1999 Industry Pioneers


D. Michael (Mike) HughesHughes

Mike Hughes began his career as a hands-on diver in the Gulf of Mexico in the early 1960s. As his business, World Wide Divers grew, he teamed up with Lad Handelman's California Divers, and a Canadian firm, Can-Dive, forming Oceaneering International in 1969 and serving as Chairman of the Board. Under his leadership, Oceaneering contributed many innovations in underwater technology ranging from hand-held sonar to ultra-sophisticated ROVs as applied in drilling, construction and production operations. These innovations have had a major impact on the offshore industry. As an innovator, entrepreneur and diving industry leader and pioneer, Hughes played an indispensable role in advancing offshore development.