AWO’s Jennifer Carpenter to speak at TTB

Written by Marine Log Staff
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AWO President & CEO Jennifer Carpenter

Jennifer Carpenter, president and CEO of the American Waterways Operators (AWO), will be among the industry leaders speaking at Marine Log’s upcoming TTB—Tugs, Towboats, & Barges conference, which this year will be held virtually on March 23 and 24.

AWO is the national trade association representing the inland and coastal tugboat, towboat, and barge industry.

With key waterways legislation just enacted and a new administration taking office, Carpenter’s topic couldn’t be more timely. She’ll speak on “Opportunities and Challenges for the Tugboat, Towboat and Barge Industry with a New Administration and Congress.”

Carpenter joined AWO in August 1990 and became president and CEO in January 2020. Before assuming her current position, she worked her way up the hawsepipe from Government Affairs Assistant to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, holding a series of progressively responsible positions including Manager-Regulatory Issues, Director-Government Affairs, Vice President-Government Affairs, Senior Vice President-Government Affairs & Policy Analysis, Senior Vice President-National Advocacy, and Executive Vice President.

She served for 13 years as a member of the congressionally authorized Towing Safety Advisory Committee. She has received two Meritorious Public Service Awards and a Public Service Commendation from the U.S. Coast Guard for her contributions to the Towing Safety Advisory Committee and the Coast Guard-AWO Safety Partnership.

Carpenter holds a B.S. in international relations, law and organization from Georgetown University, an M.S. in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University, and was a Georgetown University China Studies Fellow at National Chengchi University in Taipei, Taiwan. A native of St. Louis, Mo., Carpenter resides in Alexandria, Va., with her family.

The program for TTB is rapidly shaping up. Check it out and register for this free event HERE.

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