People

Leadership

Dan Pierson

Senior Vice President

Mr. Pierson began diving for Global in 1992, working as a diver/tender, saturation diver, Dive Supervisor and Dive Superintendant before moving into management roles, first as Asset Manager, then Vice President of the Pacific Northwest Region. He was appointed Vice President of Operations in 2014, and is responsible for overseeing all of Global’s regional offices as well as corporate asset management. Mr. Pierson earned his commercial diving certificate from the Divers Institute of Technology in 1991 and honed his skills working in the Gulf of Mexico.  He grew up on the water and has been involved with recreational boating and diving all of his life, and it continues to be a passion of his today.  Mr. Pierson says although he never wanted to grow up and take an office job (“You miss one meeting and your future is planned for you…”), he feels very fortunate to have worked with so many incredible people over the years, both in the field and in the office. “Global has come a long way during my time here, and I’m excited to see where we take it next.”

Industry Associations:
Association of Diving Contractors, Inc., Board of Directors
International Marine Contractors Association
Divers Institute of Technology, Program Advisory Committee Member
The Beavers

Mike Langen

VP of Marine Construction, Engineering, & Technology

Mr. Langen has over 30 years of experience in the industry as a diver, engineer and manager. After several years working as a commercial diver he returned to school and earned a Bachelors of Science in Ocean Engineering from the University of Washington. After graduating, Mr. Langen worked as a design engineer and project manager developing ROVs and other underwater systems and tools. In 1998, Mr. Langen rejoined Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. to organize and market the company’s growing inland marine construction business, developing it into a competitive and nationally sought after business line. As Vice President of Marine Construction, Engineering and Technology, Mr. Langen is responsible for project management, engineering support, bid evaluations, cost estimating and field operations of the marine construction service line, as well as operation of the ROV Division. He also oversees a full time support services group focusing on in-house engineering and design.

Industry Associations:
The Beavers

Jennifer Jensen

VP of Human Resources

Ms. Jensen joined Global in 2013 and is the head of Human Resources (HR), Contracts, and Professional Development. She ensures these groups are responsive to the needs of our clients, our operations and our employees. Ms. Jensen holds a BA in Business Administration from Eastern Michigan University; she also holds SHRM-CP and PHR certifications. Prior to working at Global, she gained experience in the airline, higher education and retail industries, holding a number of management positions including Director of Human Resources.

Industry Associations:
Society for Human Resource Management
Association for Talent Development
The Risk Management Society
Lake Washington Human Resources Association
World At Work

Deirdre Gross General Manager

Deirdre Coots

Vice President of Business Services

Ms. Coots has been in the commercial diving industry for more than 10 years. After attending the University of Alaska at Fairbanks, she began working as Office Manager for Offshore Divers in Anchorage in 2007. Global acquired Offshore Divers in 2009 and Ms. Coots became Global’s Alaska Region General Manager in 2011. Ms. Coots is responsible for all aspects of the region’s daily operations including estimating, administration and budgeting. Her knowledge of Alaska’s businesses and industries have helped foster Global’s business development in the region. She is also acting as interim Director of Casualty Response. Ms. Coots acknowledges that she is terrified of heights and prefers to be close to the water, if not in it; she says she would have loved to go to dive school.

Industry Associations:
Petroleum Club of Anchorage, Vice President
Women’s International Shipping & Trade Association

Eric Rose

Director of Business Development

Mr. Rose joined Global in 2017 as Director of Business Development, responsible for Global’s long-term revenue generation, marketing, and the support of Global’s regions and service lines.  Prior to working at Global, he spent 12 years managing heavy construction equipment sales for Caterpillar, Inc. and Weiler Products, where he was responsible for sales, product development and dealer development. Mr. Rose holds a BA from the University of Montana where he majored in Business Administration and Marketing. A Seattle native, he spends his free time with his wife and kids exploring the great PNW.

Industry Associations:  
American Salvage Association
The Beavers
International Salvage Union
Propeller Club
Spill Control Association of America (SCAA)

Dirk deGroot

Director of Marine Construction

Mr. deGroot, P.E., was hired as Director of Marine Construction in 2021, and is responsible for the operations, management, engineering support and growth of Global’s Marine Construction division. During his professional career he has worked for several marine construction companies, and previously worked for Global from 2014-2018 as a project engineer. Mr. deGroot holds a Professional Engineer license for Washington (metals/geotech) and California (metals).

Aaron Harrington General Manager Pacific Northwest

Aaron Harrington

Director of Casualty Response

Mr. Harrington started at Global in 1997 working in the field as an Environmental Technician, then moved up to Remediation Manager and Environmental Operations Manager where he oversaw marine and upland remediation projects and emergency responses. In 2013 he became PNW General Manager, where he was involved with the estimating, bidding, client maintenance and project management for the region. After a brief hiatus, Aaron returned as the Director of Casualty Response in 2021. In this role, he leads company-wide efforts for marine casualties, oil spills or natural disasters,  providing support in all aspects of salvage, recovery and restoration efforts. Mr. Harrington enjoys the outdoors, and trying to keep up with his kids on the mountain.

Industry Associations:
Spill Control Association of America
Propeller Club

Chad Kasin

California Region General Manager

Mr. Kasin has a long career in the marine industry, starting out as a diver in the US Navy. He began working at Global as a saturation diver and superintendent in 2007, becoming Dive Operations Manager of the Northern CA branch in 2014 and General Manager in 2019. He oversees both California offices, managing the field and administrative groups, and is responsible for the region’s marine construction estimates, budgeting, scheduling, and objectives.

Spencer Smith

PNW Business Manager

Ryan Cummings

Asset Group Manager

Mr. Cummings has been involved in the commercial diving industry since 1996 when he graduated from Santa Barbara City College with a degree in Marine Technology. He started at Global in 2003 as a diver and ROV Pilot, working on many of the company’s high-profile ROV salvage and construction projects. In 2012, Mr. Cummings became Global’s Assets Group Manager, where he is responsible for the company-wide purchasing, maintenance and transportation of all the company’s assets. He manages all diving equipment, vessels, vehicles, tools and other equipment.

Business Development & Marketing

Frank Immel

Business Development Account Executive

Griffin Cheslow

Marketing Coordinator

Marine Construction

Lee Brockmoller

Chief Estimator

Abraham Rodriguez

Project Engineer

Lara Mayer

Proposal Specialist

Mack Mason

Project Engineer

Dive Operations

Bernie Rosenberger

Dive Operations Manager – Alaska

Bill Akan

Dive Operations Manager – SE Alaska

Jim Greene

Dive Operations Manager – Southern California

Fred Foster

Dive Operations Manager – Northern California

Chris Schauer

Dive Operations Manager - Pacific Northwest

Spencer McGinnis

Health, Safety & Environmental Program Manager

Marine Casualty

Kerry Walsh Project Manager

Kerry Walsh

Project Manager & Salvage Master

Kyle Watson

Salvage Master

Kristofer Lindberg

Salvage Master

Katy Stewart

Salvage Officer

Environmental Services

Thuan Ngo

Environmental Operations Manager – Pacific Northwest

Tony Carter

Environmental Business Manager - Pacific Northwest