2002

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Harry Cook has, for the last 33 years, been the successful leader of the National Waterways Conference, Inc. (NWC). As President of the NWC, Harry Cook's goal has been that every waterway interest - port or terminal, inland or coastal, carrier or shipper - was represented by a single, unified organization. The NWC emphasizes the importance of the nation's waterways, advocates continued public works spending and investment, and keeps a diverse and growing membership informed and involved. He has worked tirelessly to promote responsible investments and funding for the infrastructure that allows the entire waterways system - and the tens of thousands of jobs that depend upon it - to remain an effective and viable form of transportation. He has received the Achievement Award of the National Rivers Hall of Fame and Outstanding Civilian Service Award from the Department of the Army.

Cook has been active in other organizations such as the Permanent International Association of Navigation Congresses (PIANC), serving as its International Vice-President from 1996-1997, and the Transportation Research Board: Inland Waterway Transportation Committee and Ports and Waterways Committee, as well as the Executive Committee of the Propeller Club of the United States.
By constant hard work, great insight, a keen political understanding and a conciliatory style, Harry Cook has helped to build an organization from the ground up and has moved the inland waterways to a place of prominence

 

James M. "Jim" Hewgley, Jr., has been a member of the Board of Directors of the City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority since 1973 (29 years). He served two terms as chairman: January 1977 - December 1978 and January, 1981 - December 1982. He is also a member of Tulsa's Port of Catoosa Facilities Authority.
It was during his two terms as Mayor of the City of Tulsa, 1966-1970, that plans were put into motion to create the 2,000-acre Tulsa Port of Catoosa. The City bond issue referendum that authorized funding for the Port was held in 1967. That vote sealed the partnership between the City of Tulsa and Rogers County so that Port development could proceed. Subsequently, construction began and the Port was ready to open for its first barge shipment in early 1971.
Jim Hewgley has served on various boards including Hillcrest Medical Center, Holland Hall School, Children's Medical Center, St. Simeon's Episcopal Home, Tulsa Area Red Cross, Oklahoma College for Liberal Arts, Oklahoma Crime Commission, and served as chairman of the first Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

 

Jack Trotter, of Little Rock, was a pioneer and tireless promoter of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System for passenger travel and recreation.
In the early 1970s he operated the Little Rock based BORDER STAR, and later the ARKANSAS EXPLORER overnight cruise ship. The ARKANSAS EXPLORER offered overnight cruises from the Little Rock/Dardanelle area to points south on the Mississippi including New Orleans. In 1972, the BORDER STAR, an authentic paddle wheel excursion vessel, beat the much larger DELTA QUEEN in an eight-mile race on the Arkansas River at Little Rock. The ARKANSAS EXPLORER was used as the official boat for the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers annual inspection of the McClellan-Kerr Navigation System in Arkansas and Oklahoma.
In the late 1970s, Trotter and others founded the National Passenger Vessel Owners' Association (NPVOA), and supported the establishment of the Little Rock Yacht Club. The NPVOA lobbied for better insurance rates for passenger vessels, adopted operating standards, and promoted passenger travel on the nation's inland waterways.

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