RICHARD BALZANO, CEO & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Richard Balzano was appointed as CEO & Executive Director of the Dredging Contractors of America in December of 2020. Mr. Balzano has over 30 years of experience in the maritime and U.S government sectors. He served as the presidentially appointed Deputy Maritime Administrator for three years. He is a combat veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan, retiring from the U.S. Navy at the rank of Captain. In the private sector Mr. Balzano held leading positions in the defense, commercial maritime, and nuclear utility industries, and also served as senior staff on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security. He earned his B.S. in Marine Engineering with a minor in Nuclear Engineering from the Maine Maritime Academy and a M.S. in Environmental Sciences from Johns Hopkins University. Mr. Balzano also holds active dual U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Licenses.