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Let’s Get Personal: The Return to In-Person Training

In response to the challenges brought on by Covid, our team quickly transitioned our training from in-person classes to virtual delivery. As we anticipate the return to live, in-person courses, TVIB believes it is important to think about what we have done over the past three years.

In 2020 we pivoted overnight and (along with our students) learned to embrace virtual training. We worked to deliver an interactive, content-rich and engaging learning experience for our students and continued to develop new material and modules for our classes. We were driven to fulfill our mandate to provide the industry’s best training and are proud to say that, thanks to our students and staff, our classes continued non-stop throughout the pandemic.

As we return to the classroom, it’s important to remember the advantages of face-to-face learning:


  • In-person training fosters discussions, collaboration and feedback, and promotes active participation and engagement. An environment dedicated solely to learning limits distraction and encourages active engagement.
  • The energy of face-to-face interactions creates an atmosphere that encourages teamwork, peer support, and a sense of community among participants. It is hard to overstate the value of asking someone a question directly vs. sending a chat message.
  • In-person training enables trainers to gauge learners’ understanding, tailor their approach and create a tailored learning experience. Non-verbal cues (a look of disinterest, fidgeting, etc.) from students are signs an instructor might want to change course, and these are difficult to interpret in a virtual classroom.
  • In-person training environments provide opportunities for networking. Networking is one of the most valuable things to come from in-person training, but it is nearly impossible to do in a virtual classroom setting. Professional opportunities that might have organically arisen from conversation are lost.
  • Face-to-face training allows students to receive immediate support, addressing learners’ questions in real-time.


We look forward to returning to face-to-face instruction: TVIB believes that in-person training is a valuable option, and the ability to form connections and network with like-minded professionals presents advantages that go well beyond instruction. We will continue to assess the training needs of our customers and, as THE TPO YOU KNOW AND TRUST, we welcome your feedback as we transition back to in-person instruction.


TVIB STAFF NEWS: Training Coordinator

Please welcome Jason Stacy as the new Training Coordinator.  In this role, Jason will lead the development of training opportunities for staff, TVIB members, and members of the public using learning tools such as online and in-person training, webinars, podcasts, and a cloud-based learning management system (LMS). He will be collaborating with subject matter experts (SME) such as staff, our members, and U.S. Coast Guard personnel on the development of program materials. Jason will be working directly with the Member Services Manager to ensure TVIB continues to deliver best-in-class industry training. He will also be working with the Professional Standards Committee (PSC) to develop the tools necessary to assess auditor and surveyor performance and develop curriculum to meet their needs.

Jason comes to TVIB with 10 years of experience in education, as both an instructor and business owner, developing content and curricula for the classroom and the workplace. As the Safety Manager for Embark, a company focused on the development of autonomous trucking, he led a team of SMEs, instructing engineers on 49 CFR regulations. Before that, he owned a tutoring company that delivered online English as a Second Language (ESL) lessons for international students. He also has experience in leading the safety team for a warehousing and logistics company. Over the past 10 years, he’s developed and delivered over 5,000 lessons for both online and in-person modalities.

Jason is located in Houston, TX, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from Western Governors University. He is also a certified elementary-school teacher and holds an international teaching certification.

In his spare time, he and his wife Dani enjoy traveling, theatre, and spending time with family.

If you haven’t had the pleasure of speaking with Jason yet, please be sure to welcome him when you get a chance, you will find his contact information on the Our Staff page on our website.


Be sure to check each course registration page for updates as we are preparing to return to in-person course delivery.

We look forward to seeing you in the classroom soon.

Don’t forget to visit us in booth #633 at the Inland Marine Expo – IMX – next week in Nashville.

TVIB STAFF NEWS: Addition of Member Services Manager Position

We would like to welcome Clint Smith to the TVIB team in the new role of Member Services Manager. In this role, Clint will be focused on the core processes tied to the member experience and will be responsible for coordinating TVIBs cloud-based technology platforms, our education and training initiatives, and the auditor/surveyor oversight program. He will also serve as the Quality Management System (QMS) representative and will manage the internal audit program of our QMS. Clint will serve on the Staff Certification Committee (SCC) and support the Operations Team by participating in our 24-hour response activities to assist TPO customers with CG-835V/Marine Casualty concerns and related TPO activities.

Clint retired from the U.S. Coast Guard as a Lieutenant Commander in 2019. During his 20+ year Coast Guard career, he served in various positions, including Deck Watch Officer and Coast Guard Boarding Officer, onboard several Coast Guard cutters engaged in search and rescue, law enforcement, and aids to navigation.

He spent 14 years in the Marine Safety field as an Investigating Officer and Marine Inspector and held positions in the Gulf and Western Rivers Regions. As a Marine Safety Detachment Supervisor, he oversaw Coast Guard Marine Safety and Security Regulatory Compliance for all vessels and facilities in two states. As the Chief of Prevention, he managed both U. S. and foreign vessel inspections and regulatory compliance for 144 facilities in one of the Nation’s busiest ports. He’s conducted hundreds of safety and security inspections on U.S. and Foreign vessels, pollution investigations, marine casualty investigations, and container inspections. Clint’s most recent assignment was at Coast Guard Headquarters with the Mission Management Systems Staff, where he managed and audited the Coast Guard’s Prevention Quality Management System. Clint formed QCI Maritime Services in 2019 and performed surveying, auditing, and consulting services for the towing industry.

Clint holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Information Sciences from The University of Alabama. He is certified by Exemplar Global as an ISO-9001 Quality Management System Lead Auditor and holds certifications as both a TVIB Lead Auditor for Vessels and Management and Subchapter M Annual Surveyor.

Clint is located in Birmingham, AL. After a few years of working in the field as an independent auditor and surveyor, we’re glad to have Clint back on the team where he can use that experience to help us build upon our current programs in our ongoing effort of continuous improvement. Please be sure to welcome him when you get a chance, you will find his contact information on the website under  Our Staff.