Born and raised in Greece. Graduated from the Greek Merchant Marine Academy. Sailed on various types of ships, from bulk carriers to general cargo, containers, lumber and timber carriers to crude oil, product and chemical tankers. Ranks from deck boy to deck officer and Captain. Made Houston home in 1991 working for a major chemical and oil vessel owner. Became US citizen in 2001 and continue working for Odfjell, a leading company in the global market for transportation and storage of bulk liquid chemicals, acids, edible oils and other special products, as ship operator, operations manager, vice president of operations and senior operations advisor and regulatory compliance. 41 years in the shipping industry. Participated in various industry organizations and working groups, as Houston-Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee (HOGANSAC), Lone Star Harbor Safety Committee (LSHSC), presently Vice Chairman, West Gulf Maritime Association (WGMA), Greater Houston Port Bureau (GHPB), Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC), Intertanko and others.