Members of the American Waterways Operators, the national tugboat, towboat and barge industry association, elected Scott Merritt (pictured above left), former chief operating officer for Foss Maritime Company LLC, as chairman.
Arthur F. Mead (pictured above center), vice president and general counsel at Crowley Maritime Corp., was elected vice chairman.
Elections took place earlier this month during the association’s annual spring convention in Washington, D.C. Merritt succeeds Tom Marian, general counsel at Buffalo Marine Service.
Merritt highlighted the association’s accomplishments in 2018.
Jeff Stephens (pictured above right) has joined Heartland Barge Management LLC as the manager of equipment sales and leasing for the Gulf Coast and international markets.
Prior to joining Heartland, Stephens, who has more than 40 years of experience in the marine industry, managed both national and international marine operations, offshore construction projects, subcontract management, ISM and quality. He also worked as a licensed tankerman and towboat pilot on the Mississippi River.