Members of American Waterways Operators elected a new slate of officers last week at the association’s spring board of directors/annual meeting of members.
Clark Todd, president and chief operating officer of Blessey Marine Services, was elected president, succeeding Del Wilkins, president of Illinois Marine Towing, Inc.
Rick Iuliucci, vice president of the Vane Brothers Company, was elected vice president; and Brian Hughes, vice president of operations and sales, Hughes Bros., Inc., was re-elected treasurer.
“After an inspiring and productive year under Del’s leadership, we look forward to another promising year of opportunity with Clark at the helm,” said AWO President and CEO Jennifer Carpenter. “AWO is very fortunate to have such talented industry leaders guiding our association and we are motivated to work for and with these outstanding member leaders.”
In his remarks, Todd emphasized that the industry succeeds because it is built on enduring values and ideas, and outlined his plans “for the future” for his presidency:
“My primary focus as president will be to put people first by ensuring our industry is focused on seafarers rather than markets,” he said. “I will do this by working with all of our members, engaging with them from coast to coast, to leverage their diverse backgrounds, expertise, operating environments and perspectives, so that we can not only meet the challenges today that affect our here and now, but also to meet the challenges that will define tomorrow.
Noting several priorities for the near future, he highlighted seafarer safety, decarbonization and workforce availability and said the AWO is key for the industry to successfully address these challenges:
“AWO has been and will remain essential in helping us meet the challenges and seize the opportunities of today and tomorrow,” Todd said. “Thanks to AWO, we are in a much better position to shape our own future as an industry than if we each had to try to do it separately, on our own, while running our business.”
“Without us, there is no future,” Todd concluded. “We have a strong AWO, and AWO is strongest when we’re engaged. That’s why I plan to follow Del’s lead and work with our members from coast to coast. another to make sure everyone is heard.