(CLEVELAND) — The Great Lakes Towing Company and Great Lakes Shipyard announced two new hires this week. Graham Gajewski has been named naval architect, reporting to Jonathan Leivo, director of engineering, and Patrick Owens has been named operations coordinator, reporting to Lindsay Dew, director of operations and compliance, both working in the Cleveland offices.
Gajewski earned his bachelor of engineering-naval architecture at the State University of New York Maritime College and is a licensed USCG unlimited tonnage third mate. His prior experience includes two sea terms aboard T/S Empire State, a summer internship aboard a Great Lakes trading cement carrier, and summer naval architecture internship.
Owens' distinguished career includes 20 years of service in the United States Coast Guard, culminating in a command position as the officer in charge of Coast Guard Station Cleveland Harbor, Ohio, from 2007 through 2012. In this position he highlighted his ability to work in a fast-paced 24/7/365 operational environment and manage conflict both internally and externally, while honoring and respecting the chain of command and caring for the needs of his entire crew. Owens earned his bachelor of arts in public safety management, homeland security, from the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Studies at Cleveland State University and graduated summa cum laude.