His last assignment was command of the largest operational unit in the Coast Guard: Sector Houston-Galveston. In this role he led 2,600 personnel in the highly successful response to Hurricane Ike in 2008. The response included saving 235 lives, cleaning up 240 oil spills, and the largest waterway restoration effort in the history of the Coast Guard.
Bill came to the Port Bureau in 2009. The Port Bureau supplies its companies with detail vessel traffic information and maritime expertise in safety, security, and environmental issues and has been instrumental in representing members, the Houston Ship Channel Security District, and the Greater Houston Coffee Association in front of state and federal legislators.
Bill is a 1982 graduate of the Coast Guard Academy and later obtained a Master Degree from the University of Michigan in Naval Architecture, Marine Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Virginia.
Panelist: Extreme Weather – Focus on Preparedness, Response and Claims
Darrell is President of MTI Network USA and responsible for coordinating media response efforts for our clients throughout North America.
He joined MTI in 2006 after retiring from the US Coast Guard and has over 30 years of experience in crisis media response assisting everyone from government agencies and private industry to senior executives of public companies. With a background in journalism and crisis communications, he provides the best reputation management services to MTI’s clients.
Darrell has coordinated media/community relations and managed Joint Information Centers (JIC) across the US to deal with all types of incidents from migrant rescues to fires, spills, sinking’s and fatalities.
MTI Network is the leading global crisis media response and risk management firm serving the maritime, energy and transportation sectors.
Moderator: Extreme Weather – Focus on Preparedness, Response and Claims
William has over 15 years’ experience in natural catastrophic risk assessment for the marine and energy insurance and reinsurance industries. William has a passion in numerical modeling and statistical analysis and, since joining MatthewsDaniel, he created a plethora of instrumental tools for marine and energy clients worldwide to lower costs in managing risks. In his current capacity at MatthewsDaniel, William’s work involves with marine, cargo, weather and forensics related topics.
In his spare time, William serves on the board of Houston Claims Association and as a planning committee member of the Houston Marine & Energy Insurance Conference. He is also a working group member of the Offshore Wind Technical Advisory Panel, a sub-committee of AWEA (American Wind Energy Association), whose primary function is to design and develop weather criteria for offshore wind turbine projects in North America.
Speaker – Panda v ERCOT – Texas Supreme Court’s Decision and the impact of Winter Storm Uri Litigation
Chair of the Firm’s Litigation Department, Ben Mesches successfully leads appellate and litigation teams in high-stakes constitutional, commercial, and energy cases in state and federal courts across the country.
Ranked by Chambers USA, Chambers and Partners (2019-2021), as a leading Texas appellate lawyer, the prestigious directory praises Ben as “a tremendous brief writer and terrific oral advocate” and highlights his ability to “get the microscopic view but also zoom out to the big picture.”
Board certified in civil appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Ben has argued major cases at the Texas Supreme Court in each of the last three terms, on constitutional issues impacting billions of dollars in pension funds and a blockbuster electric-power industry case. In recent years, he has prevailed in two significant Fifth Circuit appeals involving renewable energy contracts. He is also handling appeals across the country that touch on emerging legal issues, ranging from bitcoin, ownership of social media accounts and insurance recovery.
Ben’s peers recognize his collaborative leadership style. At the firm, Ben leads the firm’s global litigation practice. He has served as President of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society, the ABA’s Council of Appellate Lawyers—the only national appellate bench organization in the country—and Chair of the Dallas Bar Association’s Appellate Section.
Ben is regularly invited to write and speak on litigation and appellate practice topics, including post-judgment strategy; practicing before the Texas Supreme Court; Fifth Circuit trends; jury charges; bankruptcy appeals; and the selection and preservation of issues for appeal.
Consultant & Principal
The Estes Group
Featured Speaker : Corporate Culture, Ethics & the Impact of Global Events
Kim Estes is an experienced mariner, maritime safety expert and HSE (Health, Safety and Environmental) manager. As founder and principal of The Estes Group, he engages with clients in a variety of roles, including HSE consulting services and expert witness testimony.
Kim began his career after graduating from the California Maritime Academy (CMA), California State University (CSU) in 1978. Following this, he began working for the Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO), which was later acquired by British Petroleum (now BP). Kim sailed for 13 years, serving as an officer in the US Merchant Marine on commercial maritime vessels of sizes ranging from 35,000 to 265,000 DWT (Dead Weight Tons).
In 1991, Kim became a Manager in Fleet Engineering and Maintenance, which transitioned his career towards a focus on Health, Safety and Environment (HSE). From 1991 until his departure from BP/ARCO in 2001, he served in a wide variety of senior HSE positions based in the Los Angeles/Long Beach area of California as well as Anchorage, Alaska and Washington, D.C.
During his time with ARCO and BP, Kim served as the company’s representative in various loss prevention and incident response groups, including the Board of Directors on the UK-based Oil Spill Response Limited (a global oil spill response entity) and the Washington State Science Teachers Association’s Pollution Prevention in Puget Sound, an annual event. He has been a guest lecturer at Harvard Business School, discussing the topic of “Corporate and Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development in Countries with Oil-Rich Assets.” He is also a distinguished member of the following organizations:
• California Maritime Academy Foundation Board at CSU,
• National Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers,
• Black Professional Engineers and Scientists (Los Angeles Chapter),
• Society of Port Engineers (Los Angeles/Long Beach Chapter),
• Board of Directors, Long Beach Boys & Girls Club
During his career with ARCO/BP, Kim was given the ARCO Transportation Company President’s Award in 1990, the ARCO Trans-Alaska Pipeline System Audit Award in 1994 and the ARCO Products Company President’s Award in 1998. He also earned his Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California in 1997.
Kim is a recognized manager with demonstrated leadership ability. Specifically, he is an Audit instructor and Auditor trainer regarding the ISO 9001:2008/ISM Certified Auditor process. He has served as an Independent Auditor for the State Attorney General’s Office in Anchorage, Alaska regarding Environmental Crimes. Kim has also served as an expert witness for the Admiralty Law division of the Department of Justice in San Francisco. Additionally, Kim is also certified as an Engineer-In-Training (EIT) in the State of California and is a licensed US Coast Guard Chief Engineer.
Kim Estes has established competence in the field of education as a Professor at California State University (CSU) – Cal Maritime, Master’s Program for Transportation and Engineering Management, where he also serves as a graduate studies student mentor. Outside of his storied Maritime career, Kim is also a writer, producer and Emmy Award winning actor.