Board of Directors

The Board of Directors at Hendry Marine Industries is comprised of Tampa maritime and business influencers, all of whom are equipped with the knowledge and relationships paramount to ensuring the prosperity of the company.  The Board directs the company’s affairs, while making sure management is acting in the best interests of the shareholders, stakeholders, and employees alike.

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Joseph V. Chillura is a life-long Tampa resident with more than 30 years of banking experience. He joined USAmeriBank in 2007 as the Chief Executive Officer and Director.  In 2014, he was named the bank’s President. Mr. Chillura earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida.  He began his professional banking career in 1988 at First Union National Bank in the Corporate Training Program.  In 1997, he joined Manufacturers Bank of Florida.  He served as chief operating officer and senior lender as well as was a member of the Board of Directors for Manufacturers, which was acquired in 2001 by Colonial Bank. At Colonial Bank, he served as regional chief executive officer for the Florida West Coast region until 2007.  Mr. Chillura also serves on the boards of Lowry Park Zoo and Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla.

James W. Goodwin, II is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law and the University of Florida where he earned an LL.M. in Taxation.  He is admitted to practice law in all Florida State Courts, the U.S. Middle District of Florida, the Eleventh U.S. Court of Appeals and U.S. Tax Court.  He has provided legal representation to the Hendry family and companies for over 35 years.  As a shareholder at the law firm of Macfarlane Ferguson & McMullen in Tampa, he assists clients with business and corporate matters that includes acquisitions, mergers and securities.  He also provides representation in the areas of complex tax planning and wealth planning, for both businesses and individuals.   He is a member of The Florida Bar, the Hillsborough County Bar Association and Leadership Tampa Alumni.

Kelly Hendry joins the HMI organization following a 35-year career in the fields of Business and Education. On the Board of Hendry Holdings, LLC, she is primarily involved in portfolio management (investment strategy) and strategic planning.  A graduate of The University of Florida with a major in Economics, Ms. Hendry began her career in the Institutional Financial Services industry. Early career roles for a major regional bank grew into an opportunity to join Merrill Lynch Capital Markets, where she served on the Florida Institutional Account Services Team for Fixed Income Sales and Trading. Ms. Hendry was recruited from Florida to join Merrill Lynch Money Markets International in New York, where she acted as a Product Specialist and Trading Liaison.  Following her move back to Florida to raise her two children, Ms. Hendry completed a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction and worked as a classroom teacher for twelve years. She is currently pursuing an Educational Doctorate degree with a concentration in Leadership of K-8 STEM Education.

Michael Hendry is a Georgia Institute of Technology graduate earning a Bachelor of Science in Management, Co-Operative Program and a Certificate in Accounting in 1989.  He started at Hendry Corporation as a deckhand on the Tug “Mack” in 1983 and was one of the initial start-up employees at Tampa Bay Shipbuilding & Repair.  Mr. Hendry has held various shipyard positions over the years, including Shipyard Manager and Materials & Subcontracts Manager.  He currently serves as Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors of HMI, and Vice President of Hendry Holdings, LLC.  Mr. Hendry has been a member of the Rotary Club of Seminole Lake since 2003 and has held all club officer positions over the years, including President. He was named Club Rotarian of the Year in 2008 and has served as a Director of the Rotary Club of Seminole Lake Charitable Foundation.

Jim Long is a highly accomplished and driven operations-oriented executive, with a track record of growing businesses and improving operations, resulting in sustainable earnings growth in national and international organizations.  Experienced in business development and managing high-profile acquisitions, he enjoys the process of growing a business and the people in the business.  Recognized for his decisive leadership skills, integrity, team-building, well-developed planning, analytical, and communication skills, he is known as a servant leader with a passion for results. Jim’s wide industry experience includes environmental services, transportation, business services and corrections. He sees new business development as critical and is a big believer in engaging front line people in business improvement.  Jim grew up in Polk County, considers the Tampa Bay area home and is committed to growing jobs here in the area.

Dennis Manelli is a Tampa, Florida native – who appreciates the significant impact the Hendry family has made on the Tampa Bay area, the Port and the entire state of Florida. Dennis considers it an honor and a privilege to serve as General Counsel and Chief Financial Officer to Hendry Marine Industries and its various subsidiaries.

Dennis has spent most of his career in the maritime industry. He served as the very first in-house counsel for the Tampa Port Authority.   In his current role at Hendry Marine Industries, Dennis is building on the Hendry family legacy that started when the business was first organized in 1926 to produce oyster shells for use in roads and other construction projects. Today, Hendry Marine Industries offers a full palate of services including ship repair, steel fabrication, marine environmental, employee staffing and stevedoring/terminal operations. Hendry Marine continues to grow and diversify through strategic, maritime-related investments.

Outside of his work at Hendry Marine, Dennis is very active the Port community. He has been on the Propeller Club Board of Directors since 2007. He is a past President and currently serves as Treasurer. Dennis also serves on the Port of Tampa Maritime Industries Association Board, the American Victory Board and Port of Tampa Harbor Safety & Security Committee.  Dennis graduated from Jesuit High School and received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Florida. Dennis is a member of the Florida Bar and is a licensed Florida C.P.A. He is married to Leslie and they have two adult children, Kara and Jenna.

Troy Manthey, a fifth-generation Mississippi River pilot, grew up in the family passenger Steamboat business in New Orleans, Louisiana. Since 2001, he has developed roots in Tampa Bay’s civic and business communities. He is the sole owner of Yacht Starship Dining Cruises, LLC, which employees 130 people. In February 2016, Yacht Starship opened Pirate Water Taxi, LLC, a new 7-day a week scheduled water taxi service with 14 stops and three vessels in Downtown Tampa. He holds a Captain’s license from the United States Coast Guard as Master (inland) and 1st Class Pilot.

Arthur R. Savage is the third-generation owner and operator of A.R. Savage & Son. As a fifth-generation Tampa native, Arthur’s family played an important role in establishing regular shipping operations in Tampa Bay and has been deeply involved in the development of the ports and the community for many years.

The Hendry and Savage family relationship is extensive and goes back many generations. In the 1860s, Captain James McKay moved his cattle shipments from Tampa to Punta Rassa in Lee County, with plans to ship them to Cuba. In 1870, Capatin F.A. Hendry (Aaron’s grandfather) moved from Ft. Meade to Ft. Myers where he established docks at the mouth of the Caloosahatchee River on Punta Rassa with the intent to ship his cattle to Cuba as well. The families of the two men strongly suspect that the latter knew each other, on account of their presence in the Punta Rassa region for the same purpose and during a similar time frame.

In 1923, Hendry County was named in Honor of Captain Hendry to recognize him for his contribution to the area. As the founders of Shell Producers Company and A.R. Savage & Son, Captain F.M. Hendry (Aaron’s father) and A.R. Savage (Arthur’s grandfather) knew each other. Captain Hendry started Shell Producers Company in 1926, and at that time, Mr. Savage was running Port Tampa for the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad. Mr. Savage started A.R. Savage Company in 1945, later renaming it A.R. Savage & Son after Arthur’s father, Bill, joined the company in 1954. Bill was friends with Aaron and his brother Harold until his death in 1982.

In 2013, when Aaron started the Advisory Board for HMI, he asked Arthur to join. Arthur has been recognized for his role in the Industry by the Propeller Club of the United States, and has been named the Southeastern USA and Tampa Bay’s Maritime Person of the Year by the organization’s respective chapters.

Michael Weeks

Michael Weeks is the Dean of the Archie W. Dunham College of Business at Houston Baptist University. His research and teaching specializes in innovation management, leadership, and issues involving technology and the organization.  Before accepting his position at Houston Baptist University, Dr. Weeks was an Associate Professor of Management at the University of Tampa where he was also the Senior Associate Director of the TECO Energy Center for Leadership. Dr. Weeks began working with HMI through several strategy development projects and leadership training initiatives while serving at the University of Tampa. Dr. Weeks was also an active-duty Air Force pilot for over 20 years. Dr. Weeks retired from the U.S. Air Force at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2007 after a 21-year career flying C-141s, T-38s, and T-3s. Dr. Weeks holds BEE and MBA degrees from Auburn University, as well as Master of Science and PhD degrees in management from the University of Oxford.

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