Robert L. Gardner
Robert L. Gardner, President & CEO
Bob's business philosophy is simple - embrace change and success will follow.
With over 45 years of experience, from the deck to the boardroom, Gardner knows that success stems from the ability to innovate, adapt and expand.
Born in Smithland, Kentucky, Robert Gardner attended Vanderbilt University, later graduating from Western Kentucky University with multiple degrees in Industrial Technology and Mathematics, before joining Cargo Carriers in Louisiana.
worked in every facet of operations, including, dispatching, maintenance, supervision and fuel operations.
He went on to serve as Vice President of Alter Barge Lines and Flowers Transportation.
Gardner later moved into the role of President for Conti Carriers and Dakota Barge Service.
After orchestrating the sale of Conti to ACBL, Robert
joined them as Vice President of Special Projects and Business Development, focusing on international affairs.
In addition to his
diverse work history, Gardner
ninth issue of a Master of Towing Vessels and First Class Pilot of Steam or Motor Vessels.
In addition, Robert served as a private consultant, industry advocate and as a member of several boards of directors.
In 1998 Gardner formed Barge America and launched a novel barge-leasing concept that has expanded into an assorted portfolio of business interests.
In Gardner's long career, he
has practiced most all of the processes that exist between Carriers, Shippers and Federal Agencies
He is a member of The American Waterways Operators and has been for 45 continuous years.
says: "My company, Barge America
, is an AWO
certified Responsible Carrier.