About Us


Naval Special Warfare Publisher

Phoca Press is a private company that publishes works by, for, and about the Naval Special Warfare community. Our mission is to enhance the public’s appreciation and understanding of the contributions of the Naval Special Warfare community through history up to today.

Commander [SEAL] Tom Hawkins, USN, [Ret.]

Chairman and CEO

phoca-press-ceo-tom-hawkins-sealCommander Tom Hawkins retired from the U.S. Navy after 24-years active service as a career SEAL and Naval Special Warfare (NSW) officer. Upon graduation from college, he entered the Navy in February 1966, and was commissioned the following May. He completed Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) with Class 38 in Little Creek, Virginia and subsequently completed operational tours in UDT-21, UDT-22, and SEAL Team TWO, where he deployed to the Republic of Vietnam as a Platoon Commander.




Lisa Downey Merriamlisa-merriam-marketing

Vice President of Marketing and Operations

Lisa Merriam provides marketing and publishing support for Phoca Press. She grew up in a family of magazine publishers and worked in that family business for fifteen years. She is a seasoned copywriter and published author. She has written for publications such as Forbes, Yahoo! Finance, American Bank Marketing, Apparel Magazine, China Business News, Sporting Goods Business and others.