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Mentor Spotlight

Category: Mentor Monday

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 River... 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... 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,... Read More
at Monday, September 6, 2021

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