William B. Marchal
Mr. Marchal, a New Orleans native, holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech and a Masters of Business Administration from Tulane University. He served in the U.S. Navy as Electrical Officer on the guided missile cruiser USS ALBANY (CG 10). Mr. Marchal started and managed the Products Division within Offshore Navigation, Inc., an offshore oilfield service company. In 1978 under his direction, the Products Division developed and marketed the world's first vehicle tracking systems with initial applications in the aviation industry. In 1990, Mr. Marchal founded Navigation Data Systems, Inc. with the purchase of the Products Division. With twenty-five employees and revenues of $25 million, NDS installed over 60 vehicle tracking systems for air traffic control and fleet dispatch on five continents prior to being purchased by Ericsson USA in 2000.
Following Katrina, Mr. Marchal worked full time on the Drainage and Flood Control committee of the Bring New Orleans Back Commission formulating plans and generating new ideas to enhance the safety of New Orleans and the surrounding parishes. This effort has included bring together the Corps of Engineers, Sewerage and Water Board, engineering firms, the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, and other environmental groups to help develop a consensus of the best way to proceed for both the short and long term. Drawing on the success of the BNOBC planning, Mr. Marchal organized the Southeastern Louisiana Recovery Committee consisting of two dedicated citizens and one senor elected official from each of the parishes of the region, experts on coastal restoration and staffers from congressional offices. Mr. Marchal served as the Executive Director of the Flood Protection Alliance, a group of civic, business, and environmental leaders working behind the scenes to insure timely, robust flood protection for the metropolitan New Orleans area by coordinating, facilitating, and sometimes instigating. Mr. Marchal was appointed to Governor-elect Jindal's Transition Advisory Committee for Flood Protection and Coastal Preservation.
Mr. Marchal sits on the Executive Committee of the Horizon Initiative, the NGO that spearheaded the effort to form the public-private partnership for economic development in New Orleans. He chairs its Infrastructure Committee which includes over forty private sector members of water related businesses and representatives of the Sewerage & Water Board, City planning dept., City hazard mitigation dept., La. DEQ, Tulane, UNO, Loyola, LSU AgCenter, GNO Inc., and Rand. Corp., to name a few.
Mr. Marchal chaired the drainage section on the task citizens' task force requested by Mayor Mitch Landrieu to perform a top-to-bottom review of the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board. Since September, 2010, Mr. Marchal has worked with Habitat for Humanity as the Project Manager responsible for the gutting and reconstruction of approximately 215 houses that were subject to Chinese drywall contamination.