The Knox Marine Surveyors & Consultants Team

Doug Alling

Knox Marine CEO, SAMS-AMS

Doug Alling, SAMS-AMS, runs the day-to-day operations of Knox 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 Coast Guard captain’s license instructor.

Steve Knox

SAMS-AMS and NAMS-CMS (retired)

Steve founded Knox Marine in 1987. He investigates boating accidents and complex claim assignments throughout the eastern U.S. and provides expert assistance in cases involving construction or repair of pleasure boats, including warranty claims. Steve holds a BS in Nuclear Engineering, is a licensed Professional Engineer and is one of the few marine surveyors in the U.S. certified as an Accredited Senior Appraiser.

Laurie Moran

Laurie Moran is our business manager and works in our Richmond office. She joined Knox 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 Knox Marine running smoothly day-to-day.

Bill Patterson

SAMS-AMS

Bill Patterson, SAMS-AMS, has worked from our Richmond office since 2010. Bill is an experienced engine mechanic and has a background in boat repair, including wooden boats. His personal boat is a Chesapeake Bay buy boat that is over 100 years old. Bill has managed a local marina and railway and maintains a Coast Guard captain’s license.

Rick Milner

SAMS-AMS

Rick Milner, SAMS-AMS, services our clients in southeastern VA, northeastern NC, and the Eastern Shore of VA. He owns and operates Dynamic Marine Surveys, which he founded in Norfolk in 2003. Rick is an ABYC Master Technician holding certifications in Marine Electrical, Marine Corrosion, and ABYC standards. He is a member of the International Association of Marine Investigators and the National Fire Protection Association.

Jeff Kibler

SAMS-AMS

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.

Pete Eaves

SAMS-AMS

Pete Eaves, SAMS-AMS, operates from our Norfolk, VA office. Pete owns and operates Eaves Marine Solutions in Norfolk and has provided marine surveys since 2002. Self-employed in marine service for over 35 years, Pete specializes in structural, cosmetic, mechanical repairs, power and sail. He owned and managed a marina for over 10 years. Pete is a U.S. Coast Guard 50 Ton Licensed Master – Inland and Near Coastal.

Eric Smith

SAMS-SA

Eric Smith, SAMS-SA, 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.

Val Lippa

SAMS-AMS

Val Lippa, SAMS-AMS, services our clients in Norfolk, Virginia and the surrounding area. He is a retired U.S. Navy officer with extensive experience in vessel inspection and repair. He served as Chief Engineer on several Navy ships and held a Coast Guard license as Unlimited Chief Engineer – Steam.

Staci Houser

Staci Houser joined Knox 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.