Co-Founder & Chairman of the BoardFull bio
Co-Founder & Chairman of the Board
Throughout his career, Shep McKenney has always sought to turn the world as we know it upside-down. Shep began his career as a corporate lawyer, but left law to unleash his inner entrepreneur. His first game-changing innovation came in 1972, when he founded All-Suites Hotels, the first extended stay suite hotel chain. After expanding the chain to fourteen locations, he sold the business to DoubleTree Hotels and followed his passion for life on the water into the marine industry.
In 1982, Shep acquired Hinckley Yachts where he established his drive to remove the intimidation from boating. At Hinckley he introduced their line of Picnic Day Boats. He then pioneered the company’s JetStick technology, the first joystick control system for jet-driven recreational boats. JetStick allowed skippers to simply and intuitively maneuver in tight spaces, removing the anxiety of docking for the boating world.
Shep teamed up with John Adams in 2003 to found Seakeeper. Their mission was to change the fundamental experience of being on the water. They knew that if they could eliminate boat roll and the seasickness, anxiety, and fatigue that go with it, boating would be open to a whole new world of boaters.
When Shep is not revolutionizing the boating industry, he enjoys fishing and bird hunting. He divides his time between the Chesapeake Bay and the Gulf Coast of Florida, with an occasional trip to Cape Hatteras to fish with his grandchildren in the waters he fished as a child.
Co-Founder & Board MemberFull bio
Co-Founder & Board Member
John Adams is a naval architect who has devoted much of his career to stabilizing boats. As owner of Maritime Dynamics, he pioneered the company’s ride control systems. These devices used software to control externally mounted fins, foils, and trim tabs to dynamically control pitch and roll on high-speed vessels. But all along, John’s interest in Elmer Sperry’s early 20th-century incarnations of gyroscopic stabilizers was simmering.
John knew there was a better way to harness the power of gyroscopes. A way that would make gyroscopic stabilization a reality for smaller boats, not just massive cruise ships. He introduced Shep McKenney to the concept and together they launched Seakeeper in 2003 with the goal of improving the performance of gyroscopes to bring stabilization to boats of all sizes. Even though Seakeepers have been on the market since 2008, John hasn’t stopped improving on their performance and quality.
While John loves stabilizing vessels on the water and cruising around in his catamaran, John also enjoys spending time on land with his grandchildren on his family farm in Kentucky.
President & CEOFull bio
President & CEO
Andrew Semprevivo has been working in the marine industry since he was thirteen. What started out as a summer job at his local marina turned into a lifelong passion for boating. Between the local marina and his tenure at Seakeeper, Andrew served as International/West Coast Sales and Project Manager for the Viking Yacht Company.
Andrew joined Seakeeper in 2008, just as the company was bringing their gyros to market, and led the charge in developing the company’s global customer base as well as its first-class global sales and support network. Since joining Seakeeper he has held various positions from Inside Sales Manager to VP of Sales and Marketing. Most recently, Andrew was promoted to President & CEO in April of 2018.
Andrew’s love of boating is not limited to his work! He is passionate about fishing and enjoys spending his free time cruising around the coast of New Jersey on his Seakeeper-equipped Bluewater 2850.
Chief Financial OfficerFull bio
Chief Financial Officer
Rebecca Smitha has been in the accounting world for over twenty-five years. Rebecca got her start in public accounting, where she acquired her CPA. She then shifted to the private sector where she found her niche working for manufacturing and communications companies, particularly in upgrading their resource planning and accounting systems. Rebecca earned an MBA in Finance while simultaneously working in manufacturing industry.
Rebecca found her way to Seakeeper while working at Landmark Communications. The owner of Landmark was an investor in Seakeeper and connected her to Shep. The rest is history! She is one of Seakeeper’s longest-standing employees, as she has been with the company for over ten years!
Vice President of Manufacturing & EngineeringFull bio
Vice President of Manufacturing & Engineering
Bob Moser has over twenty years of manufacturing, machining, and assembly experience. For much of his career, Bob owned and operated Joma Machine Company, a precision CNC shop that served customers in the aerospace and energy industries, among others.
When Seakeeper sought a machine shop that could produce products that met their extremely demanding tolerances, Joma was the only shop up for the challenge. As Seakeeper’s success began to take off, Joma continued to expand alongside it. By 2011, Joma’s operations were solely devoted to producing Seakeepers and that year Joma officially became a part of the Seakeeper organization.
Bob enjoys running and swimming when he is not thinking about gyros.
Director of Global SalesFull bio
Director of Global Sales
Will Cimino grew up offshore fishing in North Carolina, a state with rich boat building history. It was here that he found his love for boats and being on the water.
Before joining Seakeeper, Will worked at the Carlyle Group in Washington, D.C. where he focused on private equity investing in the industrial and transportation sectors. With his love for boating, Seakeeper was a perfect fit, and Will’s experience in strategy and growth was key to making him an integral part of the Seakeeper team. Now, as Director of Global Sales, Will leads the strategy for the worldwide sales team.
In his spare time, Will stays true to his passion for fishing. He gets just as much excitement catching a brook trout as he does landing a blue marlin. Will is based in our Mohnton, Pennsylvania factory.
Director of OperationsFull bio
Director of Operations
Jon Ellliott is Lean Manufacturing Certified and has worked in supply chain and procurement for the last 12 years, beginning with a smaller company where he established their Asian supply chain and eventually running supply chain for a large company. When he found Seakeeper, he was excited about the opportunity to join an entrepreneurial company where growth was evident.
Jon joined the Seakeeper team in 2017 and has held the role of Procurement Manager, leading the procurement team and managing the many vendors and suppliers that make Seakeeper production possible.
When he’s not negotiating contracts, he enjoys scuba diving, specifically in the clear, tropical waters off San Pedro, Belize. He’s a loyal Philadelphia Eagles season ticket holder and also likes golf and traveling. Jon is based in our Mohnton, Pennsylvania factory.
Director of EngineeringFull bio
Director of Engineering
Mike Gallagher brought his expertise in hybrid powertrain and complex hydraulic systems to Seakeeper in 2013. He initially worked with Seakeeper as a consultant, following time spent at Parker Hannifin, one of the largest hydraulic companies in the world. This combined experience allowed him to make an immediate impact building the Seakeeper control system when he joined our team full-time in 2018.
Now, as Director of Engineering, Mike focuses on continuously refining Seakeeper’s software and control systems infrastructure and leading the cutting-edge team of controls engineers who are taking Seakeeper to the next level.
When he’s not working to perfect the Seakeeper line, he can be found tinkering with his own projects, which range from data logging stations that generate foraging bumble bee statistics to building reclaimed white oak tabletops. Mike is based out of our Mohnton, Pennsylvania factory.
HR ManagerFull bio
Melinda Godfrey came to Seakeeper from the Science Museum Oklahoma where she was the Director of Human Resources. She is both PHR and SHRM-CP certified and a member of the local chapter of the Human Resources Association of Southern Maryland.
As Seakeeper’s Human Resources Manager, Melinda created much of the infrastructure that successfully leads Seakeeper’s office staff and direct labor employees today. She’s responsible for overall HR strategy, recruitment and retention, benefits and other cultural and strategic initiatives.
Melinda spends much of her free time with her two daughters and is heavily involved with their Girl Scout Troops. She’s based in our home office in California, Maryland.
Carter Grant grew up on the Chesapeake Bay, so he’s familiar with the rough waters that storms can sometimes bring. Couple that with an interest in technology, and it’s easy to see how Carter landed comfortably at Seakeeper.
Carter joined the Seakeeper team in 2019 as Controller. His last role of the same title gave him the opportunity to spearhead several major process improvement initiatives for an architecture firm in the Washington, D.C. area. He holds an MBA from the College of William and Mary and has a diverse background in finance and accounting, having worked in a variety of industries including government contracting, consulting, architecture and engineering, warranty and logistics.
As the area offers plenty of good weather and lots to do year-round, you’ll find Carter taking trips across the Chesapeake Bay and up the Potomac River through the summer and hitting the ski slopes in the winter. Carter is based in our home office in California, Maryland.
Director of Brand & EngagementFull bio
Director of Brand & Engagement
Maggie Meredith came to Seakeeper with a wealth of knowledge from areas outside of the marine industry, but with similar niche audiences. With marketing and media experience in fields from baseball to fashion, Maggie was drawn to Seakeeper for its growth and innovative spirit. She was excited to become a part of a company completely changing people’s boating experience.
As the Marketing Manager, Maggie lead Seakeeper’s strategic rebrand, creating the company’s image that’s recognizable by so many today. A jack of all trades, she manages the team that executes events, advertising, graphic design, public relations and ecommerce, among other things.
Maggie and her husband have two young kids, so she spends most of her free time chasing them around and soaking up all the craziness motherhood brings! Maggie is based in our home office in California, Maryland.
Director of EngineeringFull bio
Director of Engineering
Nick Troche grew up sailing on Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York and became a certified sailing instructor with a passion for all things boating (he even proposed to his wife on a sailboat!). In choosing his career path, he set his sights on the marine industry and did whatever he could to get himself there.
When Nick began his tenure with Seakeeper, he sat in a commercial garage with a boat next to his desk. Now, as a Director of Engineering, he works with a team of engineers who are pioneering new technology for future Seakeeper products. He has helped lead Seakeeper into areas that were previously thought to be impossible and has played a major role in creating the best, smallest, tightest and most efficient packages that we have ever built.
When he’s not working on making the smallest Seakeeper ever made, he still enjoys sailing, as well as skiing, traveling, trivia and the occasional karaoke night. Nick is based out of our Mohnton, Pennsylvania factory.
Director of Global ServiceFull bio
Director of Global Service
Kevin Zervas has worked in the marine industry for more than 25 years. He began in the U.S. Navy which led him to a small manufacturing company that provided stabilized satellite antenna systems to the global marine market. It seemed to be a natural fit to move from stabilizing a boat’s satellite antenna to stabilizing the entire boat, so after spending some time at the Seakeeper factory in 2013, Kevin knew Seakeeper was the place for him.
Now, as Director of Global Service, Kevin leads the team responsible for making sure Seakeepers around the world are in tip-top shape and that Seakeeper owners are treated with the utmost care.
Outside of Seakeeper, Kevin enjoys spending time with his daughter, wife and their three rescue dogs. He works hard to set new running goals for himself, completing multiple half marathons and working towards completing his first marathon. Kevin is based in Seakeeper’s Fort Lauderdale office.
Shep McKenney and John Adams, marine industry veterans, agree to embark on the development of a practical and modern gyro stabilizer.
McKenney and Adams launched in a small garage in Solomons Island, Maryland
The first prototype unit is installed on a 43' Viking.
Seakeeper is officially formed and launches its first gyroscopic stabilizer - the M7000 - and establishes the first production builder contract with Azimut Yachts.
Seakeeper acquires manufacturing partner Joma Machine Company and Mohnton, Pennsylvania facility - a turn-of-the-century brick industrial campus that remains home to Seakeeper's assembly and development teams
First sales and service office is established in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
The Seakeeper line launches, providing a complete redesign and expanding the product portfolio to five models
New logo and revamp of the brand is introduced
Seakeeper 3 is introduced as the first battery-powered Seakeeper unit, bringing stabilization to boats as small as 30 feet
Andrew Semprevivo becomes Seakeeper's CEO
Seakeeper is acquired by Madison Industries
First European office opens in Lavagna, Italy
Seakeeper launches its corporate responsibility program aimed at reducing company consumption of single use plastic and giving back to marine communities
The Seakeeper 1 launches providing stabilization to boats as small as 23’ and sporting a radical new design
To ensure everyone has access to clean waterways, we're giving back through internal and external initiatives aimed at conservation and supporting the ways you use the water.