Handelman was a founder and CEO of two of today’s premier offshore underwater contractors, Oceaneering International and Cal Dive International.

With Handelman as CEO, Oceaneering became the largest commercial diving contractor in the world, with over 1000 employees and operations in 24 countries. Oceaneering also pioneered much of the deep-diving technology which has become industry practice today. Oceaneering provided oilfield services, government contracting, civil construction works, saturation diving, remote-operated vehicles, and one-atmosphere diving suits. Oceaneering also developed its own engineering and oceanographic divisions. Under Handelman's leadership, Oceaneering became a public company and today is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

In 1980, Handelman founded Cal Dive International, Inc., an oil services contracting firm specializing in construction engineering and underwater installations, repairs and maintenance. Under Handelman's direction as CEO, the company soon had its own saturation diving ships and deepwater construction barges. Today Cal Dive has an entire fleet of dynamic-positioning vessels accompanied with the world’s most advanced robotics, down-holed equipment and is the recognized leader in the ultra-deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico – having completed projects in over 5,000 feet of water depth. Cal Dive International, CDIS, is listed on the NASDAQ exchange.

In recognition of his numerous contributions to the diving industry, in 1999, Handelman was inducted into the Offshore Energy Center Pioneers’ Hall of Fame.

Following his retirement from the offshore oil industry, Handelman returned to his original home base in Santa Barbara, California. Handelman and Howorth founded the Marine Mammal Consulting Group (MMCG). Since its start, MMCG has played a very active role in a long series of mitigation efforts for offshore industrial, military and government projects. Handelman's responsibilities include contracting and administration. His long history of work offshore, with its constant ties to industry, makes Handelman an essential member of the MMCG team. His understanding of the business needs of such operations, coupled with his realistic grasps of logistics, adds a vital element to the Marine Mammal Consulting Group.

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