Tinkey, Guthans, And Farrell Elected To Key AWO Posts

The American Waterways Operators (AWO), the national trade association of the domestic inland and coastal barge and towing industry, has chosen its 1989 leadership. J.A. Tinkey, president, Mid-America Transportation Company, Fairview Heights, 111., was elected chairman of the board; R.A. Guthans, president and chief executive officer of Tenn-Tom Towing, Inc., Mobile, Ala., was elected as vice chairman, and Joe Farrell, president of AWO since 1983, was reelected to that post.

Mr. Tinkey has been president of Mid- America Transportation Company since 1985, and has served that company since 1957 in such capacities as vice president-operations, vice president-traffic & personnel, superintendent of vessel maintenance, and as pilot and master on company vessels. He is a member of the River Industry Executive Task Force, which was formed at AWO's urging last year to deal with drought conditions in the mid-continent, and for which Mr. Tinkey and the Association have received national recognition. Mr. Tinkey has served in a number of key AWO posts, including that of Midwest region chairman. He is a member of numerous waterway-oriented organizations, and he brings to AWO vast experience and expertise in the maritime field.

Mr. Guthans, elected as vice chairman, has since 1973 served as president of Midstream Fuel Service Inc., Petroleum Energy Products Company, and Tenn-Tom Towing Company, all of Mobile, Ala. He is a past Southern Region chairman of AWO, and has served on the Association's board of directors and its executive committee.

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