For the next 12 months, Hornblower has the honor of hosting a member of the United States Coast Guard in our corporate office. Marshall Newberry is with us on Coast Guard sponsored Industry Training, a unique program that allows him to study the inner workings of the Passenger Vessel Industry, and how regulations affect businesses. We wanted to get to know him better, so we asked him a few questions about himself and his position.
What made you want to join the Coast Guard?
Marshall: I grew up in Central Washington, about three hours from the coast. I learned about the Coast Guard through family friends, two of who were accepted to the Coast Guard Academy. I knew I wanted to go to college to become a Mechanical Engineer, and I love the water. It just so happens the Coast Guard Academy is a great engineering school and provided the perfect foundation for someone like me. I applied to the Academy amongst a bunch of other 4-year universities, and when I was accepted, the decision was easy.
What were/are your responsibilities within the Coast Guard?
Marshall: I've had a number of different responsibilities in the Coast Guard as I've moved up the Organization. After graduating from the Academy, I started out as an engineer in training for 2 years on the Coast Guard Cutter DALLAS, a 378 ft. high endurance cutter stationed in Charleston, SC.
I then made my transition into the Marine Safety field, where the Coast Guard is responsible for ensuring the safety and security of the ports and waterways. I spent 2 years at the Marine Safety Center conducting plan review for all types of commercial vessels, ensuring the vessels were being designed in accordance with established rules and regulations.
From there, I was accepted to Coast Guard sponsored Post Graduate School, where I received my Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington (Seattle).
I then spent 3 years in Houston at Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston, where I mainly conducted inspections of foreign and US deep draft commercial vessels of all types (freight vessels, oil tankers, chemical tankers, gas carriers, and large passenger vessels).
Probably my most rewarding tour thus far was my last, where I was the Supervisor of Marine Safety Detachment Ketchikan, Alaska. There I ran an office of 12 and we conducted all of the Coast Guard's Prevention missions (i.e., vessel/facility inspections, marine investigations, and waterways management) and Pollution Response missions.
This brings me to my current assignment, which is Coast Guard sponsored Industry Training for 1 year with Hornblower. This is a unique program where I will spend a year with Hornblower studying the inner workings of the Passenger Vessel Industry and how regulations affect business.
What are some of your favorite hobbies?
Marshall: When I’m not working I love boating, offshore fishing, camping, hunting, snowmobiling, snowboarding and wakeboarding. I'm constantly looking for the next big adventure. Family and friends are very important to me, and that also includes my black lab, Max.
What has surprised you since you joined us, and what has not?
Marshall: What has surprised me is how friendly everyone has been, and how quickly everyone has made me feel like a part of the team. It's very evident that Hornblower genuinely cares about its people. What has not surprised me is how busy the company is, and how efficient it seems to run. I specifically chose to work with Hornblower because they are a leader in the industry and I knew I would have a unique opportunity to see how a successful business is run, and I have not been disappointed.