Shipbuilders Council Of America Announces New Board Leadership

The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA), a trade association representing the U.S. shipbuilding and vessel repair industry, has announced new board leadership following the conclusion of Terry O’Brien’s term as chair of the organization. O’Brien is vice president of business development for Austal USA.

The new chairman of SCA is Ben Bordelon, president and CEO of Lockport, La.-based Bollinger Shipyards. The organization’s new vice chairman is Brad Moyer, vice president of BAE Systems Ship Repair of Norfolk, Va. Prior to taking the helm of the SCA board, Bordelon served as vice chairman.

SCA members elected Bordelon and Moyer to their new positions during the organization’s annual meeting, held virtually June 17–18. Both positions carry a two-year commitment.

“Ben and Brad have been active and dedicated members of the SCA board for many years, guiding us with their decades of leadership experience in the shipyard and repair industries,” said Matthew Paxton, SCA president. “Their experience, paired with SCA’s phenomenal board of directors, will help our membership lead on critical issues from supporting and growing the dedicated workforce to advocating for stable shipbuilding budgets and advancing worker safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Bordelon, who has been with Bollinger Shipyards for 20 years, has served as president and CEO of the company since late 2014.

“I am honored to serve as the SCA chairman, especially during such a pivotal period for our industry,” Bordelon said. “This association plays a key role in giving a voice to and advocating for policies that protect and support the hundreds of thousands of jobs in the U.S. maritime industry and industrial base, like the Jones Act. As chairman, it is my goal this association will continue to be a resource for both our members and our stakeholders.

“I want to thank my colleague, Terry O’Brien, for his leadership as chairman over the past two years and look forward to building upon his record of achievement for U.S. shipbuilders,” Bordelon added.

Moyer likewise voiced his commitment to supporting shipbuilding throughout the nation.

“Now more than ever, it is essential that the shipbuilding and repair industry, as well as the industrial base in all 50 states, communicate our critical role in America’s economic and national security with leaders and policymakers,” Moyer said. “I look forward to working with SCA’s incoming chairman Ben Bordelon, the SCA board of directors and SCA membership to advance our industry’s strategic goals.”

Now in its 100th year, SCA represents 40 companies that operate more than 80 shipyards scattered across the East Coast, West Coast and Gulf Coast, along with the Great Lakes, inland waterways, Alaska and Hawaii. The organization also has 87 partner members that supply goods and services to the shipyard industry.

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