Board of Trustees

Mr. John C. Wobensmith ’93


Photo of Mr. John C. Wobensmith ’93

Why I am a trustee:
St. Mary’s College of Maryland provided an incredible and unique educational opportunity that helped lead to the successes in my life. I want to give back some of my time to the College and assure that current and future students have the same experience I had. As a Board member, I can help maintain the same high standards and integrity that exist today.

Graduated from (and year):
St. Mary's College of Maryland, B.A. (1993)

Profession:
International shipping

When I was in college I studied:
Economics

Today I wish I had studied:
Art History

Favorite book:
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 

Favorite film:
Casablanca

Favorite cuisine:
Mexican

Role model:
My father

Education/Career Advice for Students:
Study what you have a passion for and trust your own instincts. Take a job where you feel you can make a difference and don’t be afraid to take risks from time to time. And remember that satisfaction in life is more important than financial rewards.

Bio

John C. Wobensmith ’93 serves as chief financial officer and principal accounting officer for Genco Shipping & Trading Limited, an international ship owning company. The company transport iron ore, coal, grain, steel products, and other drybulk cargoes along worldwide shipping routes. Wobensmith is responsible for overseeing the accounting and financial matters of the company and has over 11 years of experience in the shipping industry, with a concentration in shipping finance. Before becoming chief financial officer, Wobensmith served as a senior vice president with American Marine Advisors, Inc., an investment bank focused on the shipping industry. While at American Marine Advisors, Inc., Wobensmith was involved in mergers and acquisitions, equity fund management, debt placement, and equity placement in the shipping industry. From 1993 through 2000, he worked in the international maritime lending group of The First National Bank of Maryland, serving as a vice president from 1998. He has a bachelor's degree in economics from St. Mary's College of Maryland and holds the chartered financial analyst designation. 

While at St. Mary’s, Wobensmith was a member of the varsity sailing team and was coached by Adam Werblow.