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James C. Fowler
Vice-Chairman


James C. Fowler serves as Managing Director of Marine and Stevedoring Operations for Cooper Marine & Timberlands Corporation and Executive Vice President for Blakeley BoatWorks.

Cooper Marine & Timberland's operations are powered by 20 towing vessels, more than 400 hopper barges, and one of the country's largest fleet of dry bulk gantry and floating derrick cranes. The company’s marine footprint includes the Tennessee-Tombigbee River system, Ohio River, Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, Illinois River, Arkansas River, Cumberland River, Black Warrior River, Tennessee River, Tombigbee River, Mobile River, and Mississippi River. The company’s world-class stevedoring operations include two deep-draft bulk cargo terminals in the Port of Mobile, numerous inland marine terminals throughout the states of Alabama and Mississippi, and multimodal cargo handling operations in the port of Corpus Christi, Texas.

Situated on 26 acres in heart of the Port of Mobile and with capacity to simultaneously service up to 15 towing vessels and barges, Blakeley BoatWorks (BBW) is a full-service shipyard specializing in small vessel repair, barge repair, and new vessel construction. Equipped with a 1,900-ton floating dry dock, 660-ton travel lift, and four covered fabrication shops, BBW is the state of Alabama's premier towing vessel shipyard.

Previously, Mr. Fowler served as Vice President for Information Technology and Assistant Vice President at Cooper/T. Smith Corporation, one of America's largest privately held international maritime firms. Prior to returning to his home state of Alabama, Mr. Fowler served as Operations Manager for Crescent Towing in New Orleans, Louisiana and as a manager of stevedoring and maintenance operations at Cooper Consolidated in Darrow, Louisiana.

Mr. Fowler earned his Master of Business Administration with a specialization in finance from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration at The University of Alabama, where he also served as the president of the Student Government Association and student representative to The University of Alabama System Board of Trustees.

Mr. Fowler is the Vice Chairman of the Mobile Airport Authority and currently serves on the boards of directors for the American Waterway Operators, Reese's Senior Bowl, Propeller Club of Mobile, and the City of Mobile Industrial Development Board. He is an active member of the Rotary Club of Mobile, Coastal 150 (Coastal Alabama Partnership), and National Maritime Security Advisory Committee. Mr. Fowler previously served as board member for the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce and as Secretary of the Mobile Chapter of The University of Alabama National Alumni Association. He serves on numerous alumni advisory boards at The University of Alabama, including the Board of Visitors for the Culverhouse School of Business and Administration. He and his wife Meg reside in Mobile, Alabama, where they are members of Covenant Presbyterian Church and parents to their son, James M. Fowler.