JEFFREY F. DIXON
Jeff joined the executive leadership team at TOTE Services May 1, 2017 and assumed the role of President on January 7, 2019.
A retired Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Jeff spent 27-years on active duty. Most recently he served in command of Sector Jacksonville where he exercised Captain of the Port authority including the three strategic ports of St Mary’s/Fernandina, Jacksonville, and Port Canaveral. During his career Jeff served over ten years at sea, including two afloat commands, and participated in the leadership of several key organizational initiatives including the development of Coast Guards around the world and the complete post 9/11 revision of the Coast Guard’s major cutter and aviation fleet program. Prior to his last assignment as Commander Sector Jacksonville, he served as the Deputy Commander of Sector New York, where he led more than 1,000 active duty personnel, civilian, and reservists.
A graduate of the Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT, Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Economics and later earned his Master’s in Public Administration from the George Washington University.
Vice President Marine Services, TOTE Services
Ben Christian is Vice President for Marine Services of TOTE Services in Jacksonville Florida. He oversees the company’s labor relations, marine supply chain services, business development, and the marine operations in the Puerto Rico trade. The Puerto Rico operations are served by the world’s first LNG powered containerships, the Marlin Class.
Prior to the move to Jacksonville, he worked in San Diego as the Project Manager of TOTE Shipholdings. He managed the Marlin Class newbuild program, the LNG conversion plans for of the Orca Class trailerships, and TOTE’s LNG fuel supply. He is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY and the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business in Seattle, WA. His background includes sailing as a deck officer with Military Sealift Command and Alaska Tanker Company, and as a Senior Financial Analyst for TOTE’s parent company, Saltchuk Resources.
Vice President, Marine Services
JP Marcantonio joined the TOTE Services team in 2019 and serves as Vice President for Marine Services of TOTE Services in Jacksonville Florida. He oversees the company’s marine supply chain services, business development, and the marine operations in the Puerto Rico trade. The Puerto Rico operations are served by the world’s first LNG powered containerships, the Marlin Class.
Prior to joining the TOTE Services team, he worked at TOTE’s sister company in the Saltchuk family of companies, Foss Maritime, for over 13 years. He directed multiple operations for Foss, including harbor services, bunker barging, offshore mooring support, regional towing, and the formation of the LNG Operations Team for the North America’s first LNG Bunker Barge, CLEAN JACKSONVILLE. JP also served as Foss’ Designated Person Ashore and was responsible for establishing the programs and culture which drove Foss towards Goal Zero (zero lost time injuries and zero spills to water).
Prior to joining Foss, JP served as a Transportation Officer in the United States Army. He is a veteran of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. He graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, with dual degrees in Marine Transportation and Marine Engineering and earned his MBA from the University of Washington.
Vice President Marine Operations, TOTE Maritime
Phil Morrell serves TOTE Services as Vice President Marine Operations, Commercial. He was previously employed from 2002 to 2013 as Vice President of Marine & Terminal Operations with Totem Ocean Trailer Express. At Totem Ocean Phil oversaw all aspects of Totem Ocean's marine and Tacoma terminal operations. At TOTE Services he manages all aspects of commercial management for TOTE Service’s various commercial customers
Phil has more over 30 years of experience in the shipping and transportation industry. Before joining Totem Ocean in 2002, he was employed by Todd Pacific Shipyards, Sunmar Shipping and Holland American Line Westours, Inc., where he held the positions of Marine Superintendent, Technical Operations Manager.
Phil serves on the Washington State Board of Pilotage Commission, Tacoma Youth Marine Center board and is a member of the Port of Anchorage Strategic Planning Group. He and his family reside in West Seattle.
Director of Human Resources & Labor Relations
Melissa has over 10 years of experience in the logistics industry in various roles such as human resources, labor relations, risk, payroll and accounting. She has over 15 years of progressive HR experience.
Melissa graduated from the University of North Florida with a B.A. in Psychology. Following graduation she pursued a Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources and Labor Relations. She also possesses a PHR certification and is pursuing a certification in Human Performance Technology. Melissa joined TOTE Services in April 2014 after working as the Director of HR for AMPORTS, where she was responsible for all aspects of HR including recruiting, benefits, labor relations and training and development.
Business Unit Controller
Kristin joined TOTE Services in 2014 from sister company, Sea Star Line, where she held various accounting and finance positions of increasing responsibility, most recently as their Accounting Manager. Kristin has managed the General Accounting function, coordinated the monthly, quarterly and annual accounting close and played a key role in the development of the forecast and five year capital and operating plans. Kristin also brings with her strong internal control and compliance experience and has coordinated both internal and external audits.
Prior to joining Sea Star Line, Kristin held various financial positions with Melitta USA, Associated Marine Institutes and First Advantage Corporation.
Kristin is a graduate of Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida, where she majored in Accounting and Business Administration. She resides in Jacksonville with her husband and son.
CAPTAIN JOHN LAWRENCE
Director of Fleet Safety
Captain Lawrence joined TOTE Services in 2014. He graduated from the US Merchant Marine Academy and holds a Master’s License, Oceans Unlimited. Captain Lawrence sailed for 14 years for a number of U.S. shipping companies in various deck officer capacities including Master. He served for 10 years as a Port Captain for Maritime Overseas Corporation and spent 6 years working for Alaska Tanker Company as their HSE Team Leader / Operations Integrity Advisor. In 2005 he engaged in consultant work for his company, JL Maritime Consulting. In 2006 he began working as the Director of HSE for K-Sea Transportation in New Jersey and was later promoted to Vice President, HSQE. He is past Chairman for the National Safety Council’s Marine Division, past Chairman for the National Safety Council’s Waterborne Transport Group and has been active in workgroups of the Ship Operations Cooperative Program and the American Waterways Operators.
Director of Ship Management
Tony joined TOTE Services in May of 2018 following a twenty year career in the U.S. Coast Guard. Prior to his retirement as a Commander, Tony served as the Program Manager’s onsite Representative and Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative for the production and development of the new National Security Cutters, a high-endurance blue water, multi-mission cutter designed for world-wide deployment.
Prior to that assignment, Tony served as an Engineer on three ships over almost eight years at sea and for five years as a shipyard project manager responsible for all facets of long-range and depot level maintenance and repair projects.
A native of Wasilla, AK, Tony holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and a Masters of Science degree in Engineering Management from Portland State University.
Director of Ship Management, MARAD
Michael Roberts joined TOTE Services in 1994. He graduated from Lafayette College in 1990 with a B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Michael has held several management positions at TOTE Services during his tenure with the company including Engineering Technician, Port Engineer, and Engineering Superintendent. He is currently assigned as the Director of Ship Management responsible for the management of ten public vessels owned by the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration.
Director of Ship Management, MSC
Dennis joined TOTE Services following a 30-year Navy career as a surface warfare officer. He served afloat in four ships—all guided missile destroyers—in a wide variety of engineering and deck assignments. Notably, Dennis was Chief Engineer in USS GOLDSBOROUGH (DDG 20) where he supervised all operations and maintenance of the ship’s 1200psi steam propulsion plant and associated auxiliaries, and he commanded USS PAUL HAMILTON (DDG 60), a gas turbine powered Arleigh Burke Class Guided Missile Destroyer. In Dennis’ final afloat assignment he commanded Military Sealift Command’s Maritime Prepositioning Ship Squadron Three, a squadron of 13 commercially operated ships carrying prepositioned war stocks for the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Defense Logistics Agency.
Ashore, Dennis served in a variety of staff assignments including those at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, US Pacific Fleet Headquarters at Pearl Harbor, US Fifth Fleet Headquarters in Manama, Bahrain, the Navy Staff at the Pentagon and five years in the Prepositioning Program Office (PM3) at Military Sealift Command Headquarters on the Navy Yard in Washington, DC.
EUNICE CADORETTE YOUNG
Director of Ship Management
Eunice Cadorette Young is a 2001 Graduate from Massachusetts Maritime Academy. With a Bachelor Degree in Marine Transportation and an Unlimited Mates license Eunice began her sailing career promptly after graduation. She sailed on various classes of vessel during her almost 9 years afloat. During her time between sailing assignments, Eunice worked for an environmental emergency response company where she created oil spill plans and participated in numerous drills and tabletop exercises.
In 2008, Eunice came ashore after sailing two years onboard the SBX-1, a RADAR platform managed by TOTE Services on behalf of the US Government, and worked as a Port Captain with TOTE Services providing shoreside support to ensure the safe operation of numerous vessels within the TOTE Services managed fleet. In 2018, Eunice was promoted to Director of Ship Management.