Kirk J. Meche
President, CEO and Director
Kirk J. Meche became Chief Executive Officer in January 2013. Mr. Meche has served as President since January 2009. He served as Chief Operating Officer from January 2009 to December 2012 and in other management capacities since 2001 leading various divisions within the Company. Prior to that, Mr. Meche served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Southport, Inc., a wholly owned fabrication subsidiary of the Company, from 1999 to 2001. Mr. Meche also served as a project manager of the Company from 1996 to 1999. Prior to his employment with Gulf Island, Mr. Meche served in various capacities with McDermott International, including Structural Engineer, Hull Engineering Supervisor, and Project Manager from 1985-1996.
Todd F. Ladd
Executive Vice President and COO
Todd F. Ladd became Chief Operating Officer in February 2014 and was appointed Executive Vice President in February 2015. Mr. Ladd previously served as Vice President and General Manager of the Company since July 2013. Mr. Ladd has over 25 years industry experience in the offshore fabrication sector. From 2001 to 2013, Mr. Ladd served as a partner and Senior Project Manager with Paloma Energy Consultants, an offshore construction project management firm. From April 1996 to August 2001, Mr. Ladd served as a Project Manager for Gulf Island, L.L.C. Mr. Ladd also served as Production Engineer and Facility Engineer at McDermott Marine Construction from January 1988 through March 1996.
David S. Schorlemer
Executive Vice President, CFO and Treasurer
David S. Schorlemer became Executive Vice President of Finance, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer on January 3, 2017. Mr. Schorlemer has over 20 years of experience as a financial or other senior officer in the energy services industry. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Schorlemer served as Chief Financial Officer of GR Energy Services Management, L.P., an energy service company delivering completion and production solutions to the United States and Latin American markets. From 2004 to 2015, Mr. Schorlemer served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Stallion Oilfield Holdings, Inc., an energy service company providing upstream, midstream and industrial services to its customers. From 1997 to 2004, Mr. Schorlemer served in various leadership roles in the oilfield service industry. Mr. Schorlemer also served as Consulting Project Manager with Accenture PLC's Technology Practice from 1991 to 1997.
Senior Vice President - Business Development for Fabrication, Renewables & Governmental Affairs
Roy Francis became Senior Vice President in 2015. Mr. Francis served as Vice President and as Director of Governmental Relations and Business Development. He was named Vice President of Business Development in the March of 2008. Mr. Francis formerly served as the Coastal Zone Manager for Lafourche Parish Government, as Manager of a Hurricane Protection Levee Board and Executive Director of the LA1 Coalition, Inc. - a non-profit corporation that was instrumental in securing over $360 million in funding to build a toll-bridge to Port Fourchon which is the largest energy port in the U.S.
Senior Vice President - Business Development for Shipyard & Special Projects
Christian Vaccari became Senior Vice President in January 2016. Mr. Vaccari previously served as President & CEO of LEEVAC Shipyards since 2006. Mr. Vaccari has over 35 years industry experience in the shipbuilding, marine transportation sector and executive leadership. From 1997 to 2004, Mr. Vaccari co-founded and served as Chairman and CEO of Hornbeck Offshore Services (NYSE: HOS), an offshore supply vessel company. He was also co-founder and General Partner of Audubon Capital Fund I, LP SBIC, a private mezzanine capital fund and co-founder and director of Riverbarge Excursion Cruise Lines.
William G. Blanchard
Senior Vice President – Business Development for Fabrication
Prior to his current assignment with Gulf Island, Mr. Blanchard served as Division Vice President for our Fabrication Division and in varying other capacities. Prior to Gulf Island, Mr. Blanchard served in various capacities with Chet Morrison Contractors, Global Industries Offshore, Texaco, U.S.A., Sample Brothers, Inc. and Santa Fe Offshore Construction Company.