SCORE Award Winner: J. Howell Maritime in Aston

SCORE 2022 Small Business Awards
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Each year SCORE Chester and Delaware Counties recognizes owners and entrepreneurs that have demonstrated unique vision, innovation, and achievement in support of the local economy and small business community.

This year, congratulations went to five 2022 Small Business Achievement Award winners honored June 16 at a celebratory luncheon at the Concord Country Club.

Find out more about the luncheon and learn how these award winners were able to “survive and thrive” through the pandemic with support and guidance from their SCORE mentors.

Meet an award winner: Jonathan Maiorine, Founder of J Howell Maritime

Jonathan Maiorine

J Howell Maritime in Aston was founded to provide specialized training and support to global commercial vessel owners and government regulators of maritime compliance.

Some people develop a deep curiosity in a field or skill from an early age that shapes their career path.  Such is the case for Jonathan Maiorine whose last name coincidentally rhymes with ‘marine’! 

As a young boy growing up by Barnegat Bay, New Jersey, Jonathan was always curious about the ocean.  A friend from high school, who knew of his interest, mentioned a college focused on merchant marine and military services near Buzzard Bay, on the Cape Cod Canal.

Following his passion, Jonathan graduated from Massachusetts Maritime Academy in 1993 where he spent ‘semesters at sea’ on training ships to gain hands-on merchant marine experience and earned both a degree in Marine Transportation and an unlimited tonnage deck officer license from the US Coast Guard. 

After a year working aboard tank vessels and oil spill response vessels between New York and New Orleans, Jonathan joined the US Coast Guard where he served for 23 years inspecting commercial cargo and passenger vessels and waterfront facilities, traveling abroad and living in seven different homes across the continental US and Hawaii.

Following a short break, Jonathan accepted a position as Vice President of Fleet Operations with International Registries, Inc, which helps manage the world’s third-largest commercial vessel registry for the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Here he took on a global role and learned more about the commercial side of the maritime business until April 2021.

Jonathan tells us, I always wanted to have my own small business, but I never really knew how or when [to go about it.]  My first taste of success was drafting the components of a business plan and forming the LLC. 

SCORE Mentor, Jerry Francis, offered guidance about Jonathan’s company sales pitch and important administrative tasks required for a startup. Jerry also helped him think about his goals for the new firm and introduced an international trade expert to their discussions.


…Jonathan’s maritime consulting business has had an impressive and well-planned startup. He is pleased with the progress: I am traveling the world, constantly learning and developing plans for expansion…did I mention having the time of my life?

Read the full story here.

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SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer business experts, is dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals. Since 1964, we have provided education and mentorship to more than 11 million entrepreneurs nationwide. SCORE Chester and Delaware Counties has been operating since 1985, with 100 dedicated volunteers today who provide confidential mentoring at no charge and offer business seminars, workshops and webinars to benefit the local community. 

SCORE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Find out more about SCORE Chester & Delaware Counties.

Here’s a video highlighting J Howell Maritime, LLC and Jonathan Maiorine, and his relationship with his SCORE mentor.