Member Spotlight – Lauren Katz-Vales

Lauren Katz-Vales is this month’s member spotlight. Lauren is a new member of The Propeller Club and is the Director of Sales for Inner Parish Security Corporation. IPSC’s goal is to provide the best services for a well-designed, cost-effective security program that protects their clients’ personnel and assets, adds value and provides a competitive edge to their clients and other stakeholders through minimization and mitigation of security incidents. Their staff has the experience necessary as former military, intelligence and law enforcement operatives with a collective experience base extensive enough to meet and exceed any and all requirements. Welcome to the club Lauren.

Member Spotlight – Nikki Hocutt – Seabulk

Name: Nikki HocuttTitle: Operations ManagerCompany: Seabulk We assist vessels docking in ports in the U.S. Gulf, Florida coast and Caribbean. Seabulk’s experience, assets, and dedication to our customers distinguishes us as an industry leader. I manage 30 employees and I oversee every aspect of our operation in the Port of Mobile. How long have you been a member of the Propeller Club?Since December 2005 – 16 years What benefits do you see being a member of the Propeller Club?There are many benefits of being a Propeller Club member but my favorites by far are the friendships I have made and being a part of the wonderful contributions we make to the community. Maintaining membership in a maritime industry club like this one keeps me in touch with other professionals in my area and keeps me well-informed on current events.

Member Spotlight – Phillip Moore

Name: Phillip MooreTitle: National Account Manager/ REALTORCompany: AHI Corporate Housing AHI Corporate Housing provides fully furnished apartments for short term stays of 30 days or longer. We work closely with area schools, hospitals, businesses, Real Estate Companies, etc to ensure their clients have a place to live while transitioning to their more permanent home. How long have you been a member of the Propeller Club?3 years What benefits do you see being a member of the Propeller Club?Being a member of the Propeller Club allows me the opportunity to keep a finger on the pulse of everything happening at the Mobile Port as well as along the Gulf Coast. The connections I have made, and will hopefully make in the future, will be valuable resources I can take with me in my personal and professional development.

Member Spotlight – Hiller Fire Protection Experts

The importance of fire protection in the life of a business cannot be overstated.  Knowing your people, property and assets are protected allows you to focus on your ultimate goal – running a successful company.  As your partner in fire protection, Hiller provides a process that ensures safety, compliance and efficiency. We are dedicated to making sure we take fire safety concerns off your hands and into ours.  As your one source for total protection, we understand what it takes to customize a plan to meet your individual needs within the life cycle of fire protection systems, from design and installation to inspection and maintenance, as well as technology upgrades to comply with new standards. Our experience and our process, coupled with our state-of-the-art technology and our dedication to quality service and products make up The Hiller Difference. We provide a full range of offerings including design, installation, service and maintenance of your fire protection systems. Our service program ensures your routine maintenance, inspections and repairs are performed in a timely manner and that your systems are in compliance with all government standards. Our proprietary technology allows you to schedule, track and view reports of all your services in real-time. CONTACT:844-41-HILLER (844-414-4553)

Member Spotlight – USA Health Industrial Medicine

At USA Health Industrial Medicine, we specialize in workers’ compensation evaluation, treatment, physical exams, and medical surveillance. Our expert team is ready to meet the needs of employers large and small. We provide acute care services for work-related injuries and preventive care for illnesses. Located at 1976 Michigan Avenue on the Brookley Aeroplex, our clinic provides easy access to employees needing testing and follow-up care when needed. In addition to our facility, our medical team is equipped to provide on-site industrial medicine services at your place of business along the Gulf Coast. Some of our on-site services include worksite evaluations, 24-hour medical coverage/staffing, drug and alcohol testing, hearing tests, immunizations, physical exams, respirator fit tests and more. To schedule our medical team for on-site services at your business, please call us at (251) 660-5910. We are the only industrial medicine clinic in the region backed by the resources of an academic medical center. Being a part of USA Health means also being a part of a system of elite medical teams across multiple locations:USA Health University Hospital – home to the only level I trauma and burn center in the region offering specialized care that cannot be found anywhere else on the gulf coast. A Level I trauma center is required to have 24/7 in house coverage by trauma and neurosurgery attending physicians. USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute – the leading research facility in the region. MCI serves as a center for advanced services in the treatment of cancer with radiation, surgical and medical oncology. USA Health Children’s & Women’s Hospital – the only hospital in our region dedicated to the care of women and children. We offer unique services to support the continued education of mothers and children, treat chronic illness both in inpatient and outpatient settings, and serve high-risk and surgical patients. When accidents happen, we help your employees get the care they need. We treat your employees in an efficient, economical and convenient manner, so they can return to work as soon as possible and you can reduce lost time and disability. USA Health Industrial Medicine is open Mon – Fri 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM, with no appointment necessary. Call (251) 660-5910 or for more information.

Member Spotlight – Ross Maritime

One Contact Point, Many Solutions …  It was an idea that Carl Black had in 1997 when he set out to provide the Port of Mobile with a company that could assist a visiting vessel with any need, no matter how big or small. Now, as we approach the 25th anniversary of servicing the Mobile waterfront, that idea rings true daily. With our sister companies, Albert’s Transportation and Bert’s Line Handling; we truly can provide 24-7 service along all fronts. From filing the initial entry documentation, safely mooring and unmooring the vessel, making  deliveries alongside the vessel, or by water when needed; assisting with all crew change arrangements, including the additional measures of today’s COVID protocols, to documenting cargo and ensuring the vessel stays in compliance with the ever changing governmental rules and regulations … we are always available.  We would like to thank everyone who has helped us through these past 25 years and wish everyone well for the next 25. We’ve grown from the Port of Mobile, to now having contacts and abilities all along the Gulf of Mexico … from Tampa, FL to Brownsville, TX; we are still one contact point for many solutions.

Member Spotlight: Altug Basaran of Ship Architects

Ship Architects, Inc. was established in 1999 by Mike Schrider under the name of Schrider and Associates, Inc. Altug Basaran was hired in 2002 as a naval architect to support the company’s functional design services. Altug Basaran, Joe Comer, and Gerald Moore acquired the company in 2006 and changed the name to Ship Architects, Inc. (SAi). The new ownership quickly adopted ShipConstructor software. Production design services such as lofting, nesting, and pipe spools became the company’s primary focus in the following years. Altug Basaran, P.E., became the sole owner of SAi in 2018, with the vision of further developing the functional design services to include concept and contract phases in addition to the well-established production design capabilities.  A larger office building was obtained in 2019 to provide the room needed for the growth. Experienced engineers and capable design technicians have joined SAi’s core group to support the new vision since 2020 Today, Ship Architects, Inc. is a sound group of naval architects, marine engineers, and design technicians who provide engineered solutions in concept development, contract design & construction details to shipyards and vessel owners in Mobile, Bayou La Batre, and across the country. The company’s unique strength comes from its ability to combine our shipbuilding experience and engineering knowledge with our code of conduct to produce technically sound solutions for our clients. The company’s code of conduct demands its employees to: Adhere to schedule and budget, Be transparent about our capabilities and expectations, Communicate with clear verbiage, Design to match the needs of our clients without compromising the security of life and property. Contact SAi at

Member Spotlight: AHI Corporate Housing

AHi Corporate Housing is a better and more affordable option than a hotel. For the last 25 years, we have specialized in providing more than 30,000 people a comfortable and inviting home away from home for stays of 30 days or more. Business travel is stressful enough without having to take on the task of locating long-term accommodations. AHI focuses on locating corporate housingsolutions tailored to suit your specific needs. Location, Location, Location! Whether you are on temporary assignment. renovating your residence or in the process of relocating your family to an entirely new locale, AHi works with you to ensure you are in an A+ property – where you can relax, stop living out of a suitcase and never call a hotel “home” again! All Utilities Included Spacious Dining and Living Areas A+ Properties (many gated) Full-Size Washer & Dryer Full-Size Appliances High-Speed Internet & Wi-Fi Premium Furnishings, Decorations & Linen Package 3-6 Times Larger Than Most Hotel Rooms Housekeeping Services Coptionall 24/7 Customer Service StayPoints® International Guest Rewards (Ask about qualified stays) Marriott Rewards®  (Ask about qualified stays in Tennessee) Call AHi today, or visit to find accommodations perfectly suited for you.Toll-Free 800-505-9001

Member Spotlight: John Fayard Moving & Warehousing

John Fayard Moving & Warehousing operates two major warehousing locations with over one mill ion square feet of space in Gulfport, Mississippi and Mobile, Alabama At John Fayard Moving & Warehousing, our services are continually expanding and evolving to meet the rap idly changing needs of our customers. Currently, our capabilities include: Moving and transportation as an authorized agent of Allied Van Lines Packing, Crating, & Expedited Service (Hot Shot Service) Transloading Antique/Fragile Household goods handling U.S. Customs bonded warehouses State of the art Supply Chain software Full-service commercial warehousing Local moving Office relocation Logistics Storage container rentals Self-storage facilities Cold storage Climate-control storage Records storage and management We are headquartered along Interstate 10 in Gulfport, Mississippi – approximately halfway between Mobile, Alabama and New Orleans, Louisiana . From this strategically advantageous location, we manage our network of trucks, drivers and warehouses throughout the country. We operate a second facility in the Mobile, Alabama area, also conveniently located off Interstate 10.

Member Spotlight: Renaissance Hotels of Mobile

We’ve been welcoming guests to our area since 1702. The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa and the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel both located in downtown Mobile, AL Entertainment district. Offering 238 and 373 guestrooms respectively, connected via skywalk to the Mobile Convention Center affords a large variety of Meeting and Convention options. Yes, we have luxurious guestrooms, a variety of fine dining to casual dining venues on site. Rooftop pools, European Spa, but what makes us different from the other great hotels you are considering…our Southern Hospitality with an International flavor- Come discover for yourself!

Member Spotlight: Eagle Marine Contracting LLC

Eagle Marine Contracting LLC (EM Contracting) is not your traditional labor provider. The expertise and ability to provide custom services such as subcontracting, firm fixed price bids, and offer specialized contracting teams (Tiger Teams) is what separates the company apart with its unique and tailored staffing solutions. Headquartered in Daphne, Alabama, EM Contracting is owned and operated by veteran tradesmen. The company leadership has over 100 years of combined shipbuilding and industrial field experience. EM Contracting services the Marine/Shipbuilding, Industrial, and Commercial construction markets..Our Marine/Shipbuilding division has teamed up with multiple shipbuilding industry leaders on large scale, multi-million-dollar projects providing the best available talent in the industry. We have led the manning from construction start-ups to vessel acceptance. We have also successfully provided longshoremen and labor for stevedoring port operations. The Industrial division can supply qualified technicians and professionals in our umbrella of services to our industrial clients. We have the expertise to spearhead or assist in shutdowns, repairs, installations, construction, and other projects for power generation facilities, chemical plants, refineries, paper mills, steel mills, and many other industrial facilities. The members of our staff have a passion for working in this industry and is reflected in their work ethic and dedication to EM Contracting, it’s customers, and field employees. Our in-house staff includes Certified Welding Educator, Certified Welding Inspector and a Safety Coordinator. The recruiting staff has an average of 17 years sourcing the various shipyard/marine, industrial, and commercial construction trades. Our commitment to excellence in hiring/using the best qualified contractors for each specific project reduces the clients’ production time, labor costs, and safety incidents resulting in an increase of our clients’ ROI. Eagle Marine Contracting LLC26374 Pollard Rd Suite BDaphne, AL, 36526Office Phone (251) 660-4487Website – – Categories Club News