Don Hairston, who serves as the President and a Director of the Network, is the General Manager at Meggitt. Prior to his work at Cobham, Don was the Vice President, Business Development, at Experimental Machine, Inc. in Hunt Valley, Maryland.
Alexander (“Alex”) Giles is a Principal with the law firm of Semmes, Bowen & Semmes in its Baltimore, Maryland office, and the primary focus of Alex’s practice is maritime law and business litigation. Alex began his career with Semmes in 1996 as a second-year law clerk, was hired as an Associate upon graduation from law school in 1997, and was elevated to Principal in December 2005. Semmes is the only law firm that he has ever worked for throughout his career. Read more.
Elia Golfin is Business Development Director for Aeolus Energy Systems and Aeolus Group, having been in a variety of executive posts in the wind farm industry during his career. In addition, Elia Golfin applies his expertise in transportation to foster on-time delivery of services and operational efficiencies for Aeolus Energy systems group. As an original member of the Aeolus team, he contributed to such key tasks as the raising of capital, creation of business strategies, identification of target customers, recruitment, and pricing of services. He participated in the development of branding initiatives, including website design, and met with potential clients to secure contracts to grow the business. He also guided the organization’s site-operations programs, handling the acquisition of necessary equipment and manpower. A long-time airline pilot, Elia Golfin flew routes in the United States, Australia, and Europe and completed a Bachelor of Aviation, mastering such courses as aircraft mechanics, aviation safety, aerospace dynamics, and aviation management. He also earned an Advanced Diploma of Aviation at Navair International Flying College.
Joe Greco is a graduate from the University of Scranton, PA. Joe started his maritime carrier with Columbia Coastal Transport, a container feeder barge company serving the US East Coat. There he held several positions including Port Captain, Operations Manager, Port Manager and Regional Manager. At Columbia, Joe was ultimately responsible for both the Baltimore and Norfolk offices, handling operations and sales functions. During this time, Columbia Coastal moved over 100,000 TEUs per year. Joe served on the Board of Directors for the Steamship Trade Association, and was a trustee on the STA/ILA benefits and pension funds. Read more.
Andrew Michael is a Group Manager with the Greater Baltimore Middle Market Group of M&T Bank. He manages a team of relationship managers who oversee the banking relationships for a wide range of private, for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining M&T, Andrew spent eight years as a Systems Engineer and Project Manager at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab. He holds an MBA from Duke University, an M.S. in Applied Physics from Johns Hopkins University, and a B.S. in Physics from Clemson University. He is on the board of the Village Learning Place and The Family Tree.
John Olszewski, Jr. is Special Senior Manager for Legislative Affairs for the Baltimore City Department of Transportation. In this role, he oversees local, state, and federal relationships on all things transportation in Baltimore. Prior to his work with the City, he was a recognized leader in the Maryland House of Delegates, where he served for nearly nine years. While in office, he was elected to serve as Chairman of the Baltimore County House Delegation – the youngest person ever elected to that position. Read more.
Kevin Pearce is a member of the Board of Directors of the Network. He is Senior Vice President of Engineering and Development of Arcadia Windpower, a New Jersey company bidding offshore wind projects from Maine to the Carolinas. Kevin brings more than 20 years of maritime industry experience to offshore wind, where he currently leads the strategic and technical efforts of Arcadia Windpower. Prior to Arcadia, Kevin was the Director of Marine Engineering for Bluewater Wind, playing a key role in several notable accomplishments, including: securing the first offshore wind power purchase agreement in the U.S. and a Determination of No Competitive Interest for ocean use off the coast of Delaware. Kevin was an integral part of the deal teams that led to the investment in Bluewater by Babcock & Brown in 2007 and the subsequent acquisition of Bluewater by NRG Energy in 2009. Prior to joining Bluewater Wind, Kevin worked with private consulting firms, where he led the engineering, financing, and construction of offshore structures and ships ranging in size from 100 to 1000 feet long. Kevin has a track record of securing regulatory approvals and financing for complex and unusual projects.
Cindy Plavier Truitt serves as the Chief Business Officer of Humanim, an NPO which provides workforce development and human services to over 4,000 individuals a year throughout Maryland and employs over 500 staff. Cindy has been employed by Humanim for over 25 years. In her current role, she oversees all Baltimore regional operations, marketing, public relations, fund development and business development. Cindy has overseen the recent expansion and management of a $6 M Social Enterprise Division within Humanim which includes DETAILS, a successful deconstruction and reuse company and City Seeds, a Baltimore-based kitchen incubator. Read more.
Peter Sandborn is a Professor in the CALCE Electronic Products and Systems Center at the University of Maryland. He is also the Director of the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech) at the University of Maryland. Dr. Sandborn’s group develops life-cycle cost models and business case support for long field life systems, including wind turbines and wind farms. This work includes: obsolescence forecasting algorithms, strategic design refresh planning, lifetime buy quantity optimization, and return on investment models for maintenance planning (including the application of PHM to systems). Read more.
Joel Whitman is the founder of Whitman Consulting Group Inc. and has been involved in the offshore transmission and offshore wind industries for several years as an independent consultant and in a management capacity serving on the management team for a number of existing companies and start-ups in the sector. Most recently he was the Director for Corporate Strategy for British owned Global Marine Systems Energy Ltd. as well as CEO of its US counterpart Global Marine Energy Inc. From its creation until its sale to a leading cable manufacturing company in late 2012, Global Marine Systems Energy Ltd. had been built into the foremost independent installer of subsea power cable in the world.