J.M. Donnelly Elected AWO Board Chairman
John M. Donnelly Jr., president of Ingram Barge Company, Nashville, Tenn., was elected chairman of the board of The American Waterways Operators, Inc., at the Association's annual board of directors meeting in Houston, Texas.
AWO is the national trade association of the barge and towing industry—inland and coastwise— and the shipyards engaged in the construction and repair of the fleet.
Mr. Donnelly, who has served as vice chairman of AWO for the last year, succeeds William A. Creelman, president of the Transport Division of National Marine Service, Inc., St. Louis, Mo. Mr. Donnelly's previous AWO work has included the chairmanship of the Association's Region 3 and a number of committee assignments. " E v e r - i n c r e a s i n g regulatory pressures from a variety of government sources, combined with unprecedented demand f o r surface transportation services, will put transportation productivity to an unparalleled test in the 1980s," Mr. Donnelly said. "Transportation equipment and technology will be called upon as never before to respond with efficiency and imagination.
"Despite these conditions, I can assure you that the barge and towing industry—with its inherent advantages of fuel efficiency, energy efficiency and cost efficiency— will continue to meet the country's industrial and agricultural shipping needs.
"The barge and towing industry has long demonstrated its ability to equal the challenge. I look forward to taking part in the leadership of the American Waterways Operators as our role in the country's distribution system is redefined." Mr. Donnelly joined Ingram Oil and Refining Co. (predecessor company of Ingram I n d u s t r i e s ) in 1955, and became active in the barge business in 1963. He has served as a board member of several waterway-oriented g r o u p s, and was a founding board member, and later chairman of the board, of the N a t i o n a l River Academy in Helena, Ark.
He graduated from Vanderbilt University, where he now serves as a member of the executive committee and board of directors of the Alumni Association.