Ret. Rear Admiral Philip H. Greene, Jr.
President and CEO
Phil joined the executive leadership team at TOTE, Inc., in September 2012, and assumed his current position with TOTE’s ship management company on February 1, 2013. TOTE Services, headquartered in Jacksonville, FL., is a leading edge provider of vessel management solutions in support of the U.S. maritime industry.
A retired rear admiral, U.S. Navy, Phil spent over 32-years on active duty where he had the privilege to command two ships, a destroyer squadron and a combined joint task force. Following his retirement from the navy, Phil was appointed to the senior executive service in the Department of Transportation. He subsequently served as the eleventh superintendent of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, N.Y., and then held the U.S. Department of Transportation Chair at the National Defense University, Washington, D.C.
A graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Phil also earned advanced degrees from the National War College and the Naval Postgraduate School. In addition, he earned a USCG merchant marine license as master (oceans, any gross tonnage). Phil serves on several boards that include the United Seamen’s Services, National Cargo Bureau and Chamber of Shipping of America.
MITCHELL D. WALKER
Vice President Marine Operations, Government & Commercial
Mitch started his maritime career upon graduation from Maine Maritime Academy in 1971, where he received a B.S. degree in Marine Engineering and a commission as Ensign in the United States Naval Reserve. From graduation until 1984, he served in various engineering capacities with Gulf Oil Corporation, including Chief Engineer aboard American flag vessels in worldwide tanker trade. His years at Gulf included an assignment as a Corporate Representative Engineer during the new construction of two VLCC’s that entered into the Valdez Alaska pipeline trade.
In 1984, Mitch joined Trinidad Corporation where he became Corporate Director of Engineering in 1987. At Trinidad he managed three tankers, once again in the Valdez Alaska pipeline trade.
Mitch joined TOTE Services in 1990 and was assigned the reactivation of the 398,000 DWT oil tanker UST Pacific. This vessel was one of two sister vessels that are the largest ever built in the Western Hemisphere.
Throughout his years at TOTE Services Mitch has been steadily promoted upward to his present positions as Vice President Marine Operations-Government.
He is an active member of the ABS Special Committee on Ship Operations, Chamber of Shipping of America, Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) and Society of Marine Port Engineers of New York. Mitch and his wife live in St. Augustine, FL.
Vice President Marine Operations, TOTE Maritime
Phil Morrell serves TOTE Services as Vice President Marine Operations, Commercial. He was previously employed from 2002 to 2013 as Vice President of Marine & Terminal Operations with Totem Ocean Trailer Express. At Totem Ocean Phil oversaw all aspects of Totem Ocean’s marine and Tacoma terminal operations. At TOTE Services he manages all aspects of commercial management for TOTE Service’s various commercial customers
Phil has more over 30 years of experience in the shipping and transportation industry. Before joining Totem Ocean in 2002, he was employed by Todd Pacific Shipyards, Sunmar Shipping and Holland American Line Westours, Inc., where he held the positions of Marine Superintendent, Technical Operations Manager.
Phil serves on the Washington State Board of Pilotage Commission, Tacoma Youth Marine Center board and is a member of the Port of Anchorage Strategic Planning Group. He and his family reside in West Seattle.
Vice President Marine Services, TOTE Services
Ben Christian is Vice President for Marine Services of TOTE Services in Jacksonville Florida. He oversees the company’s labor relations, marine supply chain services, business development, and the marine operations in the Puerto Rico trade. The Puerto Rico operations are served by the world’s first LNG powered containerships, the Marlin Class.
Prior to the move to Jacksonville, he worked in San Diego as the Project Manager of TOTE Shipholdings. He managed the Marlin Class newbuild program, the LNG conversion plans for of the Orca Class trailerships, and TOTE’s LNG fuel supply. He is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY and the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business in Seattle, WA. His background includes sailing as a deck officer with Military Sealift Command and Alaska Tanker Company, and as a Senior Financial Analyst for TOTE’s parent company, Saltchuk Resources.
Director of Human Resources & Labor Relations
Melissa has over 10 years of experience in the logistics industry in various roles such as human resources, labor relations, risk, payroll and accounting. She has over 15 years of progressive HR experience.
Melissa graduated from the University of North Florida with a B.A. in Psychology. Following graduation she pursued a Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources and Labor Relations. She also possesses a PHR certification and is pursuing a certification in Human Performance Technology. Melissa joined TOTE Services in April 2014 after working as the Director of HR for AMPORTS, where she was responsible for all aspects of HR including recruiting, benefits, labor relations and training and development.
Business Unit Controller
Kristin joined TOTE Services in 2014 from sister company, Sea Star Line, where she held various accounting and finance positions of increasing responsibility, most recently as their Accounting Manager. Kristin has managed the General Accounting function, coordinated the monthly, quarterly and annual accounting close and played a key role in the development of the forecast and five year capital and operating plans. Kristin also brings with her strong internal control and compliance experience and has coordinated both internal and external audits.
Prior to joining Sea Star Line, Kristin held various financial positions with Melitta USA, Associated Marine Institutes and First Advantage Corporation.
Kristin is a graduate of Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida, where she majored in Accounting and Business Administration. She resides in Jacksonville with her husband and son.
CAPTAIN JOHN LAWRENCE
Director of Fleet Safety
Captain Lawrence joined TOTE Services in 2014. He graduated from the US Merchant Marine Academy and holds a Master’s License, Oceans Unlimited. Captain Lawrence sailed for 14 years for a number of U.S. shipping companies in various deck officer capacities including Master. He served for 10 years as a Port Captain for Maritime Overseas Corporation and spent 6 years working for Alaska Tanker Company as their HSE Team Leader / Operations Integrity Advisor. In 2005 he engaged in consultant work for his company, JL Maritime Consulting. In 2006 he began working as the Director of HSE for K-Sea Transportation in New Jersey and was later promoted to Vice President, HSQE. He is past Chairman for the National Safety Council’s Marine Division, past Chairman for the National Safety Council’s Waterborne Transport Group and has been active in workgroups of the Ship Operations Cooperative Program and the American Waterways Operators.
Director Ship Management, MARAD
Michael Roberts joined TOTE Services in 1994. He graduated from Lafayette College in 1990 with a B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Michael has held several management positions at TOTE Services during his tenure with the company including Engineering Technician, Port Engineer, and Engineering Superintendent. He is currently assigned as the Director of Ship Management responsible for the management of eleven public vessels owned by the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration.
Director Ship Management, MSC
Dennis joined TOTE Services following a 30-year Navy career as a surface warfare officer. He served afloat in four ships—all guided missile destroyers—in a wide variety of engineering and deck assignments. Notably, Dennis was Chief Engineer in USS GOLDSBOROUGH (DDG 20) where he supervised all operations and maintenance of the ship’s 1200psi steam propulsion plant and associated auxiliaries, and he commanded USS PAUL HAMILTON (DDG 60), a gas turbine powered Arleigh Burke Class Guided Missile Destroyer. In Dennis’ final afloat assignment he commanded Military Sealift Command’s Maritime Prepositioning Ship Squadron Three, a squadron of 13 commercially operated ships carrying prepositioned war stocks for the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Defense Logistics Agency.
Ashore, Dennis served in a variety of staff assignments including those at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, US Pacific Fleet Headquarters at Pearl Harbor, US Fifth Fleet Headquarters in Manama, Bahrain, the Navy Staff at the Pentagon and five years in the Prepositioning Program Office (PM3) at Military Sealift Command Headquarters on the Navy Yard in Washington, DC.
SBX-1 Program Manager
Todd is the SBX-1 Marine Superintendent and Program Manager responsible for all aspect of SBX-1 marine operations, maintenance and customer relations. In this capacity he acts as the primary representative between SBX-1 mission agencies, Missile Defense Agency, Boeing, Department of Defense, Raytheon, and now MSC to ensure SBX-1 operations meet the expectations need of its unique mission.
A retired U.S. Navy Captain, Todd spent over 31 years on active duty where he had the privilege of commanding three ships; a mine-countermeasures vessel, an ammunition cargo ship and a destroyer. Additionally he served as Commanding Officer of Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island. His final Navy tour was four years as Chief of Staff of the USS John C. Stennis Aircraft Carrier Strike Group. Todd is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, and earned advanced degrees from the Naval War College and the Naval Postgraduate School.
Purchasing Manager, Lisa Gee, came to us from sister company Totem Ocean Trailer Express where she worked for more than seven years, most recently as Marine Purchasing Supervisor. Lisa, along with the Purchasing team, will direct, coordinate and procure all technical and consumable requirements for all commercial and government vessels. In addition to her work at Totem Ocean, Lisa served on the Board of Governors of the Propeller Club of the United States – Port of Tacoma and also as the group’s Membership Chair. Lisa completed her Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management at University of Phoenix. She completed the Tacoma-Pierce County Leadership Program in 2009, facilitated by the Tacoma Chamber of Commerce and Pacific Lutheran University. In 2013, Lisa completed the Essentials of Business Management Program at University of Washington, Tacoma.
Mr. Gaskill joined TOTE Services after nearly six years of service at our sister company, Sea Star Line, in Jacksonville, Florida. From 2008 to 2012, Chris served within the Quoting, Documentation and Customer Service teams, and in 2012 was promoted to Strategic Analyst in Yield Management. Chris attended Indiana State University and has received Advanced Leadership and Management training and also holds a certification in transportation and logistics.
Tiffany joined TOTE Services in January 2015 as the Revenue Manager. Tiffany graduated from North Carolina Wesleyan College with a B.S in Business Administration and Minor in Computer Information Systems. She advanced her academic career with a Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and a graduate ceritfication in Health Administrations from Keller Graduate School of Management.
Tiffany has 15 years of experience in multiple industries such as Government Defense Contracting, Broadcast Communications and Healthcare. Tiffany along with her husband, Charles, relocated to Jacksonville, FL to accept a position as Senior Accountant for parent company TOTE in May 2014.
As Revenue Manager, Tiffany’s role consists of overseeing the Billing Department, assisting and developing standard operating procedures.