IMX Achievement Award, ‘40 Under 40’ Announced

The Waterways Journal has announced the 2019 winners of the IMX Achievement Award and the 40 Under 40 Award.

Now in its sixth year, the IMX Achievement Award honors an individual who has spent his or her career making significant contributions to the maritime industry. This year’s honoree is Frank Johnson, assistant vice president-vessel operations for Ingram Barge Company.

Johnson began his career in the industry in 1973, as a deckhand for Walker Towing Company. By 1977, he was a pilot, and since then has worked for several companies, primarily Ingram, where he has been employed since 1991. During his vessel career, he piloted towboats ranging from 800 to 9,200 hp., moving tows of up to 49 barges. He moved shoreside in 2002 as Ingram’s operations manager.

Johnson was nominated for the award by Dave O’Loughlin, president and CEO of Ingram Barge Company.

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The 40 Under 40 Award was inaugurated in 2018. It honors under-40-year-old professionals for their hard work and dedication to the industry.

This year’s 40 Under 40 recipients include: Adam Adkins, steersman with Amherst Madison Inc.; Trevor Barnabee, sales support specialist for Great Lakes Power Products; Michael Breslin, manager of Subchapter M compliance for Turn Services LLC; Capt. Kenny Brown, captain with Cheryl K Marine; Austin Bugg, sales manager with TowWorks LLC; Todd Clower executive vice president of Harbor Towing & Fleeting LLC; Casey Crozier, president of Precision Tension Solutions; Craig Daniels assistance service manager/field project engineer with Marine Industrial Gears & Services; Matthew Devall, CFO of Devall Towing & Boat Service; Josh Dixon, director of marine operations for Petroleum Service Corporation; Derek Egan, chief operations officer of Illinois & Michigan Oil LLC; Adam Foret, vice president of the ACTion group; Andrew Gates, maintenance coordinator with Hines Furlong Line; Will Hayes, marketing/business development manager with Team Services LLC; Jeremy Headley, sales representative with Parker Towing Company; Matt Hogan, regional project manager for J.F. Brennan Company Inc.; Shannon Jaco, owner/CEO of Barge Transfer Services; Lauren Jeppson, vice president-administration of Towing Vessel Inspection Bureau; Ryan Johnston, vice president-regional operations, Wepfer Marine Inc.; Leif Lacey, terminal services sales representative for Parker Towing Company; Jason Lake, loss control manager with The American Equity Underwriters Inc.; Robert LeBlanc, divisional support manager and FSO with ARTCO-Archer Daniels Midland; Hannah Chotin Macgowan, corporate communications manager for Canal Barge Company Inc.; Mark Patterson, vice president-operations of Osage Marine Service; Ray Pollum, senior manager of logistics with Campbell Transportation Company Inc.; Nathaniel Ross, manager of business development and planning for Illinois Marine Towing Inc.; Tom Santel, machine/fab shop manager for Mike’s Inc.; Jamie Schumann, steersman with Amherst Madison Inc.; Graham Shaffer, mechanic with SCF Services; Alex Smith, associate general counsel for TPG Marine Enterprises LLC; Jess Steger, president of Channel and Lynchburg Shipyards; Amanda Tallant, assistant port captain/crew dispatcher for Parker Towing Company; Craig Theiler, general manager of Law Valve of Texas; Erwin G. Thompson III, counsel, commercial business and governmental affairs, LeBeouf Bros. Towing LLC/Bourg Dry Dock & Service; Greg Turko, chief, medium capacity fleet for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Keenan Vogler, marine engineer/service engineer for Simplex Americas LLC; Kevin Wakefield, operations manager for Decatur Marine Audit & Survey; Walt Wepfer, senior vice president-corporate operations of Wepfer Marine Inc.; Graham Wogan, director of fleet logistics and account management with Canal Barge Company Inc.; and Joseph Womack, senior manager of shipyard operations for Wepfer Marine Inc.

Johnson and winners of the 40 Under 40 award will be honored during the May 22 general session at the Inland Marine Expo at the Dome @ America’s Center in St. Louis, Mo.