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 also served as Lieutenant Commander in the United States Naval Reserve for 12 years. Todd loves boating, fishing, mountain biking and spending time with his family.
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 Fidelity National Information Services as the 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 Sales
Fred Loomis serves as the Vice President of Technical Projects for W&O where he leads the company’s key markets and technical projects. He also works very closely with all of W&O’s North American Regional and Branch managers who serve and sell to their local markets. Fred has been with W&O for 17 years, and is very active in legislative and environmental issues affecting the maritime industry. He began his W&O tenure as a Northeast Sales Representative before moving on to become the Director of Navy and Government Sales. Previously, Fred worked as a Tug Captain for Reinauer Transportation of New York for 10 years.