Great Lakes Towing Company Leadership Changes

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Joseph Starck Jr. will take over as President of Great Lakes Towing Company.  Starck joined the towing company in 1991 and was most recently its Vice President – Engineering.  Since April 2009, he has also been President of the company’s shipyard division, which operates under the name Great Lakes Shipyard.  Starck has been successfully leading all new construction and repair contracts for the company's Shipyard business, and will now be responsible for all of the towing company’s tugboat and shipyard activities on the Great Lakes.  Starck is a graduate of the State University of New York Maritime College, and has an MBA from Case Western Reserve University.

George Sogor was named Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer.  Sogor has been with the Great Lakes Towing Company for nearly 25 years, most recently serving as Senior Vice President – Finance and Administration.  During his tenure, Sogor has successfully prepared and managed many complex financings for the company and its related business units.  He is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University, has an MBA from John Carroll University, and is a CPA.

Ronald Rasmus, who has been President of The Great Lakes Towing Company since 1983, will move to the position of Chairman.  He will continue to serve as President of The Great Lakes Group, Inc. as well.  Rasmus graduated from the State University of New York Maritime College and while on active duty in the Navy attended the Naval Postgraduate School and later George Washington University.  He served as an officer on both merchant and naval vessels and retired from the U.S. Naval Reserve with the rank of Captain.  This year Mr. Rasmus celebrated his 50th year in the marine transportation business.

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