Matt French is general manager, line-boats at ARTCo, American River Transportation Company, a barge and towboat company servicing the inland waters of the United States with 1,800 barges and 85 towing vessels. With operations offices in St. Louis, MO, the line-boat division of ARTCo manages the operations of 29 line-boats, 550 mariners and shoreside support team members. Matt has over two decades of experience partnering with shipyards and technology providers with the goal of operating and maintaining vessels to an industry leading standard, and implementing technology enhancements for the mariner with a focus on improving vessel efficiencies.
Matt has worked in various roles at ARTCo since 1997 including, Commercial Dispatch, Personnel Manager, Harbor Fleet Manager, Project Engineer, Port Engineer, and General Manager Lineboats. Matt is currently serving on the Executive Board of A.W.O. (American Waterways Operators) as Inland Dry Sector Chairman. He is a Marine Transportation and Marine Engineering Dual License graduate of the US Merchant Marine Academy.