The Inland Rivers Ports and Terminals, Inc., (IRPT) has presented its inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award to Rich Cooper, former CEO of the Ports of Indiana.
IRPT, of which the Ports of Indiana is a long-time member, is a nationwide trade association for users of the U.S. Inland Waterway system. It promotes the use of our nation’s rivers as the most cost-effective and environmentally friendly form of transportation, keeps members informed on federal legislation and security issues affecting the river system, promotes and markets the inland waterway system and works with port leaders to unify the inland ports, terminals and river systems.
“As an industry, we have only come this far thanks to the dedication and leaders before us. We would like nothing more than to honor those who have served before us,” says Aimee Andres, Executive Director of IRPT. “It is because of leaders, like Rich, who focused attention on freight transportation, building our network and providing leadership, that the ports and terminals along our inland rivers system can continuously thrive.”
Rich Cooper was appointed Chief Executive Officer for the Ports of Indiana in 2005. Under his leadership, the organization experienced unprecedented growth and became a completely self-funded enterprise.
“During his tenure, Rich helped the Ports of Indiana thrive as a self-funded, business-driven enterprise that contributes to growing Indiana’s economy,” says Vanta E. Coda II, CEO for the Ports of Indiana. “Rich is the right person to receive the IRPT’s first-ever lifetime achievement award because he helped shape a new vision for the Ports of Indiana to be a premier inland port system in North America.”