Focus Session Preview: Millenial Mates – Training Your Middle Managers

Millenial Mates – Training Your Middle Managers

Captain Jonathan Kabak, United States Merchant Marine Academy
CAPT Eric Jones, United States Coast Guard Academy
Captain Jennifer Haddock, Sea Education Association (SEA)
Captain Rick Miller, Maine Maritime Academy

The Millennial Generation, roughly defined as those born between 1980 and 2000, have had a profound effect on the academic world and now the workplace.  Having grown up in a world of technology, instant access to information and highly structured activity, they process information and experiences far differently then previous generations.  These differences, no less apparent aboard ship, come as the maritime industry faces tremendous change in operational technology, policy and regulations.  With these two realities on a collision course, it’s imperative that organizations develop techniques to train and supervise their youngest officers.

This session will examine research on Millennials in the workplace and discuss the implications on vessel operations.  Participants will be divided into working groups and presented a case study to discuss.  The working groups’ findings will be shared and discussed.


Millennial Mates


Captain Jonathan Kabak

Captain Jonathan Kabak
Captain Jonathan Kabak

A native of New York City, Captain Jonathan Kabak has worked in the sail training industry for over two decades.  Since starting as a young volunteer at SouthStreetSeaportMuseum he has sailed on over a dozen Tall Ships America member vessels. He holds a 500ton Ocean Masters License for Steam, Motor and Auxiliary Sail vessels.  Graduating from FranklinPierceCollege with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a focus on education, Jonathan’s career at sea has focused on developing and implementing marine education and nautical science programs under sail for all ages.

Currently he serves as the Director of Sail Training at the United States Merchant Marine Academy where he is also Adjunct Faculty.  In addition to his work at the Academy, Jonathan works as a consultant, developing and delivering STCW and Maritime Safety curriculum and providing marine operations services.  He is a member of Tall Ships Americas’ Board of Directors, where he serves on the Ship Operations and Safety and Membership Committees.  He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife Jennifer and young daughter Olivia all of whom are members of Tall Ships America.

CAPT Eric Jones

CAPT Eric Jones
CAPT Eric Jones

Captain Jones has served as Assistant Superintendent at the U.S Coast Guard Academy since July 2012, after serving for three years as Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard’s three-masted sail training barque USCGC Eagle (WIX 327) in New London, Connecticut.  He now serves as the Superintendent’s direct representative to oversee the day-to-day operations of the Academy.

In his nearly 27-year career in the U.S. Coast Guard, he has served afloat as Deck Watch Officer and First Lieutenant aboard USCGC Venturous (WMEC 625) homeported in Long Beach, California; Commanding Officer and Plankowner of USCGC Tybee (WPB-1330) in San Diego, California; Navigator and Executive Officer of USCGC Eagle (WIX 327) in New London, Connecticut; Executive Officer of USCGC Forward (WMEC 911) in Portsmouth, Virginia; and Commanding Officer of the 270-foot Medium Endurance Cutter Harriet Lane (WMEC 903), homeported in Portsmouth, Virginia.

He is a 1987 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Engineering from the Coast Guard Academy, a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics and Fluid Dynamics from BrownUniversity, and a Master of Business Administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan Fellows Program in Innovation and Global Leadership.

Captain Jennifer Haddock

Captain Jennifer Haddock
Captain Jennifer Haddock

Jen is the Marine Operations Coordinator at Sea Education Association in Woods Hole, MA. Jen oversees ship logistics, crew training and hiring, as well as sails as captain. She has been Program Director for Outward Bound, managing their Semester program in the Caribbean, and tall ship program from Maine, Bermuda, and Newfoundland. She was the Safety Director for The School for Field Studies, a semester abroad program located in six different countries.

Captain Richard F. Miller

Captain Rick Miller
Captain Rick Miller

-Faculty, Department of Marine Transportation, MMA
-Instructor of Marine Transportation: Meteorology, Small Craft
Construction, Terrestrial Navigation, Celestial Navigation, Seamanship
-Captain, Schooner Bowdoin;
-Chief Mate/Master, SSV Robert C. Seamans & SSV Corwith Cramer
-Faculty Training Officer, Barque Elissa

 Prior Experience:
-Captain/Chief Mate, Ocean Classroom Foundation
-Captain/Port Captain, World Ocean School
-Director of Sea Programs, Hurricane Island Outward Bound School
-Relief Captain/Mate, Penobscot Bay Pilot Boat
-Yacht Delivery



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