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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Briant Dozar
Secretery/Treasurer

Briant Dozar is the Sr. VP of Sales and Marketing for Morgan City Rentals, A Bishop Lifting Company. He began his career at Morgan City Rentals in 1981 and has been working with the commercial diving industry for over 32 years. Working directly with many diving and subsea contractors over the years, Briant has a good understanding of their issues concerning equipment and wire rope and rigging products, and being proactive to respond and improve processes and procedures to rental equipment to insure safety and reliability. Briant has also been the Morgan City Rentals representative for the Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI). He has a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Nicholls State University (1981).

E-Mail: briant@morgancityrentals.com



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Kevin Lord

Kevin Lord is the Diving Coordinator for Shell Upstream Americas at One Shell square in New Orleans, LA. Kevin has nearly 25 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. Kevinís 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.

E-Mail: kevin.lord@shell.com



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Ed Klein

CSHO/COSM, is an HSEQ Manager for Chet Morrison Contractors in Houma, LA. Ed has been in the offshore diving industry for 29 years as a diver, life support technician, EMT/DMT, supervisor, and diving technical manager. Ed is a diving system assurance auditor, client worksite representative and holds a national certification as an Emergency Management Specialist. Ed Klein currently resides in Louisiana.

E-Mail: eklein@chetm.com



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Steve Frantz, P.E.

Steve is employed by Talos Energy where he recently became the Offshore Maintenance Superintendent and continues as an engineering technical advisor. He has over 38 years of oilfield experience beginning as a roustabout for Global Marine Drilling in 1979. Steve joined ARCO as a facility engineer upon graduation in 1983. He was responsible for both major platform installations and daily operations support. Steve spent two years as the Operations Manager at the DOE Strategic Petroleum Reserve for Arrington Petroleum in the mid-90's. He then returned to Vastar Resources as a facility engineer and transitioned to BP America, serving in various technical positions. In 2007, he moved to Energy Resources Technology as their facility engineering manager where he remained through the Talos acquisition in 2013. Steve has been an active participant in the GOM DSWG since its inception. Other industry participation includes multiple positions with OOC, API RP committees and the Subsea Tieback Advisory Board. Steve received a BSME from Rice University and is a registered professional engineer in Texas.

E-Mail: SFrantz@talosenergyllc.com




Past Chairmen

Randal Abadaie
Jeff Theriot









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