For the fifth year, 40 of the industry’s future leaders were honored at the Inland Marine Expo with the “40 Under 40” award, which recognizes individuals for their outstanding contributions to the inland marine transportation industry in a variety of fields. All 40 honorees were nominated by executives and peers for their hard work and dedication to the industry.

Over the course of 10 weeks, The Waterways Journal is featuring recipients. This week we recognize David Reynolds, Andrew Ritchie, Matt Schapker and Karl Senner.

Karl A. Senner, 36, is president of Karl Senner LLC and is part of the third generation of Senners at the business.

He started work as a service technician, worked abroad at the manufacturers the firm represents in Europe, became the service manager and is now president, said Alden Settoon, regional sales manager for Karl Senner LLC.

“He orchestrated introducing Z-drives to the linehaul industry and captured high market share in the Tier 3 build push in the inland market that typically would have gone to competition for the power range,” Settoon said.

He added that Senner is constantly looking at ways to invest back in the company, whether that is a new branch, new positions for growth or expanding the campus.

“If there is ever an issue with customer equipment, he leads the helm to resolve the challenge like it is his own vessel that is down,” Settoon said. “The customer is always first. There is a bright future ahead with all the accomplishments he has achieved under 40.”

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