Ken Wells has been named president-elect at Harahan, La.-based Offshore Marine Service Association. OMSA is a national trade organization that represents offshore marine service operators and affiliated companies.
Wells, the southern region vice president for the American Waterways Operators, said his experience with AWO would serve him well in his new position.
“I bring 10 years of maritime trade association experience to this position, dealing with the same agencies and processes,” he said, “and I hope to bring an ability to motivate members to work together to address issues.
“I think OMSA presents a great opportunity to work in an industry where there is always something interesting happening,” Wells continued. “There are a lot of members who started out as deckhands and now run their own companies. But they can go back on the boat and do any job onboard. If that’s what it took, they’d do it. I like being around those kinds of people.”
Wells takes the place of outgoing president Bob Alario. “This is a very healthy organization that has been watched over very carefully by Bob Alario,” said Wells. “I can’t think of an organization that’s been impacted more favorably by its president.”
The offshore industry has been languishing in a downturn for close to three years, and analysts aren’t too optimistic about 2004. “We’ll have to do some great things with limited resources,” said Wells. “When you look at what’s happened and you realize that these companies are still around, that shows a lot of strength.” —Ken Hocke