Hornblower Group reports that Brendan Smith, formerly VP of engineering at NYC Ferry, has been named president of Seaward Services, Inc. He will report to Scott Thornton, chief operating officer of Hornblower Group’s Ferries and Transportation Division and succeeds John Keever, who has retired after 50 years in the industry.
As president of Seaward Services, Inc., Smith will oversee the operation and maintenance of both government and privately owned craft, including high-speed craft, range craft, experimental craft, training craft, research vessels and unmanned surface vessels. He will also lead Seaward Services’ maintenance of U.S. Navy ranges and port facilities, including local oil spill response.
Smith brings more than a decade of maritime experience to his role at Seaward, including 6.5 years with the U.S. Navy, where he served aboard the nuclear-powered submarine, USS Santa Fe. His roles included Chemistry and Radiological controls Assistant (CRA), Quality Assurance Officer (QAO), and Combat Operations Instructor. In his first role as a civilian, he oversaw property operations at Paramount Group, a Manhattan-based real estate investment company.
Smith joined Hornblower Group in 2016, citing a desire to return to the water. He joined NYC Ferry in 2016, first as director of engineering before his promotion to vice president.
Smith holds a Bachelor of Science in Climatology from The Ohio State University and a Master’s of Engineering Management from Duke University. He also graduated from the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command and the Navy’s Nuclear Prototype Training Unit where he received certification from the Department of Energy to manage an S5W nuclear reactor.
“Brendan’s vast experience and continued success in the U.S. Navy, and more recently, with NYC Ferry, gives me confidence in his industry expertise and incredible ability to continue to build upon the legacy and great work of our Seaward Services team,” said Scott Thornton, chief operating officer of Hornblower Group’s Ferries and Transportation Division. “With Brendan’s maritime knowledge, experience, and passion, the Seaward crew is in great hands.”