The Pilot Marine Surveyors & Consultants Team

Doug Alling

Pilot Marine CEO, SAMS-AMS

Doug Alling, SAMS-AMS, runs the day-to-day operations of Pilot Marine Surveyors & Consultants from our headquarters in Charleston, South Carolina. Doug performs inspections from North Carolina to Georgia. He is an IAMI Certified Marine Investigator, ABYC certified and a former Coast Guard captain’s license instructor.

Staci Houser

Staci Houser joined Pilot Marine SC as our business administrator in January of 2017 and is in our Charleston, SC office. Staci has a wealth of financial expertise and handles our invoicing, bookkeeping, and financial matters.

Jeff Kibler


Jeff Kibler, SAMS-AMS, works alongside Doug Alling in Charleston, SC. Jeff has owned and operated True South Marine Surveying, LLC in Charleston since 2012. Jeff is a SAMS accredited marine surveyor, U.S. Coast Guard licensed captain, and a Certified Level 1 Thermographer. He also served as a Quality Control Inspector for HMY Yacht Sales.

Rick Milner


Rick Milner, SAMS-AMS, serves our clients in coastal VA and the Outer Banks of NC. He owns and operates Dynamic Marine Surveys, which he founded in Norfolk in 2003. Rick is a member of the International Association of Marine Investigators and ABYC, Marine Electrical Certified. He is a valedictorian graduate of Chapman School of Seamanship Yacht and Small Craft Surveying.

Laurie Moran

Laurie Moran is our business manager and works in our Richmond office. She joined Pilot Marine in early 2014 and runs the business side of the business. Nearly every written report is reviewed by Laurie prior to being sent to our client. Her expertise keeps PilotMarine running smoothly day-to-day.

Bill Patterson


Bill Patterson, SAMS-AMS, maintains offices in the Pittsburgh/Erie/Cleveland area as well as Richmond, VA. Bill is an experienced engine mechanic and has a background in boat repair, including wooden boats. He has recently traded in his 108-year-old Chesapeake Bay buy boat for a newer 77-year-old model. Bill has managed a local marina and railway and also conducts pre-purchase surveys.

Ceal Potts


Ceal Potts, SAMS-AMS, is an ABYC certified technician who runs the company’s Tampa Bay operation. She is the former owner of Electric Marina which specialized in repowering vessels with electric propulsion. Ceal also has expertise in sailboats and sailboat rigging and is an instructor at Chapman School of Seamanship.

Will Robinson

William (Will) Robinson, SAMS-AMS, NAMS-CMS, serves our clients in North Carolina. Will is a Certified Level 1 Thermographer and has experience with fiberglass boat construction, paint application, recreational craft restoration, and commercial and cargo work. In addition, William is a member of IAMI, ABYC and a graduate of the Chapman School of Seamanship.

Eric Smith


Eric Smith, SAMS-AMS, works from our Gloucester, VA office. Eric is an accomplished maritime professional and retired U.S. Coast Guard Master Chief Boatswain’s Mate, where his duty assignments included maritime law enforcement, vessel inspections, search and rescue, marine salvage, pollution response, towing assistance, aids to navigation, marine construction, and waterborne heavy lift operations. He is a graduate of the Chapman School of Seamanship, an ABYC standards certified technician, and maintains a Coast Guard 100 ton captain’s license.

Jason Ustaszewski


Jason Ustaszewski, SAMS-SA, ABYC Master Technician, will run the company’s new Fort Myers operation. Jason is a former Marine Technician specializing in gasoline inboard and outboard engines and an instructor at Chapman School of Seamanship.