(PANAMA CITY, Fla.) — Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG) on Thursday announced that Joey D’Isernia has been appointed CEO and chairman of the board. After more than 46 years in the role, company founder Brian D’Isernia is retiring and handing over leadership to the next generation.
Joey D’Isernia was appointed president in 2015 and has spent his entire career working in the shipyard with his father and brothers.
“We all stood on Brian’s shoulders as he built this company from the ground up. I am deeply humbled as I step into this role knowing how much my father sacrificed for us and for this company. We will carry on his legacy and maintain Eastern’s core values of delivering our clients exceptional service and the highest quality vessels,” said Joey D’Isernia.
As president, Joey oversaw Eastern’s recovery following Hurricane Michael in 2018. During this recovery, the company also made achievements in its execution of the offshore patrol cutter project for the U.S. Coast Guard.
Under his leadership, ESG has transformed from a commercial shipyard to one handles the management and execution of government shipbuilding programs as well. The company today employs more than 1,600 people and has produced more than 350 complex and diverse vessels.
Brian D’Isernia will serve as “chairman emeritus” in recognition and appreciation of his lifelong commitment to the company.
“Building this successful company spanning half a century has been an incredible source of pride, but my greatest achievement is my family. I have every confidence that under Joey’s leadership the next generation of D’Isernia shipbuilders will continue our proud legacy and the next 50 years will be a shining success,” said Brian D’Isernia.
Eastern employees, industry leaders and public officials have expressed their gratitude for Brian D’Isernia’s impact in the community. Brian started his career as a lawyer, became a commercial fisherman, and soon turned his passion of commercial fishing into building his own fishing vessels. He eventually progressed from commercial fishing into vessel construction, opening the shipyard in 1976. In 2017, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Maritime Historical Society.
Brian D’Isernia has been married to Miriam “Mimi” D’Isernia for over 50 years. They are have 10 children, six of whom work at the shipyard today.
– Eastern Shipbuilding Group