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 of AIT, LLC and Vice President, Surge Force, LLC, has over ten 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 10 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:
- Virginia Ship Repair Association (VSRA)
- Port of San Diego Ship Repair Association (PSDSRA)
- American Maritime Modernization Association (AMMA)
- Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce
- Board Member National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)
Recruitment Director/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.
Karina joined the Surge Force team in October 2019. She has been an important role in the company as an HR and Benefits Admin. In April 2020, she also became a member of the AIT team as an Executive Admin Assistant. Karina was born and raised in Puerto Rico, making her bilingual in Spanish and English. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family baking and laughing, going to the movies, and taking drives without a destination.
Zakeya has resided in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia for most of her life. She’s a mother of three beautiful boys. In her free time, she likes to decorate, refinish furniture, develop resumes, and spend time with her family. She attended Fortis College where she obtained her Associates in Business Administration. She has worked in the staffing and/or maritime industry for the past four years and has a very strong knowledge of all of the local shipyards in Virginia. Her work experience includes Account Management, Employee Benefits Management, and Recruitment in the maritime, information technology, and private military industries. She is very motivated and has a very strong work ethic. She strives to provide 110% to the work that she does. She makes it a priority to building strong, mutually beneficial, and long-term relationships with employees and clients. It genuinely brings joy to her heart to take the burden off employees’ shoulders and share mutual excitement with newly place employees during the onboarding process. Her goal is to find great people and place them in great careers.
Edna Quinsay joined AIT & Surge Force on April 4, 2019, as a Senior Accountant. Edna has always been fascinated with numbers and has a deep passion for helping small business owners manage their financial growth. With a strong and successful accounting background, Edna provides expert advice, professionalism, and attention to detail. She has 25 years of Accounting experience. Previously, she worked with NAVSEA as a Procurement Analyst where she learned the procedures and processes of government contracts. Edna is a Team Player who is always willing to learn something new and always accomplishes her work before the end of the day. She closely interacts with our purchasing department/production & project managers.
Miranda joined Advanced Integrated Technologies in November 2019 and serves as the Comptroller for AIT and Surge Force. Miranda is an innovative and driven accounting professional with over 19 years of diverse finance and government contracting experience, in the small to mid-sized business sectors. She specializes in financial modeling, cash flow management, cost accounting, and budgeting/forecasting. Miranda is actively pursuing her B.A. in Business Administration at Strayer University. In her spare time, she enjoys evening bike rides with her family, traveling, and red wine varietals.