Captain David Stalfort, USCG (Ret.)

With 38 years of experience leading organizations and people to achieve results, CAPT Stalfort served for 30 years in the U.S. Coast Guard, 8 years as a consultant to the maritime and offshore oil and gas industries and government agencies, and a lifetime of experience sailing.

CAPT Stalfort’s key accomplishments include responsibility for a $48 million dollar project to transition Coast Guard’s mariner credentialing operations at 17 regional offices throughout the United States to a new centralized processing center. CAPT Stalfort led a team of 350 people to design and implement new production processes to produce 72,000 credentials for U.S. merchant mariners annually. His implementation of a quality management system reduced credential processing time by 70%, improved customer service to over 210,000 mariners raising satisfaction levels from 30% to almost 90% and saved $8 million dollars in annual operating expenses and achieved ISO 9001-2008 compliance. Under his command, the National Maritime Center won the Coast Guard’s 2010 Alexander Hamilton Award for Excellence, a quality management award based on the Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award Criteria.

While serving as a Federal Executive Fellow with the American Petroleum Institute, CAPT Stalfort led the development of a research paper exploring improvements in global oil spill prevention and response in the decade following the Exxon Valdez oil spill. CAPT Stalfort developed a project plan, recruited a panel of 22 international experts, and facilitated a qualitative analysis of the effectiveness of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990. CAPT Stalfort rounded up his fellowship by having his research paper published as part of an international conference on oil pollution. The published paper provided a foundation to improve global strategies for marine environmental protection.