DANOS ANNOUNCES EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP CHANGES
December 11, 2017
GRAY, La. – David Cedro has joined the Danos executive team as vice president of finance and administration, with responsibility for overseeing the company’s domestic and international administration, finance and accounting activities. James Callahan, who previously held the senior finance position, moves into a new role as vice president of project services.
Cedro has more than 25 years of experience in construction and energy accounting and finance, including management positions with Ernst & Young LLP, Arthur Andersen LLP and the Shaw Group (NYSE: SGR). He also has worked with a variety of public and private companies, advising them in finance, administration and risk management.
“David Cedro’s extensive experience in finance and accounting management is a tremendous asset to Danos,” said Executive Vice President Eric Danos. “He will assist our executive leadership team with strategic financial planning and oversee the company’s administrative activities.”
A resident of Metairie, Cedro serves on the Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America (SELA Council) and the University of New Orleans Accounting Department Advisory Council. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants. He holds a master’s degree in accounting from the University of New Orleans.
James Callahan moves into a new executive position as vice president of project services. In this role, he will provide strategic oversight and management of the company’s project management, construction, fabrication, automation, coatings, scaffolding and other related service lines. Callahan is charged with the successful operations of projects worldwide, providing integrated total project support for customers’ onshore and offshore activity.
“James has consistently demonstrated a commitment to living out Danos’ purpose and values in his work,” said Eric Danos. “He is the ideal candidate to lead our project activities both here and around the world.”
Callahan joined Danos in 2013 as director — and later, vice president — of finance and administration. He has nearly three decades of experience in finance, risk management, asset management and procurement, and has held executive leadership positions in the telecommunication and ship repair industries.
A resident of Lockport, Callahan serves on the board of Restore or Retreat, a coastal advocacy group, and is a former chairman of the Lafourche Chamber of Commerce. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and an MBA from Nicholls State University.
About Danos – Founded in 1947, Danos is a family-owned and managed oilfield service provider. A trusted industry partner, Danos offers the most responsive end-to-end integrated service solutions — safe, on time and on budget. Danos achieves world-class safety results and customer loyalty due to a values-based approach and an unyielding commitment to employee engagement and training. Learn more at Danos.com.
BOLLINGER DELIVERS THE USCGC JOSEPH GERCZAK TO THE USCG – THE 26TH FAST RESPONSE CUTTER
November 9, 2017
LOCKPORT, La., Bollinger Shipyards has delivered the USCGC JOSEPH GERCZAK, the 26th Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard took delivery on the 9th of November 2017 in Key West, Florida. The vessel’s commissioning is scheduled for March 9, 2018 in Honolulu, HI.
“We are excited to announce the delivery of the latest FRC, the USCGC JOSEPH GERCZAK,” said Ben Bordelon, Bollinger President & C.E.O. “This FRC built by Bollinger Shipyards will be the second FRC to be stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii. Previous cutters have been stationed in Florida, San Juan, PR, Cape May, NJ, Ketchikan, Alaska, and Pascagoula, MS. FRCs already in commission have seized multiple tons of narcotics, interdicted thousands of illegal aliens and saved many lives. The FRC program is a model program for government acquisition and has surpassed all historical quality benchmarks for vessels of this type and complexity. The results are the delivery of truly extraordinary Coast Guard cutters that will serve our Nation for decades to come. We are extremely proud that the Fast Response Cutters built by Louisiana craftsmen here at Bollinger Shipyards are having such a major impact on our country’s safety and security.”
The 154 foot patrol craft USCGC JOSEPH GERZACK is the 26th vessel in the Coast Guard’s Sentinel-class FRC program. The FRC has been described as an operational “game changer,” by senior Coast Guard officials. To build the FRC, Bollinger used a proven, in-service parent craft design based on the Damen Stan Patrol Boat 4708. It has a flank speed of 28 knots, state of the art command, control, communications and computer technology, and a stern launch system for the vessel’s 26 foot cutter boat.
Each FRC is named for an enlisted Coast Guard hero who distinguished him or herself in the line of duty. This vessel is named after Coast Guard Hero Joseph Gerczak. Gerczak, a signalman third class, was on board the USS LST-66 during the initial assault against the Japanese-held Borgen Bay Area of New Britain on December 26, 1943. As Japanese dive bombers attacked his ship, Gerczak manned his battle station with expert marksmanship and unwavering perseverance. In recognition for having gallantly given his life for his country, Joseph Gerczak was posthumously awarded the Silver Star. He also posthumously received the Purple Heart and Presidential Unit Commendation that was awarded to LST-66 for meritorious service in action against the Japanese.
Bollinger Shipyards LLC (www.bollingershipyards.com) is a leading designer and builder of fast military patrol boats, ocean-going double hull barges, offshore oil field support vessels, tug boats, rigs, liftboats, inland waterways push boats, barges, and other steel and aluminum products from its new construction shipyards. Bollinger has 10 shipyards and all are strategically located throughout Louisiana with direct access to the Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi River and the Intracoastal Waterway. Bollinger is the largest vessel repair company in the Gulf of Mexico region.
WORKFORCE INNOVATION and OPPORTUNITY ACT (WIOA)
The LAT Board is a federally funded mandated program that receives state funds to assist eligible individuals in the parishes of Lafourche, Assumption and Terrebonne with employment, education and training opportunities.
The intent of the Act is to allow Local Workforce Boards to give oversight to the workforce system, where Job Training, Education, Employment Services, information on job vacancies, and training opportunities are available at a single location. However, signed into law July 22, 2014 was the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) that replaced the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).
WIOA began implementation throughout the state, July 1, 2015. The nominations for Private Sector members to serve on the Local Board will still have to be submitted by Chambers of Commerce or Trade Organizations. The Public Sector members will be nominated through the appropriate public agencies.
The Board is focused towards the demand industry sector and businesses that provide employment opportunities.
Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the LAT Workforce Development Board is searching for board members to represent the industry categories of Medical, Transportation, Manufacturing/Construction and Oil & Gas. Board meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of each quarter at 11:00 a.m., followed by lunch in either Terrebonne or Lafourche Parish. These meetings are held to discuss various matters and performance associated with the Adult/Dislocated Worker and Youth programs as per State driven plan.
The minimum size of the workforce board is 23 members.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Cheri Blanchard at (985) 876-8946 or the LAT Workforce Development Board at (985) 580-7249. Frank Lewis, Director
A Parishwide Comprehensive Resiliency Plan
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The Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014
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