Ken Sharp, CEO
A Mississippi resident since 1971, Mr. Sharp worked in autonomous unmanned underwater vehicle technology and related ocean engineering fields for over 34 years with the Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO.) With an extensive knowledge of the ocean environment and its impact to submarine operations, he directed the development an operational Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) survey capability while serving in leadership positions at NAVOCEANO. This included 10 years as Department Head, and he was awarded the Navy’s Meritorious Civilian Service citation for his work in the field.
Mr. Sharp retired from civil service in Dec 2011 and served through 2015 as Chief Operating Officer at CSnet International with an emphasis on ocean observing technologies and subsea ocean sensing networks.
During his tenure the company transitioned a buoy-based ocean observing system to an integrated powered subsea fiber optic cable network that is positioned to support the growing oil and gas development in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. Mr. Sharp continues to provide consulting and management services to clients in the subsea maritime technologies sector.
He has a proven track record in fast-paced, high-risk, high-payoff endeavors with strong leadership demonstrated in all program phases, including marketing, operations, analysis, and production. Mr. Sharp is a member of the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society Marine Technology Society.
Eric d’Arcy, COO
Over the past two decades, Mr. d’Arcy has participated with many early-stage companies as adviser, investor, investment banker and entrepreneur. Most notably, he acted as a contributing partner and provided investment banking services and served as the interim assistant Operations Manager for a fast-growing private bank in London that grew 300% in two years, and was instrumental in that institution’s sale to BNP Paribas Group.
Mr. d’Arcy’s creativity and problem-solving skills coupled with his focus on capital efficiency and maximizing shareholder value has allowed him to efficiently and effectively manage a company’s growth from early-stage to commercialization. He now focuses his efforts in alternative energy and water filtration, although his broad experience includes automotive, real estate, telecommunications and mining companies.
Mr. d’Arcy worked for the US State Department and was stationed in Asia and Europe, after which he was offered a position as Chief facilitator for Harry F. Oppenheimer, Chairman of Anglo American, PLC and De Beers Consolidated Mines Ltd. Most recently he relocated to Mississippi from California where he had handled estate planning for many notable institutions and families.
Larry Clayton, Chief Engineer
A Mississippi Gulf Coast Resident since 1977, Mr. Clayton has 43 years’ experience in the design, development, fabrication, integration, and repair of electronic and mechanical systems for use in meteorological and oceanographic data acquisition systems, small scale rocket engines, spectral imagery, and custom development projects. He served 24 years as Manager of the Prototype Development Laboratory under the NASA SSC Technical Support Contract and Lockheed Martin. During this period he was responsible for the supervision of up to 25 full time employees, daily lab operations, long range planning, scheduling, estimating, marketing, and the planning and implementation of projects, equipment, and manpower requirements. He has 30 years of management experience with technical and engineering staff supporting projects and systems at Stennis Space Center.
He has managed over 75 employees with the NASA High Pressure Gas Facility, Industrial Water Facility, Cryogenic Transfer Facility, and the Component Processing Facility implementing costs savings in excess of 1 million dollars annually through six-sigma process improvement events realized through a 38% increase in productivity.
Mr. Clayton has served as Vice President of Operations for a startup small business providing mechanical and electronic engineering and technical support for NDBC, NASA, NAVO, NRL, USGS, Lockheed Martin, Leidos, and Aerojet Rocketdyne.
He has demonstrated ability in the following technical areas: project management, report writing, budget analysis, Statements of Work, sole source justifications, implementation plans, equipment service manuals, and technical analysis and evaluation reports for electronic and mechanical systems, systems layout and fabrication, and mechanical and electronic system design.
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