WILLIAM P. DOYLE, CEO & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
William P. Doyle is a marine engineer first by trade. He was raised in Weymouth, Massachusetts. He began his career at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy where he worked in the Quincy, MA shipyard breaking out and laying-up ships during the first Gulf War. After graduation, he sailed as an Officer in the U.S. Merchant Marine, in both the domestic and international trades for ten years. He earned his law degree in 2000 from Widener University School of Law.
William Doyle is an immediate past Commissioner with the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), serving in the Administration of Donald J. Trump for the President’s entire first year. Mr. Doyle was previously nominated and appointed twice by President Obama, and unanimously confirmed twice by the U.S. Senate. At the FMC, he led several trade delegations. He co-chaired the U.S.-China bilateral maritime consultations ensuring maritime related tax policies in China did not detrimentally affect U.S. business. He also helped to ensure the Jones Act was followed and not undermined by foreign ocean carriers attempting to exert their collective market power (through ocean carrier alliances) over U.S. service providers, such as the tug and barge industry.
In 2008, Mr. Doyle was appointed under the George W. Bush Administration as the Director of Permits, Scheduling & Compliance for the Office of Federal Coordinator for Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects where he managed and directed the permitting and regulatory coordination of 24 federal agencies, numerous state of Alaska agencies and federal and provincial level agencies in Canada for a large diameter natural gas pipeline to transport gas from Alaska’s North Slope. He was selected to represent the United States on the bilateral trade delegation for the U.S. – Canada Energy Consultative Mechanism meetings under the Obama and Bush Administrations. William Doyle also served as Co-Counsel for the American Maritime Congress; and Chief of Staff, Director of Government & Legislative Affairs and Deputy General Counsel with the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association.
MICHAEL M. GERHARDT II, VICE PRESIDENT
Michael M. Gerhardt II is currently the Vice President at the DCA. Michael is responsible for legislative advocacy and government affairs, digital strategy and communications, association management and member relations, financial management, statistical evaluation of the market, jumpstarting special projects, and acting as spokesman for the industry at regional and national meetings. He serves as Managing Director and Pipeline Task Force Director for the Council for Dredging and Marine Construction Safety (www.cdmcs.org), the national voice for safety in the dredging and marine construction industry, and represents the interests of the dredging and maritime industry as a cleared advisor on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Advisory Committee on Services (ITAC 10).
Michael currently serves on the board of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association (AIWA) and previously served as a long-time board member of the Western Dredging Association (WEDA) and as President of the WEDA Eastern Chapter. He is a member of the Board of Industry Advisors for World Dredging Mining and Construction, a leading news publication for the global dredging industry, and was recognized with the Dredger of the Year Award in 2015.
Michael received his B.S. in International Business (cum laude) from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business in 2003 and was the recipient of The Dean’s Citation for outstanding contributions to the welfare of the school and the prestigious William J. Usery Award for academic excellence in negotiation, mediation and conflict resolution. A native Floridian, Michael currently resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife Simona and daughter Sofia.