The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) reports that Rob Stuardi of American Equity Underwriters, Mobile, Ala., and Mark A. Haller of Tri-Tec Manufacturing in Kent, Wash., have been appointed as the new Chairman and the new Vice Chairman of the SCA Partners Committee.
“Rob and Mark’s experience with our industry will be invaluable to the Partners Committee as we continue to grow membership and active participation among the shipbuilding industrial base from all corners of the country. Both Rob and Mark have a long-established a legacy of commitment to our vision, and we welcome them to their new positions,” said SCA President Matthew Paxton.
The eleven-member SCA Partners Committee is charged with representing SCA’s shipyard supplier members.
Rob Stuardi joined the American Equity Underwriters, Inc. in 2010 and currently serves as Vice President, Managing Director. Prior to joining AEU, he had extensive experience in workers’ compensation insurance and risk management practices as Director of Sales, Safety and Loss Control for a large property and casualty insurance company. He also previously acted as Assistant Operations and Loss Control Manager for a southeastern fuel distributor, and was responsible for loss control training for stevedoring, tug boats, and offshore supply boats for a large stevedoring company.
“I am looking forward to this opportunity and am eager to help lead the Shipbuilders Council of America on its mission while representing the shipbuilding and repair industry,” said Stuardi. “We hope to grow SCA with increased membership and active participation so that we ensure our voice is heard not only nationwide but also globally.”
Mark Haller also brings extensive experience in the shipbuilding industry to his new role. He became President at Tri-Tec Manufacturing, LLC in 2006 and is responsible for overseeing all operations and drives strategic business and product development. Under his leadership, Tri-Tec has delivered more than 9,000 fully First Article qualified units across all classes of surface combatants and the Sea Wolf and Virginia Class submarines. In addition to his career at Tri-Tec Manufacturing, Haller has more than 43 years of valving and automation experience in the commercial, nuclear and defense markets. Continuing his long commitment to SCA, he will be focusing on cybersecurity on the Partners Committee.
“The shipbuilding and repair industry is critical to our country’s defense and homeland security,” said Haller. “I have immense respect for what our fellow shipbuilders are doing to repair, build, and modernize in this increasingly important industry. At SCA, we are increasing our focus on cybersecurity, and I look forward to working with the commitment to continued progress and results in that space.”