December 3 & 4, 2019 • Renaissance Seattle Hotel • Seattle, Washington


Captain Paul Amos

Columbia River Pilots

Captain Paul Amos was born and raised in Denton, Texas. In 1974, he permanently relocated to the Pacific Northwest where he was employed continuously in the tug and barge industry for 16 years. From 1980 to 1990 he worked as captain on towing vessels on the Columbia/Willamette/Snake River system. He has a wide range of experience on various types of towing vessels but the majority of those years were spent on grain barge tows between Portland, OR and Lewiston, ID.


For the last 29 years Paul has been a Columbia River pilot. As a member of the Columbia River Pilots (COLRIP) he served two years as treasurer and was vice president in 1999. He was re-elected as vice president in 2006. Shortly afterward he became president and served continuously in that position through 2014. He was also deeply involved in developing COLRIP’s AIS-based navigation system and continues to work on improvements to that system. He is currently the chairman of the American Pilots’ Association Navigation Technology Committee, is a past chairman of the Lower Columbia Region Harbor Safety Committee and past president of the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association.


Paul is married to a sailor, Della, one of the first women to graduate from Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy. He has three adult children and lives in Vancouver, WA.

Captain Alain Arseneault

Canadian Pilots Association

Captain Alain Arseneault is a graduate of Rimouski Maritime Institute in Canada. After being issued a master mariner certificate in 1998, he obtained his first command the following year on a product tanker. His career evolved on the management side for a while as he held a senior management position with a Canadian shipping company. It is during that period that Captain Arseneault pursued postgraduate studies, being awarded an MBA. He then entered the apprentice program on the St. Lawrence River and finally was issued a pilot license in 2005. After gaining 10 years experience and an unlimited class A pilot license on the river, he held various management positions within the Central St. Lawrence Pilot Corporation until he was elected president in 2017.


Fascinated by innovation and new technologies, Captain Arseneault participated in several technical maritime committees within his group and ultimately lead the technical committee of his national association, Canadian Maritime Pilots Association, in addition to being elected national vice-president for the Laurentian in 2017. He participated among others, in the introduction of the latest generation of pilot portable units (PPU) and rate-of-turn generator (ROTG) for his group of pilots. Capt. Arseneault serves on several boards of directors in the maritime industry, he is actively involved in several technology innovation forums as a participant and speaker.


Alain is married and a proud father to a 13-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy and lives in Quebec City, Canada.

Kip Boyle

Cyber Risk Opportunities

Kip Boyle is a 21-year information security expert and founder of Cyber Risk Opportunities. A former chief information security officer (CISO) for several heavily regulated companies, he previously worked at Expeditors International, Stanford Research Institute (SRI), and was the wide area network security director for the Air Force’s F-22 “Raptor” program. He has been quoted in Forbes, Entrepreneur magazine, and Chief Executive magazine. His book “Fire Doesn’t Innovate: The Executive’s Practical Guide to Thriving in the Face of Evolving Cyber Risks” was published in January 2019

George B. Burkley

Maritime Pilots Institute

Mr. George Burkley serves as the executive director of the Maritime Pilot’s Institute (MPI) in Covington, Louisiana. MPI specializes in training, research and technical projects for maritime pilots. The school operates both electronic simulation and physical modeling training and research facilities. George is a graduate of the California Maritime Academy and completed his master’s work at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He served as an aviator in the US Naval Reserve and sailed for Masters, Mates and Pilots as a ship’s officer. His background includes seven years as an instructor and developer of training programs and technical systems at the Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies in Baltimore and twelve years in New Orleans working with ship pilots.


As director of MPI, George has designed and supervised the construction of a fleet of 1/25th scale maritime manned models, and a number of simulation installations, to support pilotage training. He is currently engaged in projects with manned model training and research, hydrodynamic ship modeling, simulation development, electronic navigation systems research, portable piloting units training and various training programs for pilot groups. George is married with three children in high school and resides in Covington, LA.

Peter Hyams

STAR Center

Peter Hyams is on the full time staff at the Simulation, Training, Assessment and Research (STAR) Center in Dania Beach, Florida as instructor and course developer. The STAR Center is the training facility for the American Maritime Officers Union, and caters to many other companies’ research, assessment and training needs. Peter is afforded the opportunity to continuously interact with actively sailing mariners, frequently ride vessels and identify training needs, bringing a unique and relevant perspective to all maritime trainings and assessments.


A California Maritime Academy graduate, with a passion for teaching, navigation and electronics, he led the Radar/ARPA/ECDIS programs through STCW 95 and 2010. Graduating from Florida International University with a master of science degree in human resource development and adult education he is also the lead Train the Trainer (instructor, supervisor, assessor qualification course) and Simulator Train the Trainer instructor. Peter is actively involved in all STAR Center maritime assessment programs.

Peter Philips

Philips Publishing Group

Peter is the president of Philips Publishing Group, publishers of trade journals for the maritime and transportation industries. In the years since Philips Publishing was founded by Peter’s father in 1983, the company has grown to become the largest maritime and transportation publishing house on the West Coast. Titles include Pacific Maritime Magazine, aimed at West Coast commercial vessel and terminal operators, FOGHORN, the official publication of the Passenger Vessel Association, Clipper Vacations Magazine, published for Seattle’s Clipper Navigation, Catalina Express Magazine, published for Catalina Express, Pacific Fisheries Review and Fishermen’s News, the oldest commercial fishing publication on the Pacific Coast.


In addition to publishing trade journals, Philips Publishing also specializes in creative design services for the maritime and transportation industries, with clients across the country. Peter is the immediate past president of the Seattle Marine Business Coalition, which represents the interests of marine industrial land users. Peter is past president of the Port of Seattle Chapter of the Propeller Club, and past regional vice president, West Coast, of the International Propeller Club. Peter has a BA in history from Whitman College, and has been employed in the maritime publishing field since 1985.

Captain Jeff Slesinger

Delphi Maritime, LLC

Captain Slesinger is a captain, educator, author, auditor and surveyor. He brings the expertise of a mariner’s eye to maritime business, safety and training issues. Captain Slesinger’s maritime career has spanned more than 40 years, both at sea and ashore having served as tug captain, operations manager, director of safety and training and president of his own company, Delphi Maritime, LLC. Captain Slesinger created Delphi Maritime in 2008 as a platform to create innovative business, safety and training solutions for the maritime industry. He has authored articles in industry trade magazines and two books Shiphandling with Tugs and, most recently, the 2nd edition of Azimuthing Stern Drive Tugs, Learning to Drive a Z-drive.


Captain, educator, author and surveyor—Captain Slesinger brings a unique and broad perspective to issues facing the maritime industry.

Brian Tetreault

US Army Corps of Engineers
CMTS Future of Navigation Interagency Action Team

Brian Tetreault is a navigation systems specialist for the Army Corps of Engineers Research and Development Center. He has worked on projects to develop and implement shore-based navigation information systems to improve safety, efficiency, and reliability of inland and coastal waterways. He is a US representative to national and international e-navigation-related bodies, including the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure (PIANC), International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA), International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services (RTCM), and is the co-chair of the US Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS). He is a graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy, served in the Coast Guard for 22 years at sea and ashore, and holds an Unlimited 2nd Mate and a 1600 Ton Master license.

Captain Jorge J. Viso

American Pilots’ Association

Captain Jorge Viso was elected president of the American Pilots’ Association (APA) in 2016. Prior to being elected APA president, Captain Viso served in numerous other leadership positons, including vice president of the APA’s South Atlantic States; vice president, then president of the Florida State Pilots’ Association; and chairman of the Tampa Bay Pilots’ Association.


After completing an enlistment in the US Coast Guard (1978-81), where he served aboard two cutters and advanced to quartermaster second class, Captain Viso earned an appointment to the US Merchant Marine Academy at King’s Point. He graduated from King’s Point in 1985 with a degree in marine transportation and nautical science.  Upon graduation, he was commissioned as an ensign in the US Naval Reserve and was licensed as third mate of steam and motor vessels by the US Coast Guard. He served as a pilot in the ports of Tampa Bay, Florida from 1990 through 2016. Prior to becoming a state-licensed pilot, Captain Viso briefly served aboard harbor tugs, before sailing deep sea on chemical, product and crude oil tankers. In addition to his Florida State pilot license, he holds US Coast Guard credentials as master of steam and motor vessels (limited tonnage) and chief mate of steam and motor vessels (unlimited tonnage). He also holds a federal first class pilot endorsement for the waters of Tampa Bay and its tributaries.


Captain Viso also served as chairman of the APA’s Navigation and Technology Committee (NAVTECH) from 2002 until taking office as APA president. As NAVTECH chairman, Captain Viso not only facilitated dialog among the nation’s professional maritime pilots on portable pilot units (PPUs) and other navigation technology matters, he also worked with local and federal officials on navigation policies and infrastructure support, wrote numerous articles in maritime trade journals, and was a frequent speaker at national and international navigation technology and pilotage conferences.


In addition to various leadership positions held within national, state and local pilots’ associations, Captain Viso served as vice chairman of the Florida Board of Pilot Commissioners, executive board member of the Harbor Safety and Security Committee of Tampa Bay, and as an instructor at the Maritime Institute of Training and Graduate Studies (MITAGS), as well as at the Maritime Pilot’s Institute (MPI).


Captain Viso is the recipient of numerous awards, including the US Coast Guard Public Service Commendation, the US Coast Guard Certificate of Merit, and the Outstanding Professional Achievement Award for the US Merchant Marine Academy.


Captain Viso, born in Illinois, was raised in Miami, Florida. He and his wife, Ana Maria, have three children, Alexandra, Jorge, Jr. and Daniella.


The American Pilots’ Association is the national trade association of professional ship pilots. Its membership is composed of more than 50 groups of state-licensed pilots, comprising over 99% of all state pilots in the country. All three groups of United States registered pilots in the Great Lakes are also APA members. There are approximately 1,200 individual pilots in the APA member pilot groups. The APA was established in 1884 to protect and improve the state pilotage system, to maintain the highest possible professional standards for licensed pilots in the United States, and to promote navigation safety.

Captain Bren Wade

Crowley Maritime

Captain Bren Wade earned his BS degree and third mate’s license in 1987 at the US Merchant Marine Academy before going to work for Crowley Maritime in Seattle. He spent the next three years working aboard harbor and deep-sea tugs in Puget Sound and Alaska. In 1990, he left the Pacific Northwest to find warmer weather and marry his high school sweetheart, Lori. Bren worked aboard an acoustic research vessel for the next two years. In 1992, he took a chief mate position aboard one of two NASA-owned solid rocket booster retrieval vessels. He became captain in 2000 and sailed in that capacity until the last shuttle lifted off in 2011. He also earned an MBA during his time at the Kennedy Space Center. Captain Wade joined Crowley as the manager, marine compliance in August 2011. Based in Jacksonville, Captain Wade provided his expertise from the towing industry to help plan and shape the Mariner Assessment Program at Crowley, which now includes dynamic positioning, engineering and liquid cargo assessments. To date, he has done nearly 1000 individual mariner assessments in the simulator and dozens of underway bridge team assessments.

Paul Welling

Wärtsilä Voyage Solutions

Paul’s experience in the maritime industry spans more than 40 years. He graduated from Maritime Institute, “De Ruyter”, in Flushing, The Netherlands in 1978 and acquired his unlimited master’s license in 1986 after gaining the required sea-time. A sea-going career of 11 years on the passenger ships of Holland America Line was followed by 15 years as area sales manager at Radio Holland USA, during which time he was involved in the implementation of various new navigation and communication technologies on board ships. Paul joined Transas in 2005 and was appointed sales director. The development of on-board, shore-based and simulation solutions however has always retained his interest and the recent acquisition of Transas Marine by the Wärtsilä Group  has proven to only amplify this through Wärstilä’s Smart Marine initiatives and the drive towards digitalization of the entire marine industry.