AWO Elects Officers For 1986 At Annual Convention In Washington

During the recent annual convention of The American Waterways Operators, Inc. (AWO), in Washington, D.C., Berdon Lawrence was elected unanimously as chairman of the board for 1986. Mr. Lawrence, president of Hollywood Marine, Inc., Houston, Texas, served as AWO vice chairman last year.

Mr. Lawrence completed his graduate and undergraduate work at Tulane University in New Orleans.

He is a past director of the Houston Port Bureau, past chairman of the AWO Tank Barge Conference, and past chairman of the AWO Southern Region. He has been involved in the barge and towing industry for 18 years. As AWO chairman of the board, Mr. Lawrence succeeds James H. Sanborn, vice president-operations, Sonat Marine, Inc., Philadelphia, Pa.

Capt. Arthur M. Knight was elected to serve as vice chairman.

Captain Knight is executive director of Reinauer Transportation Cos., Inc. and Boston Fuel Transportation, Inc. He is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration Advanced Management Program, and was recently awarded an honorary doctorate degree by the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Captain Knight is a past president of the Boston Marine Society, past president of the Port of Boston, past chairman of the AWO Atlantic Region and Vessel Operations Committee, and is a member of the Towing Safety Advisory Committee.

Joseph Farrell was reelected as president of AWO. Mr. Farrell is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, and spent 12 years as an officer in the U.S. Navy, primarily in nuclear submarines. He served in Washington, D.C., as Chief of Staff to Senator Charles Percy, and immediately prior to assuming the presidency of AWO, was senior vice president of Pullman Power Products of Pennsylvania.

Lee Hill, AWO controller, was reelected as treasurer, and Georgia Volakis, AWO assistant to the president, was reelected as secretary of the association.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 11,  Jun 1986

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