John Binion joined our Board of Directors in April 2013. From March 2010 to July 2012, Mr. Binion was Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of United Maritime Group, a leading provider of dry-bulk logistics solutions that operated (1) the largest Jones Act compliant coastwise fleet of dry-bulk carriers and self-unloading vessels, as measured by dead weight tons, (2) the eighth largest dry cargo barge fleet on the US Inland Waterways, and (3) the largest dry-bulk terminal on the Gulf of Mexico. From 2004 to 2008, Mr. Binion was co-founder and head of operations of Horizon Maritime LLC, an inland tank barge company. From 2000 to 2004, Mr. Binion was General Manager of Sales for Blessey Marine Services. From 1994 to 2000, Mr. Binion was a shipbroker for L&R Midland. Mr. Binion graduated with a B. S. in Business Administration from Texas A&M University.
As a result of approximately 17 years working in senior executive positions in four different firms operating in the Jones Act maritime and logistics industry, Mr. Binion has acquired specialized knowledge relevant to our business.