Anthony Foxx Confirmed as New Transportation Secretary
Secretary Foxx was Mayor of Charlotte, N.C.
Former Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx has been confirmed by President Barack Obama as the new U.S. Secretary of Transportation. Foxx was sworn in as the nation’s 17th Secretary of Transportation by Judge Nathaniel Jones in a private ceremony at U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) headquarters.
Secretary Foxx worked for Judge Jones as a law clerk for the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals after law school and invited Judge Jones to administer the oath of office.
In a message to DOT employees, Foxx writes, “Safety will remain our top priority at DOT. At the same time, I will work to improve the efficiency and performance of our current transportation system while building the infrastructure we need for future generations.
“In doing so, I look forward to bringing my ‘on the ground’ experiences as a mayor while embracing the tremendous knowledge, skill and ingenuity of the DOT workforce and our many stakeholders.”
The American Waterways Operators (AWO) has extended congratulations to Secretary Foxx on his confirmation. “AWO and its members stand ready to work with Mayor Foxx in his new role as secretary,” says Tom Allegretti, AWO president and CEO.
The DOT oversees air, maritime and surface transportation, has more than 55,000 employees and a $70 billion budget.
In Memoriam: Terry Putman
Founder of a number of marine service businesses worked in the maritime industry for 49 years.
Terry “Admiral” Putman Sr., Bellevue, Iowa, founder of several marine service businesses, including T.L. Putman Tankerman Service, died Sept. 2, 2013, at age 65.
Putman started his career at 16 with Canal Barge Co. and worked there until he was drafted in the U.S. Army. After serving two tours in Vietnam, he received two Purple Hearts and resumed his river career, according to his son, Jeremy C. Putman. Including T.L. Putman Tankerman Service, Putman also started Bellevue Boat Store, Maritime Training Center and Riverview Boat Store. He worked for several towing and harbor companies along the Upper Mississippi and Illinois waterways.
Putman retired from WKN in 2003 but remained active in the river community at Riverview Boat Store until this year.
Continuing his legacy in the river industry are his lifelong friend and former business associate Capt. Don Dixon of Dixon Tug Service; brother Scott Putman of Tankerman; son Troy Williams of Tankerman; son Terry Putman Jr. of Tankerman; brother-in-law John Williams of Tankerman; and son Jeremy. C. Putman, president, Riverview Boat Store Inc.
Liebherr Names President
Peter Mayr most recently served as managing director for Liebherr-Great Britain.
Liebherr, Newport News, Va., has appointed Peter Mayr president of Liebherr Construction Equipment Co.
Liebherr says Mayr has held a number of executive positions with the company, including his most recent position as managing director for Liebherr-Great Britain Ltd. and Liebherr Rental Ltd.
“I am excited to be joining the Liebherr Construction Equipment Co. as president. Together with the core management team I look forward to driving the company’s strategic initiatives, strengthening and growing our distribution and promoting the Liebherr brand,” Mayr says.
Liebherr manufactures a range of equipment for the construction machinery sector.
Terex Appoints Two Product Managers
Karen Stash and Mark Powell named to positions with Terex Aerial Work Platforms.
Terex Aerial Work Platforms (AWP), a business unit of Terex Corp., Southhaven, Miss., has appointed Karen Stash as senior product manager.
In her role, Stash will lead the team responsible for the Genie scissor lifts, portable units, trailer-mounted booms and Terex light towers.
Terex AWP also announced the appointment of Mark Powell as product manager.
In this role, he will manage the line of Genie scissor lifts and assist in the development of new products to meet customer needs. He will report to Stash.