Staff

MANAGEMENT

Karl A. Beier President

Ben Todd- Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, over 27 years of experience in the marine and energy service industry.  Has served multiple roles at Beier Radio throughout the years and was appointed Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in July of 2012.  Before that time, he worked 11 years for a publicly traded marine transportation company and served as their Vice President of Operations.

Karli P. Beier – Director

Kory P. Beier – Director

David Lirette – Vice President of Manufacturing and Engineering for Sentinel Control Division of Beier Radio.  David holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Louisiana State University, has 30 Hours of Graduate School Credit in the Doctor of Engineering Program, LA Tech University and 25 plus years of experience in the Marine Automation field as engineer.

Laura Weinstein – Chief Financial Officer, Laura is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Louisiana with 27 years of experience.  Upon graduating from the University of New Orleans, she started her career in public accounting with Ernst & Young specializing in federal and state taxation.  She spent 14 years with EY mostly serving publicly traded Companies focused in the energy industry.  In 2006, she accepted a position as Controller for privately owned multi-faceted business enterprises handling all accounting, tax and personal financial consulting for the businesses and owners.  She joined Beier Radio in February, 2014 serving as our Chief Financial Officer and Chief Officer of Administration.

Steve Pete – Director of Service, 20 years with Company; Enjoys working up close and personal with customers, enjoys the challenges of evolving technology and has a keen sense for attention to detail.

John Sherlock – Quality, Health, Safety and Environmental (QHSE) Manager.  Upon graduation from high school in 1980, he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard. During his enlisted career, he served as a Boatswains Mate at three Search & Rescue Stations located on the northern gulf coast as well as aboard two Coast Guard Cutters as a Deck Watch Officer.  In late 1992, John accepted an appointment to Office Candidate School.  Upon graduation, he was assigned to a 210 foot cutter where he also served as a Deck Watch Officer.  In 1995, John was assigned as Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Point Monroe (Homeport – Gulfport, MS).  Following this tour, he was to the Eight Coast Guard District (New Orleans, LA) as the Fisheries Section Chief for the Gulf of Mexico.  In 1999, John was assigned as Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Station Grand Isle, LA. Following his three year tour, he returned to New Orleans where he served as the Deputy Chief of Law Enforcement & Intelligence for the Eighth Coast Guard District. Following 25-year of active military service, John retired in 2005.

 

SALES

Betty Bates – Senior Account Manager, 30 years marine experience

Priscilla Rickner – Sales Administration Manager, University of New Orleans, B.S. Marketing, 12 years sales experience, 6 years company experience

John Bozzelle – Senior Account Manager, many years of marine experience, DP commissioning and sea trails.

Ashton Eschette – Senior Account Manager, many years of marine electrical switchboard experience.

David Thibodeaux – Senior Account Manager, many years of marine electrical switchboard experience.

 

ENGINEERING

Dilipkumar Vetrivel – Senior Project Engineer, Dilip received both B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from University of Alabama Birmingham.  He started with Beier Radio in 2007.

David Lirette – Vice President of Manufacturing and Engineering for Sentinel Control Division of Beier Radio.  David holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Louisiana State University, has 30 Hours of Graduate School Credit in the Doctor of Engineering Program, LA Tech University and 25 plus years of experience in the Marine Automation field as engineer.

Trey Buchart  Design Engineer.  Trey received both B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University.  Upon graduation in 2008 he took a position with Sentinel Control Technologies as a design engineer, where he was responsible for designing and programing automation and control systems.  He has held the same position with Beier Radio since they acquired Sentinel in 2012. 

James Cole  PLC and Automation Engineer. Over 30 years Electrical/Electronics experience, 20 years in Siemens PLC Programming, 22 years in the marine industry.  James started with Beier Radio in 2004.

 

SERVICE

Mark HebertService Dispatcher, 40 years Marine/Electronics experience.

 

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Tim MelanconProject Manager

 

COURSE TRAINING

George Raab – Instructor, 35 years of marine industry experience.  George Raab, a retired Quartermaster (1973-2001), served as leading Quartermaster and Assistant Navigator while on board USS Frank Cable AS-40, USS Arkansas CGN-41, USS Moinester FF-1097, USS Hawes FFG-53. From 1996 to his retirement, and again 2002-2008 as a civilian, he was the leading instructor for all navigation courses at Fleet Training Center Norfolk (FTC).  At FTC, he was involved with the curriculum development for the navy’s ECDIS-N courses and consultant for Center Surface Combat Systems (CSCS) to the Navigator of the Navy Office in direction of training for the US Navy’s current Voyage Management System Operator Course.  He developed all simulations for the current Voyage Management Systems Operator Course and conducted Executive Level Training to waterfront Commanding Officers and Navigators in Voyage Management System.

In 2001, he was employed by the U.S. Coast Guard as the ECDIS instructor for Command Display and Control Operator (COMDAC) Course, where he assisted USCG in developing the Command Display and Control Operator (COMDAC) Curriculum, and conducted ship training and assessment visits to all USCG platforms.  George spent five years as the lead ECDIS instructor for Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy using Transas and Sperry software along with training on the Advanced Radar Plotting Aid (ARPA) and Unlimited Radar Operator.

George comes to The Marine Training Institute, a Beier Radio Company, with 35 years navigation experience and 20 years ECDIS experience, as our ECDIS instructor to teach the ECDIS certification course as well as Transas and Furuno ECDIS type-specific training.

Bob Cason – Instructor, over 30 years oilfield experience and 16 years DP experience, with 9 years as a Senior DPO on various systems and vessels.  Bob Cason, a former USMC corporal, was a Radio Operator/Instructor with 8th Com Battalion and cross trained as an Electronics Technician at the USMC Electronics School at MCB 29 Palms, CA.  After EAS he joined Offshore Logistics as an Ordinary Seaman and was promoted to Mate and then Master on an uncertified vessel.  From 1979 thru 2000 worked for various U.S. companies on both Domestic and International waters.  During this time he held USCG 500 GRT Domestic/3000 GRT ITC upon Oceans and Towing Master upon Oceans with appropriate STCW 95 rating, ARPA and GMDSS.  He has assisted in the installation of several FSPO’s and Subsea installations overseas and has made several Trans-Atlantic crossings on both OSV and Ocean going tugs.

Mr. Cason started DP Basic in March 2001 and completed Advanced Simulator in January 2002 at Kongsberg–SimRad in Houston, TX.  From 2002 until 2012 worked different types of DP systems including Alstom, Nautronics, Kongsberg-SimRad, and IVCS, on OSV’s, construction, J-Lay, Reel and S-Lay Barges.  Bob comes to The Marine Training Institute, a Beier Radio Company, with over 30 years oilfield experience and 16 years DP experience, with 9 years as a Senior DPO on various systems and vessels.

Danny Givens – Instructor (Reference # 1128834, license issue #8) a captain of 33 years.  Danny has worked in the oil industry for 53 years.  He is licensed as  6000 ton oceans, Ocean Towing, Western Rivers and Great Lakes.  Mr. Givens brings to The Marine Training Institute a vast knowledge in Dynamic Positioning Operations and along with his vast experience, students develop an in-depth knowledge on DP operations listening to his real life experiences.  He gives them “what if” scenarios in the operations of DP and works close with each and every student.  A great asset to the quality of training that The Marine Training Institute is well known for.