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

Brian D’Isernia started his 53 year 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.

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 and Chief Executive Officer.

Joseph E. D’Isernia: President

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.

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

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.

Scott Colemere: Chief Financial Officer

Scott Colemere joined Eastern Shipbuilding Group in 1984 and currently serves as Chief Financial Officer. His prior 37 years of 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

Dan Lozier joined Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. in 2013. Mr. Lozier represented Eastern since he began his private practice in 1985, 36 years ago. Having served as general counsel to numerous organizations, he has extensive and wide-ranging experience. Mr. Lozier is a member of The Florida Bar, and was formerly certified as a tax attorney, Ethics and Compliance Professional, and Mediator. 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.

Jessica Ditto: Vice President – Communications

Jessica joined Eastern Shipbuilding Group in 2021 with more than 17 years of executive communications experience in the public and private sectors. As VP of Communications, Jessica manages the corporate brand and public relations as the company continues to successfully execute the US Coast Guard’s Offshore Patrol Cutter program while maintaining its enviable position in the commercial shipbuilding industry. Jessica was drawn to Eastern’s powerful legacy of quality craftmanship, resilience, and community impact. Prior to joining Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Ms. Ditto served as Deputy Communications Director at the White House where she managed the communications strategy across the federal government. She has advised CEOs and built a distinguished record in the successful elections of two governors, a U.S. senator and a U.S. president. For nearly 15 years, Jessica has supported a school in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia that serves destitute families.

Lance Lemcool: Vice President – Commercial Sales and Marketing

Lance Lemcool joined Eastern Shipbuilding Group in February 2021. His diverse background of 32 years includes nearly all aspects of shipbuilding management. 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. Mr. Lemcool holds a Bachelor of Science in Vocational Education/Electronics Technology 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 Marine Engineers (SNAME) and is a veteran of the US Air Force Reserve and US Navy.

Rick Cunningham: Vice President – Government Services

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. After retiring from the Navy, he has worked in industry on technical and business opportunities such as hybrid propulsion and Littoral Combat System Mission Modules. He worked from 2009-2012 as the National Security Cutter 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 is a 1987 graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Fernando Malabet: Vice President – Engineering

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 36 years of 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.

Marvin Serna, Jr.: Vice President – Operations

Marvin Serna’s career at Eastern Shipbuilding Group started in 2003 when he was brought on as an Estimator and by 2015 had worked his way up to Vice President of Operations. He has held a variety of corporate positions including Project Manager, General Manager, and Operations Manager. After a brief hiatus, Mr. Serna rejoined Eastern in May of 2017 and is currently responsible for managing the day-to-day production operations at all Eastern 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.

Jamie Keel: Vice President – Commercial Shipbuilding

Originally from Panama City, Jamie Keel joined Eastern Shipbuilding in 2007 after working in the Oil and Gas Industry. Jamie has served as Project Manager on several of ESG’s successful, multi-vessel new construction projects including inland tugs, OSVs, MPSVs, Offshore Construction Vessels, and Hopper Dredges. Since 2007, Jamie has been responsible for managing the Commissioning, Sea Trials, and Delivery of (35) new construction vessels. Jamie was promoted to Director of Projects in 2017 and then to Vice President of Commercial Shipbuilding, where he is responsible for management of all ESG’s commercial shipbuilding departments including Project Management, Purchasing, Planning, QA, and Accuracy Control. Mr. Keel is a 2005 graduate of the University of West Florida and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Legal Studies.