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SMSA Elects New Board Leadership

Updated: Jul 9, 2019


At its annual meeting on March 2nd, The Seabee Memorial Scholarship Association (SMSA) elected new leadership for a three-year term.

CAPT Mike Blount, CEC, USN Ret. was elected as chairman of the Board. He replaces RDML Mike Giorgione, CEC, USN Ret. Blount is a Senior Vice President at AECOM. He had a distinguished 27-year career with the US Navy, most recently serving as Commanding Officer, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, FL. CAPT Blount led a 1,700-person organization responsible for planning, design, construction, environmental, real estate, contracting support and public works to all Naval Bases in the Southeast. Additionally, during his career, Captain Blount serviced in NMCB-40, COMCBPAC, NMCB-7, NMCB-1 and 30NCR. “This is an exciting opportunity to continue the great work of others who served before me” according to Blount. “I’m excited about the future of SMSA.”

RDML Lou Cariello, CEC, USN Ret. was elected Vice Chair, replacing CAPT Brian Smith, CEC, USN Ret. Cariello is Vice President of Facilities, University of Washington. Prior to his retirement from the Navy in July of 2017, RDML Cariello served as Director, Energy and Environmental Readiness Division on the OPNAV staff after commanding the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Atlantic. His operational assignments with Seabees took him all over the world, including the combat theaters of Iraq and Afghanistan. “The impact that SMSA can have in support of the Seabee legacy is profound” according to Cariello. ‘Our work providing scholarships for Seabee families is significant, and I am proud of my association with the people who have served through SMSA over the years.”

The SMSA is governed by a volunteer board of directors.

Seabee Memorial Scholarship Association

2019-2020 Board of Directors

CAPT Mike Blount, CEC, USN Ret.

Senior Vice President, AECOM 

Former Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast

Chairman of the Board

RDML Lou Cariello, CEC, USN Ret.

Vice President of Facilities, University of Washington 

Former Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Atlantic

Vice Chairman of the Board

CAPT Dennis Biddick, CEC, USN Ret.

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Reserve Affairs

RDML Dave Boone, CEC, USN Ret.

Executive Vice President and Chief Growth Officer at Michael Baker International

Former Director, Shore Readiness, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Fleet Readiness and Logistics

Matt Carroll (Veteran Marine)

CEO, Pratt and Miller

CAPT Kathryn Donovan, CEC, USN Ret.

Former Chief of Staff for Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command

CUCM Jim Farley, USN Ret.

Former Command Master Chief, NMCB-24

James J. Furey

National Commander-Navy Seabee Veterans of America

RDML Michael Giorgione, CEC, USN Ret.

Founder and Owner, Leading Leaders

Former Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southwest

and Regional Engineer Navy Region Southwest

RADM Tom Gross, CEC, USN Ret.

Energy Consultant

Former Deputy Commander and Deputy Chief of Civil Engineer,

Naval Facilities Engineering Command

CAPT Keith Hamilton, CEC, USN Ret.

Deputy Associate Administrator & Senior Procurement Executive,

National Nuclear Security Administration

Former Deputy Commander for Operations Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Headquarters

RADM Mark Handley, CEC, USN Ret.

Senior Vice President, Federal Programs, AECOM

Former Commander, First Naval Construction Division/ Former Commander, Naval Construction Forces Command

Barbara Humpton

President and CEO, SIEMENS North America

CAPT Bill Keller, CEC, USN Ret.

Former Vice President, Engineering and Construction, Sempra Energy

Michael Lempke

President, Nuclear and Environmental Group, Huntington Ingalls Industries

RADM Noah Long, CEC, USN Ret.

SMSA Chair Emeritus

RADM Bob Marlay, CEC, USN Ret.

Director, Office of International Science and Technology Collaboration

U.S. Director of the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center

Former Deputy Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command

RADM Jim McGarrah, CEC, USN Ret.

Director of Operations, Shallowford Presbyterian Church

Former Deputy Chief of Civil Engineers and Deputy Commander for Contingency Engineering at Naval Facilities Engineering Command

RADM Chris Mossey, CEC, USN Ret.

 Deputy Director for the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility, Fermi Lab

Former Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Chief of Civil Engineers

CAPT Tracy Mustin, CEC, USN Ret.

Former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management, Department of Energy

Hugh Rice

Senior Chairman of Investment Banking at FMI Capital Advisors, Inc.

CAPT Brian Smith, CEC, USN Ret.

President and CEO, CareerSMITH

Mike Traylor

Owner and Co-President, Traylor Brothers Construction


Seabee Force Master Chief

CAPT Jim Worcester, CEC, USN Ret.

Senior Vice President, Director of Operations, Wood

Former Chief of Staff, First Naval Construction Division

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