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    Quote Originally Posted by Gun Grape View Post
    Is this the Retired Airdale Navy Capt you mentioned a few years ago? If so, You would think he would have more skin in the game.
    He took over near the end of 2017. There have been no financial funny stuff under his watch. He is the one who fired off most all hired by Raposselli. Some staff have been moved down to PT status. It seems to others that he has just lost focus if you will such as letting insurance lapse. That is a big deal.

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    Did they get the insurance reinstated? If not, are you guys open while it's lapsed?

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    How has attendance been holding up? On the Website it mentions that Hornet had some 80,000 guests back in 2014 (last report posted). Is management trying to make a bigger Pie. It appears past "leadership" was just eating more of the pie? Other than volunteers are any of management still there after twenty plus years?

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    Insurance reinstated.

    The Live Aboard program is robust and is definitely the cash cow for the Hornet on weekends at the moment. Come summer time, with school out, it does even better as the overnight numbers are quite large. I know the Hornet ran a small profit in the years of 2012, 2013, 2104, and 2015. During some of those later years Randall Ramian was CEO and we were steady. Unfortunately, being Navy Reserve he was called up and left the ship in 2015. It was then that Rapposelli was hired by Ray Fortney, the now new Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and things went downhill. She created positions which were unnecessary for the museum and our finances. Why do we need a paid historian? Anyway she is gone but that was only half the problem.

    As for ship board management there are none from the beginning other than our Director of Aircraft and I guess you could say volunteers, Rich Thom, who has no say over financial decisions. He commutes down every other week from Reno. I believe two trustees are also original. Frankly speaking the volunteers could do a better job running the day to day operations with an accountant who handles legal stuff like contracts. None of us believe in fluff but believe in the basics. You make money, you save some, and plow some back into the actual ship and not into new staff. You would think that is so obvious it would be a no brainer...

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    I'd rather start a new thread but I'm not allowed to. Anyway, R/V Petrel did it again. They found USS WASP CV-7! https://www.facebook.com/rvpetrel/

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