Bollinger Shipyards, Inc.
announces the appointment of
Charles "Skip" Bowen as Vice President Government Relations.
Bollinger in April 2011 as program manager for the FRC “Sentinel” class patrol
boat building program at Bollinger’s Lockport, La., facility, following a very
successful 32-year career with the U.S. Coast Guard, culminating with the rank
of Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard, from 2006 to 2010. As
the Coast Guard’s Master Chief Petty Officer, Bowen served as a
senior advisor to the Commandant of the Coast Guard.
graduated with distinction from the U. S. Army Sergeants Major Academy and
has been received numerous awards and medals, including the Distinguished
Service Medal, four Meritorious Service Medals, four Commendation
Medals and three Achievement medals. He holds a bachelor of science
degree from Excelsior College, an MBA from Touro University International,
and a Project Management Professional certification from PMI.
Based at the
corporate office in Lockport, Bowen reports directly to Chris Bollinger, executive vice president of Bollinger
Shipyards New Construction. Bowen’s duties include interfacing with current
Coast Guard customers and assisting with Coast Guard, Navy, and other
government agency customer outreach. He will serve on Bollinger’s
quality, production, and business development management teams providing
valuable insight to customer requirements, fleet introduction of Bollinger
products, training and lifetime logistic support, the company says.
extensive Coast Guard experience and proven leadership abilities have proven
invaluable as we have built the first Fast Response Cutters,” says Chris Bollinger in a company press
release. “In the future, his in-depth
understanding of what the government customer needs will prove even more
valuable as we look toward the Coast Guard’s future Offshore Patrol Cutter
contract and other potential Government programs.”