Submissions accepted for Gulfstream Navigator Award

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The Savannah Ocean Exchange Board of Governors has announced they are taking submissions for the $100,000 Gulfstream Navigator Award. The award recognizes the business, organization or individual with the best currently operational technology or solution that improves the world's coasts. Applications can be submitted between now and June 1, 2011 online at

Submissions will be first reviewed by a panel assembled by Dr. Nancy Knowlton, Sant chair for Marine Sciences at the Smithsonian's National Museum on Natural History. Then, the top 10 entries will be judged by the 27 members of the Savannah Ocean Exchange's Board of Governors and a panel of international experts.

The Savannah Ocean Exchange says,"the winning submission will drive sustainable change, improve ecological, economic and global connectivity' and respect the unique cultural sense of place of coastal communities."

The Savannah Ocean Exchange's Board of Governor and a panel of experts will work together for 12 months to implement the winning idea.

The theme for the 2011 Savannah Ocean Exchange is "Shaping the Future of Our Coasts."

The Savannah Ocean Exchange was founded in 2010 and is an annual event held in September in Savannah. The winner will be presented at the award on September 8, 2011 at the Solutions Exchange gala.

The Board of Governors includes 27 thought-leaders from around the globe who represent diverse backgrounds and expertise and share a commitment to innovation and to the protection of the world's oceans.

The Savannah Ocean Exchange Board of Governors include 27 members who represent diverse backgrounds from around the world and share a commitment to innovation and to protect the world's oceans:

  • NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, Director - Danial J. Basta
  • Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director - Curtis J. Foltz
  • The Coca-Cola Company, Vice President of Environment and Water Resources - Jeff Seabright
  • International Financial Services (IFSC), Ireland, Chairman - John Bruton
  • Shipbuilding Association of Canada, President - Peter Cairns
  • Wallenius Wilhelmsen - Logistics Americas LLC, President of Region Americas, - Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics/Deputy CEO Christopher J. Connor
  • Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Australia - Director, Ecosystem Conservation and Sustainable Use - Jon Day
  • Savannah College of Art and Design, Chief Academic Officer - Tom Fischer
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, -Director Georgia Tech Savannah Vice Provost Georgia Tech - David Frost
  • UPS, Vice President, Customer Relationship Management - Dale Hayes
  • Smithsonian Institution, Sant Chair, Marine Science, Museum of Natural History - Nancy Knowlton
  • IUCN's World Commission on Protected Areas, Marine Vice Chair - Dan Laffoley
  • Vice Admiral U.S. Navy and NOAA (RET.) - Conrad C. Lautenbacher Jr.
  • Harvard University, Senior Fellow, Advanced Leadership Initiative - Susan Leal
  • Independent Film Producer - Stratton Leopold
  • Gulfstream, Executive Vice - President General Dynamics, Aerospace Group and President of Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation - Joe Lombardo
  • JCB, Vice Chairman - John Patterson
  • iTECH for Business LLC, CEO - George Powers
  • Endeavor, CEO and Founder - Linda Rottenberg
  • GPB Media, President and Executive Director - Teya Ryan
  • Sapelo Foundation, Secretary & Trustee - Irene Reynolds Schier
  • NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, Assistant Administrator for Fisheries - Eric C. Schwaab
  • American Samoa Government, Governor Togiola T. A Tulafono
  • Author Jack Uldrich
  • SEAlliance, founding partner of Mission Blue, Google Curator/Content Editor for OCEAN in Google Earth - Charlotte Vick
  • Emory University, Director of the Emory Center for Ethics-Paul Root Wolpe PhD.
  • Paz Energy LLC, Chairman of the Board of Managers - Brig. Gen. Albert C. Zapanta (Ret.)

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