Meet the Board

If you need to, you may contact any board member below, talk to us at our monthly meeting or send comments to us.

 MSR Member:

  • Adam Beck – Vigor Industries
  • Gene Hunt- HII-NNS
  • Nicholas Gianacakos – GD NASSCO-Bremerton
  • Rich Hill – PACSHIP
  • Gavin Higgins – Everett Ship Repair
  • Shawn Johnston – Fincantieri Marine Repair

ABR Member:

  • Chris Daskam – HII
  • David Jack – QED Systems
  • Cynthia Wurzbacher – Propulsion Controls Engineering (PCE)

Associate Member:

  • Ed Zajonc – Olympic Services
  • Michael Hooker – Aerotek
  • Richard Van Doren – Metropolitan Solutions
  • Mike Gonzales – Bender CCP

Officers of the Association

President – Ed Zajonc
Treasurer – Phil Parson
Secretary – Webster King
Vice President – Dave Jack
Chairman – Adam Beck

Board Member Biographies

Edward Zajonc

Mr. Zajonc has been a strategic planner and problem solver for over 20 years with specific experience in marketing and business development for marine industrial clients to the U.S. Navy. He has strong working relationships with key congressional members and their staffs. He frequently advises them on regional industry issues and initiatives as he is considered a West Coast expert in Marine and Naval Shipyard activities. As President of Olympic Services, LLC he provides consulting, lobbying, personal and professional services. His company assists clients in identifying new and emerging technologies and markets to broaden their business bases. Additionally he helps to solve problems and seek solutions to complex and multi-agency issues. His company has provided services to industry leaders such as: BAE/MES, BAE San Diego Ship Repair, H.E.R.C, Todd Pacific Shipyards, Propulsion Controls Engineering, Puglia, Honolulu Ship Yard, Navatek and Electrox, Inc. From 1988 to 1993 he served as the Director of Marketing and Government relations for Cascade General, Inc. located in Portland Oregon. Prior to this, he was appointed to the Department of State Lands for the State of Oregon as Director. He also served as a Special Assistant to Senator Bob Packwood, in Portland, Oregon from 1976 to 1980. Ed and his wife Sally reside on Bainbridge Island, and have a blended family of nine children

David Jack

David has been affiliated with the Ship Repair Industry for nearly 40 years. A retired Navy veteran, he specialized in the Submarine and Surface ship repair business throughout his navy career. Enlisting in 1977, he was trained as a Nuclear Components Welder in the Hull Maintenance Technician rating. His first assignment was to the USS CANOPUS as a member of the Weld Shop team. During this tour he received specialized training in Steam Generator overhaul at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. Following this assignment, he was detailed to the USS PROTEUS. During this tour, he served in the Sheet Metal Shop, and as the Assistant Quality Assurance Officer. His first shore duty assignment was at Trident Refit Facility Bangor as the Welding Shop Supervisor. During this tour of duty, he was promoted to Chief Petty Officer and selected for commissioning under the Limited Duty Officer program as a Submarine Engineering Repair Officer. His first tour of duty was as the Damage Control Assistant (DCA) on the USS FRANK CABLE. Next he served as the Main Propulsion Assistant (MPA) on the USS EMORY S. LAND. His final sea duty tour was as Engineer Officer (CHENG) on the USS HOLLAND. His last assignment was as the NW Region Machinery Repair Officer at IMF Bangor, where he was heavily involved in PSNS&IMF regionalization efforts.

Following his Navy career, he entered the manufacturing industry as the Production Manager for Watson Furniture Group. During his three years with Watson, he was instrumental in stream lining manufacturing processes, upgrading manufacturing technologies, and work force development. He also was a key component to the successful move from their existing factory on Bainbridge Island to new factory located in Poulsbo.

In the summer of 2002, he joined QED Systems, Inc. as a Program Manager charged with management of marine preservation projects. He has seen success in several key management positions within this company and is now assigned as the NW Area Manager overseeing all QED operations in the NW.  QED holds many multi-year IDIQ and MAC contracts and supports US NAVY, US Coast Guard and MILITARY SEALIFT COMMAND ship maintenance, modernization and repair contracts in the Puget Sound.  He is directly involved in the day to day management of all forms of government contracts.

Phillip K. Parson

Phillip was in the US Navy Civil Service Submarine/Ship repair, Trident Refit Facility Bangor from 1978 – 1999. He currently works in the US Navy Submarine/Ship repair Consultant since 2000. Phillip has been associated with submarine/ship repair for over 40 years. His focus is US Navy Corrosion Control. Phillip has a diverse professional/management consulting background in coatings and corrosion control spans marine/industrial markets, some project leadership examples include: Establishing NAVSEA Corrosion Control Assistance Team at Naval Station Everett, Strategic Systems Program Office Refresh of 100 Submarine Missile Tube Ballast Cans, Coating Inspections on USS Ronald Reagan, Corrosion Survey Teams on USS Stennis, Coating Failure Analysis and Expert Witness on Jack Up Oil Platforms in the Gulf of Mexico for Major British Insurance Company, Coating Inspection and Development of 20 Year Coating Maintenance Plan for 137 Oil Storage Tanks at the Largest Oil Refinery in Canada. Phillip provides Assistance and Support services to companies in such areas as SSPC QP programs, Training/Developing High Performance Teams, Assisting Small Disadvantage Business Startup, ISO Program Development, Business Development, Bid/Proposal Development, Contract Management, Project Development/Management, QC/QA Programs, Guidance and Compliance with NAVSEA Standard Items and Other Navy Technical Documents.

Michael Gonzales

Michael Gonzales is a member of the Senior Executive team at BENDER CCP. As BENDER CCP’s Director of Business, he is responsible for the development of corporate policies, growth, and expansion of Bender CCP through strategic partnerships, organic, and inorganic means.

Michael is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy (Kings Point), where he earned a degree in Marine Engineering. He played on the Kings Point football team, lettering all four years. After college, Michael was commissioned in the US Naval
Reserve, serving for nine years, attaining the rank of Lieutenant. Michael began his career within the naval ship repair industry in 2005. While working as a Diesel Technician with Propulsion Controls Engineering, he was responsible for the
maintenance and repair of Main Propulsion Diesel Engines onboard Navy, Merchant and private vessels.

This experience led Michael to become a Ship Superintendent at Continental Maritime of San Diego (HII-Huntington Ingalls Industries, today). As Ship Superintendent, he was responsible for managing, planning, budgeting, and technical oversight of multiple Ship Repair and Modernization Availabilities onboard Navy and commercial ships. Michael coordinated and provided project management for all electrical and mechanical repair items between various sub-contractors, Ship’s Force, and the trades.

After his time with Continental Maritime, Michael was the West Coast Project Manager for the Naval Automation Group. As Project Manager, he was responsible for coordinating and executing smart ship system upgrades, including maintenance
modernization for midlife upgrades of various ship classes. Prior to working for BENDER CCP, Michael worked for PaR Marine Services as their San Diego Operations Manager. He was responsible for the day-to-day operations of
the West Coast Office and OEM service support, globally.

Michael has also held numerous certifications from his time sailing with the United States Merchant Marine. He is United States Coast Guard Licensed Third Assistant Engineer for gas turbine, steam, and diesel unlimited tonnage vessels. He has held certifications with Refrigerant Transition and Recovery Program, AWS D1.1-02 Certified Welder, USCG Certified Lifeboatman, and Advanced Maritime Firefighting.

Michael served a two-year term on the San Diego Ship Repair Association’s Board Member as the Associate Members representative and is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the San Diego Chapter of the Propeller Club and is a proud member of the Kings Point Alumni Association.
Michael and his wife of fourteen years, have two daughters. They are passionate about raising, rescuing, and riding horses. The Gonzales’ are avid outdoorsman and spend much of their spare time hiking, camping, and traveling.

Shawn Johnston

Shawn Johnston, a 26-year decorated, retired U.S. Navy Surface Warfare Officer Captain Johnston joined the Fincantieri team in January 2020. His primary focus has been to establish and grow Fincantieri’s Repair footprint in the USA.  As a Naval Officer, he served on several different ship classes and worked on the Secretary of the Navy and Chief of Naval Operations’ staffs. Shawn’s last tours in the Navy included command of the commissioning crew of USS CORONADO (LCS 4) in San Diego, CA and working in the Surface Warfare Directorate at the Pentagon, leading the effort to craft and gain approval for the initial requirements of the next generation Frigate.  Shawn’s last assignment was as the Commodore of LCSRON 2 for 27 months where he oversaw all aspects of the operations and maintenance of 7 Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ships. He was a key driver to transition and mainstream the East Coast LCS team into rotational deployments.  His final U.S. Navy tour culminated with USS Detroit (LCS 7) sailing away for the East Coast’s inaugural extended LCS deployment.

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