Don is 10 years into his loan officer role with NOAA Fisheries / NMFS providing term financing to the commercial fishing industry. Don has come full circle in the capacity of fisheries financing having worked for Production Credit Association (PCA), now NW Farm Credit, for 13 years in the 80’s where he was involved in the construction financing of numerous crab, seine, and gillnet vessels.
Following PCA, Don spent 9 years as the shore-based General Manager of the 182’ crab catcher/processor, PRO SURVEYOR. After being initially involved in the vessel’s shipyard conversion process, Don’s follow-up responsibilities were providing the logistical support for the operation of the vessel and sale of the finished product to domestic and Japanese markets.
While employed with PRO SURVEYOR, the 1st ever US Government issued permit to fish crab in Antarctica was secured. Based out of Punta Arenas, Chile, the PRO SURVEYOR successfully found crab, however, the marketing challenges of two new crab species and the lack of sufficient volume of product did not prove the fishery to be financially viable.
Don has a BA in Economics from Washington State University and has been employed in the fishing industry for over 30 years.