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Global Seas | Team

Bob Desautel

Co-founder, President and Chief Executive Officer

Bob Desautel is co-founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Global Seas and Nina Fisheries, Inc. In 1994, he co-founded Nina Fisheries, a business that later developed internationally as it extended to Chile and Argentina in 1998. In 2001, Bob co-founded Global Seas, a subsidiary of Nina Fisheries, that quickly became one of the West Coast’s premier vessel management companies. Under Bob’s direction, Global Seas’ expanded its business enterprise to the East Coast and ventured into the maritime research field in 2002.

In 1978, while studying business at the University of Nevada, Bob began his career as a deckhand fishing in the North Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea. In 1980, he advanced to the role of Captain and served as Captain of various fishing vessels until 2002, when he retired from the ocean to focus on the expansion of Global Seas.

Bob has served as President and Member of the Board of the North Pacific Fishing Vessel Owners’ Association, advocating safety education for the commercial fishing industry by providing information about USCG requirements, OSHA compliance standards, MARPOL, hands-on training programs, and safety seminars and workshops. In 1993, Bob co-founded United Catcher Boats, served as a Member of the Board and later as Vice President, all the while promoting the organization’s importance to Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska and West Coast fisheries. His efforts serving on these Boards, as well as his involvement in other various organizations, have improved safety and created efficiencies in the commercial fishing and maritime industries. Bob currently possesses a United States Coast Guard (issue no.5) Masters 3000 ITC License.

Walter Kuhr Jr.

Vice President

Mr. Kuhr is a founder and Vice President of Global Seas LLC. He started fishing in 1977 and spent 24 years fishing in the Bering Sea. He captained his first fishing boat at the age of 19 and earned his USCG Captains License at the age of 24.

Mr. Kuhr is currently heading our South America Trawling and Crabbing Venture and Scalloping Project. He is also developing deep water King Crab Fishing in South America and Tree Farms for pulp use in Chile.

Jonathan “Jeb” D.X. Towne

Chief Financial Officer

Jeb started with Global Seas in 2008 and is responsible for managing the accounting and finance functions within the company.  The day to day accounting operations include executive reporting, managing external audits, cash flow forecasting and budgeting as well as tax reporting.  On the finance side, Jeb provides investment analysis and due diligence for new and existing investments as the company continues to grow and build its portfolio.

Stan Frech

Port Engineer

Stan started with Global Seas in 2002 as our Port Engineer.  He plans and coordinates the maintenance and repairs on all of our fishing and research vessels.

He previously worked as a Port Engineer for a fleet of eleven catcher processors and was Chief Engineer on a Canadian catcher and fish transport vessels as well as on a Russian catcher processor.  From 1973 to 1978, he attended the Marine University in Poland. In December 2000, Stan received the equivalent of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Engineering from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States.

Greg Shuey

Operations Manager

Greg has been the Operations Manager for Global Seas since 2002. He currently manages all of our fishing and research vessels in and out of port. He ensures that all of our vessels are operating safely and efficiently and that we are compliant with USCG as well as all permits, regulations and certificates.

Greg previously worked as an Operations Manager for US and Russian catcher processing companies in the Bering Sea and the Sea of Okhosk. He also has experience in processing supply sales and earned a BA in Business from the University of Washington.

Bill Franks

Director of Marketing and Business Development

Bill has an extensive background in the marine and hospitality industries. Global Seas represents, manages, charters, and operates entities and activities ranging from fishing, research and commercial vessels on the West and East coasts, to the harvesting, processing and marketing of seafood from the Eastern Seaboard to Alaska and in South America. He will continue the development of the Global Seas brand and presence in the maritime marketplace.

Whether the need for ships in maritime research or commercial vessels within private industry, government agencies or academic institutions; please contact Bill directly at (206) 770-7801, extension 107 for further information.

Philip Powell

In-House Counsel

Phil earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, graduating cum laude at Virginia Commonwealth University.  After completing his undergraduate degree, Phil enlisted in the United States Marine Corps.  As a reservist, he attended the North Carolina Central University’s School of Law, earning his Juris Doctorate with the school’s highest honors, summa cum laude.  Phil then earned his Legum Magister (LL.M.) in Admiralty and Maritime law at Tulane University’s School of Law. Phil came aboard as Global Seas, LLC’s In-House Counsel in January of 2016.  At Global Seas, LLC Phil is responsible for handling the company’s maritime and shore-side legal needs.

Joe Oliver

Operations Assistant

Joe joined with Global Seas in 2013 to assist the Operations Manager and Port Engineer as workloads increased with a growing fleet. He is involved in many aspects of our operation including assisting with HR, Logistics, Purchasing, Shipyard planning, Safety, and Regulations.

Joe grew up around the fishing gear side of the industry. He worked throughout his college years for a net and gear manufacturer in the Seattle area and after a short hiatus returned to work with a ground fish catcher processor. There he performed purchasing and port operations duties traveling to Dutch Harbor for every offload to ensure a smooth and efficient turnaround for the vessel and crew.

Kathy Shepard

Senior Accountant

Kathy has over 30 years experience in bookkeeping and accounting. She has worked with Bob and Walter since 1986 and has worked for various fishing companies since 1979. She was active in the NW Woman’s Fisheries Association and held several board positions. Kathy was also Treasurer for a non-profit Co-op of seven years. She loves the commercial fishing and maritime industry because the people are unique and dynamic and there are many opportunities to excel.

Lil Kuhr

Purchasing and Logistics Manager

Lil has been working with Bob and Walter since 1986. She currently is in charge of ordering parts, purchase orders, payables, and vendor correspondence. She has attended several NPFVOA seminars and has a degree in Accounting and Bookkeeping.

Traci Adams

Office Manager

Traci has been with Global Seas for over nine years. She manages the day to day operations of the company as well as Human Resources for all of our employees.