Bruce Heyman, Executive Director

Bruce Heyman’s passion for the sea was ignited when he and his dad built a 17′ Windmill sailboat in their garage in Orange, Texas, when he was in the first and second grade. Today, he is passionate about using his experiences on the sea and on land to help today’s youth understand the importance of STEM, while encouraging them to have happy and productive lives.

He spent 27 years with Motorola before joining the non-profit world. As a Vice President, he worked in Engineering, Manufacturing, Sales and Marketing, Strategic Planning, and Business Development, and he was based in both the US and Europe throughout his career with the company. With Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and an MBA, he is well-versed in both the technical and business challenges of running an organization.

After retiring from Motorola in 2006, he joined the Ocean Institute in Dana Point, California, where he learned the ropes of the tall ship world, first as volunteer coordinator and then as First Mate of Pilgrim and shipwright for both Spirit of Dana Point and Pilgrim. Before joining LAMI in December 2013, he spent two years at the San Diego Maritime Museum as Project Manager in charge of building the tall ship San Salvador, a replica of a 1542 Spanish Galleon.

He and his wife own a Catalina 320 sailboat, and he is a licensed 200-ton captain, a Coxswain in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, and Finance Officer for the Dana Point-based Coast Guard Auxiliary and Division 6. He is a member of the Tall Ships America Board of Directors, where he serves on the Finance Committee, and the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors, where he is currently Chair and serves on the Economic Development and Policy Committee. He is also a member of the International Trade Academy Advisory Board Member for EXP, as well as a member of the Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club (CBYC) and an honorary member of the Los Angeles Yacht Club (LAYC).