Ryan Libhart Pereyda - Principal and CEO
Ryan Libhart Pereyda became the Principal and CEO of PCS on October 1, 2019. As CEO he is responsible for strategically managing the operations and resources of Patriot, making major corporate decisions, and seeking new business opportunities. Ryan is a California Maritime Academy graduate who sailed with Patriot not long after graduation. He has a strong background in the commercial maritime industry and deep technical knowledge, including a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from RWTH Aachen Technical University, in Aachen, Germany. Over the last 15 years, he has held positions of increasing responsibility with APL and Eagle Bulk Shipping.
Lance Bardo - President
Lance Bardo joined PCS in 2011 and is our President. In that position, he has overall responsibility for the performance of PCS, oversees operations issues regarding all of the vessels under PCS management. Lance joined Patriot in 2011 as Technical Manager, was promoted to MSC Program Manager in 2012, and to VP Operations in 2016. Lance completed over 29 years of service in the United States Coast Guard, retiring in 2010 as a Captain. His Coast Guard experience included extensive sea time and command of 7 ships, concluding with the construction, delivery and shakedown of the second National Security Cutter. He has a wide range of staff experience in federal financial and personnel management as well as joint service at the U.S. European headquarters. He is a licensed merchant mariner with a B.S. in Mathematics from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and an M.S. in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School.
Boriana Farrar - Vice President and Chief Legal Officer
Boriana Farrar brings seventeen years of legal experience to PCS's senior leadership team. As the Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, Boriana provides expert and strategic counsel to the officers and upper management team, advising on all legal matters. Prior to joining the Patriot Team, Boriana was a Vice President, Senior Claims Executive and Counsel at the American P&I Club in New York, where she handled variety of P&I claims with focus on personal injury crew and passenger claims, casualties, charter party and contract disputes. Before joining the Club, Boriana was a partner at Hill Betts & Nash LLP, a prominent New York maritime law firm. Boriana holds a master’s degree in Admiralty & Maritime Law from Tulane Law School and another master’s degree in International Law from the University of San Diego School of Law. She has a thorough international background, having pursued her legal studies not only in the U.S. but also in her native Bulgaria, the U.K. and the Netherlands. In addition to her native language, she is fluent in English, Russian and German.
Shadd Williams – MARAD RRF Program Manager
Shadd Williams is PCS's MARAD RRF Program Manager. He graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1988 with a BS in Marine Engineering. He is an ISM/ISPS/MTSA auditor for vessel and company audits. He currently performs OPA 90 Qualified Individual and Deputy Company Security Officer duties. He performs detailed Root Cause Analysis (RCA) investigations. He provides non-US clients with support during Port State Control visits to US ports and ensures EPA Vessel General Permit (VGP) compliance. He assists clients in ISM compliance issues. He previously worked for the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) for 20 years as a Surveyor, Country & District Manager, and Regional Vice President with extensive experience on vessel and offshore platform classification and statutory regulation compliance issues. He worked on both class/statutory surveys on vessels including new construction projects in S. Korea and the Philippines and was responsible for managing ABS offices for Northern Europe/West Africa before promotion to Vice President Corporate Classification. He finished his ABS career as the District Manager of the US West Coast. Prior to ABS, he was a fully qualified USCG Marine Inspector for commercial ships and offshore platforms, frequently assisting in Asia. Duty stations included Far East Activities Japan.
Matt Bliven – MSC Program Manager
Matt Bliven serves as the MSC Program Manager, overseeing technical, engineering and management issues for all of the MSC vessels under PCS`s management. Matt joined PCS in 2013 after completing 30 years of service in the U.S. Coast Guard, and attaining the rank of Captain. He has 10 years of shipboard experience, serving as both Chief Engineer and as Commanding Officer aboard several Coast Guard cutters. He brings a wealth of experience to PCS, having supervised fleet maintenance, repair and construction, and directing maritime operations in the Pacific, Arctic, and Far East. Matt is a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and holds advanced degrees in Mechanical Engineering and in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering from MIT. He is a registered Professional Engineer.