Mark Wright serves as Southern Region Vice President for the American Waterways Operators (AWO), the national towboat, tugboat, and barge industry association. Mark’s primary responsibilities for AWO include Southern Region Board management and industry relations with the Coast Guard’s Eighth District and Sectors in Mobile, New Orleans, Houston, and Corpus Christi. Mark co-chairs the Mid-American Regional Quality Steering Committee and serves on the board of the Greater N.O. Port Safety Council. In addition, he serves as Louisiana State Representative for District 77 in Covington and is Chair of the House Transportation Committee. Mark and his wife live in Covington with their children. He graduated from Xavier University and earned an M.B.A. from the University of Dallas.