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Mentor Spotlight

Honor Your Mentor!

Mentoring is a longstanding tradition of the river. Sharing your journey with a mentor may encourage others to follow your lead by walking in your footsteps or stepping up and becoming a mentor to another crew member wishing to advance. Please send personal experiences of mentoring with RiverWorks Discovery, so that we may use them in our social media Mentor Monday posts.

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Category: Mentor Monday

Mentor Spotlight by Tessa Andres

When I was just 16 years old, I met two of the most influential people in my professional life; James (Jim) Kearns III and Captain Jeffrey Monroe. It was at the Inland Rivers, Ports, & Terminals 2019 Annual Conference that I met these two accomplished gentlemen. I had always heard my mom, Aimee Andres, talk about how they both helped guide her through the beginning stages of her career, and still to this day act as an advisor. I can see now, through them, the attributes and details that a... Read More
Posted by Hope Sears at Monday, May 1, 2023

Mentor Spotlight by Thomas Kinnard

I met Steve Alley a couple of times early in my career as he would venture to Nashville from time to time to meet with customers. Our relationship began in earnest on a cold February morning when I met him in Chicago to attend to a cargo issue. At the time, I had been in Logistics with Ingram Barge Company for a few years and was managing our transportation operations from St Louis to Chicago. Our meeting was brief, and the issue went unresolved. We broke for lunch, and I got to watch him for... Read More
Posted by Hope Sears at Monday, April 3, 2023

Mentor Spotlight by Tracy Fischer

They say that as a parent, you meet your best friends because of your children, that is how I met Mary Waldheim. Mary's son Louis and my son Eric went to school together and became best of friends. It makes sense that Mary and I would soon follow.  For years play dates became chats and laughs. Then we began “our lunches”. Mary and I started a tradition of lunch once, if not twice a month. We shared stories of family, friends, and our passions. Mary would spend a lot of time ... Read More
Posted by Hope Sears at Monday, March 6, 2023

Mentor Spotlight-by Jacob Crist

The concepts needed to transfer institutional knowledge: As opposed to having a designated mentor, I was hired into a succession program, which brought in 5 individuals in their early 20s and cycled each through various departments with a sponsored graduate school track. Port Authorities are complex organizations, so a mix of institutional knowledge of executive management with practical knowledge of staff, then apply across a range of departments - from operations to legal and from real e... Read More
at Monday, February 6, 2023

Mentor Spotlight- by Matt Lagarde

There have been many key people I’ve worked with over my career that shaped the way I see the world, the industry, and other people. Each phase of my career was influenced by some very special people.  I started as a deckhand in the fleets of New Orleans and later in Alabama.  I began running smaller boats on the Tombigbee, Intracoastal, Tennessee, and other tributary rivers.  I moved from the smaller boats to line haul on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.  In 2005 I... Read More
Posted by Hope Sears at Monday, December 5, 2022

Mentor Spotlight--by Michael Breslin

When I joined the maritime industry in 2009, I did not know what I wanted out of this job. I wasn’t sure if this was a viable career, and I never would have guessed I’d end up as the Director of Safety and Sustainability for AWO. Like many of us, I ‘fell’ into this line of work.  Now, after nearly 15 years of service to the maritime community, I understand how lucky I am to have this opportunity, and I know my success is dependent on the people around me, includi... Read More
at Monday, November 7, 2022

Mentor Spotlight - by Greg Karlowsky

Almost 5 years ago I came over to Campbell Transportation Company, Inc. from the trucking industry. Being new to the River Industry, I worked my way up from a Logistics Coordinator to Logistics Manager two and a half years ago. My main task is overseeing all of CTC's open-top affreightment business, leading my team to fulfill the needs of our customers and vendors as efficiently as possible. This industry is such a unique business that I've come to learn that hard work, dedication, ex... Read More
at Monday, September 12, 2022

Mentor Spotlight - by Allison Baley

Allison Baley: I started my river career on the American Queen a decade ago. I had a license from an academy but hadn't used it. I needed work so I found a job on the river. It didn't take long for me to realize, school teaches the test, not life. You'll never quite know how direct seasoned veterans of the river can be until you're on that first day. I was a 24-year-old blonde girl from up north who knew no one and who had come from college. I was not meeting expectations right off the bat. ... Read More
at Monday, August 1, 2022

Mentor Spotlight - by Insiyaa Ahmed

My career on the River has been shorter than most that have been part of the Mentor Spotlight. But I can say that without a doubt, I would not be where I am today without the guidance and support of the mentors I have encountered over the past several years. I began my work as a biologist on the River 4 years ago as a Student Conservation Association (SCA) intern with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in West Alton, MO. I initially started my position with the hopes of gaining experience in ec... Read More
at Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Mentor Spotlight - by Roy Vance

My name is Roy Vance, I am a 37-year-old seafarer originally from Baton Rouge, La. My first job on the river came when I was 18 years old unloading pipe and rubber ships at the port of greater Baton Rouge. I would later attend Texas A&M and graduate from its Maritime Academy. My career on the water started as an Able Body Seaman working in the Oil Field, a few years later I worked my way up to Chief Mate. The current position I hold is a River Pilot where I am a member of the Crescent Riv... Read More
at Monday, June 6, 2022

Mentor Spotlight - by Kenny Briggs

Hello everyone. I pray all is well as we fight through adversity from difficult times in our lives these past few years. My name is Kenny Briggs. I have been a New Orleans/Baton Rouge Steamship Pilot (NOBRA) for the past five years. I would not have been able to obtain this opportunity if it were not for my faith and having great people in my life to help me out along the way. However, there is one individual that I would like to shine the spotlight on. I am under the belief that you have... Read More
at Monday, April 4, 2022

Mentor Spotlight - by Steve Golding

I have been blessed to have had some really great mentors during my (50) year career in the inland tankbarge industry. The one who really stands out particularly in my first (20) years is Howard Brent of Greenville, MS.  I took over as President of a small barge company known called Ole Man River Towing in 1974 at the age of (24) years old.  My dad, Thomas Golding, had started this small barge company in the late 60's but he was doing it more as an investment with a group ... Read More
at Monday, March 7, 2022

Mentor Spotlight - by Mike Weisend

As most all mariners, we all have stories to tell and you know the phrase, “this ain’t no s...t,” we all know that begins the lie. However, the following is the truth that honors those that came before us and taught us the things that have been embedded in our minds. All mariners have these stories that are marked down only in our memories. When these events would come to pass, I would look at my fellow crew and touch my finger to my tongue and mark the number one in the air... Read More
at Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Mentor Spotlight - by Alex Schuchter

I started on the river at BB Riverboats in March of 2015, when I was just 14 years old. I started as a steward tending to the buffet on the River Queen, and it wasn’t until I first started working on the Belle of Cincinnati that I got to meet Alan Bernstein. Capt. Al seemed to take a liking to me, and would always invite me up into the pilot house whenever I was able to be away from the galley downstairs. Very quickly I became inquisitive, and would often ask many questions, to which... Read More
at Monday, September 6, 2021