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Welcome New Employees, BJ McKinney and Devon Swafford

Bobby (BJ) McKinney grew up in the country and outskirts of Houston TX.  BJ started his career as a deck hand aboard a push boat on January 6th1996 for Dixie Inland Marine.  Shortly thereafter he received his Tankerman document for dangerous liquids and cargoes.  In 1999 he moved into the wheelhouse working his way up from Pilot to Captain in 4 years.  In 2005 BJ moved shoreside as a Port Captain for Kirby Inland Marine.  BJ continued to move around the company working in various roles including HR Manager, Charter Port Captain, and in Marketing.   In 2013 BJ left Kirby to go to work for Genesis as an Operations Manager.  He worked to build their operations department managing 24 vessels and their operations, maintenance and compliance as well as making sure the right people were in the correct positions with vessels working from St Paul, MN, Lemont, IL to Corpus Christie TX.  After building up the operations at Genesis, BJ hired on with Savage and worked as an Operations Manager managing the fleeting, harbor services, bunkering, Sulphur and bulk canal division. 

BJ is married to Kayla McKinney and has one daughter Taylor McKinney who is a graduate of Texas A&M Kingsville with a Bachelor of Agriculture Business and a minor in accounting. Taylor is to be married this April 2021. The McKinney’s in their past time love to hunt, fish, camp, hike and almost anything in the wild outdoors.

Devon Swafford serves as a compliance coordinator within the Terral River Service family.

Devon has held various positions within the maritime industry for over 20 years. After attending college for two years, joined the United States Coast Guard as an enlisted member a year prior to 9/11. Working in Coast Guard marine construction for two years, transitioned over to search and rescue, maritime law enforcement, and regulatory compliance for an additional six years. Stationed in south Louisiana during hurricane Katrina, conducted several weeks of search and rescue in the neighborhoods of New Orleans.

After inspecting vessels and waterside facilities of varying sizes and types, moved to the upper Florida Keys to focus on search and rescue and drug/migrant interdiction for his final two years before transitioning to the commercial industry.

Swafford transitioned into commercial transportation, maritime construction, and offshore plug and abandonment operations for the next 13 years while obtaining a bachelor’s in business management from University of Phoenix, and a masters in business administration from Nicholls State University. 

Devon and his wife Sarah spend time with their children camping and fishing.