Vernon, a native of New Orleans, comes to Texas A&M University at Galveston with 13 years of working in the hospitality industry management. Preceding TAMUG he served five years with Star Fleet Entertainment Yachts, a dinner cruise company in Clear Lake. There he served in various full time roles from Director of Sales, Director of Operations, Director of Food and Beverage, as well as being an integral part of the executive board. His greatest professional accomplishment was running the company successfully for over six months after the sudden passing of its beloved founder and president, Tom Lober (TAMUG ’81). While interim president he devised a strategic plan to satisfy immediate needs and planned goals to sustain and continue operations. This plan continued to grow the company which lead to a 25% increase in full time staff to accommodate the significant increase of guests and cruises.
While gaining experience in hospitality management he attended the University of New Orleans and the Conrad Hilton School at University of Houston. He has attained administration certification through Fred Pryor Seminars / Career Track. His marine certifications include; first aid/CPR certified, DOT regulated and random drug testing, over 6300 hours of inland sea time, trained deckhand / onboard emergency response team, and marina hurricane/emergency response team.
As Assistant Director of the Marine Education Support and Safety Operations atTAMUG, he will oversee all daily accounting, HR, and project based activities. He reports directly to the Executive Director of MESSO, Captain Allan Post.