Richard Appell is a majority shareholder and managing director of Odin Marine Inc., one of the largest ship brokerage companies in the world. Appell graduated from SUNY – New York Maritime College at Fort Schuyler, New York where he obtained a B.S. in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography.
Soon after he obtained his Third Officer’s License – Unlimited Tonnage, Unlimited World Trade before going on to obtain a Masters License, Limited Tonnage (up to 1,600 tons, Unlimited World Trade).
Appell attended the executive program at the JFK School of Government at Harvard in Cambridge, MA.
Appell then sailed as an officer on chemical tankers for a number of years in every major trading region such as: South America, Asia, Indian sub-Continent, the Middle East, Europe, the Great Lakes etc.
Appell came ashore to work for his employer Stolt-Neilsen Inc.
In 1990 he started Odin Marine Inc’s Chemical Division. Under his leadership, the operation expanded from a few people in Greenwich, CT to a global enterprise with offices in Singapore; Korea; Dubai; Rotterdam; Houston; Stamford, CT and Oyster Bay, N.Y.
Currently the business employs a staff of 90 and handles approximately $1 billion worth of transactions annually.
Appell also serves as an instructor for the GMATS program at the Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point. He also serves on the boards of a number of industry-related organizations.
Appell also served five terms as a Village Trustee of Oyster Bay Cove from 1998 to 2008. He decided not to run for a sixth term.
In recent years Appell has also become a board member of Friends of the Bay, a well-respected environmental group based in Oyster Bay, N.Y.
He has also served as a board member of the HPS Network since it was founded. He currently serves as the organization’s treasurer.