Charlie joined Willis in October 2013 as Vice President – Risk Consulting to lead WTW’s growing commitment to risk consulting in the North American marine and logistics spaces. With over thirty years of experience in the transportation industry he has an extensive operational, legal, risk and business background. After graduating from SUNY Maritime College in 1987, he went to sea aboard a variety of vessel types from tankers to roll/on roll/off vessels upgrading his license from Third Mate to Master. He came ashore in 1993 and worked as a marine and cargo surveyor while also attending Loyola University (New Orleans) Law School.
After receiving his J.D. in 1997, he served as General Counsel, Risk Manager and Assistant VP of Operations for one of the largest marine transportation companies in the US. Prior to joining WTW, he practiced transportation law for fifteen years focusing his litigation practice on representing a variety of transportation clients and their insurers. He also advised clients on a wide range of corporate and commercial issues from asset acquisitions and sales to company formation, insurance requirements, regulatory filings and commercial contracts.
Charlie is a Captain in the US Navy Reserves where he has held a variety of logistics related billets. In September of 2010 he was recalled to active duty and forward deployed to Iraq during Operation New Dawn. During this year long assignment he was embedded with US Forces Iraq’s logistics team to coordinate the drawdown of forces and equipment from Iraq. Charlie currently serves as the Navy Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer to FEMA Region II covering New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
Charlie’s expertise includes risk consulting, complex claims advocacy, contractual review, strategic planning, loss control, operational risk analysis and litigation strategy and oversight.