2021 Member of the Year

Michelle CroweCEO and Founder, e-worc The Governors of the Propeller Club of the United States, Port of Mobile, Alabama have selected Michelle Crowe, CEO and Founder of E-worc, the 2021 Propeller Club of Mobile, Alabama Member of the Year.  Michelle joined the Club in 2020 and quickly hit the ground running. With a background in marketing and website design, she quickly recognized that the club’s website was antiquated and not functioning at the capacity we needed. Recognizing Michelle’s natural leadership abilities the Board of Governors invited Michelle, and she readily accepted, to a position on the Board as Marketing Chairperson. Working closely with our Webmaster, Richard Tremayne, and Communications Director, Kelly Rushing; Michelle was able to identify problematic functions on our website and found solutions that saved thousands of dollars in fees. She has donated the time of her company and employees to see that the Propeller Club’s web presence and social media presence improve vastly. She has helped create a presence for our club on Linked In and other social media websites.  Not one to sit idle, enjoying the aforementioned success, Michelle created and launched the Waterfront Meetup Social Hour. This was a wholly new idea as the Propeller Club’s only other monthly event were luncheons and she was looking for other ways to bring in younger members. She recognized that some of our membership would also enjoy spending time together after work, socializing and networking. Michelle identified a sponsor for this event and it greatly offset the cost to the members and cost nothing for the club.  Her desire to see the Propeller Club increase membership and become a more inviting group has led to many new, diverse members. Michelle’s energy is contagious and the Board of Governors, in addition to all membership, is blessed to have Michelle’s participation and vision.  It is with great pride and pleasure that we award our Propeller Club Member of the Year for 2021 to Michelle Crowe, CEO and Founder of E-worc.

2021 Maritime Person of the Year

Captain LaDonn Allen, USCG, Sector CommanderCoast Guard Sector Mobile The Governors of the Propeller Club of the United States, Port of Mobile, Alabama have selected Captain LaDonn Allen, U. S. Coast Guard, Sector Commander of Coast Guard Sector Mobile as the 2021 Maritime Person of the year  Captain Allen is the Coast Guard Operational Commander for Sector Mobile, which encompasses parts of four states.  This includes 435 miles of coastline, 1,900 miles of inland waterways and five Deepwater ports.  She commanded a force of 680 active duty, 185 reservists, 32 civilians and 390 Auxiliarists, five patrol boats, five Aid to Navigation teams and two inland construction tenders.  Under her superb command, Sector Mobile and its sub units responded to: 3,266 response cases encompassing 886 national response center reports, 774 marine and environmental pollution cases, 112 security incident investigations, 1,306 search and rescue cases with 2,321 lives saved or assisted and $32,057,005 in saved or assisted property, and 553 marine safety casualty investigations Captain Allen has served as the Sector Commandeer since 2019.  In September 2020, we had hurricane Sally and then in October 2020, we had Hurricane Zeta.  Under her watch, Sector Mobile Waterways and Aids to Navigation teams were able to quickly get the aids in place and the channels opened.  She personally coordinated with port officials, pilots’ organizations, Army Corps of Engineers, port officials and many other stakeholders to reassure all that the Sector Mobile US Coast Guard was leading the recovery and reopening.  In her three years in Mobile, she has responded to 8 hurricanes and coordinated the response to over 1200 pollution cases associated with all the hurricanes.  Captain Allen has led the US Coast Guard in the response to the worldwide pandemic, Covid-19.  This included establishing policies and procedures to handle vessel arrivals with positive cases.  One of the results of the pandemic was tremendous increase in recreational boating traffic and commensurately, search and rescue cases.  Sector Mobile responded to 421 SAR cases in 2020 and increased to 592 in 2021.  .   In preparation for Brookley field becoming the passenger terminal for the Mobile area in 2024, Captain Allen and Sector Mobile assisted in the planning and execution of a mass rescue exercise simulating a downed passenger aircraft in Mobile Bay, the first of its kind for the area.   Under Captain Allen’s leadership, Sector Mobile prepared for, and executed, the first landing of a manned space capsule in 45 years, the first nighttime water splashdown of a capsule in 53 years, and the splashdown of the longest-duration mission of a U.S spacecraft.  These operations were the first time the CG supported capsule recoveries and were the first landings in the Gulf of Mexico. Finally, as part of her role as the Area Maritime Security Coordinator, she established a first of its kind Regional Response Call process for ReCom (DHS Regional Coordinating Mechanism) partners to coordinate responses to emergent maritime threats in the northeast Gulf of Mexico. Captain Allen has served as an advisor to the Board of Governors of the Propeller Club of Mobile and has been an active participant inmore

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Thompson Engineering Deemed Essential Business

Thompson Engineering is deemed an essential business as a provider to critical manufacturing and infrastructure industries, DOTs, municipalities, utilities, oil and gas companies, suppliers, and more. Employees in all of our offices throughout the Southeast are ready to help you through this COVID-19 crisis. Visit our website at thompsonengineering.com or call us at 888-292-2443 to learn how we can help.

Paycheck Protection Loans and Loan Forgiveness

Hand Arendall Harrison Sale has considerable knowledge of the PPP loan program, the attendant regulations and forms required. We will be glad to work with you to make the necessary application, assist you with the loan closing process and give you specific guidance for your enterprise. If you have 500 or less full time and/or part time employees, you are eligible to receive a very favorable loan from any lender participating in the Program which will be guaranteed by the SBA. This includes sole proprietors, independent contractors and self-employed individuals as well as corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies and similar. You can borrow up to $10,000,000.00 based upon your average monthly payroll multiplied by 2.5. The PPP loan proceeds can be used not only for payroll expenses (which are very broadly defined to include benefits and not just actual payment amounts) but up to 25% can be used for debt service, utilities and rent. The interest rate is 1%. The loan matures in two (2) years. If you keep your current employees on the payroll, the entire amount of the Loan will be forgiven. The SBA pays the lender a fee for making the loan. The lender pays your attorney’s fees – YOU WILL NOT BE CHARGED ANY ATTORNEY’S FEES FOR ASSISTANCE WITH THIS PROGRAM.

Thank you for Attending Law Night

Law night saw terrific attendance on a very busy week downtown. Held at the Athelstan we enjoyed another great fried chicken meal and hosted bar. Hodge Alves announced that Hand, Arendall had merged with Panhandle Law firm Harrison Sale and is now officially Hand Arendall Harrison Sale, and we warmly thank Hand Arendall Harrison Sale as gracious hosts for the evening event.  Our program was again excellent, as partner (and club treasurer) Patrick Ward introduced associate Chris Williams as speaker. Christopher Williams is an associate in the firm’s commercial litigation section. Here’s a little more background about Chris: Chris has a developing practice in the area of cybersecurity and privacy. Chris has worked with clients that have fallen victim to spear phishing attacks, ransomware, man-in-the-middle e-mail schemes, wire instruction fraud, and other computer security breaches. He has advised clients on policies and procedures to minimize cybersecurity vulnerability, has served as breach counsel for multiple clients following a breach, and has assisted clients in crafting notices for compromised personal information in accordance with state and federal laws. He has also been involved in litigation involving data breach. He grew up in Mobile, attending McGill-Toolen Catholic High School and Spring Hill College. Chris was the SGA Senior Class President at Spring Hill, and graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in English. He received his J.D., magna cum laude from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, where he was on Law Review and competed in two national trial advocacy competitions. He is a member of the Order of Barristers, and was named a Crowe Scholar upon graduation from Loyola. Chris lives on the Eastern Shore with his wife, Creagh, who is a registered nurse, and sons Bennett and Cullen. He is an active participant in the South Alabama Volunteer Lawyers Program, volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mobile, and is a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Fairhope. Chris’ presentation was on cyber-threats faced by corporate America – with real world examples!  And recommendations on ways to protect your business, and make sure your corporate insurance is up to the threat. Several new members were in attendance, and a few visitors.

Happy National Maritime Day

Celebrated since 1933, on the date of the first transoceanic voyage by a steamship, the SS Savannah, we recognize and honor the US Merchant Marine. Learn more at: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/05/19/president-donald-j-trump-proclaims-may-22-2017-national-maritime-day https://www.marad.dot.gov/education/national-maritime-day/ http://www.maritime-executive.com/article/ports-commemorating-national-maritime-day