mark mellinger 

Mark has a BS in Ocean Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology. Within that he specialized in Naval Architecture and Ship Design and led a senior project team to develop the first generation of human powered submarines.

After graduation he joined Schlumberger in Southeast Asia conducting open hole wireline surveys on offshore oil rigs in Gulf of Thailand and the South China Sea area. Later assignments included the the North Sea.

In the mid ‘90’s he returned to Fort Lauderdale to help grow the family business where he had worked as a kid. Founded in the early 80’s to provide dockside services to the yachting community, Headhunter now manufactures and installs water pressure systems, toilets, tank level indicators, and sewage treatment plants. All manufacturing is undertaken under an ISO approved quality management system in their 4,600 sq meter facility. Customers include yacht builders and owners, domestic and foreign navies, mini-cruise, research, supply vessels, drill ships and fixed platforms.

In 2021 Mark was invited by the USCG to serve as a public service advisor to their team on the IMO’s Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response. The work done in this subcommittee is eventually delivered to the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) where it will form the next International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL).