Solutions Review Team

Members of the Solutions Review team for the Neptune, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Orcelle®, and Ocean Exchange Transportation and Logistics Hubs Innovation Award are highly respected leaders in business, academia, engineering, and the not-for-profit community. Working on a pro bono basis, they are integral to the rigorous process that culminates in the presentation of these prestigious awards each year. Ocean Exchange estimates that this year, the value of their time spent in the selection and mentoring processes exceeded $150,000 USD.

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Orcelle® Award
and Transportation Hub Award

Marc S. Adler

President, Marc Adler, LLC

Marc S. Adler is the President of a private intellectual property strategy consulting practice (Marc Adler LLC).

Adil Ashiq

Supply Chain & Logistics Innovation

Adil Ashiq is a noteworthy leader in the maritime industry.

Mark Carpenter

Senior Business Development Manager, Aerospace and Defense Technologies

Mark Carpenter is the Senior Business Development Manager for the Aerospace and Defense Technologies segment (ADTech) within Oceaneering International Inc. ADTech provides mission critical solutions and work class service to Defense and Aerospace customers with an annual revenue of $350MM.

Ann Carpenter

CEO, Co-founder of Braid Theory

Ann Lee Carpenter brings more than 30 years of experience in strategic planning, marketing, business development, and community outreach in private industry, nonprofit organizations, and as an entrepreneur.

Rick Claar

Partner, The Martec Group, Inc.

Richard E. Claar is a Partner of The Martec Group, Inc., a global technical marketing research consulting firm.

Chris Clott


Christopher (Chris) Clott, Ph.D. is a Co-Founder of Marine Startups. He is also a Visiting Professor for the Center for Port Management at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.

Sarah Deslauriers

Vice President, Carollo Engineers

Sarah is a Vice President for Carollo Engineers and serves as their National Climate Change and Resilience Lead and Chief Technologist in Sustainability.

Tom Pavilon

Managing Director & Chief Marketing Officer, The Avery James Group

Tom Pavilon is a growth marketing and innovation executive who has held management positions in the specialty chemical and life sciences industries.

Roger Strevens

VP, Global Sustainability, Wallenius Wilhelmsen

As VP, Global Sustainability for Wallenius Wilhelmsen, Roger’s activities range from pushing for progressive, but pragmatic outcomes in environmental regulatory affairs to working with innovators and like-minded industry partners on the sustainability challenges of the logistics industry.

Tj Tate

Director of Conservation, The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation

Tj was recently the Program Manager for the Mid-Atlantic Blue Tech Cluster connecting entrepreneurs in the Blue Tech sector to investors, incubators and promoting growth in this sector throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Jason Thompson

Chief Technology Officer, Oceankind

Jason Thompson is the Chief Technology Officer for Oceankind.  Prior to joining Oceankind Jason was on Verily’s founding team, Alphabet’s life sciences subsidiary spun out of Google X.

Anshul Tuteja

Associate Vice President with Royal Caribbean Group

Anshul is the Associate Vice President with Royal Caribbean Group (NYSE:RCL), one of the leading cruise companies in the world with a global fleet of 64 ships traveling to approximately 1,000 destinations around the world.

Neptune Award

Marc S. Adler

President, Marc Adler, LLC

Marc S. Adler is the President of a private intellectual property strategy consulting practice (Marc Adler LLC).

Anne Birch

Florida Oceans and Coasts Strategy Director

Anne has been involved in marine conservation work in Florida for over 30 years.

Lynette Cardoch

Vice president, Moffatt & Nichol

Dr. Lynette Cardoch is a coastal ecologist with over 25 years of experience in regulatory and water policies, coastal restoration, and urban and coastal resiliency.

Chris Coyle

Founder and CEO, Futurist TAO

Chris Coyle is an accomplished executive with diverse cross-functional experience spanning multiple industries.

Geoff Dean

Senior Business Development Manager, ESRI

Graduated from Geomatics Engineering at the College of The North Atlantic in 1998 with majors in Hydrography and GIS.

Dick Dodge

Dean Emeritus & Professor Emeritus, Nova Southeastern University Halmos College of Arts and Sciences & the Guy Harvey Oceanographic Center

Dr. Richard E. Dodge is Dean Emeritus and Professor Emeritus at the Nova Southeastern University Halmos College of Arts and Sciences and the Guy Harvey Oceanographic Center.

Jaap Donath

Assistant Executive Director for Programs

Jaap has close to 30 years of economic development experience, including over 25 years with the Miami-Dade Beacon Council, the economic development partnership for Miami-Dade County, as Senior Vice President, Research & Strategic Planning.

James Dougherty

Co-founder, Coastal Carbon Solutions

James is a co-founder of Coastal Carbon Solutions, which provides verification, reporting and carbon credit packaging services for companies using ocean pathways to do atmospheric C02 removal.

Laëtitia Gombaud-Saintonge

Investment Associate, SWEN Blue Ocean

Laëtitia is an Investment Associate at SWEN Blue Ocean, an impact VC fund investing in innovations that promote ocean health, focusing on solutions to overfishing, pollution and climate change.

Mairead Helmes

Senior Consultant, Amane Advisors

Mairead is a Senior Consultant with Amane Advisors, a global management consultancy and advisory firm focused on the water industry.

Skelly Holmbeck

Executive Director, Water Resources Association of the Delaware River Basin

Skelly serves as Executive Director for the Water Resources Association of the Delaware River Basin (WRADRB), promoting the sustainable and resilient management of water resources within the Delaware River basin, which spans four states and provides drinking water for 15 million people.

Ulla Keino

CEO, President, SeaFocus

The owner of SeaFocus, Ulla Keino has had a diverse career spanning more than 30 years in supply chain management and logistics.

Christopher Mackin

Partner, Wealth AdvisorPartner, Wealth Advisor Bleakley Financial Group

Christopher Mackin is a 3x recognized Forbes Top Next-Gen Wealth Advisor, explorer, philanthropist and connector.

Justin Manley

Virtual CxO – Technologist, Executive, Advisor in Oceantech and Robotics

Justin Manley is an innovative technologist and executive with experience in startup, public corporation, academic, and public sectors.

Deb Mosca

Chief Life Science Officer, XCMR Inc.

Deborah A. Mosca, Ph.D., Chief Life Science Officer, XCMR Inc., has more than 40 years of experience as a proven leader of multi-disciplinary, interinstitutional project teams guiding the discovery and development of novel therapeutic agents for human, animal, and agricultural applications in various organizations including biotech (IntraBiotics, Elitra, Nereus, and PaxVax) non-profit organizations (The Scripps Research Institute and Marine Bio- Technologies Center of Innovation), and large Pharma (American Cyanamid/Pfizer).

Jennifer Nyfennegger

Principal Technologist & Associate Vice President, Carollo Engineers, Inc.

Dr. Jennifer Nyfennegger is a Principal Technologist and Associate Vice President at Carollo Engineers, Inc. in Sarasota, Florida.

Scott Rohrbach

Scott is an experimental physicist by training, with technical expertise in the fields of nuclear physics, power generation systems, and optics.

Cathy Sakas

Co-Founder, Ocean Exchange

From her earliest memories Cathy’s unwavering passion has been Ocean.

Eric Siegel

Executive in Residence, Ocean Startup Project, CDL Oceans, OFI OGEN

Eric has broad experience in many aspects of oceanographic and subsea technology, measurements, and science.

Cathy Trinkle

Deputy General Counsel, Regulatory & Environmental Law and Head of Government Affairs for BASF Corporation

Catherine A. Trinkle is the Deputy General Counsel, Regulatory & Environmental Law and Head of Government Affairs for BASF Corporation.

Wendy Warner

CXO / President / Vice President of Engineered material

Ms Wendy Warner is a high impact strategic leader with a proven record of accomplishments driving profitable growth across diverse end-use markets and geographies.

Adrian Weiler

CEO, INFORM Consulting GmbH

After working with Daimler in Germany and Hills Industries in Australia, Adrian in 1986 became CEO of INFORM, a German software firm specializing in Digital Decision Making – the art of applying Operations Research and Artificial Intelligence to smart decision-making in dynamic business operations.

Curtis Zimmerman

Chief Legal Counsel | Forge Nano

Responsible for overseeing and identifying legal issues in all departments along with their interrelation to the business and technological operations of Forge Nano.

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