Cleveland Maritime Group, LLC
On Course; Building Value

Our People:


Chairman of the Board: Mr. Renold Thompson, Jr. 

Rod Thompson is our Chairman, and is a founding investor.  He recently retired as Executive Vice President, Capital Markets, at a top-5 US commercial bank and has a long family history in the maritime industry.  Rod was a long-time investor in Oglebay Norton Company, when the company operated the largest and most successful fleet of commercial carriers on the Great Lakes.  Rod is also an active member of the Cleveland Council on Foreign Relations.  Rod Thompson earned both undergraduate and M.B.A. degrees from Dartmouth College.

Chief Executive Officer: CAPT Edward L. Bartlett, Jr., US Merchant Marine. 

Ed Bartlett is our President & CEO, and is a founding investor and member of the Board of Directors.  Ed is also a USCG licensed Master/Captain & Third Assistant Engineer Officer in the US Merchant Marine.  He served the US Navy on active duty in a variety of positions on both surface ships and submarines.  Prior to attending Nuclear Power School, he completed a brief tour of duty on USS MILWAUKEE (AOR-2), a Replenishment Oiler engaged in Vietnam War-era underway replenishment duty.  After active duty in the submarine force he left the Navy for an Engineering position at Electric Boat, where he served as Engineering Manager for the Conceptual Design of the VIRGINIA Class submarine nuclear propulsion plant. In this position he managed the development of the numerous innovations which distinguish this exceptional design, two of which were conceived by him.  He also served as the first President of DRS Power Systems, a unit of DRS Technologies, Inc., after developing and successfully executing the strategy to create the business unit.  During his tenure at DRS, the business successfully developed the world's most powerful permanent magnet motor.  Ed also operated Goldenrod Blue Associates, a marine consultancy, before forming Cleveland Maritime Group with his fellow investors.  Ed is a graduate of the inaugural class of the Global Leadership 2020 post-graduate business education program, conducted as a joint international program by the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and the Templeton School of Business at The University of Oxford.  He is a graduate of the University of the State of New York (Marine Engineering) and earned his M.B.A. in Finance from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  Finally, he is a graduate of the US Navy's Nuclear Power School and subsequently served as an instructor at the advanced phase of Navy nuclear power training.

Chief Engineer: Jeffrey R. Bartlett, Chief Engineer Officer, US Merchant Marine

Jeff Bartlett is our Chief Engineer, and is a founding investor in Cleveland Maritime Group.  Jeff is also a USCG licensed Chief Engineer Officer in the US Merchant Marine for Steam, Diesel and Gas Turbine Propulsion Plants.  He served the US Navy as a Civilian Mariner in the Military Sealift Command (MSC) in a variety of at-sea positions on all types of ships operated by MSC and in shoreside engineering postions.  He served as MSC's first Chief Engineer on their first Fast Combat Support Ship, USNS SUPPLY (T-AOE 6), setting the standard for how these extraordinarily capable ships would be operated by the smaller MSC crews.  Ashore he served as both an Exchange Officer with the British Royal Fleet Auxiliary Force and as MSC Port Chief Engineer (East).  Since retiring from MSC he has served NAVSEA as Port Engineer for the reactivation and Foreign Military Sale of a KAISER Class Fleet Oiler and for the Foreign Military Sale of an OLIVER HAZARD PERRY Class Frigate.  An entrepreneur, Jeff has successfully started and operated Two Rivers Marine Services, Inc.   Jeff is a graduate of Boston University, where he earned an MS in Management and of Maine Maritime Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering and served as the Regimental Commander during his senior year.

  Cleveland Ship
7160 Chagrin Rd., Suite 275
Cleveland, OH 44023



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