Tim Taylor is an accomplished ocean explorer and entrepreneur and currently the Founder and CEO of Research Vessel Tiburon Inc. and Tiburon Subsea. He has spent over thirty years working in the marine industry with innovative diving technologies and leading underwater expeditions. His work with the scientific, archaeological and oceanographic fields has yielded his discovery of numerous reefs, including Sherwood Forest Reef, considered the centerpiece of the Tortugas Ecological Reserve, Pulley Ridge, the deepest hermatipic coral reef in the world, numerous shark research projects, supported underwater archeological discoveries in Cuba as well as hosted numerous cross disciplined National Geographic expeditions
Tim created and led the team to map 1800 square miles of remote (200 miles offshore) ocean bottom at 1500 meters utilizing state of the art Bluefin 12D AUV system working from his US Coast Guard certified research vessel Tiburon. His most resent accomplishments include the discovery, exploration, and documentation of the WWI submarine USS R-12 that was lost in WWII in 600 feet of water entombing 42 sailors and the S-26 off of the Pacific coast of Panama. For his discovery and exploration of the USS R-12 with two Brazilian officers entombed, he has been awarded the Brazilian Navy League’s Medal of Honor. As owner and Captain of his Research Vessel (RV Tiburon) for 18 years, Tim worked hand in hand with noted biology, geology, ichthyology, archaeology, environmental and climate change experts. Included in this list are Dr. Sylvia Earle, Dr. Eugenie Clark, Frank Goddio, Dr. Sue Hendrickson, Wes Skiles, Philipe Cousteau, University of Miami, Mote Marine Lab, Scripps Marine Institute, European institute of Archaeology, University of Havana Cuba, Cuba’s Carisub, NOAA, EPA, BEA and US Navy.
In recognition of his achievements he was inducted into the Prestigious Explorers Club as a Fellow in 2004 and, in 2008, he was the 40th person in the club’s 104 year history to receive its prestigious Citation Of Merit award, for his contributions to the world of conservation and exploration. Tim has been profiled in the London Financial Times, The New York Times, Bloomberg News and appears regularly on FOX, CNBC, BBC. He is an on-air expert for CNN, BBC, CBC, FOX, MSNBC and CCTV for ocean search, exploration, diving operations, sciences, ocean environmental issues, climate change, conservation and advanced underwater robotics. He currently is CEO and President of Tiburon Subsea Services, based in New York City, specializing in underwater autonomous robotic operations.
Christine Dennison is the Co-founder and President of Mad Dog Expeditions an internationally recognized technical scuba diving, adventure and exploration company based in New York City. She brings years of experience working with an international clientele and media combined with successful marketing and branding of her boutique company to Tiburon Subsea. Christine worked with Casio G-Shock Japan on two watch campaigns one of which produced a limited edition Mad Dog Expeditions watch sold internationally. She has a network of clients and colleagues, which will be instrumental in helping us maximize our products and services through media exposure. Christine has worked on several expeditions using underwater robotics and is very familiar with the industry and trade. She is a Fellow of the Explorers Club and the Royal Geographical Society and supports marine and wildlife conservation issues through non-profit work. . For her roll in the discovery and exploration of the USS R-12, with two Brazilian officers entombed, she has been awarded the Brazilian Navy League’s Medal of Honor. She appears regularly on CNN FOX, CNBC, BBC, SKY and CBC as an ocean technology, logistics and expeditions expert and is currently working on an upcoming North Pole Expedition and she is a native New Yorker.
Lt Col RET Andy Taylor is a retired US Air Force Lt Colonel with over 28 years of experience in military operations and logistics, training, contract management, budget analysis, information and video technologies and simulator management. Andy is a combat decorated veteran F16 Pilot, having flown combat missions in Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom, as well as Combat Air Patrol missions over Washington, DC and New York City. Throughout his career he was extensively involved in operational deployments of aircraft and equipment to remote locations along with the logistical standup and technical support of field level operations. Andy’s post military career has continued to build upon his military experience. As a contractor in the defense industry, he has been involved in the budgeting, contracting, acquiring, testing, integration and fielding of advanced equipment for multiple combat aircraft, including airborne Targeting Pods. He was also lead IT and managed the logistics and planning of launching, recovering and analysis of sonar operations for the AUV systems operation development team that was responsible for mapping 1800 square miles of ocean bottom in over 1500 meter. Andy comes to us from Infinite Technologies where as a Senior Analyst he was involved in software development and operational use of software designed for the Air Force, with over 2000 users, to manage sustainment of all their weapons system totaling more than 12 Billion dollars a year. Andy’s extensive experience dealing with military logistics and operations brings to the team proven leadership for our world-wide operations.
Robert "RB" Havens has 25 years of engineering experience in marine and industrial environments ranging from manufacturing machinery and control systems to state of the art marine robotics. With a resume that includes US Navy electrical engineer, maintenance/physical plant manager of a waste to energy power plant, Robert has a diverse background that has allowed him to become proficient in multiple engineering disciplines including steam generated power systems, hydraulic controls, marine and industrial electrical power generation and distribution systems, ship propulsion systems, ship navigation systems, ship satellite systems and fully integrated computer control systems. Over the last three years Robert has logged thousands of hours as the lead operator/maintenance technician for a benthic mapping project utilizing a Bluefin 12D AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle). The 1,500m rated INS (Inertial Navigation System) equipped 12D carried duel frequency side scan sonar and photo mapping payloads operating at an average depth of 1,200 to 1500 meters deep.