Intrinsic to our capabilities is a staff with extensive real-world, active experience and qualifications, supported by a deep global network of subject matter experts and strategic partners. Our practitioner-centric work features organic, real-time operational knowledge with worldwide access. This is extraordinarily valuable to our clients who seek relevant, accurate and time-sensitive approaches to new and continuously evolving risks in the maritime business environment. Our team also is cross-culturally fluent in maritime, with backgrounds from all flavors of seagoing professions.



Brian T. Holden - Chairman and President

For more than two decades, Brian has managed and led the delivery of highly regarded client solutions focused on the advancement of maritime education and training around the globe; mitigating risk in marine operations through modeling and simulation based research and analysis; preparing competent mariners to serve aboard a wide range of vessels; and the transfer of knowledge and skills relating to the business of maritime trade and transport. Brian is a Navy veteran having served both as an officer in charge of maritime security operations in a high threat port area and afloat as head of the Navigation Department.  He is a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) at Kings Point with a major in Marine Transportation / Nautical Science.

Captain Richard M. Comeau, MNI - Director and Vice President, Simulation Training and Research

Rick is a seasoned marine operations simulation research facilitator, instructor and assessor of core navigation, seamanship and ship handling knowledge, skills and abilities of marine personnel. Rick has designed and provided hands-on training for clients in more than 15 countries around the world for a variety of vessels and port situations. Rick is a USCG licensed Master Mariner with pilotage endorsements, USCG/IMO certified High Speed Type rating Instructor and a graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and the University of Rhode Island where he earned an advanced degree in Marine Affairs.

Instructor and Research Staff  

John Kihm - Senior Nautical Science Instructor

John is a Master Mariner with more than 40 years seagoing experience including more than 15 years as Master aboard commercial, deep-sea cargo vessels.  John provides instruction and assessment across the full range of nautical sciences in multiple learning environments including the classroom, using full-mission ship simulators, in the field/lab and while underway. John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Transportation from the State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College.

Deborah Hayes - Nautical Science Instructor

Deborah has served as an adjunct instructor and assessor with USMRC since 2012.  She specializes in teaching medical, personal safety and survival, marine firefighting, leadership and teamwork courses.  She has served in various marine science and maritime education and training roles during her career to include more than 25 years seagoing experience aboard tall ships, sail training, and other vessels.  Deborah is a USCG licensed Master (<1,600 GRT) Oceans including Auxiliary Sail.  Deborah holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from Connecticut College as well as industry certifications as an EMT, Wilderness EMT and Medical Person in Charge (MPIC). 

Jonathan T. Kabak - Nautical Science Instructor

Jonathan recently joined USMRC as an adjunct instructor and curriculum developer bringing more than 20 years of experience in the maritime sector including shore-based marine operations management; maritime education and training; and underway positions aboard a wide range of tall ships and sail training vessels, motor yachts and high performance sailing vessels, small boats and workboats, and maritime academy training ships.  Jonathan is a USCG licensed Master (<2,000 GRT) Oceans including Master Auxiliary Sail (<1,600 GRT) Oceans.  He graduated magna cum laude from Franklin Pierce College earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Secondary Education.

Office Manager 

Rhonda E. Holden – Office Manager

Technical Support Staff 

Kenneth H. Chapman – Maritime Simulation Systems Specialist
Paul B. Dailey – Graphics Modeler

USMRC Board of Directors

Richard M. Comeau

Brian T. Holden
M. John Vickerman
Eugene D. Story (Chairman Emeritus)