40 Under 40 Winners: Aldrich, Almerico, Andres And Baley
The “40 Under 40” award was conceived for the 5th annual Inland Marine Expo (IMX) to highlight some of the industry’s future leaders. All 40 award winners were nominated by various industry executives and peers for their outstanding contributions to the inland marine industry.
The 40 Under 40 awards were presented at IMX in St. Louis, Mo., May 22. Beginning with this issue, The Waterways Journal will feature four of the 40 recipients in each issue for the next 10 weeks. This week, we recognize Kyle Aldrich, Anthony Almerico, Aimee Andres and Capt. Allison Baley.
Those interested in nominating individuals for the 2019 “40 Under 40” award will have a chance to do so later this year. To be included, nominees must be under the age of 40 as of May 20, 2019, the first day of the 6th annual IMX. Award winners will be recognized during the event.
Aldrich, who was named executive vice president of Evansville Marine Service Inc. early last year, started out with the company as a deckhand in 2007. From there, Aldrich went on to work as a dispatcher for the company before becoming a sales manager in 2012. He attended the University of Southern Indiana.
Aldrich was nominated for taking on a leadership role in the industry. He attends several industry events throughout the year, where he interacts with vendors and customers.
Almerico was named general manager of Cooper T. Smith Mooring, New Orleans, La., in 2017. In that role, he implements labor cost management strategies, reducing costs by 5 percent. Additionally, Almerico helped to increase annual revenue by a minimum of 24 percent.
Prior to his role as general manager, he worked as the company’s regional director of loss control, an assistant dispatcher and a lineman, the role in which he began his career with the firm in 2004.
He was nominated for investing his time and hard work to expand beyond his initial role as a lineman to now managing the company. Almerico was able to climb the company ladder while attending college and participating in a missionary trip to South America.
Almerico received his bachelor’s degree in social sciences from Tulane University, where he graduated as Sigma Cum Laude with a 4.0 GPA.
Andres is the executive director for the Inland Rivers, Ports & Terminals (IRPT). She has extensive contact with members of the association in order to identify points of interest or concern to help them optimize their benefits. She represents members in all inland river basins, where she encourages continued cooperation with local, state and federal authorities, as well as other waterway associations, to promote the value of the inland waterway system. She has been instrumental in growing the organization, which signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Panama Canal last year, thus extending the association’s reach to an international level.
Andres is an Accredited Maritime Port Executive awarded by the International Association of Maritime Port Executives and recognized by the Maine Maritime Academy and Loeb-Sullivan School of International Business and Logistics. She serves on the boards of directors for the National Waterways Conference and the International Association of Marine Port Executives.
Baley, staff captain with HMS Global Maritime, graduated from SUNY Maritime College in Throggs Neck, N.Y., with her bachelor’s degree in maritime humanities. After graduation, she worked at the Marshall Island’s registry as the safety inspections coordinator, where she managed a fleet of more than 7,000 vessels around the globe.
Later, Baley went to work for Cargill Ocean Transportation Department as a the charter party coordinator. While there, she learned that the American Queen Steamboat Company was hiring a mate. She took the job, where she worked her way up to a steamboat pilot. Today, Baley helps operate the 436-passenger vessel by making trips up and down the Cumberland, Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee rivers.