A Strong Wave of Skilled Trades

Staff Bios


Carl Spraberry


Carl was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1975 where he worked as a Nuclear Welder and Nuclear Planner until his commissioning through the Limited Duty Officer program in 1986. He served in various positions as a Maintenance Officer, Planning Officer, and Damage Control/Engineering Officer on several ships and shore commands. He retired in 1994 and joined a local ship repair/government contracting company, QED Systems where he spent 12 years as the Director of Technical Services. Recruited by a local shipyard he started a small ship repair company Ocean Tech Services, where he served as the President beginning in July 2006 and left to start his own company in August of 2009. Since its inception his company, Advanced Integrated Technologies, and the staffing business he started in 2012, Surge Force, have grown to over 200 employees working throughout Hampton Roads and other areas, supporting the local shipyards and various government agencies in ship repair, modernization, and new technologies. He is a member of many trade organizations including the Virginia Ship Repair Association, American Society of Naval Engineers, Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, Virginia Port Authority, Virginia Maritime Association, National Ship Repair Council, Port of San Diego Ship Repair Association and he co-founded the American Maritime Modernization Association (AMMA). His charitable affiliations include President of the Southside Boys and Girls Club, Treasurer of Cerebral Palsy of Virginia, Treasurer of Hunt’s Pointe on the Elizabeth Homeowners Association, leadership council of the Hampton Roads United Way campaign, and founder of the Virginia Microboard Association.

Cheryl Sawyer

Vice President/FSO

Cheryl Sawyer, Vice President of AIT, LLC and Vice President, Surge Force, LLC, has over nine years of experience in the ship repair and ship maintenance industry managing Accounting, Human Resources Department, Benefits, Purchasing, Logistics, Facilities, Safety for all office locations in San Diego, Philadelphia, & Norfolk. Responsible for all day-to-day Operations and Business Development/ Marketing. Additionally, Surge Force staffing firm, under Cheryl’s guidance, has built-in training and certification for a variety of skilled trades and offers those services to other companies. Cheryl’s other involvement in the ship repair industry is her volunteer service with the American Maritime Modernization Association (AMMA) where she has assisted with membership, business development, host’s the annual dinner and quarterly socials for the last 8 years. She also serves on the board as Secretary. The arrangement of monthly membership meetings with local elected officials has become an important event in the maritime industry and the advocacy work of the organization. The management of all social media pages and website provides the marketing structure for the members and others who have an interest in this industry. Cheryl is very active in interfacing on behalf of AMMA with the congressional leaders on small business and industry concerns. Cheryl was elected to the Board of Directors in 2017.

Other Professional Affiliations and Volunteer Industrial Experience include:


Chryssi Proetzel

Account Specialist/HR Administrator

Chryssi joined our company in January 2015 and holds the position of Account Specialist/HR Administrator. She has extensive experience in accounting, payroll services, and office administration spanning over thirty years. Prior to joining our staff, she was the Payroll Supervisor at General Dynamics Nassco Norfolk.

Chryssi began her career at Metro Machine Corporation and held the positions of Planning Administrator, Executive Assistant to the President, and Payroll Supervisor. She researched and developed the Metro Machine Health Care Plan that was one of the first company-owned health care plans in the area. She served as the Program Manager for the employee Performance Based Testing Program (NOVASCAN). She was Director of the Employee Advisory Board as well as for the company’s Orientation Program.

Chryssi volunteers at her church activities, and she is also involved in pet rescue and pet training.


Monica Salgado

Account/Office Manager

Monica Salgado has been in the ship repair and staffing industry since 2015 and plays an important role in the Surge Force recruitment process. Monica is passionate and focused when it comes to helping ship repair professionals find positions that best fit their career goals. She has an amazing work ethic, excellent customer service skills (bilingual English/Spanish), and an understanding of the ship repair industry. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her son, shopping, and visiting museums.

David McGarity

Safety Manager

David McGarity, also known around the company as “Safety Dave”, is responsible for employee health and safety and safety compliance at AIT. As an OSHA 10 and 30-hour outreach trainer, he teaches employees how to work safely on the waterfront. David is responsible for analyzing, designing, and implementing policies and procedures to make a workplace safe for employees. This includes making the work environment more comfortable for employees by designing safe work spaces, ways to decrease absenteeism and injuries, how to increase employee productivity, inspecting work spaces and also machines in order to make sure they are working safely and properly, and inspecting procedures to make sure they are in compliance with state and federal laws. David works closely with employees gathering data on a specific procedure and then analyze this information to develop new ways to increase productivity, safety, and efficiency. David then presents this information to management and implements new procedures as necessary.