Leadership

Arlen “Benny” Cenac Jr. - Owner

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Arlen “Benny” Cenac Jr. is a Louisiana-based entrepreneur with a global reach, an avid philanthropist to the gulf coast region and strong supporter of coastal wetland restoration.

 

Benny is a third-generation owner of Cenac Towing Company, originally founded in 1927 by his grandfather. Under his tenure as owner, Benny, has led the company since 1981 through several industry hardships by focusing on customer service, efficiency, quality and safety in its marine transportation services. Cenac Marine Services has clients across the country and maintains a focus on transporting liquid petroleum barges.

 

Cenac is guided by the values and principles established by Benny’s grandfather over 85 years ago: a commitment to employee satisfaction and great company morale. Benny takes pride in continuing this legacy, and is certain that all current employees would share that the company operates as a family and everyone from the boat captains to the security guards are treated as such.

 

In addition to Cenac, Benny owns several other business entities in the gulf coast region, touching a wide-range of industries such as retail, manufacturing, wholesale and agriculture. As an entrepreneur at heart, Benny enjoys seeking out new business opportunities across the region, in an effort to help cultivate a strong local economy.

 

As a dedicated leader in his community, Benny has served on several boards and committee’s, including Nicholls State University College of Business Advisory Board, Nicholls State University Foundation and Restore or Retreat. Benny is also a member of Waterways Operators, South Central Industrial Association, Bayou Community Foundation and Greater New Orleans Foundation.

 

Benny is also a devoted philanthropist, donating both his time and money to dozens of regional, national and international causes. He is most fond of his involvement with The Terrebonne Association for Retarded Citizens, Houma-Terrebonne NAACP, O.N.E./C.H.A.N.G.E., American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation and Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Walt Cenac - Manager Of Vessel Maintenance & New Construction

Walt Cenac began his career with Cenac in 1987.  He studied Marine and Industrial Diesel Engines at South Central Louisiana Technical College and graduated in 1978. After finishing his studies, he worked as a manufacturer trainer, a field service employee, and a service representative.  Prior to joining Cenac, he was the sole proprietor of Cenac Diesel Service and worked on an oil spill response team for nearly 10 years.  During his time with Cenac, he has filled many positions.  Currently, he serves as Vessel Maintenance and New Construction Manager.

Jeramy Carroll - Operations Manager

Jeramy Carroll joined the Cenac team in 2007.  After studying Marketing at Nicholls State University, Carroll began his career at Cenac as Operations Coordinator.  From there, he served as a marketing representative and Scheduling Manager.  Currently, he serves as Operations Manager, where he monitors operational and safety issues, and focuses on marketing and operational activities throughout Cenac.

Roger Beaudean - Compliance QI, CSO

Roger Beaudean graduated from Nicholls State University in 1972 with a degree in Business Administration.  He has over 44 years of experience in transportation related industries with most of his experience in the marine transportation business.  His marine transportation experience has included involvement in the Intracoastal and Mississippi River Waterway Systems, the upper and lower US East Coast, US Gulf of Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.  His maritime activities have focused on the tug and barge industry with a primary emphasis on liquid petroleum tank barges.  He joined Cenac in July of 1999 as General Manager of the offshore division.  Since 2009, he has served as the President’s Special Activities Assistant.

Keith Besson - Chief Financial Officer

Keith Besson has been a part of the Cenac team since 1997.  He graduated from Nicholls State University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.  After college, he began his career in public accounting with the firm of Kelton and Company.  Mr. Besson is currently a Certified Public Accountant, Chartered Global Management Accountant, and a Certified Fraud Examiner (inactive).  Currently, he serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Cenac Marine Services.

David J Bourgeois - Director Of Human Resources

David Bourgeois has worked for Cenac Towing since 1971.  He studied General Studies at both McNeese State University and Nicholls State University.  During his 45-year tenure at Cenac, he has played a vital role in the success of the company working as Safety Manager, Marine Personnel Manager, and Human Resources Manager.  Currently, he serves as Director of Human Resources.

Scott Naquin - Sales And Marketing Manager

Scott Naquin joined Cenac in 2014 and is currently the Sales and Marketing Manager.  Scott has previous experience with dispatch and commercial roles in inland barging as well as product scheduling on both pipeline and water-borne assets.  Scott has also handled terminal inventory management for gas and diesel throughout the Eastern United States. He graduated from Nicholls State University in 2002 with a degree in General Studies.

Dustin Walker - Compliance Manager

Dustin Walker has worked in various capacities at Cenac since 1995.  While working at Cenac, Dustin earned his college degree from Nicholls State University in Business Administration in 2003.  During his time at Cenac, Dustin has worked in dispatch, personnel, maintenance, and purchasing.  He previously served as Barge Superintendent and currently serves as Compliance Manager.  

Tim Moore - Safety Manager

Tim Moore graduated from Louisiana State University in 1996 with a degree in Business and Mass Communications.  He currently works as Safety Manager.  Tim joined Cenac in 2008 and has previous experience in international production management.  

Andre Broussard, Jr - General Counsel

Andre Broussard joined Cenac in April 2006.  Andre has a Bachelor of Science from Louisiana State University and graduated from LSU Law School in 1996.  Before joining the Cenac team, he specialized in general litigation as well as maritime and environmental law.  He currently serves as General Counsel and Risk Manager.  

Andrew Soudelier - Marine Personnel Manager

Andrew Soudelier joined Cenac in 2001.  Andrew studied Business Administration at Nicholls State University.  Andrew’s 14 years of experience in sales and contract negotiations with the Department of Labor led him to a career in human resources.  He currently serves as Marine Personnel Manager.