GulfQuest is a non-profit organization governed by community and state leaders who represent backgrounds and disciplines in maritime business and industry, banking, law, education, military service, accounting, engineering, communications, real estate, non-profit management, and public utilities.
The following individuals currently serve on the Maritime Museum's Board of Trustees:
President: Page & Jones, Inc.
Agent: White-Spunner Realty; Trustee: University of Alabama
President: Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Co. (retired)
Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer: Seabulk Towing (retired)
Shareholder: Maynard Cooper Gale
President: Bullard Automotive, Inc.
Chairman and CEO: Cooper/T. Smith Corporation
General Counsel: Mobile Gas Service Corporation
Partner: Smith, Dukes & Buckalew, L.L.P.
CEO: Baldwin Transfer Co., Inc.
President: Waterways Towing/Hooks Marine Terminal
Director and CEO: Alabama State Port Authority
Senior Vice President: Martin Energy Services, LLC
Counsel: BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards
CEO: Autism Avenue, Inc.
"Fending off" means avoiding a person or situation. Sailors "fend off" another vessel by pushing it away with oars or other gear. A "fender" (also part of an automobile) is often employed to keep two boats from chafing each other.