Millennium Magazine_9th Ed

142 Millennium - A Marquis Who’s Who Magazine ENERGY, ENGINEERING AND MANUFACTURING the sea floor, and did underwater welding and demolitions. Impressively, while employed by Marine Resources Company International for several years, he designed and participated in the conversion of over 30 fishing vessels to catchers/processors, as well as designed a conveyor sorting system for pollock roe on a Russian factory trawler. Considering his experiences, Mr. Tilley has pursued the creative arts post-retirement, authoring the book “ICE & FIRE: The Powerful and Frightening Adventures of Survival in Alaska and the Aleutian Islands” in 2020, which discusses the experiences he faced as a commercial diver and fisherman in Alaska. He attributes his immense success to his desire to continually improve seafood processing procedures and his existing skills. In his spare time, Mr. Tilley donates nautical antiques to The Fishermen’s Memorial Auction and attends his Lutheran church. Working in canneries when he was just 11 years old, as his father owned a cannery business, Jerry E. Tilley Sr. notably designed and built a crab processing plant for his father when he was 17 years old. Stemming from these experiences, Mr. Tilley continued to build and manage canneries, including a cannery on Pier 60 in Seattle, Washington. As his career progressed, he went on to design and build the first floating Dungeness crab processor for Alaska operations. He installed the first shrimp peeling machine on the West Coast. Notably, Mr. Tilley also designed, built and managed the first automated shrimp cannery in the State of Alaska. Mr. Tilley designed, built and managed several facilities both domestic and abroad, including in Alaska, Washington State, Chile, Korea, Russia, Argentina, the Bahamas and Panama, among other locations. In addition, he and his business partners established an integrated fishing and processing company, titled SeaWest Industries, which operated out of Washington State and Alaska. Demonstrating versatility in his profession, Mr. Tilley is also noteworthy for being a commercial diver for more than 30 years, where he laid underwater pipelines, helped raise boats from JERRY E. TILLEY SR. CAPTAIN (RETIRED), AUTHOR Lynnwood, WA