New Program Showcase B
1.United States Power Squadron
The United States Power Squadrons represents 100 years of experience in boating education and service to the recreational boating public. USPS presents a broad range of courses and seminars covering all phases of boating needs. Their educational offerings range from knot tying and seamanship to passage planning, weather, and celestial navigation. In this presentation Bob Palmer & Don Stark will present some success stories of USPS and Tall Ship America ooperative efforts. They will explore how USPS member squadrons and Tall Ships can build relationships and work together to support each other’s programs and objectives.
Donald Stark, Aide to the National Education Officer is a life member of USPS. In his professional life Don spent 32 years in secondary and adult education. He has 3 sailboats including a gaff-rigged catboat and has a love of traditional ships (especially schooners).
Rear Commander Robert Palmer, Senior Navigator, currently serves as Assistant National Educational Officer for the United States Power Squadrons (USPS). Palmer previously served as Chairman of the Boat Handling Committee in 2009 – 2010 and held the position of District Educational Officer for USPS’ District 5 in 2006 – 2009. After joining USPS as a member in 1978, Palmer went on to serve as Commander and Educational Officer of Richmond Sail & Power Squadron. When he became a Life Member in 2006, he served as District 5 Educational Officer beginning in April of the same year. Palmer achieved Senior Member status in 1983 denoting achieving 5 Merit Marks. Palmer was educated at Virginia Military Institute in Civil Engineering in Lexington, Virginia and completed his post-graduation work in Engineering at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and StateUniversity. He has an extensive boating background in both sail and power boating, and he has also over the years taught many of the USPS courses and seminars to new and experienced boaters. In his professional background, Palmer’s achievements includes over 40 years of engineering, engineering management, and general project management for a large international manufacturing company with a focus to achieve business excellence in several major market zones.
2. Safe Harbor Pictures
Meet Safe Harbor Pictures – a team of sailors, entertainment professionals and technology experts – who have set out to help grow the world of tall ships using innovative and interactive media strategies. Their premiere project Sail Away is the first of many high quality film and web series being produced with the goal of inspiring the global tall ships community to come together and share their own seagoing adventure stories in whatever creative ways they like.
Chairman, Safe Harbor Pictures, Inc.
Robert’s love for sailing was born as a teenage sail instructor in Long Island, NY. The original visionary behind Safe Harbor Pictures, Inc., Robert brings his inestimable passion for sailing, and his respect and esteem for the international sailing community, to the mission of the company. After a successful career in the music industry, Robert added filmmaker to his resume with the release of his production Tall Ships: The Privateer Lynx in 2009. Best known for his five years as recording engineer, synthesist and co-producer on Stevie Wonder’s most legendary albums, including Fulfillingness’ First Finale, Talking Book, and Music of My Mind, Margouleff won the Grammy for his1973 recording of Innervisions. Robert moved into the motion picture industry in the late 1990s with the creation of his state-of-the-art audio studio, Mi Casa Multimedia. Mi Casa became a leader in the industry, mixing hundreds of major film and music releases over its nearly 15 years.
President, Safe Harbor Pictures, Inc.
Jon’s track record as a Business Development and Marketing Executive in the upper echelons of the software and I.T. industries, combined with his experience founding, growing and guiding start-up’s, along with his decades on the water sailing and navigating, all inform his leadership at the helm of Safe Harbor Pictures. After his software start-up ZyLAB was sold in 2002, he was persuaded to join Microsoft, in no small part due to their offer not only to move his household cross-country from Annapolis, MD, but also his 37’ sailboat to Anacortes, WA, gateway to the San Juan Islands, British Columbia and the Inside Passage to Alaska. In his five years at Microsoft Corporation, he was responsible for the global competitive marketing strategy for the Windows Server product division. A serial entrepreneur, business model and tech innovator, Jon has also served as CEO and Co-Founder of Caliber Data, Inc., and as VP of Business Development for Impresys Software Corp.
Chief Technology Officer, Safe Harbor Pictures, Inc.
Christian brings decades of I.T. and Marketing expertise to Safe Harbor Pictures, along with a passionate commitment to the sailing community. Initially trained to design the perfect German Automobile using computers, Christian spent 15 years at Microsoft, another 3 years at various high-tech startups, and the last 2 years at AT&T designing, building and marketing software for PCs and mobile devices. He is an expert in web technologies, online and social media marketing – and looks for every opportunity to combine those skills with his passion for sailing. As a volunteer crewmember on the schooner Zodiac, he is known as the mobile app guy teaching traditional sailing and navigation skills with a high-tech spin. His latest project will bring the Zodiac into the digital age in time for her 90th anniversary in 2014: he is working to complete a 3D CAD model of the schooner using 3D laser scans of the hull and interior.