Shipbuilders Council Announces New Leadership For Board Of Directors

The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA), a trade association representing the shipbuilding, maintenance and repair industry in the United States, has announced changes to its board of directors ahead of the association’s May 17 annual meeting in Washington D.C.

Brad Moyer, vice president of BAE Systems Ship Repair, who currently serves as vice chairman of the board, will succeed Ben Bordelon, CEO of Bollinger Shipyards, as chairman. Serving as chairman of the board is a two-year term.

“The Shipbuilders Council of America is an essential voice and advocate for the shipyard industry and U.S. industrial base, and the more than 400,000 in our dedicated workforce, building for both the military and commercial sectors,” Moyer said. “It has been an honor serving alongside our chairman, Ben Bordelon, and I’m looking forward to taking the helm of  SCA for the next two years.”

Adding to the continuity on the SCA board, David Carver, president of General Dynamics NASSCO and SCA board member since 2019, will serve as vice chairman.

“Our nation’s shipyards are fundamental in designing, constructing and delivering the next generation of vessels that support our national and domestic security,” Carver said. “I look forward to working with Brad and the entire SCA membership as we continue to move our industry forward.”

Other board officers include Caitlin Sause, vice president of government and public affairs at SOMAR Inc., who will serve as the SCA board’s secretary, and Garrett Rice, president of Master Boat Builders, who will serve as treasurer.

Besides the upcoming changes to the SCA board of directors, the association also announced new leadership for the SCA Partners Committee, which represents SCA’s shipyard supplier members from around the country. Mark Haller, owner and president of TriTec MFG, will replace Rob Stuardi with American Equity Underwriters as chairman of the SCA Industry Partners Committee. John Rhatigan, chairman of the board at Marine Machinery Association, will be vice chairman of the committee.

SCA President Matthew Paxton thanked both the association’s incoming and outgoing leaders.

“Brad Moyer and Dave Carver are experienced leaders that will help guide the organization and support the 400,000 highly skilled men and women that make up our industry,” Paxton said. “Mark Haller and John Rhatigan, likewise, bring a wealth of experience needed to represent the hundreds of supplier partners of America’s shipyard industry. Together this leadership team and the board of directors are an incredible asset for the council to continue to push for American national security through the shipyard industrial base.

“The entire SCA membership is grateful for the time, dedication and expertise provided by our outgoing board of directors chairman, Ben Bordelon, and outgoing Industry Partner Committee chairman, Rob Stuardi,” he added. “Our industry is stronger because of their steady and dedicated leadership, as well as always championing our entire industry.”