Michael W. Rushing began his career as a deckhand nearly six decades ago, and has continued to work in the marine industry ever since. He began his own towing company, Rushing Marine Corp., with his father, C.W. "Woody" Rushing in 1979, and in 1995 he started Rushing Marine Service, L.L.C. He is currently a TVIB-Certified AWO Responsible Carrier Program Lead Auditor and TVIB-Certified Subchapter M Lead Auditor. Mike has served as a member of the AWO Board of Directors and the Towing Safety Advisory Committee.
Todd M. Rushing has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, and helped Rushing Marine get started in 1995. He is a TVIB-Certified AWO Responsible Carrier Program Lead Auditor, TVIB-Certified Subchapter M Lead Auditor, TVIB-Certified Subchapter M Surveyor, and Shipyard Competent Person. Todd specializes in the development of Safety and Health Programs and Security Plans. In 1998, he was the co-creator of the Regulations Handbook for Uninspected Towing Vessels and is actively involved with the updates of all our publications. In 1999 he organized the annual C.W. "Woody" Rushing Golf Tournaments in memory of his grandfather, to benefit both local and nationwide charities.
In 1968, Roger L. Conner started his career in the river industry as a deckhand. Over 50 years later, he is now a retired Pilot and Tankerman. In 1995 he began working with Rushing Marine, providing consulting services and training of U.S. Coast Guard and OSHA regulations. He is a TVIB-Certified AWO Responsible Carrier Program Lead Auditor and TVIB-Certified Subchapter M Lead Auditor. Roger specializes in Person-In-Charge of Vessel Fuel and Oil Transfer training, forklift training and safety training in a variety of other subjects. He is also experienced in Vessel Safety Audits and Inspections.
Elmer J. Callow has an Associates of Science Degree in Quality Control and is a Certified Quality Technician with 26 years of experience in Quality Control. He has held various positions in quality, including both technical and managerial. As a manager he was involved with direct customer reviews of Quality Systems he developed for controlling all aspects of manufactuering, from the raw component to the finished product. He has been a co-facilitator on training personnel about the Pillars of Quality. He has completed the 36-hour ISO 9001:2008 Lead Auditor training course, is a TVIB-Certified AWO Responsible Carrier Program Lead Auditor, TVIB-Certified Subchapter M Lead Auditor, and TVIB-Certified Subchapter M Surveyor.
Patrick McKinney started with Norfolk Southern Corp. in August 2004 as a conductor and worked his way up to locomotive engineer in 2007. He left Norfolk Southern in April 2008 to relocate to Southern Illinois where he began his career for Kinder Morgan as their MSHA Training Manager. During his time with Kinder Morgan he oversaw all aspects of their MSHA, Illinois DNR and USCG programs, including training, health and safety, and compliance. He is a certified American Heart Association Instructor, Emergency Care and Safety Institute Instructor, and MSHA Instructor. He also has training in NIMS 100, NIMS 200, NIMS 300 and NIMS 700 for Incident Command Systems (ICS). Patrick is a TVIB-Certified AWO Responsible Carrier Program Lead Auditor, TVIB-Certified Subchapter M Lead Auditor, and TVIB-Certified Subchapter M Surveyor.
Stan Knight Stan A. Knight began his career working for Paducah Marine Ways in 1974. In 1986 he started as a deckhand for B & H Towing. Later he worked as Safety Director and in all other aspects of running a small towboat company. He feels very blessed to have worked for Captain William “Buck” Lay and Captain Quentin Harris. He is honored to have served as past President of The International Propeller Club Port of Paducah Kentucky and Paducah Waterways Association. He also served as past Chairman of The American Waterways Organization's Interregion Safety Committee. In 2016 he retired from American Electric Power (AEP) River Operations where he worked as a Senior Safety Supervisor. After working two years at American Commercial Barge Lines (ACBL) in the Regulatory Compliance Department, he started up his own business, K & K Services LLC. Stan's passion has always been to assist the mariner.
Tod Schattgen retired from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Commissioned Officer Corps, after commanding two hydrographic survey ships during his 23 year career. He joined Rushing Marine in 2012. Tod is a TVIB Certified Subchapter M Surveyor and Lead Auditor. Tod enjoys shooting skeet and sporting clays when he is not auditing or surveying towboats.
Cassie Koenig joined Rushing Marine in 2005. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication with minors in Graphics Communication Technology and Marketing. Cassie coordinates the online safety and security training courses and orientations, and manages the Regulations Handbooks. She also assists with The Rushing Family Trust.
Brenda Randol earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, and taught high school math for three years before returning to college to pursue accounting. She has been with Rushing Marine since September of 2006 as our bookkeeper, and helps maintain our customers' safety management systems.
Chandler Fortner joined the Rushing Marine team in 2015. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Southeast Missouri State University. Chandler manages the internal vessel audit and survey programs, and assists with numerous other projects. Her dream is to have a towing vessel named the M/V Chan after her someday!
Bruce started his career with ACBL in 1985. He also worked for MEMCO Barge Line, AEP, Marine Systems and Ingram Barge Company where he still rides as Chief Engineer. Bruce is a TVIB Certified Subchapter M Surveyor for Annual Surveys and Drydock and Internal Structural Examinations.
Jeff Davis started his career on the water in 1987 in the United States Navy, and in 1991 started working for a towing company as a deckhand and eventually retired after 30+ years as the Harbor Manager, Port Captain and Assistant Security Officer. In 2021, he began working as a TVIB Certified Auditor and Surveyor.
Reed Davison graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in 2004 with a degree in Marine Engineering and Shipyard Management and Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, LA with a MBA in 2009. After sailing deep sea as an engineer for a few years Reed came ashore and worked as a surveyor for the American Bureau of Shipping in Houma, LA. Reed left ABS to work as a port engineer / project manager for a tank barge company in the New Orleans area handling all regulatory inspections, developing safety and security plans, creating their Tank Barge Self Inspection Program for the Coast Guard, and overseeing shipyard new construction and repairs. Reed joined Rushing Marine in July of 2021 and enjoys working with customers to enhance their safety and security programs through vessel audits, surveys, and training.