Harbor Wing’s management team is an exceptionally strong combination of mature and proven experts in the core strategic and professional competencies that development and marketing of the AUSV and WingSailTM technology require. Through their experience, personal relationships and reputations, they provide unparalleled insight and connectivity to key military, government agency and Congressional decision-makers who control the AUSV’s revenue sources, and to innovators and first-adopters who will drive market acceptance of WingSailTM technology in recreational and commercial vessel sectors.
Stuart Franklin Platt
Admiral Platt initiated the AUSV’s application to military and government missions. His primary responsibilities include defining the company’s vision, establishing strategic relationships with customers and suppliers, and guiding the development and marketing of the product line. Admiral Platt’s distinguished military career included service as the Navy’s first Competition Advocate General (appointed by President Reagan to be the Navy’s top businessman in uniform), responsibility for acquisition of aircraft carriers and submarines, senior leadership on Admiral Hyman G. Rickover’s personal staff, and highly-decorated service in Vietnam.
His extensive experience in the defense industrial sector includes service as a member of the corporate board of DRS Technologies, Inc., a multi-billion-dollar-per-year supplier of high-technology defense electronics and President and CEO of Western Marine Electronics, a leader in advanced commercial marine sonar systems; Chairman of the Ex-Wornick Company, suppliers of Combat and Humanitarian rations to the Department of Defense, and President of DRS Technologies Data Systems Group, where he led the growth of DRS Precision Echo, a supplier of combat aircraft recording equipment.
Admiral Platt holds an MS (Operations Analysis) from the Simon Graduate School of Business, as well as a BS degree from the University of Rochester, and an MBA from the University of Michigan. He is the published author of two books (The Armament Tide: Rearming America, and Letters from the Front Lines: Iraq and Afghanistan) and numerous Op-Ed and scholarly works. He is a former Wall Street Journal Scholar and is a graduate of the Executive Program at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
Thomas S. McDowell
Tom McDowell's background embraces financial and operating management as well as a 16-year career in investment banking. He is a CPA who began his career in auditing and consulting with Arthur Young (now Ernst & Young) in Los Angeles. He went on to manage Financial Reporting at 20th Century Fox and then became Assistant Controller at Orion Television. In the mid-Nineties he helped to found Windswept Capital in Seattle where he served as EVP and CFO. During his tenure at Windswept he led a team which built what came to be considered the preeminent firm in the field of mergers and acquisitions for middle-market companies in the Pacific Northwest. Mr. McDowell earned a BS in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.
David Hubbard, Wing Sail Design/Engineering
David Hubbard, President of SeaLion Associates, is uniquely qualified to be the master designer and developer of the wing sail for the Harbor Wing prototype AUSV. He has designed and constructed several world class vessels, including the "C" class catamaran SeaLion in 1963. Mr. Hubbard developed the first slotted full airfoil airplane style wing for a sail craft in 1965 and won the Little America's Cup four times with its evolution. In 1982, his Red Herring became the world's first modern version of the canting keel, and in 1988 he designed and built the wing sail for Dennis Connor's winning America's Cup catamaran Stars and Stripes.
Mr. Hubbard holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Kevin P. Bowen
Mr. Bowen is an Engineering Fellow, Advanced Technology, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems. He has extensive expertise in over-the-horizon ship-to-shore-communications and data transmission interface with military and other government agencies. For Raytheon, he currently serves as Program Manager for Unmanned Surface Vehicle Technology Development. He holds MS degrees in computer science and electrical engineering from the University of Massachusetts and the University of Hawaii.
Morrelli & Melvin Design & Engineering, Inc.
Designer/Partners Gino Morrelli and Pete Melvin provide additional engineering and design services for hull structure, construction, and production. Specializing in racing and production boats the team of Morrelli and Melvin serve as fabrication consultants for lightweight composites and tooling development. Gino Morrelli began as a private boat builder and has been designing multihulls since 1975. In 1988, he gained world-wide notoriety as a leading member of America's Cup's Stars and Stripes design team. Gino's designs include the 18M^2 Climax Catamarans, the 60' Region De Picardie catamaran, and multiple Formula 40 shapes that the French adopted. He has 12 sailing world and race records to his credit.
Pete Melvin manages our design office and participates in all levels of the design process. He is a graduate of Boston University with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. Pete designed aircraft at McDonnell Douglas for five years before forming Morrelli & Melvin in 1992. Pete has been a champion sailboat racer since his youth and has won over 25 National Championships in a wide variety of dinghies, keel boats, and multihulls of all sizes. He has won three World Championships, including the 1997 and 2005 A Class Catamaran World Championships. He sailed in the Olympics in 1988 in the Tornado catamaran class. Pete also sails on larger multihulls such as the125' PlayStation, 60' trimarans, and Reynolds 33's. He has been a crew member on five WSSRC sanctioned World Records.