JMS Naval Architects & Salvage Engineers named Blake Powell its president and Rick Fernandes its vice president.
Jack Ringelberg will remain on board as CEO and Bruce Banks, who founded JMS in 1988, remains chairman.
Powell previously served as vice president and has more than 20 years of experience providing naval architecture, marine engineering, marine surveying and marine casualty response services to a commercial and government client base. Powell, a former Navy diving and salvage officer, is an accredited marine surveyor and a licensed captain.
He is a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (vice chairman of the New England Section) and the American Society of Naval Engineers (past chairman of the Southern New England section and a regional council member).
Fernandes has been JMS’s creative director since 1995 and has more than 20 years of experience in marine engineering and related technical visuals and manages JMS’s marketing, advertising and new business development. He also manages the JMS vessel computer modeling business.
As creative director of JMS's computer animation and visualizations projects he has contributed to 11 internationally broadcast documentary films for the Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel and the National Geographic Channel on historical marine disasters.