American Waterways Operators Annual Report 2017 2017AnnualReport - Page 4

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO & COO Delivering Value, Delivering Results S ince 1944, AWO’s mission has been to deliver value for our membership by fostering a public policy environment that acknowledges the value to the nation of the tugboat, towboat and barge industry and enables members to run their businesses and operate their vessels safely, efficiently, and cost-effectively. AWO delivers that value by forging strong relationships with Congress, the Administration, and federal and state policymakers and advocating for public policy that protects industry investments, reduces regulatory burdens and rewards safety leadership, all while keeping members informed and engaged, and managing AWO’s resources with a deep commitment to stewardship and efficiency. 2017 was a critica