Donald T. "Boysie" Bollinger
A native of Lockport, Louisiana, Mr. Bollinger devotes considerable time to professional and civic organizations including the Shipbuilders Council of America and National Ocean Industries Association. After hurricanes Katrina and Rita, he served with the Louisiana Recovery Authority and Bring New Orleans Back Commission. Mr. Bollinger is involved with the United States Coast Guard Foundation, The National World War II Museum, Offshore Marine Services Association, Business Council of New Orleans, The Nature Conservatory of Louisiana, United Way, and the Boy Scouts of America. Mr. Bollinger and his wife Joy have generously donated to the World War II Museum of New Oreans, which stands alone in its collections and exhibits and is designated by the US Congress as America's official National World War II Museum.
Tim Taylor has spent the last twenty-five years exploring the oceans and collaborating with noted geologists, marine biologists, archaeologists, and coral and shark scientists. He has led scientific expeditions from his research vessel, RV Tiburon, working with Mote Marine Lab, Scripts, University of Miami, NOAA, National Geographic, National Science Foundation and the US Navy. He was inducted as a fellow into the Explorers Club in 2004 for his discovery of Sherwood Forrest in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuaries. In 2008 Mr. Taylor received the Explorers Club "Citation of Merit" for his contributions to exploration. Over the past decade, his focus has been on utilization of robotic technology in underwater expeditions. His discoveries include three US WWII Submarines, the USS R-12 and USS S-26 and S-28 with a total 137 servicemen entombed. He is the recipient of the Brazil Navy League's Medal-of-Honor and was awarded the Brazilian Navy's title of Honorary Submariner for his work on the R-12, in which 2 Brazilian officers are on eternal patrol. Tim has been profiled in the London Financial Times, The New York Times, Bloomberg News and is a regular contributor on FOX, CNBC, BBC, CBC and CNN as an ocean technology and robotics expert.