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
Employer/Location/Dates of Employment
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
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
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.