March 31, 2022


The American Equity Underwriters Announces New Advisory Council Members: Eight maritime industry leaders join council to help foster growth and innovation.

MOBILE, Ala. – The American Equity Underwriters, Inc. (AEU), the leading provider of workers’ compensation insurance for waterfront employers, welcomed eight new members to the ALMA Member Advisory Council earlier this month in New Orleans, La. at the Council’s annual meeting.

“We’re proud to provide our members with the best service in the industry, but we can’t do that without their feedback,” said Adele Hapworth, CEO of AEU. “Thanks to the expertise of our members who serve on the Council, our company is growing, innovating, and continually raising the industry standard.”

The ALMA Member Advisory Council’s contributions provide AEU with the knowledge needed to address industry-wide concerns and provide members with services tailored to meet their specific needs.

2022 ALMA Member Advisory Council Members

Agnes Neilson Risk and Insurance Manager

Laura Machado
Chief Financial Officer
Marine Group Boat Works, LLC

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

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

About The American Equity Underwriters, Inc.

With headquarters in Mobile, Alabama, The American Equity Underwriters, Inc. serves as program administrator for American Longshore Mutual Association Ltd., a group self-insurance fund authorized by the U.S. Department of Labor for waterfront employers in all 50 states under the United States Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. AEU provides best-in-class services including claims handling, loss control, longshore consulting and other support. For more information, call (866) 238-8754 or visit Follow AEU on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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