Thu, Dec 10 | Webinar

Responding to COVID-19: A Virtual Best Practice Forum

Panelists from shipyards across the Gulf Coast will discuss how their internal protocols have evolved since the pandemic began as well as sharing effective recruiting and training strategies in the COVID-19 landscape.
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Responding to COVID-19:   A Virtual Best Practice Forum

Time & Location

Dec 10, 2020, 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

About The Event

COVID-19 has impacted business and industry across the country.  Deemed essential workers, many shipyards have maintained operations during the pandemic.  This forum will feature panelists from shipyards across the Gulf Coast who will discuss how their internal protocols have evolved since the pandemic began as well as sharing effective recruiting and training strategies in the COVID-19 landscape.



Ryan Lee

Workforce Development Manager

Austal USA

An operations minded human resource professional with 10 years of experience in recruitment, training and development, workforce analytics and other human resource roles in the shipbuilding industry, Ryan has demonstrated leadership through successfully navigating multiple teams through a rapid staff ramp up and managing projects for continuous development. He has served on various boards, panels and advisory councils to support workforce development, community engagement and promote Austal training and recruitment activities.

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Jerome Eymard

Director of Human Resources

Bollinger Shipyards, LLC

Jerome Eymard is the Director of Human Resources for Bollinger Shipyards, LLC, a leading provider of quality construction, manufacturing, engineering, repair, and conversion products and services to the marine industry, delivered in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. 


He started his career in 1999 with Bollinger Shipyards and has grown with the company over the years in various Human Resources positions and capacities.  Jerome has extensive knowledge in workforce development issues, compensation planning, EEO/OFCCP compliance, staffing planning, and other Human Resources development functions.  He is an active participant in local and regional workforce development committees and initiatives.  Jerome graduated from Nicholls State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources and a Master of Business Administration.  He also maintains an active SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources) certification.


Mike Leleux

Recruiting Training


Halter Marine

Leleux is responsible for training and recruiting at Halter Marine and established the first apprenticeship program for the company. Additionally, he serves as the Major Initiative Team Lead for the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) Workforce Development Panel in addition to serving on the Board of Directors at GSSC.

Leleux served in the United States Navy for 21 years in Administration, Training, Finance, and Human Resources and 4 years with Trinity Yachts in Training and Recruitment before joining the team at VT Halter Marine.

He holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Management and Bachelor Degree in Management Information Systems (MIS) with additional course work in Training & Development and Administration. Leleux completed his Certified Training Professional Certificate at USM.

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Stephanie Koch

Director of Human Resources

Hendry Marine Industries

Stephanie is a senior human resources business partner with a proven track record of leading HR processes in a variety of different organizations. 

She is a creative thinker, problem solver, and decision maker with an ability to balance the needs of the company with the mission of the organization.  She has strong communication, interpersonal relations, mentoring, negotiating, and organizational skills.