A Panel Discussion About The Past, Present, and Future Plans to Explore and Preserve the World's Most Famous Shipwreck.

TUESDAY APRIL 28, 2020

10:00 AM PT

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Join OceanGate CEO, Stockton Rush as he hosts a panel of Titanic explorers and experts for a deep dive into the history of exploration and salvage of the world’s most revered shipwreck. Panelists include:

  • Bretton Hunchak - President of RMS Titanic Inc., and Experiential Media Group CEO

  • Brigitte Saar - Vice President of the Swiss Titanic Society and Titanic Diver 

  • Rory Golden - Two-time Titanic diver and subject matter expert 

  • David Concannon - Leader of the 2005 Titanic Expedition and four-time Titanic diver 

This esteemed ensemble will take you on a journey through their personal experiences with the historic site, share stories from their dives, and the work they are doing to preserve the memory of the ship and those who perished on that fateful night.

 

Panelists:

Bretton Hunchak

RMS Titanic Inc., and E/M Group CEO

Bretton Hunchak, CFA, is CEO of Experiential Media Group, LLC and President of RMS Titanic, Inc. Bretton is responsible for overseeing current and future business relationships, strategic initiatives and partnerships for the Company.  In August of 2020, Bretton and a team of advisors will return to RMS Titanic in order to achieve a plethora of goals. Including, monumental research in partnership with renowned scientists and marine archeologists, updating imagery and video to inform views on the wreck site, and complete prudent recovery of select artifacts to promote the legacy of Titanic and the history of those associated with her.    

Previously, Bretton was the Senior Analyst at Alta Fundamental Advisers, an alternative asset manager, focusing on distressed and special situations investing. Prior to Alta, Bretton was a partner at Ortelius Capital, an alternative investment group specializing in hedge funds and private equity, where his focus was macroeconomic research and related trading strategies. Bretton is a graduate of Fairfield University, Magna Cum Laude and in his personal time, supports iMentor and elementary schools in New York City as well as Atlanta.

 

Brigitte Saar

VP of the Swiss Titanic Society & Titanic Diver

Brigitte's fascination with the Titanic began as a teenager leading her to write her master thesis at Munich University about the discovery, exploration, and marketing of the wreck.

She has been fortunate to participate in two Titanic Expeditions, including the 1998 mission, where she embarked on the journey nearly 2.5 miles below the surface of the North Atlantic and directly observed the historic site. Then in 2005, she served topside on the Akademik Keldysh as an observer and video journalist.

Brigitte currently resides in Munich, Germany where she is a television journalist for German National Television and the Vice President of the Swiss Titanic Society. Brigitte is the webmaster for the organization's most ambitious undertaking, titanicmap.org an online map that shows all Titanic sights around the world.

David Concannon

2005 Titanic Expedition leader & four-time Titanic Diver

David Concannon has more than 25 years of experience in organizing and leading expeditions. He has served as a legal and operational advisor to several international expeditions, including six expeditions to the R.M.S. Titanic, two expeditions to Mt. Everest, an expedition to explore the wreck of the German battleship Bismarck and the Atlantic Sands expedition.  He has participated in or led numerous expeditions to remote parts of the world, including a climbing expedition in Africa in 1989 (before Western-guided climbs were common), three expeditions to explore the wreck of the Titanic using manned submersibles (in 2000, 2003 and 2005), an expedition that discovered the world’s deepest wooden shipwreck in the heart of the Bermuda Triangle, an expedition that discovered two well-preserved F4U-1 Corsair fighter planes in freshwater, and an expedition to explore the HMHS Britannic, sister ship of the Titanic.  He organized and led the last expedition to explore the Titanic using deep submersibles and the Apollo F-1 Engine Search & Recovery Project, which found and recovered the Apollo F-1 rocket engines that launched men to the moon.

David is a Fellow of The Explorers Club and a member of the Sea Space Symposium. He was among the youngest members inducted into both organizations, he recently served as a Vice President of The Explorers Club, and he has served on the Board of Directors of both organizations.  David is considered one of the world's foremost legal experts on the issues affecting exploration. He has served as General Counsel to several organizations engaged in exploration, including the X-PRIZE Foundation, The Explorers Club, the Anglo-Dutch Maritime Archaeology Team and the Professional Shipwreck Explorers Association.  His clients include climbers, divers, technologists, maritime, aviation and private space corporations, outdoor equipment manufacturers and a myriad of other explorers. 

Rory Golden

Titanic Expert & two-time Titanic Diver

Rory Golden was the first Irish diver to visit the site of RMS TITANIC. He was Dive Safety Operations Manager on the Operation Titanic 2000 Expedition that recovered 800 artifacts from nearly 4,000 meters, using Russian MIR submersibles.

On this first dive, he spotted and recovered the main ship’s wheel, buried under debris.   A memorial plaque from Cobh, (Queenstown) Cork, Titanic's last port of call, was left on the bridge of the ship.  Returning in August 2005, and making a second dive, he featured in a BBC documentary, " A Journey to Remember " leaving two memorial plaques from Belfast alongside this one.

Rory is a member of the Explorers Club of New York, he has climbed Mont Blanc and Kilimanjaro and made a tandem freefall parachute jump from 13,500 feet for the children’s charity, ISPCC. He has discovered lost wrecks around Ireland and was a co-founder and vice president of the Irish Underwater Archaeology Research Team in 1985.  He is a regular hiker, diver, and occasional skier. In March 2013 he was a member of the Bezos Expeditions F-1 Engine Recovery Team which salvaged five Apollo F-1 rocket engines from 4200 meters in the North Atlantic. One of these engines was from Apollo 11 which launched man to the moon in 1969. The team received the Explorers Club Citation of Merit in March 2014.  

Moderator:

Stockton Rush

OceanGate Inc & OceanGate Expeditions CEO & Founder

Founder and CEO of OceanGate Inc., Stockton Rush is dedicated to opening the oceans to direct human observation and exploration through the development of state-of-the-art 5-person submersibles. For most of his life, Stockton planned to become an astronaut. He obtained his BSE in Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University with this goal in mind and went on to join the McDonnell Douglas Corporation as a Flight Test Engineer on the F-15 program. He then went to U.C Berkeley Hass Business School and worked in venture capital and private equity investing still with the hope of one day going to space. Along the way, he realized that being among the first humans to descend to the ocean depths on our own planet and opening those oceans to exploration is an equally compelling and important challenge. He pivoted to ocean exploration by first building his own 2-person submarine in 2006, and then founding OceanGate in 2009, to expand access to the deep ocean by marrying adventurers like himself with researchers and scientists. This hybrid business model is designed to create a self-sustaining business that also makes meaningful contributions to deep-sea science and technology.  

Stockton conducts all significant test dives of OceanGate’s submersibles as well as the first dives on all new dive sites. Throughout 2019, he piloted a series of test dives of Titan, culminating in a solo dive to 4000 meters. In 2021, he will pilot OceanGate’s Titan submersible on its inaugural Titanic Survey Expedition, taking citizen explorers 3,800 meters below the surface of the North Atlantic to the wreck site of the RMS Titanic. Throughout this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity the citizen explorers, known as Mission Specialists, will play an active role in digitally documenting and preserving the historic site. 

Stockton has served on the Boards of several small businesses and The Museum of Flight in Seattle. He maintains and flies a Glasair III high-performance airplane that he built from a kit in 1989.   

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