Mr. Blenk joined IRI in April 2017 focusing on safety and technical issues in North Asia. In December 2017, he opened the Busan, Republic of Korea regional office where he was appointed Representative. For nearly 20 years prior to joining IRI, he was employed by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) where he served in various survey, management, and global corporate positions in Asia, the Middle East, and the Americas. During his last 10 years with ABS he served as Corporate and Regional Vice President. Mr. Blenk also served as a USCG Licensed Engineer on board US flagged merchant vessels. Mr. Blenk holds an Executive Education Degree from Harvard Business School, an M.B.A. from Rutgers Business School, The State University of New Jersey, and holds a B.S. in Marine Engineering from the United States Merchant Marine Academy.