At Eastern, our philosophy is simple:
For a Quality Custom Built Vessel “We’ve Got You Covered”
- Hornbeck Offshore Services, LLC
- Harvey Gulf International Marine, LLC
- Aries Marine Corporation
- Laborde Marine, LLC
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 desiring their own custom built vessels. Soon customers in areas including New England, the Pacific Northwest, and Alaska were contacting Eastern with requests for customized fishing vessels. 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 and Eastern is one of the most diverse vessel construction companies as a result of its state of the art production line and fabrication process. Eastern has built everything from Offshore Supply Vessels to 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.
As one of today’s 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 high-tech construction, including installation and test of:
Eastern is also compliant with the following regulatory agencies:
- American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)
- Det Norske Veritas (DNV)
- Lloyd’s Register (LR)
- Transport Canada Coast Guard (TC)
- United States Coast Guard (USCG)
- United States – Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- State of Florida – Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
Eastern’s proven successful shipbuilding record stems from the fact that we are willing to accept any new challenge and are confident that we can successfully build and deliver any type of vessel that our Client’s require, both on time and on budget.
As Eastern moves into the future, we look forward to the continued diversification and growth of our portfolio of vessels which brings new challenges and ultimately grows the company. At Eastern, each employee starts and ends the day with the same goal in mind; work safe, work smart, and prove to the shipbuilding industry, our clients, and ourselves that you can’t do any better than an Eastern built vessel.
No one person is responsible for the success of Eastern Shipbuilding Group. It takes a team effort 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 and together combine 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: Founder/Owner and Chief Executive Officer
Experience: 49 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 Chief Executive Officer.
Joseph E. D’Isernia: President
Experience: 14 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.
Kenneth R. Munroe: Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Experience: 43 Years
Kenneth R. Munroe began his marine industry career in 1974, working as a fishing vessel Captain on two Long-line fishing vessels which he operated successfully from Brownsville, Texas to Newfoundland, Canada. He joined Eastern Shipbuilding Group in 1979, becoming the Outfitting Superintendent, performing all the testing and trials for completion of over 100 vessels. He graduated to his present position through a variety of management positions with Eastern including Purchasing Agent, Estimator and General Manager. In 1984, he was promoted to Vice President of Sales and Marketing and was fully responsible for the estimating and management of the project bids, as well as the execution of the contracts resulting from the bids. In 1997, he was promoted to Vice President for Eastern, responsible for managing all departments in both of Eastern’s shipyard facilities. In 2011, Mr. Munroe was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, responsible for the administration of Eastern’s commercial and government businesses. Together with Mr. D’Isernia he continues to be a prime decision maker during the dynamic growth of Eastern, which had actual sales exceeding $250 million in 2016.
Scott Colemere: Chief Financial Officer
Experience: 33 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
Experience: 31 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: 40 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.
Fernando Malabet: Vice President – Engineering
Experience: 32 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.
Stephen J. Berthold: Vice President – Sales & Marketing
Experience: 39 Years
Stephen Berthold joined Eastern Shipbuilding Group in 2002. In 2012 after a short hiatus from the company he rejoined and currently serves as Vice President of Sales & Marketing. He is responsible for all domestic and international sales, marketing, and coordinates sales with the company’s estimating department. In addition, he oversees the final commercial and governmental proposal preparation and bid process, working directly with potential new clients and Eastern’s existing ones. He began his career in the marine industry as an Ordinary Seaman in the U.S. Merchant Marines in 1977. Within six years, he had worked his way up to a 1600 ton Master working as a Captain in the Offshore Oil & Gas Industry in the Gulf of Mexico. He has worked for a variety of marine companies with various positions including: Seaman, Mate, Master, Project Manager, Operation Manager, Vessel Repair & New Construction Manager and Sales Manager. Mr. Berthold still retains his 1600/3000ITC Masters License under the USCG 46 CFR 10.227(e) MMD Continuity Program.
Marvin Serna, Jr.: Vice President – Operations
Experience: 37 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: 42 years
Benny’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.
Benny’s son is also a current Foreman at Eastern’s outfitting facility next door to the Nelson Street Facility which reinforces Eastern’s “family oriented shipbuilding philosophy”.
Justin C. Smith: General Manager – Nelson Street Facility
Experience: 32 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.
Jerry Huff: Director of Purchasing
Experience: 37 Years
Jerry Huff was making sales calls on Eastern Shipbuilding Group in 1981 when the company offered him an opportunity to come work for them instead. He accepted Eastern’s offer to come manage their Purchasing Department in the position of Purchasing Manager. In 2015 he became the company’s Director of Purchasing overseeing both shipbuilding facilities. He has successfully managed the procurement of materials, equipment, vendor and sub-contractor services for the 350+ vessels that have been constructed by Eastern. Prior to joining Eastern’s team, Mr. Huff spent 17 years in Marine and Industrial Sales.
Joseph H. Murphy, Jr.: Purchasing Manager
Experience: 28 Years
Joe joined Eastern Shipbuilding Group in 1997 and currently serves as the Manager of Eastern’s Purchasing Departments 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.