Featured Employee | Thomas Lynch

Terral RiverService is proud to announce our featured employee for July, Thomas Lynch. Thomas has been employed with Terral River Service as a Deckhand on the M/V Edna T. Gattle since April 26, 2018. “Thomas is a reliable and hard working person and takes pride in his boat and does very well leading his crew,” says Captain Steven Adams. Thomas stepped into a leadership role in the early stages of his deckhand career due to two of his co-workers moving into the Steersman Program in a 6 month period and has excelled in the new role. Continues Captain Adams, “He is always willing to do what it takes to get the job done and is a very important member of our team at Terral River Service.” Thomas is from Baskin, LA and is married to Julie McMurray and together they have 2 children. Thanks for being such a vital part of #TeamTerral, Thomas.

Terral RiverService named one of LWCC’s 2019 Safest 70 Award Winners

Terral RiverService is proud to be named by Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Corporation as one of their 2019 Safest 70 Award Winners. The award was created in 2008 to honor the company’s Policyholders who share their commitment to workplace safety. “These award recipients go above and beyond safety expectations to exemplify leadership in employee health and wellness,” reads their website. To read and learn more about this honor, please visit their website:

Marvin Collins | Featured Employee

Terral RiverService is proud to announce our featured employee for June, Marvin Collins. Marvin, who in August will celebrate thirteen years with TRS, is currently our Land Operations Manager. He began his career on the boats as a deckhand. While the plan was for him to move up eventually, he was promoted after only a few days when a position opened suddenly. Six months later he was promoted again. He remembers telling CEO Tom Gattle at the time that he didn’t know anything about fertilizer, to which Gattle replied that he also hadn’t known anything about a boat when he arrived. “I feel like you can work it out,” Gattle said.

Marvin laughs when asked about his spare time before saying he enjoys hanging out with his family and cutting grass. About his career with TRS, he says: “I’m so thankful to Tom and the TRS family for the opportunities that they’ve allowed me to have here. I never thought coming to northeast Louisiana that I’d have an opportunity to grow and become a part of something as big as Terral has become. It’s an amazing place.”

An Update from CEO Tom Gattle

Posted here is this week’s letter from our CEO, Tom Gattle, regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. While there is so much still unknown, we are grateful for the good health and commitment of Team Terral. As Gattle says, “This pandemic and its repercussions may give us an opportunity to lay the groundwork for a better way of doing business and living our lives in the future.”

Weekly Letter from our CEO, Tom Gattle

Posted here is this week’s letter from our CEO, Tom Gattle, regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. We are grateful that all of our employees are still working, and as Gattle writes, we “remain optimistic that when we get to the other side of this pandemic, we will all be better for it.”

Welcome Sheryl Toups, Payables Staff Accountant

Terral River Service, Inc. would like to extend a warm welcome to our Payables Staff Accountant, Sheryl Toups. Read more about Sheryl below!

Position at Terral:  Payables Staff Accountant

Reports to: Paul Moore, CFO

Years of Experience:  Over 14 years of comprehensive experience in accounting

Previous Employer:  Spartan Construction and Roofing, Inc.

Oversees:  Accounts Payable for the Land Division

Hometown:  Arlington, TX

Family:  Husband, CW5 Wilton Toups

Currently Resides: Vicksburg, MS (Moved to Mississippi in 2018)


BBA, Magna Cum Laude – Northwood University, Cedar Hills, TX

MSA, Taxation – Kaplan University, Online

Interests:  Enjoys being with friends and family, working out, skiing, reading and sewing

Approach to Accounting:  comes from a quote by Charles Scott, “Creativity is great– but not in accounting.”

An Update from CEO, Tom Gattle

Click here to read an update from our CEO Tom Gattle regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. We wish you all a healthy and safe journey through these trying times.

A Note of Sympathy


Kim King has been with our company and related family businesses for forty years. Most of you know Kim as handling our Marine dispatching at our office in Lake Providence, but through the years she has held many important positions at TRS. This last week Kim lost her husband, Kenneth, after 38 years of marriage. We offer Kim our deepest sympathies for her loss and ask everyone to keep her in your thoughts and prayers.

Terral RiverService is sad to announce the passing of long time employee Mark Moreno. Mark served as manager of both our Columbia and Natchitoches locations during his time with Terral. He was a dedicated and conscientious employee that had the respect and friendship of his fellow employees and supervisors. Mark’s smile and good nature will be sorely missed by all who knew and worked with him on a daily basis. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mark’s family during this difficult time.

Terral RiverService names Gabe Gattle to Board of Directors

Tom Gattle, President and CEO of Terral RiverService, announced on February 6, 2020 that Gabe Gattle has been elected to the TRS Board of Directors. “We are proud and fortunate to have Gabe, not only as Vice-President of our Marine Division, but now a member of our Board of Directors. His experience in the marine industry, as well as his knowledge of our company, make him a good addition to our Board.”

“I am so appreciative to be added to the Terral RiverService board. I have been working for Terral for 11 years, and it is an honor to be a part of an organization that I care so much about.  I am looking forward to serving and leading the people of Terral for years to come, says Gabe Gattle.