Meet Our Executive Board


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David Gilbert
Chairman

David Gilbert works for ExxonMobil US Production as their Diving and Subsea Construction Advisor, with the responsibility of managing safety and execution of their diving and subsea projects. David has over 30 years of experience in the subsea construction industry, the first 15 years of that experience working through the ranks as a dive tender, surface diver, saturation diver and diving supervisor, working offshore Gulf of Mexico on a variety of construction and decommissioning projects. David has experience executing and managing subsea inspections, new construction, platform and pipeline decommissioning, pipeline installations, and emergency repair projects. David has been working for the last 14 years as a diving project manager for major oil companies, most recently at ExxonMobil USP since early 2010. David is involved in several diving industry safety work groups representing ExxonMobil USP as a diving subject matter expert. David has been a member of the Diving Safety Work Group since it was launched and worked on the Executive Board since 2014. David was also on the ExxonMobil Work group responsible for writing the ExxonMobil Diving Operations Upstream Safety Standard.

E-Mail: david.gilbert@exxonmobil.com



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Theodore K. Roche IV
Vice Chairman

As the founder of Aqueos Corporation, Mr. Roche has over 35 years of experience in the marine construction and commercial diving industry. Prior to launching this company in June of 2000, he served as both West Coast Area Manager for Stolt Comex Seaway and West Coast General Manager for Martech USA. Mr. Roche began his career as a Diver and Superintendent, with work history in the North Sea, South China Sea, West Coast, Alaska, and the Bay of Campeche. He holds a degree in Marine Diving Technology and remains active in the commercial diving community. Presently, he is acting Chairman of the advisory board for the Marine Diving Technology Program at Santa Barbara City College and sits on the executive board for the Gulf of Mexico Diving Safety Workgroup (DSWG).
At Aqueos, Mr. Roche is responsible for business development and pursuing opportunities and strategies that focus on growth and profitability for the company. Mr. Roche's personal commitment is to the safety of his employees and to ensure that accident-free work is the company's highest priority.

E-Mail: TRoche@aqueossubsea.com



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Kevin Lord
Kevin Lord is employed by Shell Exploration and Production Company and is the Diving Coordinator for The Deepwater Gulf of Mexico in New Orleans, LA. Kevin has nearly 30 years of experience in the subsea construction industry. After serving four years in the US Navy, Kevin started his diving career as a tender in the Gulf of Mexico. Kevin's diving experience includes surface air, surface gas, and saturation diving carrying out inspection, construction, repair, and salvage working from platforms, utility vessels, anchor vessels and DP vessels. Kevin worked his way up to Diving Supervisor, Diving Superintendent, Project Superintendent, and eventually accepted a role in the office in Management. Kevin has extensive experience managing diving and has always been an advocate for diving safety and for doing the right thing. Kevin has been active in improving diving safety through industry groups like the ADCI, IMCA, IOGP and NOSAC. Kevin was the Committee Chair for the DSWG Hyperbaric Evacuation System committee and also organized the DSWG response to the USCG NPRM for improvements to 46 CFR Part 197 Subpart B, which received industry support. Kevin is a graduate of the College of Oceaneering Professional Commercial Diver Training Program and has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of New Orleans.

E-Mail: kevin.lord@shell.com



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Gary Kane

Gary has over 40 years experience in the diving subsea industries. He has worked in the North Sea and the GOM. During his 20 years offshore he supervised over a thousand bell dives and several thousand surface dives, this in addition to supervising the deepest dive in the GoM at 1072 feet. Mr. Kane has a A/S degree in Marine Technology from Santa Barbara City College and a B/S in Marketing from University of New Orleans. He previously operated his own consulting firm for 19 years. Presently he is working for Project Consulting Services in project management and business development. Mr. Kane has been an affiliate member in the DSWG since its inception.

E-Mail: Gkane@TheKane.com



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William Bratkowski

William Bratkowski has over twenty-nine years of experience in the ever growing and changing offshore and sub-sea construction industry. Along with attaining positions of increasing responsibility in the health, safety and environmental management field, he has acquired an exemplary record of leadership and accomplishments. He is the Vice President of HSEQ at EPIC Companies and currently serves as Vice President of the Association of Diving Contractors.

E-Mail: billybratkowski@tritondiving.net



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Troy Turner

Troy Turner is employed by Phoenix International Holdings, Inc. where he serves as Area Manager of the Bayou Vista, LA facility. His responsibilities include overseeing the facility, estimating, operations, LA sales, and directing associated commercial projects. Troy works very closely with the Safety and Compliance Departments. He is an extremely visible and hands-on leader. Having 32 years in the Commercial Diving Industry, he has worked his way up through the diving ranks as Tender, Diver, Supervisor, Project Manager, Area and General Manager positions. He began his career in 1989 with Cal Dive International. In 2003, he transitioned into the Cal Dive/Aquatica office as a Project Manager. Troy served in a similar capacity for Aqueos Subsea from 2012 to 2014. In mid-2014, he joined DeepCor Marine in a managerial role, which he held until 2017 when he joined Phoenix International Holdings, Inc. Mr. Turner has an extensive diving background from various anchor and dynamic positioning (DP) vessels, as well as docks, dams, and shallow water marsh work. This has provided him with valuable experience in new construction, inspection, repair, and maintenance (IRM), shallow and deep water, and decommissioning projects. This experience has been vital to the growth of his career and a key to planning and executing safe operations. Troy has experienced firsthand the terrible effects serious diving incidents have on family members, friends, and all involved. This has shaped Troy’s values and commitment to safety, allowing him to be an industry advocate for diver safety. He is continuously learning, researching, and actively seeking new ideas and concepts to help improve diver safety and the well-being of all involved in the industry.

E-Mail: tturner@phnx-international.com



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John Hocutt

John Hocutt worked on a wide variety of offshore projects until 2002 when he transitioned to the office as a project manager. Since then he has managed pipeline, diving and ROV related projects large and small, from deep water subsea well work over & abandonments to mud-hole tie-ins. He has been involved with US GOM DSWG since 2012 and has participated in several subcommittees. John holds a Project Management Professional certificate from the Project Management Institute and is activity involved with his family, the diving and church communities. He is current employed by Quarter North Energy.

E-Mail: john.hocutt@qnenergy.com




Past Chairmen

Randall J. Abadie
Jeff Theriot
David Gilbert
Kevin Lord






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