Powering the Midwest's Economy
Mr. Tom Heinold
USACE Rock Island District
Tom Heinold serves as the Chief of the Operations Division for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District. Heinold is responsible for overseeing approximately 500 employees who ensure operations and maintenance of multiple facilities across the District including 12 lock and dam sites on the Mississippi River, six lock and dam sites on the Illinois Waterway. Heinold also oversees operations of five flood risk management reservoirs in Iowa and Illinois.
Mr. Matt Coffelt
USACE Rock Island District
Matt Coffelt serves as a Program Manager in the Project Management Branch of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District. Coffelt is responsible for managing the Operations & Maintenance Navigation program for construction projects which includes all 12 of the lock and dam sites on the Mississippi River and six lock and dam sites on the Illinois Waterway.
Ms. Lynn Muench
American Waterways Operators
Lynn Muench is a Senior Vice President for Regional Advocacy at American Waterways Operators (AWO) for the Midwest and Ohio Valley regions managing key inland river issues with state legislators and federal agencies. Before joining AWO, she worked extensively on the infrastructure needs of the Upper Mississippi River Basin as Vice President of the Midwest Area River Coalition.
Mr. Paul Rohde
Waterways Council, Inc.
Paul Rohde is the Vice President of the Midwest Region of Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI), the Washington, D.C.-based policy organization advocating for a well-maintained system of inland waterways infrastructure and ports. He advances WCI's goals through legislative strategy & policy issues and has developed and executed a comprehensive public education campaign.
Mr. Jeremy Tardy
Illinois River Carriers Association
Jeremy Tardy is the Captain’s Committee Chairman for the Illinois River Carriers Association (IRCA) and the Director of Vessel Operations for American Commercial Barge Line. Tardy has spent 13 years working on towboats and has worked with shore-side management for the past six years. Additionally, he has been a USCG licensed mariner for 17 years and counting.
Mr. BJ Murray
Illinois Department of Transportation
BJ Murray is the Section Chief of Marine Transportation Program Planning for the Illinois Department of Transportation and is responsible for the development, review, and publishing of the Annual and Multi-Year Marine Transportation Improvement Program. Murray is also responsible for the Port Capital Program which consists of tracking, monitoring, and programming the Rebuild Illinois Port Capital Program Funds, managing the Illinois Marine Transportation System Plan and Economic Impact Analysis Study, as well as other transportation planning activities.