Eastern Ship Build Group of Panama City, FLEastern Ship Building Group of Panama City, FL. Building Quality Custom Vessels

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At Eastern, our philosophy is simple:
For a Quality Custom Built Vessel “We’ve Got You Covered”

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Company Overview

Eastern’s original shipyard was established in 1976 for the purpose of constructing commercial fishing boats for the company’s founder and President, Brian R. D’Isernia. As the owner of a fleet of commercial fishing vessels, Mr. D’Isernia ventured into the world of shipbuilding after learning first hand that the only way to get the type of vessels he wanted was to design the vessels, write the specifications, and build them himself. As he built and developed his own personal fleet of vessels, other professionals in the industry took notice and also began to request their own custom built vessels. Soon after, those in New England, Pacific Northwest, and Alaska began contacting Eastern with requests for customized fishing vessels as well and by 1980, 26 commercial fishing vessels had been constructed and delivered.

Building on his passion for boats and the sea, Mr. D’Isernia decided to diversify Eastern’s reputation from a ‘Fishing Vessel’ shipyard into a shipyard that could fulfill any type of custom vessel request, large or small. In 1981, Eastern’s diversification began with the delivery of our first Offshore Supply Vessels. Today, Eastern’s history includes a portfolio of over 350 vessels. Eastern has become one of the most diverse vessel construction companies as a result of its state of the art production line and fabrication processes. Eastern has built everything from the USCG Offshore Patrol Cutters, Offshore Supply Vessels, Tugs, ATB’s, Inland Towboats, a SWATH Vessel, Passenger Vessels, Ro-Ro/Passenger Ferries, Inland Transport Vessels, Barges, Fireboats, Research Vessels, Offshore Construction Vessels, Dredges, High Speed Passenger Vessels, Fishing Vessels, and more for our customers.

As one of the leading innovators in the marine industry, the sizable fleet of quality built Eastern vessels can be found from coast to coast and around the world.

Eastern has a proven track record of complex construction, including installation and test of:

  • Gas Turbine Propulsion
  • SWATH Technology
  • Ride Control Systems
  • Dynamic Positioning Systems (DP 1 & DP 2)
  • Diesel Electric Systems
  • System Integration
  • Integrated Machinery and Control Systems
  • Hydraulic Ferry Vehicle Lift Decks
  • Water-Jet Propulsion
  • Controllable Pitch Propellers
  • Heavy Fuel Engines
  • Integrated Bridge Systems
  • Z-Drive Propulsion
  • Research Vessels with Strict Noise Requirements
  • Off-Ship Fire Fighting Systems (ABS-FFV1 & 2)
  • Large Hydraulic Systems for Winches & Sub-Sea Cranes

Eastern is also compliant with the following regulatory agencies:

Eastern’s successful shipbuilding record stems that Eastern is willing to accept any new challenge and is confident that it can successfully build and deliver any type of vessel that our customers’ require, both on time and on budget.

Eastern looks forward to the continued diversification and growth of its portfolio of vessels which showcases Eastern as a shipbuilding leader in the marine industry. At Eastern, each employee starts and ends the day with the same goal in mind: work safe, work smart, and maintain quality.

Management Overview

No one person is responsible for the success of Eastern Shipbuilding Group. It takes a team to forge the enviable position Eastern enjoys in the marine construction industry today. Eastern is currently one of the largest employers in Bay County, Florida, with a workforce number that varies based on the number of vessels under construction. Many of our key superintendents and foremen running the shipyard have been employed at Eastern over 15 years. Eastern’s Management Team combined have over 400 years of experience in the shipbuilding industry. In addition, the owner and members of the Management Team are on site daily, which allows them to be personally involved in every aspect of each vessel’s construction.

Key Company Officials

Brian R. D’Isernia: Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Experience: 53 Years

Brian D’Isernia started his career as a lawyer after graduating from Fordham University School of Law and passing the New York State Bar. However, after a few years in the law business, he decided to change careers and opened a commercial fishing business. Within 8 years, he was the Founder and Owner of a four vessel commercial fishing enterprise. He eventually progressed from commercial fishing into vessel construction, opening the shipyard in 1976. The shipyard remains his primary focus today, although he is involved in several other ventures including the construction of the Hope Town Inn & Marina in Abaco, Bahamas http://hopetownmarina.com and the expansion of the Sandy Creek Airport and Runway in Panama City, FL. In addition to his law degree, Mr. D’Isernia also holds a degree in Economics from Georgetown University.

Mr. D’Isernia has been married to the love of his life, Miriam “Mimi”, for over forty years and they have 10 children together, several of which work at the shipyard today. They are now also blessed with grandchildren, whom they enjoy spending time with. Mr. D’Isernia’s love of family has also carried over to the shipyard, as Eastern’s dedicated employees have a hard working, family-oriented shipbuilding philosophy. In August 2015, Mr. D’Isernia’s son, Joey D’Isernia became President of Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc., with Mr. D’Isernia remaining as Chairman & Chief Executive Officer.

Joseph E. D’Isernia: President
Experience: 18 Years

Joseph “Joey” D’Isernia joined Eastern Shipbuilding Group in 2003 and has served in many vital hands on roles at Eastern including Project Management, Contracts Administration, Sales and Estimating, and for the last several years as Vice President of Projects managing all repair and new construction projects at both shipbuilding facilities.  In August 2015 he was appointed President of Eastern Shipbuilding, furthering his skills overseeing all company departments, the corporate management staff and client relations. He also serves as the acting Management Representative for the ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 programs. Mr. D’Isernia received a degree in Finance from Florida State University in 2004.

Jamie Keel: Vice President – Commercial

Scott Colemere: Chief Financial Officer
Experience: 37 Years

Scott Colemere joined Eastern Shipbuilding Group in 1984 and currently serves as Chief Financial Officer. His prior experience includes positions at Merrill Lynch, where he served as a Financial Consultant, and McInvale & Associates, where he served as a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Colemere has a degree in Business from Florida State University.

Daniel R. Lozier: General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer
Experience: 35 Years

Dan Lozier joined Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. in 2013. Mr. Lozier represented Eastern since he began his private practice in 1985. Having served as general counsel to numerous organizations, he has extensive and wide-ranging experience. Mr. Lozier is a member of The Florida Bar, a Florida Bar board-certified tax attorney, and certified by the Compliance Certification Board as an Ethics and Compliance Professional.  Mr. Lozier holds a B.A. degree in Psychology from Ohio State University, an M.S. degree in Educational and School Psychology from Ohio University, a J.D. degree from Capital University Law School and an LL.M degree in Tax Law from the University of Florida Law School.

Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr., USCG (Retired): President, Washington Operations
Experience: 44 years

Robert “Bob” Papp came onboard representing Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. in Washington. D.C. in January 2017 and leads the strategic engagement in intergovernmental and industry operations. Admiral Papp served as an Officer in the Coast Guard for nearly 40 years, completing his career as the 24th Commandant of the U. S. Coast Guard from 2010 to 2014. The Coast Guard is the largest component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He was a career cutterman, serving in six cutters, commanding four of them, including the Coast Guard’s square rigged sailing ship, USCG Barque EAGLE. As a flag officer, Admiral Papp served as Commander, Coast Guard Atlantic Area; as the Chief of Staff of the Coast Guard and Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Headquarters; as Commander, Ninth Coast Guard District; and as Director of Reserve and Training. Upon retirement from the Coast Guard, he was called to duty at the U.S Department of State as the U.S. Special Representative for the Arctic, where he led U.S. international engagement on Arctic issues.

Rick Cunningham: Vice President – Government Services
Experience: 34 Years

Rick Cunningham joined Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. in December 2013 as the Program Manager for USCG Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) contract. In January 2020, he was promoted to Vice President of Government Services for current and future Government New Business opportunities. Rick is a retired Navy Commander having served twenty (20) years as a Naval Engineering Duty Officer for various tours including Officer in Charge Ship Repair Unit/Fifth Fleet Maintenance Officer in Bahrain for Operation Iraqi Freedom. After retiring from the Navy, he has worked in industry on technical and business opportunities such as hybrid propulsion, Littoral Combat System Mission Modules, NSWC Panama City test support. He worked from 2009-2012 as the National Security Cutter (NSC) Deputy Program Manager at USCG Headquarters where he led a technical team to successful contract restructuring for NSC 4-8 while also delivering NSC 2-3 to USCG Fleet. While at Eastern, he led the proposal team and captured the successful award of OPC Phase 1 & 2 and award of Lead Hull Detail Design and Construction of Lead Hull USCGC Argus (WMSM 915). Mr. Cunningham has two Master degrees in Business and Engineering and was a 1987 graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Fernando Malabet: Vice President – Engineering
Experience: 36 Years

Fernando Malabet joined Eastern Shipbuilding Group as Vice President of Engineering in 2011. He currently leads Eastern’s team of Designers, Naval Architects, Mechanical and Electrical Engineers. His prior experience includes positions at North American Shipbuilding, an Edison Chouest Company, where he served as Design Manager, and with Guido, Perla and Associates, Inc., a Seattle based design firm, where he served as Project Manager. Mr. Malabet has a degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Lance Lemcool: Vice President – Commercial Sales and Marketing
Experience: 32 Years

Lance Lemcool joined Eastern Shipbuilding Group as Vice President of Commercial Sales and Marketing in 2021. His diverse background includes Executive Management, Commercial and Government Business Development, Production Operations, Program Management, Contract and Subcontract Management, Purchasing, Estimating, and Proposal Development. Lance brings a unique perspective to the Sales and Marketing role, as he has dealt firsthand with the challenges associated with building a high quality vessel on time and on budget.  He was a guest speaker at the 2017 Passenger Vessel Association Annual Convention and the 2017 Workboat Show discussing Innovative Shipbuilding Techniques and previously served as the Program Manager for the National Shipbuilding Research Program Surface Preparation and Coatings and Welding Technology Panels.  Mr. Lemcool holds a Bachelor of Science in Vocational Education/Electronics Technology studies from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a Liberal Arts degree from the University of the State of New York. He is a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Engineers and is a 3 year veteran of the US Air Force Reserve and a 7 year veteran of the US Navy.

Marvin Serna, Jr.: Vice President – Operations
Experience: 41 Years

Marvin Serna’s career at Eastern Shipbuilding Group started in 2003 when he was brought on as an Estimator and by 2015 working his way up to Vice President of Operations. He has held a variety of corporate positions including Project Manager, General Manager, Operations Manager, Vice President, and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Serna rejoined Eastern in May of 2017 and is currently responsible for managing the day to day operations at all of Eastern’s facilities. Mr. Serna was formerly employed by Gulf Coast Shipyard Group Inc., Trico Marine Services, and Swiftships and has extensive experience in marine new construction, conversions and vessel repairs.

Benny C. Bramblette: General Manager – Allanton Facility
Experience: 46 years 

BrambletteBenny’s experience in the shipbuilding industry spans decades. He began working as a trainee at the former Rockport Yacht Supply Company (RYSCO) in Blountstown, FL in the early 70’s. He since has worked as a first-class shipfitter at the Sherman Shipyard in Panama City, FL when he left to join Eastern Shipbuilding Group in 1982.

Benny has held various shipbuilding positions and titles during his time at Eastern Shipbuilding Group and has worked his way up through the ranks of Foreman, Superintendent, and Production Manager; he was recently promoted to the title of General Manager of our Allanton Facility in 2012, where he is in charge of approximately 900+ employees, crafts and daily production operations along with Eastern’s steel production facility supporting both shipyards. 

Justin C. Smith: General Manager – Nelson Street Facility
Experience: 36 years

Justin began working in the marine industry in 1980 at Goudy and Stevens in the Joiner Shop.  Then as General Operations Manager of an Island Ferry Company in Boothbay, Maine and also as a Captain of a whale watching vessel. He was an owner/operator of his own seasonal tour Boat Company in 1986 and still holds a USCG Master’s License.

Justin joined Eastern Shipbuilding Group in 2001 as a Project Manager and has worked on several projects, the most notable in 2007 managing the state-of-the-art firefighting vessels the FFV 343 and FFV Firefighter II built for New York City Fire Department (FDNY) in honor of the firefighters lost on 9/11. Justin was promoted to General Manager of our Nelson Street Facility in 2012, where he is in charge of approximately 300+ employees, crafts, daily production operations and the welding/ship fitting school, utilizing his diverse shipbuilding management skills.

Joseph H. Murphy, Jr.: Purchasing Manager
Experience: 32 Years

MurphyJoe joined Eastern Shipbuilding Group in 1997 and currently serves as the Manager of Eastern’s Purchasing Department which consists of 12+ purchasing agents and clerks.  The purchasing group are devoted employees which work closely with the Project Managers, Estimating, the Warehouses and the daily production operations at both the Allanton and Nelson Street Facilities. He also works closely with the Eastern’s Receiving Department which handles the vast day to day flow of material and equipment at both facilities.

Joe has extensive experience in both the commercial and recreational shipbuilding industries which has allowed him access to a large network of industry professionals, vendors and sub-contractors who are dedicated to supplying Eastern with quality products, materials, equipment and machinery.