Mr. Ray Wittersheim, a native of Virginia Beach, has been with Técnico Corporation since 1994. As President & CEO, he is responsible for management of all departments and divisions. Mr. Wittersheim oversees Técnico operations ensuring production efficiency, quality, safety, and cost-effective management of resources. He leads Técnico in community service activities, charitable organization contributions, and Técnico employee participation in community activities.
Mr. Wittersheim presently serves on the Board of Directors of Virginia Ship Repair Association (VSRA), Old Dominion University Educational Foundation Board of Trustees, and Economic Development Authority of the City of Suffolk. Mr. Wittersheim also served ten years on the Board of Directors (1996-2006) and as President (2007) of The Propeller Club of the United States, Port of Norfolk, a non-profit organization, dedicated to the enhancement and well-being of all interests of the maritime community on a national and international basisMr.
Wittersheim began his 35-year career as an Apprenticeship Graduate (Outside Machinist) with Norfolk Shipbuilding & Drydock Corporation (NORSHIPCO) in 1979. Mr. Wittersheim held a number of leadership positions of increasing responsibility with NORSHIPCO, serving as Lead Production Superintendent while at the Brambleton Plant of NORSHIPCO on over 26 ship repair contracts and conversion projects including the refurbishment of the Presidential Yacht “Sequoia.” His experience included the installation of new main engines and shafts, electrical wiring, fire detection and alarm systems, and HVAC systems. Mr. Wittersheim managed the repowering of the USS EDENTON and USS PAIUTE. He held responsibilities including estimating, supervising production, formulating and issuing contract work specifications and settling bills on well over 100 contracts. He was responsible for the planning of time element sequences pertaining to overhaul contracts and the formulation of repair specifications and structure. He supervised the overhaul and engine room refurbishment on Esso Portland which had sunk off North Carolina including entire rewiring of the computer automation system for engine room controls, fire sensor and extinguishing system and unmanned engine room certification. As Vice President and Ship Repair Division Director for Técnico (1994–2008), he oversaw the operational aspects of the company with emphasis of ship repair management, scheduling, planning, production, and contractual management.