Grace brings over 13 years of professional experience managing a wide range of activities from complex oil and gas exploration logistics, aviation operations and safety in remote Arctic Alaska, to business development and consulting. Most recently, Grace was responsible for leading all aviation logistics operations in the Alaska Venture for the Shell Exploration and Production Company.
Grace received her bachelor’s degree in Oceanography from the United States Naval Academy and served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a helicopter pilot and Aircraft Commander. During her service she held various leadership roles in Operations and Logistics as well as Director of Safety and Standardization.
Alex Hofeling | Vice President & Alaska General Manager
Serving as Vice President and General Manager, Alex Hofeling is the face of TOTE in the state of Alaska, working closely with the Port, labor partners, customers, and the community to ensure that TOTE continues to offer reliable, best-in-class service to the Last Frontier state.
Alex joined TOTE Maritime Alaska in 2013, serving as Regional Sales Manager and Director of Marketing before taking over the Vice President and General Manager of Alaska role.
After graduating from high school in Beatrice, Nebraska, Alex joined the United States Coast Guard and served on the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Sea out of Seattle and at Coast Guard Group Grand Haven in Michigan. He has worked in the Alaska Jones-Act trade since discharging from the US Coast Guard in 1999.
Alex holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration with a finance focus from the University of Washington (2003) and an MBA from Seattle University (2010). He has previously served as Board of Director of the Northwest Fisheries Association and the board of the Transportation Club of Tacoma. Alex, his wife Mariana, and two boys look forward to making Alaska their home.
Chris Rye | Vice President of Operations
As Vice President of Operations, Chris is responsible for Terminal, Equipment, Fleet, and Maintenance departments. He oversees the operation to ensure that TOTE’s safety, customer experience, continuous improvement, and employee engagement goals are met.
Prior to joining TOTE Maritime Alaska, Chris was a Project Manager for the construction of the world’s first LNG powered containerships, the Marlin Class. After delivery of the Isla Bella, he moved to Jacksonville in 2015 to manage the vessels as Port Engineer for TOTE Services. He transitioned to TOTE Maritime in 2017 as Director of Operations for TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico and oversaw the operations at the Jacksonville terminal.
Chris is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY and the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business in Gainesville, FL. He also completed the Executive Perspective for Scientists and Engineers (EPSE) program at the University of California San Diego and holds PMP and CPE certificates.
Bill Crawford | Vice President of Commerical
As Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Bill is responsible for creating and implementing strategic plans for the sales and marketing teams and ensuring financial performance objectives for the organization are achieved.
Bill brings over 19 years of experience in the shipping and LTL industries to TOTE Maritime. Bill started his career at TOTE Maritime in Anchorage, Alaska in 2003 as an Account Executive covering vehicles, LTL, reefers and construction segments. He then was promoted to Special Projects & Logistics Manager, Lower 48 Sales Manager, National Sales Executive, Director of Sales and most recently Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Prior to joining TOTE Maritime he held various sales and management positions at Roadway Express.
Bill is a graduate of Washington State University and received degrees in Business Administration and English Literature. He also has received advanced certifications from the University Of Chicago Graduate School Of Business in Fundamentals of Effective Sales Management and University of California Davis in Post-Harvest Technology.
As Vice President of Service Execution, Blake is responsible for Customer Service, Documentation, Inland Transportation, Project Management, and Business Transformation. Blake has been with the Saltchuk family since 2012 working for Foss Maritime and shortly after moved to Saltchuk where he served in both Finance and Operational rolls.
At Saltchuk he worked on Financial Planning & Reporting, Treasury, Capital Planning, Acquisitions, Integrations, Safety, and Continuous Improvement. His main focus at Saltchuk was to leverage the scale of resources and take advantage of internal expertise to move further, faster.
Blake has a Bachelors and MBA from Washington State University and holds several certificates including PMP, CPA, and Six Sigma Blackbelt from Villanova. He lives in Kirkland with his wife Lindsay and son Kasen.
Gene Gerrard | Vice President of Human Resources
As Vice President of Human Resources, Gene is responsible for the development of HR policies, practices and programs to make sure they support our business strategy, shared values and culture. Previously, he was the top HR leader at SeaBright Holdings, Inc. He has also served as Vice President at Drake Beam Morin, Inc., a worldwide provider of human resources services for recruitment, training, organizational development and change management.
Gene brings over 25 years of HR leadership experience, having worked extensively in human resources throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Gene received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Gonzaga University and has done graduate work in business administration at Eastern Washington University. He is a long time member of the HR Executive Forum and the Society for Human Resources Management.