ALMA Member Advisory Council

A direct pipeline to our membership that ensures AEU is always pushing forward and always seeking improvement.

The ALMA Member Advisory Council is a group of forward-thinking ALMA members who help provide AEU a clear understanding of the unique challenges that members face. By serving as a voice for the entire membership, they help AEU align products and services with specific member needs - now, and in the future.

Since its inception in 2014, the ALMA Member Advisory Council has been instrumental in recommending new products and services that would benefit the membership, providing valuable input on AEU innovations such as AEU LEAD® and the Compass® dashboard, and advising on industry-wide concerns affecting members. 

All of this insight helps AEU to better prepare for the future and continue to ensure that here, members benefit.

Current Council Members


Agnes Neilson
Risk and Insurance Manager

Ben White
Senior Corporate and Risk Counsel
American Commercial Barge Line

Eddy Bagdasar
Vice President
Coastal Marine Services

George Leavell
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Wepfer Marine, Inc.

Jason Strait
Vice President of Operations
First Marine, LLC

Jim Dillman
Gateway Terminal

John DeBlieux
Vice President, Deepwater Riser Services

John Heckel
Corporate Ethics and Compliance
Manson Construction

Karen Shoot
Vice President
J.B. Marine

Kyle Hartley
Chief Executive Officer
Integrity Staffing Services

Laura Machado
Chief Financial Officer
Marine Group Boat Works, LLC

Mark Curtiss
Lead Staffing


Michelle Jones
Managing Director
Delta Marine Industries, Inc.

Scott Perry
Chief Financial Officer
Core Industries, Inc.

Stephen Watson
General Manager
Turn Key Scaffold LLC

Steve Cumella
Chief Financial Officer
Mobro Marine, Inc.

Tracey Jennings
Insurance Director
Donjon Marine