Our Team

Rob Scott

Rob Scott

Rob Scott joined Birdon in November 2021 to lead business strategy, future direction, performance and growth in the United States. Prior to that he held a variety of executive management and operational roles with Bechtel Group Inc. In his last role with Bechtel, Rob helped set up and lead Bechtel’s Operational Technology Cybersecurity Business Unit. In addition, during 2020 he also led Bechtel’s COVID-19 Crisis Response Team answering a national call for help in planning and responding to the pandemic through Alternate Care Facilities. Prior to joining Bechtel in 2011, Rob had a distinguished 21-year career in the United States Marine Corps. Rob graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science, from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. He is also a certified Project Management Professional from the Project Management Institute and served as a Commandant of the Marine Corps Fellow (Executive Fellowship) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Rob has also received numerous honors and awards, including the Legion of Merit and Bronze Star medals. Rob volunteers to help transitioning veterans find apprenticeships in the construction field and as an Executive Board Member for Give an Hour®, a nonprofit focused on providing free and confidential mental health care to those who serve, our veterans, and their families. Rob currently lives in Houston, TX with his wife Gabriela and together they have four children.
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Jim Ducker

Chief Operating Officer
Jim Ducker is the Chief Operating Officer for Birdon America where he is responsible for the Denver Operations and Business Development opportunities. Jim joined Birdon in 2012 and he has served in many executive roles while leading the company through its explosive growth over the past ten years. Under Jim’s leadership the company has established itself as one of the most capable marine oriented small businesses in the United States, allowing it to compete against much larger businesses as a prime contractor for defense and commercial contracts. Prior to joining Birdon, Jim was Chief Operating Officer for Swiftships Shipbuilders in Morgan City LA where he led a company financial and operational reorganization that resulted in the successful delivery of 9-35M Fast Patrol Boats for the Iraqi Navy. Jim is a Colorado native and received his accounting degree from the University of Colorado at Denver. He has three children and currently resides in Aurora with his wife Tracy.

Ben Keogh

Chief Financial Officer
Ben has over 20 years experience across a diverse range of sectors within the Finance industry. Ben has worked in Investment, Commercial and Corporate banking as well as Analyst roles in Sydney and London. He has expertise in Commercial Risk Analysis, Financial and Project Reporting, Contract Management, Strategy and Planning. Prior to joining Birdon, Ben held the position of Director and Shareholder of a Financial Services Firm in Port Macquarie. Ben’s exposure to a variety of industries and his strong commercial awareness ensures the delivery of practical and beneficial outcomes to Birdon’s clients and stakeholders.
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Hartwell Champagne

Program Director
Hartwell Champagne joined Birdon America in August of 2019 to be the Program Manager for the U.S. Coast Guard 47-Motor Lifeboat (MLB) Service Life Extension Program (SLEP). Since contract award Hartwell has led the program to many early successes to include delivery and successful test completion of the First Article vessel, delivery of the second two Operational Test vessels, and all non-vessel program deliverables and support activities. In support of the contract, Hartwell established the Birdon America West Coast SLEP operations and program team in Bellingham, Washington, alongside the production facility. Prior to joining Birdon, Hartwell worked for SAFE Boats International as the Program Director for the delivery of US Navy Mk VI Patrol Boats and established the SAFE Boats Tacoma facility and operations for the delivery of that program. Subsequent to the Mk VI program, Hartwell was the Sr. Vice President Operations for SAFE Boats responsible for the vessel production in both Bremerton and Tacoma facilities. Before joining SAFE Boats, Hartwell had a 24-year career with BAE Systems (through Stewart & Stevenson and Armor Holdings acquisitions) in the areas of wheeled tactical vehicles and tracked combat and artillery vehicles. He started with BAE Systems as a Mechanical Design Engineer and his career progressed through project engineering, project and program management. Hartwell holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and received his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification in 1998. Hartwell enjoys spending his free time sailing and hiking in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
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Tom Hendrickson

Vice President Business Development
Tom Hendrickson is Vice President Business Development for Birdon America Inc. responsible for identifying and supporting the capture of new business opportunities. Tom joined Birdon in 2011 and has been instrumental in developing advanced marine propulsion systems for NAMJet LLC, Birdon’s wholly owned waterjet division prior to assuming his current duties. Prior to joining Birdon, Tom was Vice President of Litetronics International, a worldwide lighting company based in Chicago IL. For 21 years he was program manager for the technologies division that supplied numerous turnkey lighting manufacturing systems to global customers giving him extensive experience living and working on-the-ground on multiple continents. Tom holds a journeyman rating as a Machinist and Patternmaker. He has two children and two grandsons and lives in Parker CO with his wife Cynthia.
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Jonathan Buczkowski

Engineering Director
Jonathan Buczkowski joined the Birdon team in 2019, and is the Engineering Director for Birdon America in Denver, Colorado. Jonathan is focused on continuous improvement of the engineering department by growing its expertise with new skill sets, tools, processes, and training. He came aboard to execute the engineering portion of the US Coast Guard 47C Motor Life Boat SLEP. He made a swift transition from the aviation industry to the maritime industry where he leveraged his experience showing compliance to customer and regulatory requirements through design, analysis, proto-typing, and testing. Jonathan has consulted for many manufacturing companies by providing training for LEAN office flow as well as coursework he developed for design for manufacturability, project management, and strategic initiatives. Jonathan also contributed to two companies gaining AS9100 accreditation. Prior to joining Birdon, Jonathan worked on numerous military projects with the US Air Force on Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance programs (Pilatus and Embraer platforms) and with the US ARMY on Blackhawk Helicopters (Sykorsky platform). On the commercial side, he worked in various capacities as a department head, project lead, engineering lead, and engineer on aircraft systems to garner five FAA Type Certificates (Robinson, Bell, Pilatus, Cirrus, and Bombardier platforms) and over five Supplemental Type Certificates (Eurocopter, Augusta, Pilatus, De Havilland, Piaggio platforms). Jonathan lives in Denver with his wife Brinley and their three children.
Mark Shankland

Mark Shankland

Supply Chain Manager
Mark Shankland joined Birdon America in February of 2021 as Purchasing Manager. He brings with him a 15-year background encompassing Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Planning, and Continuous Improvement (CI) Management roles in regulated industries at Air Comm Corp. and Adam Aircraft. Leveraging a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Colorado State University and a CPIM certification from the Association for Supply Chain Management, along with lean manufacturing education and training, Mark has led ERP implementations, CI, technology CI/ kaizen projects, value stream mapping, and divisional acquisition/ consolidation project work. Mark was a speaker/ presenter at the Quantum User Group and is a member of Golden Key International Honour Society and Sigma Beta Delta. At Birdon, Mark is responsible for developing Supply Chain and Supplier partnerships to support all programs and customers with world-class service and support. Mark resides and adventures in the Denver area with his wife.
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Martyn Bowden

Business Development Manager
Martyn Bowden joined Birdon in August 2021 as Business Development Manager for Europe. As a specialist in waterjet propulsion and small craft, Martyn previously worked for the high speed waterjet manufacturer Alamarin-Jet as Technical Sales Manager for EMEA and Americas. Having extensive knowledge in propulsion system design, application engineering and naval architecture from over 10 years of working around the globe with equipment OEMs, boat builders, vessel operators and government entities, Martyn is tasked with growing the Birdon product offering and footprint to new markets and customers. Martyn lives in the UK with his 2 children.
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Bill Hoffman

Bill Hoffman joined Birdon in 2014 as Controller and has since taken on a dual controller role with Birdon America Inc. and NAMJet. He has been directly involved with the implementation of Microsoft Dynamics NAV,the upgrade to Dynamics BC 365 as well as several modules to increase speed and efficiency of data processing. Bill has been worked across almost every aspect of the business, from training production planners, implementing benefits, creating HR handbooks, efficiency improvements, to implementing software to assist all departments in Birdon’s rapid growth trajectory. Prior to joining Birdon, Bill held Controller roles with multiple manufacturing companies. In his role as Controller for Miracle-Ear Corporation, owned by Bausch & Lomb, Bill helped transition the manufacturing company to JDE when they were purchased by Amplifon, the world’s largest hearing aid retailer. Bill currently lives near Denver with his wife of 29 years and 2 kids ages 16 & 15. They enjoy spending time with their pets and camping on their land in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.


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