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.

Melissa Fischel

MAFischel(at)TMABlueTech.org

Melissa is Director of Operations and Workforce Development and supports the growth of the cluster through programs and initiatives. Melissa has an MBA from UC Irvine and a B.A. in Economics from UC San Diego. She brings 20+ years of industry experience and work for local non-profits to TMA BlueTech.

Shara Narsipur

SNarsipur(at)TMABlueTech.org

Shara is a TMA Project Coordinator and the BlueTech Incubator Coordinator, focused on events, outreach and project management. She received a B.S. in Business Administration from SUNY Geneseo, helping build 2 startup companies before participating in the Environmental Science & Water Studies program at Stanford University & the Silicon Valley Innovation Academy.  She enjoys working with the innovative startup members of TMA.

Tamara Kahn

TNKahn(at)TMABlueTech.org

Tamara Kahn is the Program Manager focused on promoting water and ocean technologies. She holds a BS in Geological Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin, and a master’s in Climate Science and Policy from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Tamara’s time as a Geophysicist and Vessel Supervisor in the oil & gas industry exposed her to the need for innovative tech as well as collaboration within the Triple Helix to reach sustainable solutions.

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

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

Dean Wakeham

President & CEO

XST Inc.

Dennis Calvert

President

BioLargo

Drew Stephens

Ocean Industry Manager

ESRI

Emilio Vargas

CEO

Intellecy

Gwen Nero

Director

Scripps Institution of Oceanography

James Espino

President

Gnostech

Jeremy Gustin

President, CEO

Quartus Engineering

Jim Bertsch

Marine Program Manager

Solar Turbines

Jim Mullen

CEO

Earthwise Sorbents

Joao Metelo

CEO

Principle Power

Jordan Cousino

President & CEO

Cardinal Point Captains

Josh Wells

CEO

Planck Aerosystems

Linda Kurokawa

Director

Miracosta Community College

Nate Sachdeva

Strategic Partnerships

SDUSD, Office of College, Career & Technical Education

Omar Alfi

CEO

Pacifico Aquaculture

Orianna Bretschger

CEO

Aquacycl

Sean Newsome

Director of Business Development

Deep Trekker

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