Eckstein, Thorp And Callahan Honored At SCIs Annual River Bell Luncheon - The Waterways Journal

More than 500 guests from the maritime community gathered in Paducah, Ky., December 6 for the Seamens Church Institutes 19th annual River Bell Awards Luncheon. The event raised more than $318,000 in support of SCIs programs serving mariners.

The Rev. David Rider, president and executive director of the Seamens Church Institute; Gregory Thorp; and Mark Knoy, president and CEO of American Commercial Barge Line. (Photo courtesy of Seamen’s Church Institute)

SCI honored three distinguished individuals from the maritime industry. John Eckstein, president and CEO of Marquette Transportation, received the River Bell Award; Gregory Thorp, renowned maritime photographer, was given the River Legend Award; and Rear Adm. Dave Callahan, retired commander of the Eighth Coast Guard District, was presented with the Distinguished Service Award.

Eckstein was appointed president and CEO of Marquette at the age of 27. In his acceptance remarks, he remarked that one of the keys to his and Marquette Transportations success was his familys unwavering support. His father, Ray, and brother, Randy, were instrumental in helping him reach his visionary goals and learn the business as he went along. Eckstein spoke about the challenges he faced early on in his career, and thanked the employees of Marquette, some of whom have been with the company since before he took over. The biggest asset of the industry, he said, is its people.

The River Legend Award was awarded to Gregory Thorp to honor his nearly four de....

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