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, 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

Katherine Hartness, Director of Events
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.

Michael D. Taylor, Director of Global Outreach and Strategic Initiatives

Phone: 703-997-6706

Michael Taylor is Director, Global Outreach and Strategic Initiatives at the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME). Prior to joining SNAME, Mr. Taylor was President & CEO of MDT World Consulting.  MDT World Consulting assisted both domestic and international for-profit and non-profit clients in government relations, public affairs, sustainability, business development, market entry, trade policy and services, regulatory issues, strategic communications, and issues and reputation management. Before his recent time consulting, he was Vice President for International Affairs and Trade at the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS). Prior to PLASTICS, Mr. Taylor was Director, Europe and Multilateral Programs of the Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. 

He is as an adjunct professor at Trinity Washington University in Washington, DC lecturing on international affairs and political science.  Mr. Taylor has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in American politics, comparative politics, international relations, political economy, and research methods at various universities in the Washington DC metropolitan area for almost twenty-five years. He received his B.A. in International Affairs from the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University, and his M.A. in World Politics from the Catholic University of America.

    Michael Burgess, Director of Finance
    Phone: 703-997-6714



    • Improve the operational systems, processes and policies in support of society’s vision, specifically, improve management reporting, information flow and financial management business processes.
    • Prepare, record, and process accounts payable and cash disbursements.
    • Prepare, record, and process accounts receivable and cash receipts.
    • Perform monthly bank reconciliations.
    • Analyze transactions and develop responses to questions received related to financial transactions.
    • Proactively seek out resolutions to potential audit findings.
    • Develop procedures and updates to support activity related to job functions.
    • Prepare schedules and analysis for the annual audit.
    • Working with appropriate staff, propose internal controls and quality checks; ensure controls are in compliance with the society’s policies and procedures.
    • Contribute to the preparation, maintenance and revision of the accounting manual includes assistance with drafting policies and procedures, and providing training and education to staff on various accounting related issues.    
    Kara Caiazzo, Manager, Membership Programs
    Phone: 703-997-6703

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


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

        Alan Rowen, PE CE Course Evaluator and Coordinator
        Phone: 201-499-5062

        • 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

        Monica Neira, Advertising and Sales
        Phone: 212-224-9611

        • Advertising and Sales

        Deryck White
        Marketing and Communications Coordinator

        Phone: 703-997-6711