Tag archives: diver

Sending Off a Diving Legend
By Richard Mineards   |   November 12, 2020

On a personal note, I mark the move to more heavenly pastures of Lad Handelman, a pioneering abalone diver who parlayed his underwater pastime into a successful commercial diving operation for the offshore gas and oil fuel industry. Lad, who grew up in New York, founded Oceaneering International Inc. and Cal Dive International Inc., which […]

Celebrating Lad
By James Buckley   |   June 7, 2018

Noted Santa Barbara entrepreneur Lad Handelman was recipient of the Second Annual Distinguished Patriot Award. COLAB founder Andy Caldwell spoke early, and called Lad “the personification of the American Dream,” noting that Lad had “started from nothing in some of the roughest circumstances (born in the Bronx) to literally conquer the world. It’s a phenomenal […]