David Ellis was appointed CEO in 2017 after serving in several roles for Odfjell’s terminals JV with Lindsay Goldberg and as President of Odfjell Tankers USA . In 1996 he joined Seachem Tankers in Houston which was subsequently acquired by Odfjell SE in 2000. While working for Amoco Oil (now part of BP), Ellis gained considerable exposure in various logistics and supply roles across the value chain. He is a graduate of the US Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, with a dual degree in Engineering and Transportation.
Bart Kelleher joined Chembulk Tankers in March 2016. He is a multi-faceted maritime executive with 20 years of progressive experience in the shipping industry. Kelleher most recently served as COO, and also acting CFO during the company’s start-up, for Apollo’s Principal Maritime, from the company’s formation in 2010 through its crude oil and chemical tanker divestitures in 2015. Kelleher has financial industry experience at Bear Stearns and HSH Nordbank, and served onboard oil tankers and held management positions in the cruise industry and with a naval architecture firm. Kelleher earned a BE in Naval Architecture from New York Maritime College, and an MS in Ocean Systems from MIT, and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
John Capasso has over 35 years of experience in both private equity and public company environments most recently as CFO at Gerber Technology from 2014 to 2017. From 2009 to 2014 he was VP and CFO at Varel International Energy Services. Previously, Capasso was the CFO of Formed Fiber Technologies and held executive positions at SPX and Cubic Corp. in general management and finance. He began his career and earned his CPA at PwC. Capasso also earned a BS in Accounting from Boston College and attended NYU Stern School of Business.
Milton Gonzales is a Maritime Executive with 40+ years’ experience. Gonzales joined Chembulk in 2018. He was previously Technical Director and Maritime Compliance Officer at Gener8 Maritime and General Maritime from 2004 to 2018. Earlier in his career, Gonzales worked in senior technical management positions with Cunard Line, NY Waterway, Sealand, amongst others, as well as an extensive sea-going career as a licensed engineering officer. Gonzales earned his BS in Engineering from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and MBA from Duke University.
Steve is a maritime industry and international trade expert with 25 years of operational, technical, and commercial experience, having held a variety of management positions with commercial and operational oversight and business development responsibilities. Prior to joining Chembulk, Steve was Chief Operating Officer of Chemical Transportation Group, Inc. (CTG), a stainless steel chemical tanker owner headquartered in New York City. At CTG, Steve was responsible for the daily management of the company, technical and operational oversight, investor relations and business development/strategy. Prior to joining CTG, Steve founded Polaris International Maritime Group, leading a team focused on the origination and execution of strategic projects and transactions in maritime finance, critical infrastructure development and asset acquisition/management. Steve began his career ashore as a tanker broker, after spending a number of years at sea and in port/terminal operations. Steve is a 1994 graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy with a degree in Marine Transportation (Minor in Marine Engineering).
Mel is a Master Mariner with over 40 years of experience including a lengthy seagoing career followed by shoreside roles including: Transhipment Coordinator; Port Operator; Super Cargo; Foreign Marketing Office Manager; Director of Southern African Tank Terminal projects; Commercial and Operational Manager then Terminal Sales Director. Prior to joining Chembulk in January 2018, Mel spent a total 28 years at Odfjell, sailing as Chief Officer and Master until mid-2000 when Mel concluded his seagoing career and spent the remainder of the year in Bergen as a ship broker. In 2001, Mel took up the post as Commercial Manager for Odfjell Tankers South Africa. In 2011 Mel returned to the United States and spent three years in Charleston as Terminal & Commercial Manager following which Mel moved back to Houston as Commercial Director for Odfjell Terminals USA, a position he held until he joined the Chembulk team in 2018. Mel is a graduate of the Pangbourne Nautical College and South Shields Marine and Technical College.
Donna has over 25 years of experience in Corporate Administration and Human Resource Management. She started her career working for the City of New York Department of Environmental Protection as an Operations Assistant after she attended CUNY/Queens College. Following three years with the DEP, Donna spent seven years at Bristol Myers Squibb Company in various Administrative and HR roles. In 1994, Donna joined GE Capital as Executive Assistant to a GE Officer and President of the Structured Finance Group. Donna spent a total of 13 years at GE Capital, holding positions of increasing responsibility in Administrative and Human Resources functions. In 2007, Donna joined the maritime industry as Office Manager for Chembulk Tankers, ultimately attaining her current position of Vice President Human Resources & Corporate Administration and Corporate Secretary.