Valentios ("Eddie") Valentis, a Class I director, has over 25 years of shipping industry experience, including owning, operating and managing tankers. He has served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of our board of directors since inception. In 2007, Mr. Valentis founded and is the President of Pyxis Maritime Corp. ("Maritime"). In 2001, Mr. Valentis was appointed Managing Director of Konkar Shipping Agencies S.A., a drybulk operator based in Greece, which is a position he continues to hold. From 1998 to 2001, Mr. Valentis was the Commercial Manager for Loucas G. Matsas Salvage & Towage. From 1996 through 1998, Mr. Valentis worked as a dry cargo chartering broker for N. Cotzias Shipping. From 1989 to 1995, Mr. Valentis was involved in the operation of his family's drybulk vessels.
Mr. Valentis has an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University. Mr. Valentis serves as a council member of the Independent Tanker Owners Association (INTERTANKO) and a member of the Greek Committee of NKK Classification Society.