Since the Eighties, when Max first visited Miragoane, Haiti as a ship captain,
he has been involved in the development of Miragoane as a port and commercial hub. He has close ties with the port, town, and regional
governments, and has worked to bring industry and employment to the area. He was
instrumental in bringing the first new enterprise to Miragoane since Reynolds Aluminum closed its bauxite mine in 1982: in
2004, he established the Nippes Development Company (NIPDEVCO) and brought a shipbreaking operation to the old Reynolds facility.
He also supervised the rebuilding of
the Reynolds airport, which had been abandoned for 25 years. Now named the Wilberforce Airport, it was officially reopened
on August 12, 2005 with an inaugural landing that included the governor of the Department
de Nippes (the state of which Miragoane is the capitol) as a passenger. During those ceremonies,
Max was commended by the governor for his efforts in bringing investment and development to the
region. Click here to learn more about Max's interest in
Miragoane and economic opportunities there.
Max has lived and sailed in Belize for 35 years, and he maintains close ties with the country's business and legal communities.
After 35 years of solo ocean voyaging in a variety of sailboats, including a 26' converted lifeboat,
Max now sails a 36' Piver trimaran based on the US Gulf Coast. He is also the director of the International Sailing Organization, formed to establish standards for certification of sailing-vessel masters.
Max has been a licensed pilot since he was 16 years old and he holds a commercial pilot's license with multiengine, instrument, and flight instructor
ratings. He's held jobs towing banners, dusting crops, teaching flying, flying
corpses, running checks for the federal reserve system, and delivering planes to
Central and South America. His stories span the gamut of flying adventures, from
the sheer terror of an engine fire at 10,000 feet over a Mexican jungle to the
humor of trying to start an airline in Haiti.
Max occasionally performs stunts for film productions and is a member of the
Louisiana Stunt Association. Click
here to view Max on the association's website. He is currently training
under Phil O'Dell, a noted Hollywood stunt coordinator. Max has demonstrated proficiency
in high falls (to 30 feet), fights and weapons. In 2008, Max served as a
stuntman in the horror film Lockjaw:
Rise of the Kulev Servent, starring DMX.
Enthusiast / Fan / Admirer of -
- Post-War Italian films (particularly those by director Michelangelo
- reading (military history, espionage, hard-boiled detectives, nautical fiction and non-fiction, historical non-fiction, classical literature)
- scuba diving
- Michelangelo Antonioni (Italian film director)
- Ingmar Bergman (Swedish film director)
- James Joyce (poet and novelist)
- Shakespeare (the Bard himself)
- Raymond Chandler (hard-boiled detective novelist / creator of “Phillip Marlow”)
- Horatio Hornblower (fictional naval captain)
- Richard Halliburton (explorer / adventurer)
- Capt. Joshua Slocum (sailor / adventurer)
godsons in Haiti - 2005
in Louisiana - 1982
in Haiti - 2005
Practice - 2007
Practice - 2007