Who is HRD, Inc.?

Historical Research & Development, Inc.
P.O. Box 160751
Altamonte Springs, FL 32716

HRD Inc. is a company engaged in the historical research, archaeology, and marine excavations of America's Colonial period shipwrecks.

A privately held Florida corporation, HRD, Inc. was incorporated on February 1, 1988.

President, Director & Founder  
ernie_kling Ernie founded HRD, Inc. on Feb. 1, 1988. Ernie has over 30 years experience in electronics, engineering management and is a BSEE Electronics Engineer with experience in Research & Development as well as production environments. Ernie is General Manager of the company and as such, acts as the companies consultant for technical equipment and data accumulation. Ernie provides logistical support and assists onboard as a deck hand, data recorder and photographer when needed.
Ernest R. Kling, (Ernie)

To contact Mr. Kling: 407-421-5304 or Email.

General Manager. Internet operations and sales. HRD, Inc. webmaster. Logistics coordinator for special events.
Guest speaker and presentor for Educational lectures & displays.

Jim is in charge of developing and maintaining the company web site. Jim is responsible for HRD's online sales agreements and product selection with all our vendors and manufacturers. Jim maintains his full time residency in Michigan, where he has been a police officer for the last 18+ years and a private investigator prior to that. Needless to say, research and investigations are his favorite pass-times. Jim oversees HRD's lecture, presentation and educational displays for schools, various organizations and historical museums. Jim has been with the company since 1991 and has organized and participated in various special events. As a certified scuba diver, Jim has been part of the recovery dive team since 1992. Following in his fathers bubbles, his son David has joined our dive crew and is eagerly awaiting his first historic shipwreck find.

Jim Michon

To contact Mr. Michon: 586-944-8535 or Email.


Marine Archaeologist and Director of Field Operations

Juliet is HRD, Inc's certified Underwater Archaologist and Director of Field Operations for our Vero Beach Project. Juliet is responsible for organizing and overseeing all exploration and dive activity on any of HRD's State permitted sites.
juliete_michael Juliet records all dive activity on State of Florida, Daily Log Sheets, ensuring proper recording technique and dive site methodology. Juliet manages all recovery, documentation, and conservation efforts for HRD. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and her Masters of Arts from California State University Long Beach (CSULB). Juliet received the outstanding performance award from CSULB for her significant contributions to the archaeology program, NAGPRA inventory and research in California prehistory. She has over 7 years experience in California archaeology and in Cultural Resource Management (CRM). Juliet has also worked on projects in Ireland, Africa, Colorado, and Florida. Her professional interests include coastal archaeology, exchange networks, evolutionary theory, underwater archaeology, and public education. Upon moving to Florida, Juliet decided to teach archaeology and history to children and adults of all ages. She worked as education Director at the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society and at the former Graves Museum of Archaeology & Natural History. More recently her interests shifted to underwater archaeology and exploration and has accepted the position of Marine Archaeologist for HRD. Juliet belongs to several organizations including the Society for American Archaeology, Florida Archaeological Society and the Register of Professional Archaeologists. She has been PADI certified for over 10 years and regularly dives in the Bahamas. Recently, she has received her pilot’s license and can be seen flying around Florida and the Bahamas.
Juliet Michael
To contact Mrs. Michael: Email.

"Skip" maintains close communication with local residents, who continue to watch and report any "unusual activity" observed on HRD's east coast site. As an Alaskan resident, "Skip" spends his summers in Florida with HRD, during the most active dive season times. "Skip" has been a certified scuba diver since 1963 and has enjoyed diving in various locations throughout the world. "Skip" has been with the HRD, Inc. since its inception in 1988.

James "Skip" Huffsmith

To contact Mr. Huffsmith: 772-538-0792 or Email.