Lee brings over 25 years of professional experience to the team. Lee’s career began in the U.S. Navy as a Submarine Sonar Technician. During a shipyard refurbishment, he was trained as a QA/QC inspector for the Navy’s Sound Silencing program. Identifying and producing solutions for U.S. Navy nuclear submarines to keep them invisible to sonar of other ships became his responsibility.
Following honorable discharge from the Navy, he transitioned into the Dynamic Positioning discipline of the oil and gas industry. He has been involved in numerous new-construction and refurbishment projects from dynamically positioned deep-water drilling semi-submersibles, dive and work boats, to pipe-lay barges. Working in maintenance departments, as well as marine departments and holding merchant mariner documents, he has been a team member, a supervisor and an industry leader. As a DP/Electrical Inspector on shipyard projects and conducting rig inspections, Lee was instrumental in introducing and managing the new Dynamic Positioning division for his company.
With a vision of creating a safer, more informed industry, Lee is a champion of safety, mentorship, training and internship programs, adding value to IRIIS’s objective of providing solutions for success. Lee and his wife, Patrice, live in the beautiful Texas hill country with their children.
Steve brings over 25 years of professional experience in the marine, engineering and oil and gas fields. Steve began his career in the U.S. Navy, where he served 11 years in the gas turbine maintenance and operations field as a plank owner onboard a guided missile cruiser, followed by two tours working with the Navy’s cutting edge LCAC hovercraft program. During his time in the Navy, Steve qualified as Engineering Officer of the Watch, LCAC Engineer, field calibration coordinator, QA/QC inspector and supervisor, as well as serving on engineering plant and damage control casualty training teams and the engineering troubleshooting training team for the west coast. He was the recipient of an award for leading a team that independently developed an innovative new method of re-coating worn LCAC lift fan blades, saving the Navy a projected annual amount of $700,000, as well as increasing useful blade life by 50%.
Following his Navy service, Steve returned to school with studies in organic chemistry, biochemistry and computer science. He then accepted a position offshore in the workboat industry where we worked his way up to Chief Engineer (limited oceans) on ECO’s large state-of-the-art DP anchor-handling vessels. He pursued and acquired his upper level U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) license working on a variety of research vessels, pipe laying and construction ships, tankers, car carriers, pre-positioned ammunition ships and finally, dynamically-positioned semi-submersible drill rigs and drill ships, where he earned his license as a Chief Engineer (unlimited).
Steve was then recruited by an international risk management company to conduct rig inspections. Following these successful years of significant offshore experience, he and several colleagues founded IRIIS, a veteran group of motivated, like-minded individuals.
Steve serves on the ASTM technical committees for Ships and Marine Technology, Oil and Hazardous Substances Spill Response and Machinery and Piping Systems. He is also an active member of the American Society for Quality and the American Society of Non-Destructive Testing. Additionally, he is a member, in good standing of American Association of Drilling Engineers, Canadian Association of Drilling Engineers, Society of Petroleum Engineers, Society of American Military Engineers, American Society of Naval Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
Steve and his wife, Pam, reside in Florida where they raise American quarter horses and Beefmaster cattle. In their rare down time, they both enjoy restoring old farm equipment or fishing in the surrounding lakes, rivers and bay.