Gus Gaspardo is President of Padelford Packet Boat Co. Inc. Founded in 1969 by Capt. William Bowell Sr., Padelford provides a wide variety of public cruises and private events on the Mississippi River with three passenger subchapter K vessels at Harriet Island Regional Park in downtown St. Paul, MN. The company was a founding member of PVA and has been an active member in the association.
A 1982 graduate of St. Thomas Academy, he attended Mankato State University. He joined Padelford as a deckhand in 1984 and obtained his Masters license in 1986. Gus and his wife Tammy purchased the company from the Bowell family in 2016, they reside in White Bear Lake, MN with their children Samantha and James.
Padelford actively participates in drills and exercises with local Coast Guard, Police and Fire agencies and with Maritime Security Response Team Chesapeake during the 2008 Republican convention.
Gus has been Chairman of the Regulatory Committee for PVA, Rivers Region chair, participates in the PVA/Coast Guard Quality Partnership meetings and also participates in PVA-sponsored Congressional Fly-Ins