2019 – 2020 Board of Governors Candidate Bios
Todd Allen is the Regional Manager of NAVTOR USA Inc. NAVTOR is company headquartered in Egersund, Norway. They are a leading force in the provision of innovative e-Navigation solutions, and a total supplier of Navigational products and services for the maritime sector. Thousands of ships and hundreds of shipping companies from all over the world use NAVTOR’s tools and services for their navigational needs. Before be appointed Regional Manager of NAVTOR USA Inc in August 2017, Todd worked for the head office in Norway. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business from Oregon State University. He is married with 3 children and lives in Bainbridge Island, WA.
SCOTT ATKINSON-JAEGER MARINE LLC
Scott R. Atkinson is founder of Jaeger Marine LLC, a sales and marketing consulting firm. He has over 35 years’ experience in the marine industry. This includes a variety of offshore roles in North Pacific fisheries, including working on U.S. vessels fishing Russian waters. In addition, Atkinson worked on U.S. naval warships as a Center for Naval Analyses analyst and interpreter, and ashore as a member of the Research Staff. In more recent times, he helped a number of firms, like Rapp Hydema (now Rapp Marine) and JK Fabrication land first-time sales in new markets, such as oil and gas and the government research fleet. He has had new-business development assignments with several other marine suppliers and vessel operators. During his off-hours, Atkinson has a side career in the natural sciences, including working as a guide and consultant a few times a year; he is author of Wild Plants of the San Juan Islands.
SUSAN CHESNEY - Diversified Communications
Susan Chesney has worked for Diversified Communications for over 26 years. In 1997 the company moved her and her family to Seattle, where she was regional sales manager for National Fisherman and WorkBoat magazines. For the last two years she has been national sales manager for National Fisherman, which is her current position. Her contact with commercial marine and commercial fishing companies has allowed her to develop relationships that bring value to the Seattle Propeller Club. She is a past president of the Northwest Fisheries Association and also a past president of the Propeller Club.
Susan has a Bachelor of Arts from Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland. Before Diversified, she was the Public Relations Director for the Pride of Baltimore sailing vessel. For five years she was sales manager for the marine/sporting goods division of Crowe Rope company in Warren, Maine. Her professional career has been devoted to the Maritime industry. And she would like to be elected again to serve on the Propeller Club Board of Governors.
MARK GLEASOn - USI Insurance SERVICEs
Mark Gleason recently joined the team at USI Insurance Services. Prior to that he spent the last 24+ years in the maritime industry in a variety of positions, most recently as the President of Gleason & Associates, Inc. In that capacity he was the Executive Director of the Washington Maritime Federation; he worked on economic development for the Seattle King County Economic Development Council; he worked on pilotage issues for the Washington State Legislature’s Joint Transportation Committee; and he worked in business development for an internet start up. Prior to starting Gleason & Associates he was the Executive Director of a fishing industry trade association for nearly 5 years; he was the Government Affairs Representative for a Seattle-based fishing company; and spent a year working on ocean policy as a Sea Grant Fellow in the US Senate. Mark also spent 13 years as a commercial fisherman in Alaska, California, and Washington. And finally, he has a Masters in Marine Affairs from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Science in Earth Systems, Science and Policy from California State University Monterey Bay.
ToSCA PINDER - ABD Insurance and Financial Services
Tosca Pinder graduated from Cal Maritime in 2010 with a BS in International Business and Logistics. After graduation, she worked in Labor Relations for the Pacific Maritime Association in Oakland, California. In that role, she represented association members in the negotiation and administration of ILWU collective bargaining agreements. Pinder and her husband moved to Seattle, Washington in late 2015, where she completed her MS degree in Transportation and Engineering Management through Cal Maritime. Post graduation, she worked in Sales and Marketing for Starlight Marine Services, where she assisted in entering a new market to provide ship assist services in the Puget Sound. She currently works as a Maritime Producer at ABD Insurance and Financial Services, a consulting firm providing risk management, insurance brokerage, human resources, and retirement consulting services. Pinder works as an insurance broker in the Maritime Department, working with clients through risk management and finding innovative marine insurance solutions to suit each client’s unique needs.
Molly Schlobohm-Argosy Cruises
Molly Schlobohm is the Chief Operating Officer of Argosy Cruises and a business executive with more than 15 years of proven achievement in sales, operations and organizational management for both Fortune 500 and Mid-market companies. She spent 8 years in the United States Coast Guard before earning her Master of Business Administration degree from Baker University in 2009. Molly has spent several years leading diverse teams in the retail, hospitality and tourism industries. Mentoring, coaching, and developing young professionals into elevated levels of responsibility within their organizations has become a top priority of Molly’s. Outside of work and volunteering Molly can be found out boating, diving, hiking and spending time with family and friends.