Hinkebein Joins Bollinger Shipyards as Director of Government Affairs
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Hinkebein Joins Bollinger Shipyards as Director of Government Affairs

July 10, 2024

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Bollinger Shipyards announced the appointment of Andrew Hinkebein as Director of Government Affairs. He will lead all relationships with state and local governments. Andrew will join Bollinger Shipyards’ Government and External Affairs division under the leadership of Executive Vice President Geoffrey Green, where he will collaborate with community and economic development partners to continue to drive the company’s growth and success throughout the Gulf Coast.

“Andrew’s reputation and commitment to the Gulf Coast made him a natural choice to represent Bollinger and its 4,000 employees in the communities, counties, parishes and states where we operate,” Ben Bordelon, Bollinger’s president and CEO, said in a statement announcing the hire. “Our greatest asset is our people, and Andrew will be instrumental in ensuring our world-class workforce at our 13 facilities in Louisiana and Mississippi has the continued support of our elected leaders throughout the I-10 corridor.”

Hinkebein, a seasoned government affairs leader with more than 16 years of experience navigating complex legislative and regulatory environments at the federal, state and local levels, most recently served as state director for U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., where he oversaw operations across five offices and collaborated with legislative staff to develop state-focused federal legislation.

“I am thrilled to have Andrew join our growing team,” Green said. “Andrew will play a critical role in strengthening Bollinger’s engagement with our elected officials and community leaders across our territory. As a company, we are working hard to make South Mississippi the center of excellence in building world-class icebreakers, a craft that was nearly dead for half a century. Andrew, among other projects, will work with our local and state partners to make this vision a reality.”

Prior to joining Sen. Tuberville’s team, Hinkebein served as the Southern Regional Director for U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., where he advised the senator on regional issues and defense policy initiatives. Hinkebein also served as the Director of Community and Government Relations at the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, where he facilitated interactions with legislative bodies and advised on strategic messaging to advance the agency’s policy objectives.

A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Hinkebein trained in intelligence at the Navy-Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center, deployed with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit and received commendations for his search and rescue efforts during Hurricane Katrina.