Tuscaloosa, Ala.-based Parker Towing, one of the largest inland barge lines in the U.S., reports that it has promoted three of its employees.
Jeremy Headley, who joined the Parker Towing sales team in 2016, has been promoted to director of sales. Prior to Parker Towing, he worked in barge sales and logistics in the marine industry and as operations manager and then general Manager for an environmental services company in Birmingham, Ala.
As director of sales, Headley will continue to work closely with the sales team in growing and further developing the company’s barge transportation services. He currently resides in Birmingham, with his wife, Jenny and their three children, Cody, Ethan, and Roxie.
Dan Benken has been promoted to director of port and barge line services. He came to Parker Towing in 2018 with an extensive background in logistics and supply chain management having worked as a dispatcher in the marine industry as well as a regional sales rep for a railcar parts supplier.
Since joining the ports and terminals division, he has worked to develop and strengthen business at several ports, looking at future port developments and identifying customers, served as a temporary port manager, and worked to develop business on the Tennessee River. Dan currently resides in Birmingham, with his wife Amy and their four children, Harrison, Leighton, Charlotte, and Charles.
Leif Lacey has been promoted to ports & terminals sales manager. Lacey started as an entry-level deckhand at Parker Towing in May of 2013. After working his way from deckhand to engineer and then to acceptance into Parker’s steersman program, Lacey transferred shoreside where he managed boat crews as the crew dispatcher starting in August of 2014.
In 2017 he made the transition from crew dispatcher to the sales team. He has completed certification as an Inland Marine Terminal Executive and in 2019 was awarded the 40 under 40 award at the Inland Marine Expo. Today, Lacey continues working to grow the Ports and Terminals Division.. He currently resides in Tuscaloosa, with his wife Emily and their two children Lakelyn and Beckman.
All three have a done a great job for us and continue to accomplish goals in their respective jobs. We are excited to see them match that success in their new roles,” said Tim Parker, III, president of Parker Towing.