99 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 310
Alexandria, VA  22314
Telephone +1-703-997-6701
Fax +1-703-997-6702

SNAME Europe Office
c/o ELKCO Marine Consultants
61, Poseidonos Avenue
Paleo Faliro, 175 62
Attica, Greece

Telephone: +30 210 452 8205
Fax: +30 210 452 8202

Gene Sanders, Executive Director

Phone: 703-997-6704


Gene Sanders

Gene's skill set is in Marketing, Sales, Business Development, Content Creation and Management, Marketing, Events, and Communications. He's used to operating on large scale projects such as his plastics show which drew over 70,000 buyers and included over 1.1 million net square feet of exhibit space. Gene is the only two-time winner of the Show Manager of the Year award for trade shows over 200,000 square feet.

Gene’s alma mater is St. Mary’s College of Maryland, proud owner of over a dozen NCAA Division I Am sailing championships.  He played basketball, football, and baseball in college.  He was the Vice President of the Northern Virginia Catholic Youth Organization, and coaches competitive swimming. Gene has three children, and lives in Falls Church, VA, and is a master at bad golf!

Val Hutnan, Interim Executive Director, Director of Marketing and Communications

Phone: 703-997-6709

Sofia Iliogrammenou, Director of Regional Member Services

Phone: 0030 210 4528205


  • Recruits and retains membership in the region of Europe and Middle East
  • Supports section leadership and members in a professional and timely manner in the region
  • Identifies opportunities and addresses challenges in the region
  • Point of contact in Europe and Middle East
  • Supports SNAME events and plans SNAME participation in international events in the region
  • Coordinates the Technical Program of SNAME Maritime Convention 
  • Staff liaison to the Scholarships Committee
  • Point of contact outside of SNAME Headquarters working hours

Kathey Hartness, Staff VP, Events and Membership
Phone: 703-997-6710

Kathy comes to us as an experienced and detail-oriented events director with nearly 20 years of successful event management across a variety of industries in engaging large and small scale environments.  Most recently with Clarion Events and the NAB Show, she has run events for anywhere from 10 to 100,000 attendees. Kathy is Certified in Exposition Management (CEM) and truly enjoys her role in bringing people together for face-to-face meetings.  Originally from the DC area, she earned her degree at the University of Maryland and currently resides in Falls Church, VA.

    Cindy Slone, Director of Membership
    Phone: 703-997-6706

    Frederick H. (Rick) Ashcroft, Director of Technology and Education
    Phone: 760-519-7829

    Michael Ashman, Director of Finance
    Phone: 703-997-6715

    Eric Hatch, Sales Executive
    Phone: 703-997-6714
    Cell: 240-565-1557

    Kara Caiazzo,  Manager, Events and Membership
    Phone: 703-997-6703

    Brenda Zelada, Coordinator, Events and Membership
    Phone: 703-997-6705


      Brian Clark, Digital Asset Coordinator
      Phone: 703-997-6713

        A. Thais De Oliveira, Marketing and Social Media Coordinator
        Phone: 703-997-6711

          David Chapman, PE CE Course Evaluator and Coordinator


          • Evaluator for papers, presentations, and courses submitted for PE Continuing Education accreditation.
          • Selects books for review and assigns reviewers

          Doug Kelly, Editor - mt Magazine
          Phone: 919-552-3995

          • Editor of mt Magazine

          Deryck White
          Marketing and Communications Manager

          Phone: 703-997-6711