Press Release: American Waterways Operators Elects Kelly Teichman of T&T Marine Salvage as Chair

Press Release: American Waterways Operators Elects Kelly Teichman of T&T Marine Salvage as Chair

ARLINGTON, Va., May 22, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- The members of the American Waterways Operators, the national tugboat, towboat and barge industry association, elected a new slate of leaders last week during the association's Spring Convention and Annual Membership Meeting.


Kelly Teichman, Executive Chairman, T&T Marine, was elected Chairman; Patrick Sutton, Chief Operating Officer, American Commercial Barge Line, was elected Vice Chair; and Brian Hughes, Vice President Operations & Sales, Hughes Bros., Inc., was re-elected Treasurer. Ms. Teichman succeeds outgoing Chairman Rick Iuliucci, Vice President, the Vane Brothers Company.

AWO President & CEO Jennifer Carpenter commented:

"We are energized to begin this next year of AWO's 80-year history with Kelly at the helm. We have been so fortunate to have a succession of strong, dedicated member leaders, including our outstanding Immediate Past Chairman Rick Iuliucci, and I have no doubt that Kelly will continue this successful track record in her leadership."

Ms. Teichman, AWO's first female Chairman of the Board, highlighted the importance of fundamentals in her first remarks as Chair:

"Over the years I have found that the importance of building a strong foundation for a strong future rings true not just at my company, but across our entire industry, and for AWO, our industry's advocate, resource and united voice. It is an approach that all of us together have collectively applied to our priorities as an industry, and it has effectively positioned us to navigate today's challenges and create tomorrow's opportunities."

She also underlined the industry's career pathways, which are open to anyone willing to put in the effort, and touched on the rising role of women:

"There is a place here for anyone who is committed to working hard, being part of a team and having a meaningful impact on our country and its supply chain. If you have what it takes, you are not only encouraged to join this industry, but to rise through the ranks and thrive within it no matter where you come from, no matter your background. In that regard, I'm especially excited for the continuing prominence of women in this industry, whether on the boats or shoreside, and I look forward to contributing positively to their experience however I can," she explained.

Ms. Teichman concluded:

"My goal is to make sure we avail ourselves of the solid foundation we have built together, by positioning Jennifer for continued success as our President & CEO and as the highly effective leader of the AWO staff team; by positioning the staff to continue to excel and draw from the range of skills and experience of this talented group; and by ensuring all members are heard and have the opportunity to contribute in the ways that work best for them, because the strength of our united voice resides in the operational diversity of our industry."