CURRICULUM VITAE
CAPT. DONALD J. (SKIP) RILEY JR.
P.O. BOX 636
OJAI, California, 93024
(805) 223-0885
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Summary:

Nationally Certificated Marine surveyor; U.S.C.G. Licensed Master, mechanical and sail vessels; knowledgeable of regulatory equipment and installation requirements for  inspected, uninspected, commercial, passenger and pleasure vessels; perform damage/failure analysis and expert witness services; served as fisherman and fisheries researcher aboard National Marine Fisheries Vessels (NOAA);  Rescue and tow boat operations including operational and administrative functions of coastal rescue operations; served as  Boating Safety and Marine Accident Investigator; knowledgeable of state and federal boating law, vessel construction, specifications and equipment standards; management of marine wholesale and retail supply and service companies; served as director of sail training Programs; served on the Board of the Santa Barbara Harbor Commissioners; past Southern Regional Director of the California Boating Safety Officers Association; past National Secretary for the National Association of Marine Surveyors; Alternative dispute resolution specialist.

Maritime Experience:

  • 2008 to Present - MID-PACIFIC MARINE SURVEYORS, LLC Honolulu, HI; Ventura, Channel Islands and Santa Barbara CA: Founder and Principal Marine Surveyor
    Certificated Marine Surveyor & Consultant specializing in all vessel hull and system analysis, appraisals and investigations, expert  witness testimony (hull construction, mechanical systems, salvage, flooding, fire, corrosion, P &I, commercial fishing, & passenger vessels) &  Maritime education programs.
  • 2002 to 2007 - TRANS-PACIFIC MARINE SURVEYORS, LLC Honolulu, HI: Founder & Principal Marine Surveyor
    Hull, mechanical and equipment damage analysis; Boating accident investigations; Vessel hull condition and appraisal valuation inspections for recreational, commercial (passenger & commercial fishing), inspected vessels; salvage   coordination, marina facilities inspections; knowledgeable of federal, state & industry mandated regulations, standards and recommended practices; expert witness and consultation. Maritime Educational & Surveyor Mentorship programs.  Vessel-assistance tow boat operation. South shore Oahu, towing to 50 gross ton on  Trans Pacific Marine Surveyors vessel, ‘TUTU-R’.
  • 2000 to 2001 - SABBATICAL: Sailed my 32ft. Westsail Cutter across the Pacific Ocean 3 times. Autumn, Spring, Winter. Continued along the Coast of Mexico 1400 miles and Hawaii. Contract marine surveying, various firms, Education seminars.
  • 1986 to 2000 - MARITIME SURVEYORS, LLC: FOUNDER & PRINCIPAL MARINE SURVEYOR: S. CA Los Angeles/Ventura/Santa Barbara
    Hull, mechanical and equipment damage analysis and investigations; hull and equipment condition and valuation inspections for commercial (passenger & commercial fishing), recreational, inspected and un-inspected vessels; salvage coordination, marina facilities inspections and vessel evaluations based upon federal, state & industry mandated regulations, standards and recommended practices; expert witness and consultation – Federal & State Court.  Maritime Education Instruction Coordinator: Mentorship, coordination of and perform maritime educational programs and seminars on various maritime safety, technical & vessel engineering system topics. Service to all Insurance & Financial institutions
  • 1978 to 1985 - HARBOR PATROL SUPERVISOR & DEPUTY HARBORMASTER/BOATING ACCIDENT INVESTIGATOR: Rescue/Tow Boat Operator, Emergency Services - Waterfront - City of Santa Barbara/Ventura Port District
    Harbor Police/Deputy Harbor Master -  Rescue Boat Operations; boating accident investigator; conducted public education and Harbor Patrol training programs on boating safety; coordination of search and rescue operations; towing operations to 100 ton; rescue boat operations; interface with commercial & recreational interest groups, USCG, Fire Dept., Police Dept. & various other public service & rescue organizations

Education:

  • University of Hawaii, Leeward College - Marine Technology -  Assoc. Degree
  • Santa Barbara City College - Business Management – Assoc. Degree
  • California State University -  Sociology – Baccalaureate Degree
  • Ventura Center for Dispute Settlement - Volunteer mediator
  • Pepperdine University/Vta. Center for Dispute Settlement-Mediation Practice – Certificate
  • Ventura County Fire Academy –Bakersfield – Certificate
  • Annual & Various continuing education & experience in Maritime field
  • Commercial Fishing Inspection- USCG Seattle, Wash. – Certificate
  • NPFVOA Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Program inspector -Certificate

Professional Affiliations:

  • ASSOC. OF CERTIFIED MARINE SURVEYORS: ACMS National Certification
  • AMERICAN REGISTRY of MARINE SURVEYORS: A.R.M.S.- Credentialed & Registered
  • BOAT US / TECHNICAL EXCHANGE PROGRAM FOR PROFESSIONALS: member
  • NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MARINE INVESTIGATORS: Associate Member
  • AMERCAN BOAT AND YACHT COUNCIL: Associate Member
  • HOMELAND SECURITY: United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 23 Operations Port Security, Commercial Fishing Inspection / Security clearance
  • CALIFORNIA BOATING SAFETY OFFICERS ASSOCIATION: Past Associate Member; & Past Southern Regional Director

Professional Licenses, Certificates:

  • Nationally Certified marine surveyor, Association of Certified Marine Surveyors Cert # #0244
  • Nationally Registered Marine Surveyor, American Registry of Marine Surveyors Credential #0101
  • Hawaii State Approved Marne Surveyor. Registration # 13-005
  • U.S.C.G. Licensed Sailing Master - 100 Ton (8th renewal) # 106964, Sail, Steam, Tow endorsement
  • Transportation Workers Identification Card ( TWIC)
  • Merchant Mariners Document, Licensed Captain

Volunteer Services: Concurrent w/ Marine Surveying

  • CITY OF SANTA BARBARA: Harbor Commissioner: Represent-public user groups to City Council
  • SOCIETY OF ACCREDITED MARINE SURVEYORS:
    1996-1997:  Accredited in 1988, Director at Large S, Pacific Regional - Spearhead joint NAMS & SAMS  seminar programs- S. Calif.: Comm. Fishing Vessel Inspector - Qualification
  • NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MARINE SURVEYORS:
    1998 - 1999: Certificated  in 1993 National Secretary NAMS, & Editor, NAMS NEWS
  • AMERICAN REGISTRY OF MARINE SURVEYORS (ARMS)
    2008-2012: Executive Director, Registry of Credentialed Marine Surveyors. Founder of “A.R.M.S.”, U.S. Based marine surveyors’ professional registry.

Other: Specialty/Educational

  • “…To sail small vessels across wide oceans…”
  • Twelve Pacific Crossings
  • 73,000 miles North Pacific: Micronesia, Hawaii, Mexico’s Pacific Coast and South Pacific Islands.
  • Masters Swimming (long distance course and rough water)

Volunteer Services: Extra-curricular - Related to Marine Survey Activities

  • UNITED STATES COAST GUARD AUXILIARY: HOMELAND SECURITY, Security Clearance
  • HAWAII YACHT CLUB: Founder Cruising & Voyaging Society, Yachtsmen Round Table Technical Seminars,
  • VENTURA CENTER FOR DISPUTE SETTLEMENT: Certificate Mediator for Business, Association, personal disputes, Seminar education programs regarding the mediation processes.