Celebrating 20 years of inland waterways infrastructure advocacy - Rick Calhoun reflects on his time as WCI Chair from 2009 - 2011 and the last 20 years!
Under my tenure as Chairman, I installed agriculture and labor representatives on the Executive Committee, at some stiff resistance from the towboat industry at the time, but we needed a broader representation for credibility on the Hill. We diversified our membership to add conservation voices as well and that move has served us well.
Also under my Chairmanship, we were in need of significant staff changes, three of four employees moved on and had to be replaced. It was not a fun process but we emerged with a better organization in DC.
WCI needs to continue to do what is best for the waterways, not what is best for each individual company, as those interests will not always be aligned.