2020 TradePerson of the Year Awards

Presented by PNC Bank

Join us on Friday, December 4 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM for a special virtual presentation announcing the winners of the 2020 Tradesperson of the Year Awards.

To attend, view the link below and watch it live Friday, 12/4 at 12pm.

Watch on Youtube

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We encourage you to host small watch parties or gatherings to celebrate the nominees, runners up, and award winners. Share your watch party with us on social media using #TradespersonAwards2020

Each year, the Tradesperson of the Year Awards honor the “best of the best” in Ship Repair. From a group of illustrious nominees, one Junior Tradesperson (with fewer than 5 years of experience) and one Senior Tradesperson (with more than 5 years of experience) are selected. In 2020, we received a record-breaking 29 nominations.

The 2020 Tradesperson of the Year Nominees are:

Junior Tradesperson Nominees

  • Antoine Badger, BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair
  • Christopher Connor, MHI Ship Repair & Services
  • Ken Eiler, Bay Metals & Fabrication
  • Robin Hall, Wartsila Defense
  • LaWanda Harris, General Dynamics – NASSCO Norfolk
  • Sarah Janes, Fairlead Boatworks
  • Daniel Langston, Oceaneering International
  • Michael Wayne Ledbetter, HII – Technical Solutions Division
  • Christopher McAndrews, Tecnico Corporation
  • Danual Pearce, Colonna’s Shipyard
  • Carl Pierce, Q.E.D. Systems
  • Ryan Stallard, Epsilon Systems Solutions

Senior Tradesperson Nominees

  • William Blackwell, Valkyrie Enterprises
  • Keith Bremer, Prism Maritime
  • Robert Bristol, Marine Specialty Painting
  • Clinton Brooks, MHI Ship Repair & Services
  • Pearl Butler, Colonna’s Shipyard
  • Policarpio Calimbas, HII – Technical Solutions Division
  • Eric Grandy, Surface Technologies Corporation
  • Ed Guilsano, Epsilon Systems Solutions
  • Heng Hy, BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair
  • David Scott Karl, Standard Calibrations
  • William McAllister, Oceaneering International
  • Carlos Phillips, Wartsila Defense
  • Thomas Landon Sampsell, Fairlead Boatworks
  • Harold Scott, Clean Way Services
  • Nathaniel Williams, General Dynamics – NASSCO Norfolk
  • Nicholas Wobser, Newport News Shipbuilding
  • James Woods, Bay Metals & Fabrication

The winners are selected by a panel of industry-expert judges who read each nomination in a redacted format, so they do not know the individuals or companies represented. Please join us in thanking our judges:

  • Event Chair & Lead Judge: Brian Daugherty, KSaria Corporation
  • Captain Tim Barney, Commanding Officer, Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center
  • Courtney Culpepper, Rapid Prep LLC
  • Pam Martin, Stanley Black & Decker
  • Leslie McAloose, Ameri-Force Craft Services
  • Ron Ritter, On Point LLC
  • David Spinazzolo, Metropolitan Solutions
  • Terry Stead, Foundation Board
  • Darrick Wickre, PNC Bank

Each 2020 Tradesperson of the Year Award nominee will receive a VSRA t-shirt, baseball cap, and challenge coin, along with a set of Irwin Vise Grips, Stanley Tool Bag, and Tape Measure.

Junior and Senior Runners-Up will each receive a DeWalt cooler and $150 dollar steakhouse gift certificate. Junior and Senior Award Winners will receive a DeWalt Drill & Driver Combo Kit, embroidered VSRA jacket, $200 steakhouse gift card, 1-year family membership to Nauticus, $250 Amazon gift card, and $750 cash prize.

The 2020 Tradesperson of the Year Awards are sponsored by PNC Bank. Awards are furnished by Surehand, a subsidiary of Stanley Black & Decker.


Questions? Please Contact Sylvia Bell: SBell@VirginiaShipRepair.org or (757) 233-7034 x 101