Florida Harbor Pilots Association

President

President

Capt. Stuart Lilly
Biscayne Bay Pilots Association

Capt. Stuart Lilly

Biscayne Bay Pilots Association

Captain Stuart LillyCaptain Stuart Lilly is the current president of the Florida Harbor Pilots Association, representing the Biscayne Bay Pilots Association. Originally from Seattle, Wash., Captain Stuart graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy with honors in 1984 and has been a harbor pilot for 19 years.

Before arriving in Miami, Captain Stuart spent eight years working on various cargo and cruise ships. While studying for the Florida deputy pilot exam, Captain Stuart sailed out of Tampa Bay and Port Everglades with Discovery Cruises and Sea Escape. Captain Stuart retired as a lieutenant commander from the USNR-R and holds a USCG masters license, having served as a licensed deck officer on numerous oil tankers, ammunition ships and passenger ships.

1st Vice President

1st Vice President

Capt. Sam Stephenson
Port Everglades Pilots Association

Capt. Sam Stephenson

Port Everglades Pilots Association

Captain Sam S. Stephenson is the current first vice president of the Florida Harbor Pilots Association, representing the Port Everglades Pilots Association. Captain Stephenson has operated out of Port Everglades for the past three years and currently holds an unlimited master’s license.

After graduating from law school at the University of Miami in 1996, Captain Stephenson immediately set to sea as a third mate on the USTS Texas Clipper II. From there he continued to work his way up and became a master in 2000 on the Royal Star vessel.

Captain Stephenson has experience in Texas and Florida on numerous vessels and shore sides, including serving as master of a vessel in 2003 that was the first U.S. Training Ship to host the President of the United States aboard. During his time at sea, he received many awards, including the Admiralty of the Ocean Sea Award for rescuing three crew members in 12’ to 15’ seas and a U.S. Marine Merchant Medal for outstanding achievement during his time working on Operation Katrina Relief.

2nd Vice President

2nd Vice President

Capt. Stephen Gasecki
Canaveral Pilots Association

Capt. Stephen Gasecki

Canaveral Pilots Association

Captain StevenCaptain Stephen Gasecki is the current second vice president of the Florida Harbor Pilots Association, representing the Canaveral Pilots Association. Originally from Southington, Conn., Captain Gasecki graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy in 1981 and retired as Captain of USN Reserve. In 1986, Captain Gasecki received the USCG unlimited masters license. Since 1994, he has served as a Florida harbor pilot and sailed master and was promoted to chairman of the Port Canaveral Pilots Association, a position which he held for three years before becoming first vice president of FHPA in 2007.

Since graduating from USMMA, Captain Gasecki has earned the U.S. Merchant Marine Expeditionary Award, Medal Operation Desert Shield, and General Dynamics Corporation Distinguished Service Award, among others, including the Governor Meritorious Service Medal in Guam.

Captain Gasecki is a member of the Council of American Master Mariners; Propeller Club; Masters, Mates & Pilots; American Pilots Association and the FHPA.

Treasurer

Treasurer

Capt. Chris Mons
St. Johns Bar Pilots Association

Capt. Chris Mons

St. Johns Bar Pilots Association

Captain Chris Mons is the current treasurer of the Florida Harbor Pilots Association, representing the St. Johns Bar Pilots Association.  Originally from Kilauea, HI, Captain Mons graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy in 2000, and was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve.

Before arriving in Jacksonville, Captain Mons spent seven years working on various tankers, chemical tankers and cargo ships around the world as a licensed deck officer.  Captain Mons retired as a lieutenant commander from the U.S. Naval Reserve.  Before his time at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, in 1994 at age 16, Captain Mons was cited for bravery and valor by local officials for swimming through rough waters off of the Napali coast of Kauai to save three survivors and four deceased from an ocean helicopter crash and administering CPR to the deceased for the hour voyage to meet emergency medics, while performing duties, such as deck hand on a tour and fishing boat.

While training as a deputy pilot for the St. Johns Bar Pilot Association, Captain Mons received a public service commendation from the Coast Guard for exceptional heroism for rescuing two foreign nationals from the St. Johns River in restricted visibility and retaining them and coordinating their seamless transfer to the U.S. Coast Guard. His communication efforts also led to the discovery that there were two more unaccounted for.  His contribution aided the Coast Guard in its search and rescue and migrant interdiction mission areas. Captain Mons also serves as the treasurer for the Jacksonville Propeller Club’s Board of Governors.

Secretary

Secretary

To be determined at Convention

Secretary

To be determined at Convention

Board Of Directors

Biscayne Bay Pilots
Directors: Capts. John Jacobsen, Mike Jaccoma and Jon Nitkin

Canaveral Pilots
Directors: Capts. Ben Borgie and Dave Callan

Cumberland Sound Pilots
Director: Capt. William Kavanaugh

Fort Pierce Pilots
Director: Capt. William Wetzel

Key West Bar Pilots
Director: Capt. Mike McGraw

Palm Beach Pilots
Director: Capt. William Roden

Port Everglades Pilots
Directors: Capts. Andrew H. Edelstein, Cheryl A. Phipps and Keith E. Hoye

Pensacola Bay Pilots, Inc.
Director: Capt. Brian F. McGee

St. Andrew Bay Pilots
Director: Capt. Richard Frudaker

St. John’s Bar Pilots
Directors: Capts. John Atchison, Timothy McGill and Barrie Snyder

Tampa Bay Pilots
Directors: Capts. Peter Glynn, Joseph Lachnicht, Joe Shary, John Timmel, Travis Bacon

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