OMSA appoints Aaron Smith as president and CEO

(NEW ORLEANS) — The Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA) has appointed Aaron Smith as president and chief executive officer. Smith’s appointment follows the resignation of Ben Billings, who has led OMSA since 2013. 

Ben Bordelon, chairman of OMSA’s board of directors, said, “We are sorry to see Ben go as he has served our organization and members energetically.  We are excited that Aaron Smith has joined us as our new president and chief executive officer.”

Smith has held a variety of positions in government and public affairs. He has been instrumental in the development of OSVDPA, a dynamic positioning certification authority for the OSV industry. Prior to that he served in Washington, D.C., as deputy chief of staff to Rep. Jeff Landry and in various other roles.  

OMSA is the national trade association representing the U.S.-flag offshore workboat industry. Additional information about OMSA can be found at

By Professional Mariner Staff