Rich Merhige

By epulis / April 10, 2016 / Operations, Technician & Shop Team / No Comments

In 1992, Richard Merhige founded Advanced Maintenance Engineering and later in 2002 Advanced Mechanical Enterprises. He attended the State University of New York Maritime College, earning a Bachelor Degree in Marine Engineering, continuing his education in Systems and Ocean Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic, and George Washington Universities. He furthered his specialized training, earning a USCG License as a Second Assistant Engineer Steam & Motor, Unlimited Horsepower and a certification as a Vibration Analyst. Guided by his knowledge and expertise, AME is recognized as an external specialist for condition monitoring by the American Bureau of Shipping.

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Christine Battles

By epulis / February 28, 2016 / Operations / No Comments

As Chief Administrative Officer, Christine oversees internal operations, and finances. She is also the driving force behind AME’s business development, strengthening ties with existing clientele and cultivating new relationships. In this capacity, she oversees all public relations, marketing, promotions, events, and partnerships to promote corporate expansion on all levels.

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Teresa Drugatz

By epulis / February 27, 2016 / Operations / No Comments

Teresa is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the internal office and provides support for Business Development activity through AME’s advertising, marketing and public relations initiatives. She joined the team in 2010 as Marketing Manager and was promoted to Office Manager soon thereafter. She writes the copy for AME’s marketing materials and corporate documents while also offering support to accounting and general office administration. Prior to joining AME, Teresa worked independently for m3 Events+, and other marketing, and event companies. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Communication from University of Miami, where she double majored in Public Relations, and Sociology, and minored in Marketing.

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Fred Blockland

By epulis / February 25, 2016 / Operations / No Comments

Fred joined AME in 2013 as its first dedicated Service/Project Manager. He brings over 23 years of experience in the marine industry to the company, managing daily scheduling and the day-to-day progress of all major projects. He is responsible for overseeing the Service and Shop teams, while continuously mentoring and supporting them. Prior to joining AME, Fred oversaw new yacht builds, and refits for some of South Florida’s most recognized yacht companies.

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Lawrence “Tony” Planamento

By epulis / February 24, 2016 / Operations, Technician & Shop Team / No Comments

Tony Planamento joined the AME team in May, 2016, as a mechanical engineering intern. Upon completing his summer term, he was offered a full time position as a field service engineer. Tony earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Central Florida. Prior to joining AME, he was a supervisor at Pines Ice Arena for ten years, where he also plays, and coaches ice hockey. He also volunteers his time with the Boys & Girls Club of America.

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Candice Odom

By Fredrick / January 13, 2013 / Operations / No Comments

Manager of Finance and Administrative Services AME Team Member Since 2019 Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance, University of North Florida Bachelor of Arts, Accounting, St. Leo University Candice joined the AME team in March of 2019 and oversees the company’s financial and administrative services. She brings to AME over 10 years of experience in budgeting, […]

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Carol Wright

By Fredrick / January 12, 2013 / Operations / No Comments

Administrative Assistant Carol is responsible for providing administrative support for AME’s office and service operations to maintain efficiency and organization. Prior to joining AME, Carol held administrative and customer service positions for other South Florida service driven companies.

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Joanna Ramirez

By Fredrick / June 4, 2012 / Operations / No Comments

Marketing Coordinator Joanna started at AME in May of 2016 as an intern while studying public relations at Nova Southeastern University. She was brought on officially part of the AME team as Marketing Coordinator in June of 2017. Under the direction of the CAO, and Client Services Manager, Joanna assists and supports the coordination of all marketing efforts. She […]

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