Mr. Guidry is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer for HGIM Corp. Mr. Guidry is the third generation in his family to lead Harvey Gulf. Mr. Guidry has been with Harvey Gulf for over 30 years and has been the Chief Executive Officer for the company since 1997. Since taking over as CEO, Mr. Guidry has transformed Harvey Gulf from an inland and offshore towing vessel operator to the preferred provider of OSV, MPSV and FSV services in the deepwater and ultra-deepwater offshore oil and gas industry in the Gulf of Mexico. This has included, among other innovations, leading the company to become the first owner and operator of LNG-powered OSV’s in the United States, as well as the first operator of a LNG bunkering facility in the U.S. Mr. Guidry is intimately involved in the day-to-day operations of the company including business development, M&A activity, client management, vessel design and sales and marketing.
Mr. Burns brings over 35 years of management and operational experience in the marine and energy industries. Most recently he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Ensco plc from 2012 to his retirement in December 2015. During his years of service with Ensco, Mr. Burns also served as Senior Vice President – Western Hemisphere and as President of Ensco Offshore International Company, a subsidiary of Ensco. Prior to joining Ensco, Mr. Burns served twenty-five years with Noble Corporation. During his career with Noble, Mr. Burns held increasing levels of responsibility and managed both US Gulf of Mexico and UK North Sea operations. In 2007, Mr. Burns was named IADC (International Association of Drilling Contractors) Contractor of the Year. Mr. Burns holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University.
Jeff Landry, in his personal capacity, serves on Harvey Gulf Board of Directors and as the Chairman of the Governance Committee. Mr. Landry helps the company maintain its core values and, in turn, protect the hundreds of Louisiana jobs connected, and the thousands of other jobs impacted, by the success of the Company. In his capacity with the Board, Landry helps the Company maintain the highest standards of honest and ethical behavior in its work and comply with all applicable laws and regulations of the countries where it operates, both within the U.S. and abroad. An attorney, Mr. Landry has a long history working in and an around the energy industry. Prior to earning a law degree, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental and Sustainable Resources with a Minor in Biology from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. As a young entrepreneur, Jeff Landry co-founded a successful oil and gas environmental service company. That successful business led to others and for many years Jeff Landry has owned, or co-owned, several businesses doing work in the sector. In addition, Landry has worked with the industry as a business attorney, helping employers create and sustain jobs.
Landry has served in elective office both at the state and federal levels within the United States. Currently he serves as a Constitutional officer within the State of Louisiana.
With longstanding work and personal expertise in the energy arena, Jeff Landry participates on the Harvey Gulf Board purely in a personal capacity and outside his work and efforts on behalf of the State of Louisiana. In keeping with the highest ethical and moral standards, Landry’s Board service is separate and apart from his official duties.
Sherman Edmiston, III
Mr. Edmiston is the Managing Member of HI CapM Advisors, Ltd. HI CapM is a consulting firm that provides strategic and financial advisory services to private equity funds, hedge funds, asset managers and corporations. He has over 25 years of experience with working with companies undergoing transformation. In his career, he has worked in various capacities including: M&A and Restructuring, High Yield and Leveraged Finance, Distressed Investing, Chief Restructuring Officer and Board of Director positions. Sherman currently serves on the board of directors of Arch Coal, Inc., Centric Brands, Key Energy Services, Harvey Gulf International Marine, LLC, and Real Alloy. Previous directorships include HCR Manorcare, Monitronics Inc., JL French Automotive and Preferred Sands.
Mr. Frank contributes extensive investment banking and financial experience to the company. He is a Senior Managing Director on the Black Diamond Private Equity Team. Prior to joining Black Diamond, Mr. Frank was President of GSC Group, where he worked since 2001. From 2005 until 2008, he served as the Senior Operating Executive for GSC’s Recovery Funds. In addition, Mr. Frank was a member of the investment committees for Recovery Funds, U.S. Corporate Debt, European Corporate Debt and European Mezzanine Funds. Prior to 2001, Mr. Frank was the CEO of Ten Hoeve Bros., Inc. and was an investment banker at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Mr. Frank graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S.E.E. degree and earned an M.B.A from the Harvard Business School.
Mr. Orlando founded the Allison Marine Group (Allison) in 1995. The company began as a marine outfitting and repair company on the Intracoastal waterway in Amelia, Louisiana., Allison transformed to become a leader in the fabrication, transportation and installation of Offshore Oil and Gas productions facilities in the Gulf of Mexico and Malaysia. The expanded group covered every need for oil and gas operators from the wellhead to the pipeline. In 2000, Allison Marine Fourchon was founded to fill a critical need in Fourchon with the installation of the 500-ton crane, “The Grua Grande” for Heavy Lift and marshaling services in support of Deepwater Development projects in the Gulf of Mexico. JAB Energy Solutions was later formed to provide Oil and Gas operators fixed priced well P & A, decommissioning and removal of offshore platforms. Under this platform, Mr. Orlando bought the intellectual property of Tarpon Systems (a marginal field development structure) in 2004 to fill a need in Malaysia. Orlando sold to the NYC based private equity firm, Lincolnshire Management and is still involved under Allison Marine Holdings. In addition to serving on the Harvey Gulf International Marine board, Mr. Orlando is a partner and board member of the successful startup, Wellbore Fishing and Rental Tools.
James Swent, III
Mr. Swent is a proven leader in accounting and finance, as well as international business, with over 35 years of experience working in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, and Latin America. As a Board member, CEO, and CFO of medium to large publicly-traded companies in highly competitive industries, Mr. Swent has demonstrated a unique blend of strong, principled leadership combined with a solid strategic focus and supported by sound financial discipline. He has held senior leadership positions in general management, operations, finance and business development in a diverse range of industries. He has served on Boards of public companies listed on the NYSE, NASDAQ, and London Stock Exchange and has held the positions of Chairman, Lead Director and Audit Committee Chairman. Mr. Swent was the recipient of Institutional Investor’s “2010 Best CFO Award”. Mr. Swent earned both a Master of Business Administration in Finance and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Berkeley.