Inland Rivers, Ports and Terminals, Inc. (IRPT) just completed the 2023 Annual Conference in Louisville Kentucky. IRPT's Annual Conferences are one of the best events of the year for the inland river industry offering high quality networking, dynamic speakers and so much more.

Please access all presentations offered by our wonderful speakers below.

Special thanks to all of this year's Sponsors, Exhibitors, Speakers and Attendees!


Wednesday, September 20

Welcome Remarks
Michelle Clark, Louisville Visitors Bureau 


Legislative Update
Aftermath of Infrastructure Package: Brett Richards, Jones Walker
WRDA 2024, What to Expect: Chloe Cantor, Tennessee Valley Authority

Ports of Indiana: Case Study - The Port of the Future 
Sponsor Welcome by SMH Group 
Jody Peacock, Ports of Indiana


Site Development Opportunities and Considerations
Sponsor Welcome by Marcus Construction
Tommy Kurtz,  Avident Advisors (moderated by Rich Diffley)


Live Dock Talk Podcast Luncheon
Sponsor Welcome by Equipment Depot
Dock Talk with Captain Jeff Monroe and Aimee Andres


Commodities Update and Forecast
Sponsor Welcome by Legacy Building Solutions
Jonah Rattner, Robindale Coal (Energy)

Jason Troendle, The Fertilizer Institute (Fertilizer)
Richard McCarty, ACBL (Grains and Agriculture)

State of the Industry
Patrick Sutton, American Commercial Barge Line


Supply Chain Resilience
Dr. Donald Maier, University of Tennessee


Thursday September 21

Infrastructure Funding Opportunities
Charles “Bob” Brettell, Prosody Consulting
Frank Acevedo, Environmental Protection Agency 
Morgan Ellis, Department of Energy 
Kevin Full and Brian Hinrichs, VAA LLC

Data Support for Healthy Expansion/Investment Decisions
Michael Zoia, Burns & McDonnell

Sponsor Welcome by The Waterways Journal


State of the Industry
Jason Kerkezi, CSX


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Research and Development Approach
Sponsor welcome by J.F. Brennan Company
Brian Mangrum, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Nashville District


Sponsor welcome by SENNEBOGEN
Billy Tiller, Portadam Inc. 


Innovative Technology for Long-Term Solutions
Professor Mo Ehsani, PileMedic by QuakeWrap
Doug Abolt, SeaScour Environmentally Friendly ScaleRemoval
Marc Hollahan, Tangent Bridge and Dock Bumper Protection
Adam Patrow, Fabick Remote Riverbed Survey Vehicle


Sponsor Welcome by Liebherr

“The show was great and the efforts from your team paid off. I have told everyone that this was quite possibly the best conference that I have attended. That is not an exaggeration! The great people added even further to the experience.” – Matthew Nelson, Kirby-Smith

“I just wanted to reach out personally and say thank you to everyone for being so helpful leading up to the conference and for putting on a great event. We are very happy we made the decision to attend the conference and become IRPT members, one of the best decisions we've made.”  - Burl Brisbane, RetroDomes

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Diamond Sponsors (10)
Diamond Sponsors (11)