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Board of Directors:


Alison Buckler: Board Member Alison graduated from the USMMA in 2002 with a BS in Logistics and Intermodal Transportation.  After graduation she sailed for Maritrans aboard tugs and barges on the Delaware River and for Alaska Tanker Company aboard Crude Oil Tankers running into Valdez, Alaska. She's currently a member of the Association of Maryland Pilots and as such pilots ships and other vessels up and down the Chesapeake Bay. She holds an Unlimited Tonnage Masters License and has First Class Pilotage for the Chesapeake Bay, Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, and also Valdez, Alaska.  Alison lives in Annapolis, MD with her husband & daughter. 


Brian Houst: Founder & Board Member

Brian graduated in 2002 from Fort Schuyler's, USCG 3rd Mates License Program with a BS/MS. He broke into the dry bulk side of the market as an Operations Manager with Hoegh Autoliners and then grew into a role with Pasternak Baum with a concentration in FFA brokerage and chartering. As the firms scope grew the FFA brokerage evolved into trading and consulting for a few smaller niche players including Dome Chartering & Trading with whom he is presently employed as Director of Freight Trading. Over his career, Brian has seen many sides of freight trading ranging from Charterer, FFA Trader/Broker and Operator. Brian has been a featured speaker at the Capital Link Dry Bulk Derivative Forum, the FFA forum for the Canadian Institute of Charted Ship Brokers, the FIS Virtual Steel Mill and the dry cargo panel at the ASBA Cargo Conf in 2014. Dome Chartering and Trading is a Commercial Manager of Foreign Flagged and US Flagged Vessels, as well as consultancy work in freight portfolio management including but not limited to vessel operations and freight futures. DCT's focus spans across the dry bulk, tanker and container market. The firm is owned by three graduates of Fort Schuyler and is based in Annapolis Maryland, where they recently built their new corporate headquarters. Brian lives in Annapolis, MD with his wife and two sons. 


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