Member Testimonials: Value of WCI Membership

Value of WCI Membership.  


WCI proudly serves our diverse coalition, and it turns out our members are pretty proud of their affiliation with WCI. Hear from our members on how being involved in WCI has impacted them.  


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"With more than a century of experience on the inland waterways, Alberici is one of the nation’s top builders of marine-based infrastructure and a proud member of the Waterways Council.  WCI supports the goals of our clients and partners to enhance our nation’s investment in the inland waterways. The quality of the representation that WCI provides is unmatched.  WCI unites many associations and stakeholders creating a powerful voice that achieves real results.

WCI’s staff is driven, tenacious, and focused on its members’ goals and their track record speaks for itself.  WCI is the model for focusing on the advancement of industry priorities efficiently and effectively while delivering high ROI for ourselves and our member colleagues." - Fred Biermann, Market Leader, Alberici





“Farm Bureau relies on the Waterways Council to be the leading organization on locks and dams issues, which are vitally important to  farmers and ranchers.  Farm Bureau members from across the country appreciate the expertise and enthusiasm the WCI team brings in providing Congress and the Corps of Engineers with sound policy to create a more reliable and efficient river transportation system.  We are proud members of this coalition and value the contributions it makes to policies that are critical for U.S. agriculture.”  

-Zippy Duvall, President, American Farm Bureau Federation








“Campbell Transportation Company is a founding member of WCI.  We started WCI with a vision to create an organization to focus on funding and maintaining our inland waterways system.  We did this by uniting, under the WCI umbrella, many of the beneficiaries of our waterways.  


WCI remains focused and succeeds in achieving consistent increases in funding for Corps construction and operations and maintenance, as well as significant achievements in authorizing legislation. Add to that rapid response to operational issues and it’s easy to see WCI produces results that we all benefit from.  Without WCI, we would not have achieved these results.”  

- Peter Stephaich, Chairman, Campbell Transportation Company

Peter Stephaich (right) presents Sen. Bob Casey (PA) WCI's 2014 Leadership Service Award


"Canal Barge Company participated in the founding and ongoing development of WCI because of our belief in the need to modernize the inland waterways system. We, like others, were seeking a more focused effort to reverse the decades long trend of federal government under-investment in nationally significant waterways infrastructure.


WCI has become an extremely credible, nimble and effective organization with a deeply knowledgeable and dedicated staff that has delivered positive outcomes for its members and the nation.  WCI’s members receive exceptional benefits by virtue of increased investment in and ongoing maintenance of the inland waterways system that ensures safe, reliable and efficient marine transportation." - Merritt Lane, President/CEO, Canal Barge Company




"WCI is an important industry partner for the Cooper Group of Companies. Pictured, l-r: Phyllis Harden, Pine Bluff Sand and Gravel; Senator John Boozman; Spencer Murphy, Canal Barge; Chris Blanchard, Cooper Consolidated.

As a board member I attend several meetings each year, including an important ‘fly-in’ to Washington, D.C., where I and others from WCI meet with Congressional leaders to educate them and stress the importance of having a well-maintained system of locks and dams throughout the U.S.


In addition to policy makers, WCI works to inform the news media and general public about the waterways’ critical importance.   We have to be proactive in the repair and rebuilding of these waterways, and Congress must continue to adequately fund maintenance and modernization efforts in order for the country to remain competitive in global markets.”  - Chris Blanchard, Managing Director, Fleet Operations, Cooper Consolidated    

                             pictured l-r: Phyllis Harden, Pine Bluff Sand and Gravel; Senator John Boozman; Spencer Murphy, Canal Barge; Chris Blanchard, Cooper Consolidated 






"Kirby and its customers depend on efficient and reliable inland waterways.  Waterways Council is laser-focused on this objective and has consistently delivered meaningful results.  As an organization, it punches above its weight by engaging a diverse group of stakeholders who share this common goal." - Matt Woodruff, Vice President, Public and Government Affairs, Kirby Corporation


"McNational, Inc. was a founding member of WCI.  I’ve been personally involved with this organization from the beginning.  I can sincerely say that the work being done by this group is a tremendous help to our industry.  Well-run and organized with some extremely motivated leaders and members." - Bruce McGinnis, CEO, McNational, Inc.





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