This award recognizes men and women under the age of 40 who have made significant contributions to the inland marine transportation industry and collectively promise to play a big role in shaping its future.

Awards will be presented to young professionals working on towboats, passenger vessels or other commercial craft, as well as those working shoreside at a port, terminal, shipyard or fleet. Those providing professional services to the industry such as surveyors, freight or equipment brokers, engineers, and consultants also qualify.

All selected nominees and nominators should plan to attend the recognition ceremony at Inland Marine Expo, on Tuesday, May 25th, 2021.

Winners were also recognized in The Waterways Journal article in the April 12th issue.

Congratulations to our 2021 Winners

Evan Acorn
Inventory and System Support Analyst
Custom Fuel Services


Valerie Anderson
Outside Sales Manager
Northern Safety & Industrial


Blake Boudreaux
Safety and Operations Manager
MG Transport Services LLC


Kelly Clapp
Senior Manager, Human Resources
Ingram Barge Company


Valerie Coffelt
Director of Deck Personnel
Marquette Transportation Company LLC


Kasey Cummings
Business Development Manager – USA
Thordon Bearings Inc.


Bart Disher
Commercial Business Development Manager, Gulf and West
Furuno USA Inc.


Alex Dyba
Design Engineer, Engineering Manager New Product Development
Timco Industries Inc.


Blake Enloe
Founder, President
Legacy Corporation


Mason Eustis
Director of Operations
Canal Barge Company


James Fowler
Managing Director, Marine and Stevedoring Operations; Executive Vice President
Cooper Marine & Timberlands, Blakeley BoatWorks


Ramona Gaither
Human Resource Manager
Wepfer Marine Inc.


Gabe Gattle
Vice President of Transportation
Terral RiverService Inc.


Stuart Gordon
Operations Manager, St. Louis and Wood River
Economy Boat Store


Blake Hebert
General Manager
Associated Terminals


Adam Hustead
Superior Marine Ways Inc.


Lukas Lonergan
American River Transportation Company


Keith McDonough
Structural Engineer
SCF Services


Marcus Miller
Port Captain
Canal Barge Company


Mason Moore
Operations Manager
General Marine Services



Sean Myers
Maintenance Mechanic Supervisor
S. Army Corps of Engineers


Mitchell Penrod
Wepfer Marine of Calvert City


Bryson Person
Vice President, Operations
ARCOSA Marine Products


Jason Pitre
Port Captain
Turn Services


Matt Powell
Assistant Vice President
Cooper/T. Smith


Kevin Reno
Vessel Engineer
American Commercial Barge Line


Lee Rohlfing
Vice President of Midwest / East Coast Operations
North American Marine Consultants


Kyle Shantz
SHEQ Manager
Inland Marine Service


Chase Slabaugh
General Superintendent – Dive Group
F. Brennan Company Inc.


Tommy Spencer
Chief Engineer
Amherst Madison


Caitlyn Stewart
Vice President – Regulatory Affairs
The American Waterways Operators


Tim Sullivan
Lower Mississippi Pilot
American Commercial Barge Line


Jeremy (Shot) Tardy
Director, Vessel Operations – Locking Rivers
American Commercial Barge Line


Kelly Tiller
Support Manager
TowWorks LLC


Blake Weaver
Maintenance Mechanic Leader
S. Army Corps of Engineers


Anna Whittemore
Vice President of Sales & Logistics
Marquette Transportation


Justin Wieners
WD Industries


Samuel Williams
Operations Manager
Bunker One (USA)


Reece Wilson
General Manager
Associated Terminals


Tracy Zea
Waterways Council Inc.