Paducah Chamberís October Power in Partnership Breakfast to feature river industry panel

Published Monday, September 27, 2021 8:00 am

The Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce’s October 14 Power in Partnership Breakfast will feature a river industry panel. The breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Julian Carroll Convention Center and is sponsored by Paducah Bank. Pre-registration is required. 

The moderator is Deb Calhoun, Senior Vice President of Waterways Council, Inc. the national public policy organization that advocates for a modern and well-maintained system of inland waterways and ports.  Panelists will include Chad Dorsey, Director, Inland Waterways Gateway Office of Paducah; Oscar Harrell, Vice President Operations, Ingram Barge Company; Damon Judd, President & CEO, Marquette; and Matt Ricketts, President & CEO, Crounse Corporation. 

Deb Calhoun has worked with WCI since its inception in 2003, and developed the communications program of its predecessor organization, Waterways Work!  She previously and temporarily served as WCI’s Interim President/CEO. She is also now a resident of Paducah and is working remotely for WCI.  

Damon Judd was named President & CEO of Marquette in June 2020.  Judd had previously served as President and Executive Vice President, and as a member of Marquette’s Board of Directors.  Judd earned his master’s degree from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree with a double major in Economics and Political Science from Yale University.  Judd currently serves on the board of Waterways Council, Inc.  

Chad Dorsey was selected to serve as the Maritime Administration’s Director of the Inland Waterways Gateway Office when it was established in Paducah in 2018.  Chad has held various management roles in operations and engineering within the inland industry as well as transportation consulting and business development. Chad holds a bachelor’s degree in Marine Transportation from the United States Merchant Marine Academy and following graduation served eight years in the U.S. Naval Reserve.  

Oscar Harrell is Vice President of Operations with Ingram Barge located in Paducah. He joined the company five years ago.  Prior to working for Ingram, Oscar worked for Mars, Inc. for nearly 26 years in a variety of roles within their Chocolate and Pet food divisions starting in Sales and then working in HR supporting Manufacturing. 

Damon Judd was named President and CEO of Marquette in June 2020.  Damon had previously served as President and Executive Vice President, and as a member of Marquette’s Board of Directors.  Damon earned his master’s degree from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree with a double major in Economics and Political Science from Yale University.  Damon currently serves on the board of Waterways Council, Inc. 

Matt Ricketts currently serves as President & CEO of Crounse Corporation.  He is the current Chairman of Waterways Council, Inc.  Crounse has become one of the largest carriers of dry bulk commodities on the inland river system. Today, Crounse employs over 300 people and maintains offices in Paducah and Maysville, while operating a fleet of 36 towboats and over 1,100 barges.  

Safety protocols to be followed at the breakfast include masks required except when eating and drinking; tables will be spread out with fewer seats at each table; boxed meals will be served; and hand sanitizing stations will be available. The Chamber asks that you do not attend if you are feeling ill or have recently been exposed to COVID-19. 

The cost is $20. Register at paducahchamber.org or call 270-443-1746.     

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