Seattle’s Hockema Group Posts Name, Management Changes for 2021

A naval architecture, marine and electrical engineering firm with offices in Seattle and Bend, Oregon has announced name and management changes now in place.

Hockema Whalen Myers Associates Inc., now the Hockema Group, announced this week that after 42 years in the marine industry and 23 years of managing the firm he founded in 1997 that Hal Hockema is stepping down from daily management to serve as chairman of the company. His emphasis will be on design quality assurance and to serve as an advisor to the Hockema Group management team, the announcement said.

John Myers is the new president and managing principal, with Michael Minnig as vice president and senior principal, and Craig Pomeroy as principal naval architect. Julie Hockema has also stepped back to a 20 hour a week commitment and will continue as business manager and bookkeeper. Shannon Potter, who has 20 years of contract management experience, has joined the firm as administrative manager. Michael Whalen, who retired in 2020, will also stay with Hockema Group as senior principal.

Hockema Group offers a variety of engineering and consulting services in addition to its traditional naval architecture and marine engineering disciplines. The firm provides services for tugs, barges, commercial fishing vessels, dredgers, cargo vessels, workboats, passenger vessels and government/military service vessels.