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Meet Our Executive Team

Leadership That Drives Success

Our team at Baker Marine Solutions is a blend of seasoned veterans and dynamic innovators in the maritime industry. With decades of combined experience, we are equipped to navigate the challenges of the ever-evolving marine landscape.

Jim Baker


Jim Baker, the dynamic Founder and President of Baker Marine Solutions (BMS), is a veteran mariner with an exceptional career that spans several decades. From his humble beginnings as a deckhand offshore, he has steadily risen through the ranks to establish himself as a formidable figure in the maritime industry.

Inspired by his chief engineer father, Jim developed a deep-seated passion for the sea and its related industries. He spent around 15 years sailing on offshore vessels and further sharpened his leadership skills as the Marine Manager for a commercial diving firm. These experiences laid the groundwork for the creation of BMS.

Under Jim’s visionary leadership, BMS has evolved into a solutions provider catering to diverse needs within the maritime sector. The company's key service areas include Marine Assurance, Marine Warranty, Project Management, Special Projects, and Engineering. Starting as a marine assurance provider, BMS has since broadened its scope to encompass engineering, design, logistics, and subsea inspection.

With a proficient team of around 50 office and field personnel, BMS is extending its reach both domestically and globally. Its client base is continuously expanding and includes super majors, vessel owners, renewable energy providers, and marine infrastructure clients. As the largest independent company of its kind in the Americas, BMS holds a distinctive position in the maritime industry.

Beyond business expansion, Jim is driven by a mission to make a significant impact on the maritime industry and enhance value for clients. When he isn’t steering BMS towards new horizons, he enjoys spending quality time with his family on the water.

Actively involved in professional and industry organizations such as OMSA, SNAME, MTS, and SOMWS, Jim ensures that BMS stays at the forefront of industry trends and developments. 


Todd Laborde

Chief Operations Officer

A distinguished holder of a USCG Master Mariner License, Todd oversees the day-to-day operations at Baker Marine Solutions. His academic credentials include a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Transportation from the prestigious Texas A&M University Maritime Academy, further solidifying his command over maritime operations.

Todd's professional journey is enriched by his diverse seafaring experience, which spans across various vessel types. From crude oil tankers and refined gasoline product tankers to container ships and crew transport vessels, his proficiency extends to operating dynamically positioned support vessels as well. This rich experience has endowed him with a unique perspective and understanding of the maritime industry.

Sean Hogue

Senior Vice President of Operations

As the Senior Vice President of Operations at Baker Marine Solutions (BMS), Sean Hogue is an industry veteran with a deep understanding of the maritime sector. He joined the BMS team in 2020 and has since played a pivotal role in ensuring top-notch deliverables, developing personnel competency, and spearheading business development initiatives.

Sean boasts the prestigious title of Unlimited Master Mariner, a testament to his superior navigation skills and thorough knowledge of maritime law. His sailing experience primarily lies within the upstream energy sector where he operated a variety of Dynamic Positioning (DP) vessels, further enhancing his expertise in the field.

Adding another feather to his cap, Sean is a certified Marine Warranty Surveyor by SOMWS. In this capacity, he has been instrumental in executing high-profile projects such as the Shell Appomattox and the pioneering Block Island Wind Farm - the first of its kind in the United States.

With his vast experience and dedication, Sean continues to make significant contributions to BMS's growth trajectory while upholding the company's commitment to delivering exceptional service to its clients.

Arthur “AJ” Davis

Vice President of Engineering

Arthur J. Davis, often known as AJ, is a distinguished professional in the maritime industry, boasting a diverse and expansive background. He earned his degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of New Orleans, equipping him with a solid educational foundation in the field.

In his career, AJ has held pivotal roles at prominent organizations such as ABS, where he demonstrated his exceptional knowledge and skills. His most recent professional endeavor was at Gulf Island Shipyard, a renowned entity in the maritime industry. With a proven track record, AJ continues to leverage his extensive experience and academic background to contribute to the maritime sector. 

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Michael MacMillan

General Manager of Baker Subsea Solutions

Mike has been in the ROV industry for 20 years.  Starting as a technician offshore, he gained a passion for ROV’s. He began his career working in the GOM and eventually worked internationally over the last 15 years.  Mike continued to grow in the ROV industry holding positions as Operations Coordinator, Operations Manager, Project Manager as well as serving multiple roles in maintenance, quality and contract management.  In addition to his ROV experience, Mike started his professional career in intellectual property at the University of Southern Mississippi.  


Brittney Mikeska

Lead Sales and Subsea Account Manager

As the Lead Sales and Subsea Account Manager, Brittney strives to offer the best solutions for our valued clients. Having spent the last 15 years in the oil and gas sector she is equipped to offer comprehensive customer service. Here at BDS she will continue building quality relationships (and trust) with clients and team members alike. Brittney’s attention to detail, transparency with, and genuine concern for clients and personnel have allowed her to pool a highly qualified and energetic subsea maintenance team. We look forward to managing her teams’ success at Baker Drilling Solutions.


Blake Fussell

VP Baker Drilling Solutions

The day after graduating highschool in Louisiana, Blake Fussell was on the Mr. Charlie, a training rig in Morgan City. Blake worked his way through school at Tulane and LSU, but ultimately changed career paths from construction management, back to the challenging work environments in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Involved in the early stages of developing and deploying Managed Pressure Drilling (MPD) equipment packages and services, Blake progressed from a technical specialist in the field to an MPD Superintendent. During these years, Blake gained the contacts and project management experience that have founded multiple MPD consulting groups.

Our team's collective expertise and dedication are the cornerstones of Baker Marine Solutions' success.

We are committed to delivering exemplary services that address the most pressing challenges in the maritime industry. For any queries or to learn more about our services, please contact us or call our 24/7 response line at 985-789-5231.