March 5, 2006 Exploration and treasure recovery team Deep Blue Marine had all the pieces to make a treasure hunting "dream team," except one. They needed a familiar face to launch and lend credibility to their brand. The company has solved that problem by inking a deal with celebrity James Brolin to be the spokesperson and face of DPBM
Said Wilf Blum, CEO Deep Blue Marine, "Treasures are out there. Investors need to learn about them from a reliable source. James Brolin has the right mix of authority and the romanticism associated with treasure hunting. We're proud to have him on board."
There are hundreds of wrecks in the sea, some lost for hundreds of years. The entire Spanish Fleet was lost in 1715 carrying the crown jewels. Their value today is estimated in the billions of dollars. The price of gold is up over 95% over the past 5 years. Silver is up over 97%. Experts estimate that one-third of the world's gold is lost beneath the sea along with jewels, silver, and valuable and historical artifacts.
Collectively, the DPBM team has pulled billions of dollars of treasure, aircraft and boats out of the worlds' oceans and deep lakes. Ed Krajewski, Operations Manager, found the fabled Drake treasure in Ecuador. Ed was a Captain in the U.S. Army and a Commander of Special Forces A-Team. He has served as a professional deep-sea diver and a commercial diver. Truman Weatherly, VP, Marine Research, is a diver, cinematographer, and marine researcher. He has provided video footage of underwater salvage operations to top outlets including the Discovery Channel. Truman is considered one of the foremost marine historian and researchers for the years 1600-1800. James Cross, Sr. President of Cross Marine Projects has signed on as the deep-water recovery expert for DPBM. Mr. Cross has recovered 52 aircraft for the US Air-force, Army and NASA. Mr. Cross was part of the team that located and recovered the Challenger Space Shuttle, and has recovered three F-16 fighter jets for the Air-Force.
Actor/Writer/Producer James Brolin first achieved enduring fame starring in Marcus Welby, M.D. His two other hit series, Hotel, ran for six years and Pensacola Wings of Gold ran for five. He received an Emmy nomination and a third Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of Ronald Reagan in The Reagans (CBS). Films include Wes Craven's Cursed, starring Christina Ricci and Portia De Rossi; The Alibi, opposite Selma Blair and Rebecca Romjin; Denzel Washington's Antwone Fisher Story; Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can with Leonardo DiCaprio; and Steven Soderbergh's Academy Award-winning Traffic. Brolin is married to Barbara Streisand.
DPBM has teamed some of the world's premier researchers with advanced, cutting-edge proprietary technology and equipment including newly developed devices, sidescan sonars, improved magnetometers, state-of-the-art satellite imaging, and aerial reconnaissance equipment. In the coming season, the Company will dive on known and permitted wrecks as well as establish exact locations of other wrecks.
In addition to researching and discovery, DPBM has also made agreements with other companies that have located wrecks of interest. DPBM has liaisons with collectors and auction houses, experts in the management and marketing of artifacts, and standards for protecting archaeological interests and environmental concerns. Valuable items recovered will be sold through Internet auctions. All work will be video recorded.