Micah Eldred, CEO: Mr. Eldred has served as Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) of Endeavour Cooperative Partners, LLC, and its subsidiaries, Spartan Securities Group, Ltd., Island Capital Management, LLC, and Endeavour Insurance Partners, LLC, for over ten years. Mr. Eldred holds NASD series 24, 66, and 7 securities licenses and performs retail, investment banking and new listing services functions for Spartan. Micah Eldred is the CEO and co-founder of Endurance Exploration Group, Inc.
Christine Zitman, Director & CFO: Ms. Zitman has served as Chief Financial Officer of the Endeavour Cooperative Partners, LLC and its subsidiaries since joining the company in March of 2006. Christine is responsible for oversight of day to day financial operations including but not limited to providing timely, accurate, and compliant financial data. Christine Zitman is a Director & CFO of Endurance Exploration Group, Inc.
Carl Dilley, Director: Mr. Dilley has served as president of Island Stock Transfer, a division of Island Capital Management, LLC, from 2003 to present and acts as senior executive officer responsible for oversight of day to day operations. He is an employee of Spartan Securities Group and holds NASD series 24, 66, and 7 securities licenses and performs retail, investment banking and new listing services functions for Spartan. Carl Dilley is a Director of Endurance Exploration Group, Inc.
Guy Zajonc, Director: Mr. Zajonc is the former President and CEO of Five by Five Media, Inc. (2008 to present). He served as Senior Manager and General Counsel to Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (2003 to 2006). At Odyssey, he helped manage marine operations, helped build the research department, and founded and hired the researchers that were directly responsible for the location of the Mercedes, HMS Victory and the Gairsoppa. A graduate of Gonzaga University Law School and a member of the Washington State Bar since 1978, (retired 2010), Mr. Zajonc has participated in a number of deep and shallow water projects since 1995, some of which are listed below:
- Japanese Submarine I-52. The I-52 was sunk in the Atlantic Ocean in 1944 with 64,000 troy ounces of gold onboard. At 17,200 feet, the I-52 is the deepest shipwreck ever discovered and visited by humans. Mr. Zajonc was project manager and shareholder, and participated in the manned investigation of the wreck site. The project used the Russian Academy of Science’s deep submersible program to film and photograph the site in 1998 for National Geographic TV and magazine.
- Titanic. Mr. Zajonc dove to the Titanic in September 2000 as part of a mission conducted by Deep Ocean Expedition where he served as General Counsel and Project Manager.
- Amelia’s Earhart’s Final Flight. As a principal in Howland Landing, LLC and co-coordinator of the project, Mr. Zajonc helped organize the first ever deep-water search for the lost airplane of Amelia Earhart off Howland Island in the Central Pacific. The mission mapped over 600 square miles in water up to 18,000 feet deep.
- Battleship Bismarck. For Deep Ocean Expeditions, Mr. Zajonc helped organize the first manned dives on the Battleship Bismarck in 2001 and was part of the expedition.
- The Atlantic Target. In 2001, Mr. Zajonc was part owner and a team member on the 16,000 foot discovery dive to the unidentified ship known as the Atlantic Target. Over 1,500 gold and silver coins and 65 artifacts were recovered from the deepest historic shipwreck ever excavated, a small merchant vessel that sank south of Bermuda some two hundred years ago.
- SS Republic. In August 2003 Mr. Zajonc joined Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc.’s senior management team as General Counsel and was initially responsible for onshore support of Marine Operations. In November of 2003 gold was discovered on the wreck of the SS Republic in 1,600 feet of water. Over 51,000 gold and silver coins and 13,000 artifacts have been recovered with an estimated value of $75 million USD.
- Washington Coast Dives. In 2006, Mr. Zajonc undertook manned submersible dives and 3-D filming off the coast of Washington State in partnership with Lightspeed Design Group of Seattle, using Nuytco Research, Ltd. submersibles that resulted in the 3-D, high definition documentary film Dive! Manned Submersibles and the New Explorers.
In addition to his work with technical experts, Mr. Zajonc has also worked with cinematographers from around the world during expeditions, including Emmy Award winner Mark Stouffer with National Geographic and IMAX film director and producer Stephen Low. He also met and drafted the ship charter agreements for James Cameron on his trips to Titanic for the IMAX movie “Ghosts of the Abyss”, and the Bismarck for the high-definition television production “Jim Cameron’s Expedition Bismarck” for Discovery Channel.
Steven St. Amour, Director: Mr. Saint Amour has been involved in the subsea industry for over twenty-eight years and is recognized as an authority in the field of aviation and marine casualty investigations. He is an active member of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI) and the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) and routinely writes articles and conducts seminars on behalf of these and other professional organizations. In 2009 Mr. Saint Amour and his wife, Joan Saint Amour co-founded Eclipse Group Inc. (EGI). EGI is a marine operations service provider based in Annapolis, Maryland and provides turnkey subsea technical solutions to both commercial and government customers worldwide. EGI holds several multi-year contracts and subcontracts with the U.S. Navy, National Oceanographic Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) and several international commercial companies based both in the U.S. and abroad. In 1999 Mr. Saint Amour accepted the position of Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) Operations and Sales Manager at Phoenix International, Inc., an underwater services company based in Crystal City, VA.
Mr. Saint Amour was tasked with establishment of Phoenix International’s deep-water ROV division whose accomplishments were instrumental in Phoenix award of the U.S. Navy’s worldwide search and recovery contract in 2001.
While at Phoenix, Mr. Saint Amour initiated, and managed the design, engineering, build and operation of nine ROV systems including Phoenix’s Remora, Medusa and XBot ROV systems. These systems routinely conducted operations worldwide for search and recovery, telecommunications, oil and gas, science and film projects.
These systems were built to operate in 6,000 meters water depth and have attained an impressive track record of high profile operations over the last eleven years, including:
2012 – Search and Recovery of a Turkish AF F-4
2011 – Search and Recovery of Air France AB 330 Flight 447
2011 – Inspection of the RMS TITANIC
2010 – Search and Inspection of the AHS CENTUAR
2010 – Search and Recovery of a USN E2-C Hawkeye
2007 – Search and Recovery of Adam Air Flight 547 Boeing 737
2009 – Search and Recovery of Yemeni Flight 626 Airbus 310
2005 – Search and Recovery of Tuninter Flight 1153 ATR – 72
2005 – Artifact Collection, RMS Titanic
2004 – Search for JAMSTECH H-2 Rocket engine
2003 – Search and Recovery of a USN F-14 Tomcat
2003 – Search and Recovery of a USN SH-60 Helicopter
2001 – Inspection of the RMS TITANIC
2000 – Recovery of the INS/DAKAR forward sail section
2000 – Search and Recovery of a Israeli AF F-16
2000 – Search and Recovery for JAMS TECH-2 Rocket engine
1999 – Discovery of the Israeli Submarine INS DAKAR
Mr. Saint Amour’s group at Phoenix was called upon to create innovative ROV systems for unique applications including feature film projects. The Medusa and XBot ROVs have been seen in several IMAX documentaries and TV Specials. Examples include:
“Ghosts of the Abyss” produced by IMAX and directed by James Cameron.
“Last Mysteries of the Titanic” produced by Discovery Channel and directed by James Cameron.
“Search for the USS Indianapolis” produced by Discovery Channel.
“USS Monitor” produced by the History Channel.
Over a 14-year period, Mr. Saint Amour was a voting shareholder and served on the Board of Directors at Phoenix International Inc. In 2007 Mr. Saint Amour sold his ownership interest to Phoenix International Holdings, Inc. an Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP).
Mr. Saint Amour has worked in virtually every aspect of the subsea industry as a commercial diver, ROV technician, pilot and project manager for various major diving and ROV service providers including Taylor Diving, Subsea, Inc. Sonsub, Inc. Eastport International, Inc. and Oceaneering Technologies, a division of Oceaneering International, Inc.