Tom Belcher, President
Born and raised in California (1948), Tom graduated from San Jose State University in 1971 with a BA in Political Science, and then from Santa Barbara Community College in 1973, earning an AA in Marine Technology. Tom began working marine construction in the Gulf of Mexico as a Diver, Tender and Pipe-fitter/Technician in the offshore oilfield. Gaining experience in construction support, fabrication, operations and maintenance with numerous deep air/gas and saturation diving systems, he relocated to Aberdeen, Scotland where he worked on derrick barges and workboats in the North Sea as an air/gas/saturation diver and life support technician on the BP Forties Field. Thereafter, he became a project and dive supervisor/superintendent on the BNOC Thistle Alpha project for 4 years. Later, while based in Santa Barbara, he worked as an air/gas diver and supervisor for both offshore oilfield and inland marine operations and was a saturation supervisor for Exxon USA installation of their 1st SALM buoy. Belcher has had interim assignments in Bombay, India and Abidjan, Ivory Coast as a gas diver and saturation dive supervisor. In 1982 he founded Underwater Resources, Inc. (URI), as a marine/diving consulting firm. URI purchased their first ROV system in 1984 and obtained an engineering contractor’s license to provide diving and ROV services to both the private and public sectors. Over the past twenty-five years Tom has been responsible for business development with a broad-based list of engineers, public works agencies and contractor clientele who routinely utilize diving and marine services for a wide range of inspection, repair, rehabilitation and new construction projects.
Chris Levesque, Operations Manager
Chris was born in Portland, Maine and graduated from Northeastern University with a BS in Civil Engineering and a minor in Business Administration. Prior to graduating, driven by a love for the ocean, Chris worked on the coast of Maine as both a boat operator and a commercial diver. During his time at Northeastern Chris worked for HDR Inc. in Boston, MA and Drum Loyka Associates in Annapolis, MD as an Engineer’s Assistant. In 2006 Mr. Levesque moved with his family to San Francisco, and worked as a Product Specialist for First Republic Bank for several years before joining Underwater Resources (URI) in 2012. As Operations Manager at URI Chris oversees and manages the daily shop and field service operations, and is responsible for ensuring work is performed to the client’s satisfaction.
Luda Senderovich, Office Manager/Controller
Luda joined Underwater Resources early in 2007 after having previously worked as the Office Manager/Controller for another San Francisco based construction company. Her primary responsibilities include management of all our day-to-day business and accounting operations which require her to also track and monitor both URI’s actual and projected cash flows for us to successfully operate. She has a passion for organization and, as a native of Russia where she worked as a Senior Financial Planner, she is bilingual and adept in dealing with the requirements for a contracting company that works with numerous bureaucracies and public agencies.
Grant Cooper, Marine Superintendent
Born and raised in Northern California, Mr. Cooper graduated from the Coastal School of Deep Sea Diving in 1974 and California Department of Forestry Fire Academy before moving to the Middle East and working as a construction diver for three years. In 1977 he moved to the United Kingdom and continued working as a construction/inspection diver. He obtained additional training and welding/inspection certifications (UT/MPI) while working in the UK through Lloyds and CSWIP at Fort Bovisand. Mr. Cooper has written papers and performed detailed class inspections of vessels, pipelines and offshore platforms according to approved DNV, ABS and Lloyds procedures. He first worked with Underwater Resources in 1984 as a diver and, since 1998, has worked as a marine superintendent and is specialized in general marine/diving construction, piling and dock repairs and the construction and installation of HDPE marine pipelines. He has built and repaired over 22 HDPE pipelines including several 63-inch diameter pipelines.
Carlos Ramirez, Shop Foreman
Carlos is an integral part of our operations and is directly responsible for maintaining all of our equipment, including the upkeep of our yard facility. Carlos works closely with the operations team to upgrade and improve our equipment on an as-needed basis, monitoring maintenance logs for equipment repair, providing operator training for crew personnel, as well as keeping the yard clean and safe.