About TMA BlueTech

Developing the inventors and entrepreneurs of the future

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TMA BlueTech™ is the non-profit industry association and cluster organizer for the San Diego ocean and water technologies community. Its tag line is Promoting BlueTech and Blue Jobs®.

We bring education, policy and technology resources together to promote innovation and economic development in the Blue Economy. We create a strong “Blue Voice” via unique events, information sharing, national and international outreach, networking, research, and workforce development.

We believe that in order to promote sustainable, science-based Ocean and Water industries, the BlueTech community must collaborate with all members of our society.  Diversity and inclusion is critical to the success of the planet and the BlueTech industry.  As an organization, we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool that possess the required skills, experience and education to succeed.  We support efforts of our member companies and partners to select from a diverse candidate pool.  As part of our ongoing efforts, we encourage diversity within our internal practices, the voices we feature and amplify, and the partners with whom we engage.  We encourage presenting companies to help provide a diverse speaking panel during BlueTech Week.

Our mission

We believe in creating BlueTech and Blue Jobs by promoting sustainable, science-based ocean and water industries.

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Our Vision

Promoting the economic development in the  Blue Economy allowing it to flourish and provide the foundation for sustainable growth, and international outreach which fortifies global networks spanning the breadth and depth of the oceans.

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National and International Outreach

TMA BlueTech promotes collaboration in the region combined with active national and international outreach.

TMA team

Michael Jones

MBJones(at)TMABlueTech.org

Michael Jones is President of TMA and TMA Foundation. He founded TMA in 2007 after noticing that San Diego has a strong cluster of maritime technology companies. His background is finance and international relations, having spent 8 years as a commercial lender and 31 years as an investment banker. He is an angel investor, member of the Board of Directors of the Maritime Museum of San Diego, and a member of the Board of Governors of the Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCCOOS). Michael speaks five languages and travels extensively.

Matt Classen, Executive Director

mclassen(at)TMABlueTech.org

Matt Classen joined TMA BlueTech as the Executive Director in September 2021. He has worked with small, medium, and multinational organizations in a wide variety of sectors in areas as diverse as communications, corporate strategy development, project management, sports sponsorship, organizational change management, and corporate culture development. One of his proudest professional highlights was co-producing an award-winning documentary that was filmed in both the US and Myanmar. He sits on the board of directors of two nonprofits, is a dual citizen of the US and Germany and speaks four languages.

Rich Malatesta, Program Manager

rmalatesta(at)TMABlueTech.org

Rich Malatesta is a Marine Ecologist who has spent the last thirty years working in various educational roles. He has served as a Staff Scientist for the Sea Education Association, Academic Dean for the School for Field Studies and Science Department Chair for the Waterford School. He has taught classroom and field courses for a wide variety of Universities including the University of New Haven, Southampton College, Williams College and the University of San Diego. As a field ecologist and oceanographer, Rich has actively used a wide variety of the technologies developed and marketed by TMA BlueTech companies.

Board of directors

President

Michael Jones

TMA BlueTech™ and

TMA Foundation

CFO

Rick Hotz

Partner

Considine & Considine

Partner

Chad Ensz

Partner

Dentons US

Brendan Gray

CEO

HALO Maritime Defense Systems

Corey Umstead

San Diego GM & Operations Manager

Pacific Maritime Group

Dave Abrams

CEOTraining Resources Limited Maritime Insistute

Training Resources Limited Maritime Institute

Dave Gentle

VP, Business Development

ION Geo

David Pasquini

Consul

UK Government Office, San Diego

Dennis Calvert

President

BioLargo

Emilio Vargas

CEO

Intellecy

Frank Martin

Partner Manager

ESRI

Gwen Nero

Director

Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Jeremy Gustin

President, CEO

Quartus Engineering

Jim Bertsch

Marine Program Manager

Solar Turbines

Jim Mullen

CEO

Earthwise Sorbents

Joao Metelo

CEO

Principle Power

Linda Kurokawa

Director

Miracosta Community College

Michel Boudrias

Professor

University of San Diego

Nate Sachdeva

Strategic Partnerships

SDUSD, Office of College, Career & Technical Education

Omar Alfi

CEO

Pacifico Aquaculture

Orianna Bretschger

CEO

Aquacycl

Richard Hine

Co-founder and COO

ThayerMahan Inc

Sean Newsome

Director of Business Development

Deep Trekker

Stephen Apsey

Vice-President & General Manager Teledyne RD Instruments

Teledyne Marine - Poway

Xavier Martinez

Business Partnerships Specialist

San Diego Workforce Partnership

Jim Bertsch

Marine Program Manager
Solar Turbines

Orianna Bretschger

CEO
Aquacycl

Jordan Cousino

President & CEO
Cardinal Point Captains

James Espino

President
Gnostech

Bill Kikendall

President
Teledyne RD Instruments

Linda Kurokawa

Director
MiraCosta Community College

Scott Marchand

Vice President
Programs
San Diego Workforce Partnership

Joao Metelo

CEO
Principle Power

Dennis Calvert

President
BioLargo

Gwen Nero

Director of Corporate Affiliates
UC San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography

David Pasquini

Consul
UK Government Office,
San Diego

Dave Gentle

VP, Business Development
BMT Scientific

Nate Sachdeva

Strategic Partnerships
San Diego Unified School District

Drew Stephens

Ocean Industry Manager
Esri

Dean Wakeham

President & CEO
XST, Inc.

Josh Wells

CEO
Planck Aerosystems

TMA BlueTech supports the
UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals