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Thomas W. Godfrey Jr.

Board of Director
President, Colonna's Shipyard
Thomas W. Godfrey Jr.


Thomas W. Godfrey, Jr.


Current Position:                     President & Chief Executive Officer

                                                Colonna’s Shipyard, Inc.,400 East Indian   River Road,Norfolk,VA23523


Year’s at Colonna’s:                 30 years


Year’s in Industry:                   36 years


Previous Employer’s:   


Employer/Location/Dates   of Employment

Positions Held

Colonna’s Shipyard, Inc. – Norfolk, VA  ~ 1981 - Present

Divisions: Steel America & Trade Team

President / CEO ~ 1993 - Present

Vice President of Operations ~ 1990 - 1993

Director of Finance and Contracts Manager

First Wave Marine, Inc. –Houston,TX  ~ 1999 - 2000

Vice President Ship Repair

Allied Marine Industries, Inc. –Norfolk,VA  ~ 1979 – 1980

Ship Superintendent and Estimator



B.A. Management Economics,HampdenSydneyCollege, VA, 1978

MBA,UniversityofRichmond, 1986


Management Experience:

Marine Industry Executive with over thirty-five years’ experience in the transportation industry, as well as vessel operations and shipyard management. Business background includes construction, manufacturing and service industry experience with extensive knowledge in the areas of contracting, business development, operations, finance, project management, risk management, labor relations and strategic planning.


Current position as President and CEO at Colonna’s Shipyard, Inc. Colonna’s is a full service private shipyard which performs government and commercial vessel overhaul and refit projects. Additionally, Colonna’s has a significant industrial services business performing steel fabrication and machine repairs. The company employs 500 skilled craftsman, technical and management associates. The President has full leadership responsibility for this $100 million enterprise. Recent achievements include realizing 15% annual sales growth over a five year period. The President executed a diversification initiative which has transformed the company beyond its legacy ship repair core. Today, Colonna’s is a well balanced industrial service business serving vibrant government and commercial markets. The company is currently implementing a new long term strategic plan which will ensure growth and increasing profitability.


Board and Advisory Positions:

Virginia Ship Repair Association (V.S.R.A.), President 1997/1999, Current Chairman

Shipbuilders Council ofAmerica(S.C.A.), Chairman 2001/2002, Director

VirginiaMaritime Association (V.M.A.), President

Virginia’s Philpot Manufacturing Extension Partnership (V.P.M.E.P.), 2002–2008

BB&T Bank Advisory Board,Chesapeake,VA, Board Member

St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children,Norfolk,VA, Board Member

Virginia General Assembly Joint Subcommittee to Study Public Private Partnerships Regarding Seaports, 2008/2009


Professional Memberships:

American Society of Naval Architects (A.S.N.E.)

Propeller Club ofHamptonRoads



Resides inVirginia   Beach,Virginia. Married to Lynne Godfrey for 28 years. Father of two (2) children; daughter Laura and son Thomas. Hobbies include fishing, golf and automobiles.