Todd Nestel serves as the President for W&O where he is responsible for leading the company as we prepare to thrive over the next decade.
Todd joined W&O after spending the majority of his career at Drew Marine and Drew Industrial where he served in various sales and sales management roles. His focus was on international business in Central America and the Caribbean, the mining industry, and the cruise market. Todd also served as the Director of Sales and then Vice President of Engineering at Chariot Robotics who manufactured a robotic system marketed to the maritime industry.
Todd is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy with a dual major in Marine Engineering and Marine Transportation. He was in the United States Naval Reserve for 12 years. Todd loves boating, fishing, mountain biking and spending time with his family.
Vice President of Sales
Fred Loomis serves as the Vice President of Sales where he leads the company’s sales and technical teams along with maintaining key account relationships. He also works very closely with all of W&O’s Regional and branch managers in North America who serve their local marketplace.
Fred has been with W&O for 24 years after sailing on tugs for 12 years including 10 with our good customer Reinauer Transportation. Starting as Northeast Sales representative and growing into roles that include starting our Engineered Products team, Director of Navy and Government sales and VP of Technical Projects. Fred is an active member of Shipbuilders Council and SNAME, staying involved with legislative and issues that affect the maritime industry.
General Manager, Europe
Kristof is our General Manager Europe, and he also oversees activities in Asia.
After completing his studies in Logistics at de Karel de Grote Hogeschool in Antwerp Belgium, Kristof joined Dissaco, a forwarding company. Dissaco is situated in the center of Antwerp’s port and it was here that Kristof developed his passion for ships. He left the forwarding world to work for Hydrex, a specialized company performing worldwide underwater repairs on vessels. Kristof was with Hydrex for 10 years and performed different roles. The last 2 years at Hydrex, Kristof was General Manager for the Group.
Kristof joined W&O in 2011, to develop the activities of W&O in Europe. In 2016 he added the responsibility for W&O Asia office in Singapore.
Together with his wife, Kristof is raising two boys. Kristof enjoys playing tennis and is a big fan of all bike sports.
Chief Financial Officer
Paula Orel is the Chief Financial Officer for W&O where she oversees the company’s financial matters; including banking, insurance and cash management.
Prior to joining W&O, Ms. Orel began her career at Ernst & Young. She served as Senior Accountant at WinnDixie before moving on to FIS as an accounting supervisor and ultimately as the SEC and Technical Accounting Director.
Paula graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Accounting and then went to the University of Florida for her Master’s degree in Accounting. She has been licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) since 2002.
Vice President of Operations and Corporate Compliance
Michael Mickle began his career as a petroleum engineer and project manager for Sperry Sun Drilling Services, providing technology-based drilling services to the major oil companies. He was focused on upstream oil and gas exploration and introduced the company's services into the North Sea operating theatre. Sperry Sun is now part of the Halliburton corporation.
After receiving his Master’s degree, Mr. Mickle worked on the development and application of supply-chain technologies for the transportation and logistics industry. His work brought him to Jacksonville, Florida, where he joined Crowley Maritime and later helped to start Crowley's logistics company and also assembled Crowley's yield-management program. When Hamburg Süd acquired Crowley's South America business, Mike joined Hamburg Süd as Vice President of Trade Management.
Mr. Mickle’s education includes a petroleum-engineering degree from Louisiana State University, a MBA from the University of North Carolina and logistics training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's executive summer program.
Vice President of IT and Business Solutions
Valeria Jackson leads technology and innovation for W&O Supply, where she directs, manages and aligns the portfolio of projects and programs with organizational strategic objectives, goals and priorities.
Valeria began her career with Andersen Consulting in Brazil, gaining unparalleled experience in the mergers and acquisitions space, while also establishing herself as a respected project portfolio manager. Valeria is proud to call Jacksonville, FL home, where her career and background led her to helping start Crowley Maritime’s international logistics division. Valeria was also part of the Project Management Office at Everbank prior to joining W&O.
Valeria is a Project Management Professional, a Certified Scrum Master and has earned her degree in Computer Science and a Juris Doctorate from the Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Parana in Brazil. Valeria loves cycling, yoga and spending time with her family and pets.
Vice President of Materials Management
Carl serves as the Vice President of Materials Management where he leads the company’s product procurement team along with the business intelligence group.
Carl began his career in 1991 when he joined W&O as a warehouseman in our Virginia Beach, Va. Location. He steadily worked his way through the ranks of the organization holding positions along the way such as Branch Manager, Regional Manager and Senior Director of Strategic Pricing prior to taking on his current role.
As an avid and competitive cyclist, Carl loves all things bikes and enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons.