Charles R. Weber Company Inc. Directors

James L. Ford
Managing Director

James joined Charles R. Weber in 1987 as a broker and has been a director of the company since 2001 and Managing Director since 2008. James was previously a director at Seascope Shipping and commenced his career in the maritime industry at John I. Jacobs in London. He is past manager of the ASBA Tanker Broker Panel and an Honorary President of the Association of Ship Brokers & Agents (ASBA). James attended the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst.

Peter Howard-Johnson
Director

Peter joined the Charles R. Weber Company in 1985 as a broker and has been a director of the company since 2001. He is currently a manager of the ASBA Tanker Broker Panel and is on the Board of Directors of the Worldscale Association. Peter was previously a tanker broker at D and L Services and before that worked at U.S. Lines. He commenced his career in the maritime industry at Mobil Shipping and Transportation. Peter graduated in 1981 from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania.

Lawrence P. Jordan
Director

Larry joined Charles R. Weber Company in 1988 in the operations department. He has been a broker with the company since 1990 and a director in 2001. Before joining Weber, Larry worked for Gibbs and Cox. He graduated in 1986 from the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point in 1986 with a BS in Nautical Sciences/Marine Transportation and a Third Mate's license.

Daniel O'Donnell Jr.
Director

Daniel O'Donnell Jr. joined Charles R. Weber in 1994 in the operations department and became a broker in 1997. He graduated from Catholic University in 1993.

Christos Alexandrou
Director

Christos Alexandrou joined Charles R. Weber in 1998 as a broker. Prior to joining Charles R. Weber, Christos worked at Southport Maritime and Howard Houlder Tankers. Christos graduated with Bachelor of Science degrees in Economics and Social Psychology from Loughborough University, England.

Keith D. Abbott
Director

Keith Abbott joined Charles R. Weber in 1999 as a broker. Prior to joining Charles R. Weber, Keith worked for Poten and Partners. Keith graduated from Eckerd College in 1986.
Christos G. Papanicolaou
Director
Christos Papanicolaou joined Charles R. Weber in 2013 as Director of Business Development, bringing years of experience in ship finance, capital markets, S&P and projects. Prior to joining Weber, Christos was Founder and Officer of Universal Maritime, Inc., an oil major-backed equity offering structure and was Founder and Managing Director of GP Trading. Previously, Christos spent over 20 years at Groton Pacific Carriers, where he was involved in all aspects of tanker ownership. Christos sits on the board of several shipping and non-shipping entities and has recently acted as advisor in two ship finance restructurings. Christos was educated at Hofstra University.
Kevin Breen
Associate Director
Kevin Breen joined Charles R. Weber in 2001 as a broker. Prior to joining Charles R. Weber, Kevin worked at Islandia Chartering and Maritime Direct. Kevin graduated from SUNY Maritime College in 2000 with an Unlimited Third Mates license.
 
     
 
Charles R. Weber Company Inc. Brokers
Capt. Larry Liu
Business Development

Educated in Dalian Maritime University, China, Capt. Larry Liu sailed worldwide on various types of vessels before landing ashore in management role at COSCO. Capt. Larry followed this with extensive operational and chartering experience in both tanker and dry bulk trades in the United States for more than 15 years. Larry has joined Charles R. Weber Company, Inc. on the crude chartering desk while also liaising on project development in China and leading the dry bulk chartering.

Michael C. McGuinn
Broker
Mike joined Charles R. Weber in February 2014 as a broker. Prior to joining Charles R. Weber, Mike worked at MJLF & Associates for 6 years as a broker on their larger tanker dpp desk. Prior to that, he worked as a senior analyst in fixed income commodities trading at both Morgan Stanley and Lehman Brothers in Westchester and New York City. Mike graduated from Fairfield University's Dolan School of Business in 2004 with a BS in Business Marketing.
Jim O'Brien
Broker
Jim joined the Charles R. Weber Company in 2015. Jim managed the products tanker chartering desk at SSY Tankers New York between 2010 and 2015 and the products chartering desk at Poten & Partners from 2002 where he was also a dry cargo chartering broker between 1992 and 2002. He has sailed as a ship's officer on both tankers and dry cargo vessels. He graduated from SUNY Maritime College with a BE in Electrical Engineering and a Third Officer's license in 1988.
 
     
 
Charles R. Weber Company Inc. Projects/Capital Markets
Christos G. Papanicolaou
Director
Christos Papanicolaou joined Charles R. Weber in 2013 as Director of Business Development, bringing years of experience in ship finance, capital markets, S&P and projects. Prior to joining Weber, Christos was Founder and Officer of Universal Maritime, Inc., an oil major-backed equity offering structure and was Founder and Managing Director of GP Trading. Previously, Christos spent over 20 years at Groton Pacific Carriers, where he was involved in all aspects of tanker ownership. Christos sits on the board of several shipping and non-shipping entities and has recently acted as advisor in two ship finance restructurings. Christos was educated at Hofstra University.
David Herman
Capital Markets
David Herman joined Charles R. Weber in 2020 as a Director and Head of Capital Markets. David brings deep corporate finance and capital markets expertise to the firm. Throughout his 25 year career on Wall Street, David has worked at a number of prestigious firms, including Credit Suisse where he was the head of the maritime investment banking practice. David has also worked at small advisory firms, at a family investment office and as an entrepreneur. David holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Haakan S. Svedin
Project Broker

Haakan Svedin joined Weber in 2016 as a projects broker bringing years of experience from the ship owning, spot chartering and period business side. Prior joining Weber, Haakan worked for many prominent publicly traded ship owners such as ICB Shipping, Frontline, OMI Corp. and Teekay. The past 7 years Haakan managed the Gemini Tankers Suezmax Pool. Haakan has a degree in finance and accounting from the University of Stockholm.

 
     
 
Charles R. Weber Company Inc. Research

John M. Kulukundis
Research & Analysis

John Kulukundis joined Charles R. Weber as a research analyst in 2005. Prior to that John worked as a tanker and projects broker for Charles R. Weber and various European and Far East brokerages. He worked on the chartering desk for ship owners London and Overseas Freighters and was at sea for two years.
Robert W. Lynn Esq.
Market & Legal Analyst
Rob joined Charles R. Weber in 2019 as a market and legal analyst. Prior to joining Weber, Rob was a financial products and derivatives attorney for Clifford Chance Rogers & Wells and McDermott Will & Emery. Previously, Rob worked as credit and collections manager and bunker analyst for Trans-Tec Services. Rob holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law.
 
   
 
Charles R. Weber Company Inc. Operations & Claims
Captain Tom Bontemps
Operations Manager
Captain Tom Bontemps joined Charles R. Weber as Manager of the Operations Department in May 2014. Prior to joining Charles R. Weber, Capt. Tom worked for Hess Corporation where he had extensive experience handling chartering, operations, vetting and demurrage in all clean, dirty and crude sectors. Capt. Tom sailed on container vessels, dry cargo vessels and tankers and currently holds an active Unlimited Master's License. He is a graduate of SUNY Maritime College where he earned a B.S. in Meteorology and Oceanography.
Diana Esteves
Operations
Diana Esteves joined the operations department of Charles R. Weber in 2014. Prior to joining Charles Weber, Diana worked as a vessel operator for OSG Ship Management, Inc. and Heidmar Inc. Diana’s first work was as a boarding ship agent for GAC and Rice, Unruh, Reynolds Company in New York Harbor. Diana is a graduate of SUNY Maritime College where she earned a B.S. in Marine Transportation and Business Administration and her Unlimited Third Mates License.
Diana Hegelund Madsen
Operations
Diana Cabrol joined Charles R. Weber Operations Department in 2014. Diana graduated from Massachusetts Maritime Academy with a BS in International Maritime Business. As a cadet, Diana spent a month with the Panama Canal Authority in 2013, conducting ship inspections on tanker vessels and learning about Panama Canal transit and scheduling operations.
  Alex Schwinn
Operations
Alex Schwinn started at Charles R. Weber as an intern in March of 2019 during his senior year and officially joined the Houston team in May of 2019, after graduating from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Maritime Administration.
Richard E. Perlman
Claims/Demurrage Specialist
Richard joined Charles Weber in 2014, bringing 26 years of experience in commercial operations / bunker procurement at OSG. Richard was AVP of Commercial Operations of Aframax International, a pool of 45-50 ships. In 2010, he created a centralized fuel desk for OSG, arranging fuel for the Aframax, Suezmax and product fleets. 90 ships managed by OSG’s office in NY, Houston and Athens. Richard worked in the Supply and Distribution Department of Caltex where he scheduled entitlements of Indonesian and Arabian crude oil for Chevron, Texaco and Caltex.
 
     
 
Charles R. Weber Company Inc. Houston
Jim Enright
Director of Business Operations
Jim joined the Charles R. Weber Company in 2015. Prior to joining Weber, Jim was Managing Director of OSG Lightering in Houston between 2007 and 2014. Prior to his lightering endeavors, Jim worked as a Chartering Manager and Crude Oil/Feedstocks Trader for Fina Oil and Chemical in Dallas. Jim holds a BS in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas and an MBA from Texas Christian University.
Daniel A. Pletsch
Broker
Danny joined Charles R. Weber in May 2012 as a broker. Prior to joining Charles R. Weber, he worked for MJLF for 5 years. He graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland with a BA in Economics in 2004.
  Thomas Winn
Broker
Thomas Winn is joining our Houston team, focusing on Crude and DPP.Thomas is a graduate of Texas A&M, and comes to us by way of AET where he spent three years.. Prior to that, he worked as an agent at Inchcape, covering calls within the greater Houston ports, and also as broker/operator on a chemical desk.
 
     
 
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James Dean
Broker
James joined Charles R. Weber in March 2020, as a broker. Prior to CRW, James worked for several years at Marex and Gibson's, in London. James graduated from the University of Westminster, London.