Edward D. Whitmore, President & CEO

In 2002, Ed Whitmore acquired Norfolk Tug Company. Over the past decade various tug and barge operations were acquired by NTC. In 2011, he formed U.S. Waterways Transportation LLC,  a management company that acquired Buchanan Marine LP and now generally manages Norfolk Tug Company and 64 Express.  

Ed is a native of the Sandbridge Beach area of Virginia Beach. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Elon University in 1982. After graduating, Ed’s first significant work experience was as a salesman for a Norfolk-based packaging supply company in Norfolk, VA. In 1989 he accepted work as a salesman for Maersk Inc. in New York City, and later headed up sales and operations for Maersk’s Charlotte, NC, region. In 1994, Ed changed industries when as he accepted a marketing job in foreign exchange currencies to large corporations with First Union in Charlotte, NC. Later, he returned to New York to work for Standard Chartered Bank – first in marketing and later as a Senior Vice President responsible for United States marketing. In 2001, Ed elevated his foreign currencies work to include structured finance and accepted a job as Managing Director at AIG Trading in New York City and later as Senior Vice President for AIG Structured Finance. 

In 2003, as his children approached school age, Ed returned to the Hampton Roads area, where he now lives with his wife and three children. 

He is the sitting Chairman of The Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, Virginia; a member of the board of trustees for the Nauticus Foundation in Norfolk, Virginia, a member of the Norfolk City Townebank Board of Directors. A member of  the board for CHKD, and a past member of the Virginia Stage Company and The Williams School board of trustees. 

W. Lloyd Taliaferro, CFA, Chief Financial Officer

Lloyd Taliaferro joined U.S. Waterways Transportation in 2012 as a principal and shareholder of Norfolk Tug Company.  He is the Chief Financial Officer. 

Lloyd earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Virginia Military Institute.  He received a commission in the U.S. Navy serving aboard warships.  After his service in the Navy, he received a Masters in Business Administration from Emory University. 

Following graduate school, he began his banking career in Investment Banking at Wachovia Securities and subsequently attained the designation of a Chartered Financial Analyst..  In 2006, he relocated to Norfolk, Virginia where he worked for U.S. Trust Company advising clients on investment and tax strategies.  During his time at U.S. Trust, he was named among the top Private Bankers in the U.S. by Barron’s magazine with almost $3 billion in assets under management.

In 2009, Lloyd was named as one of Inside Business Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 in Hampton Roads and is a graduate of the Civic Leadership Institute of Hampton Roads. 

Lloyd currently serves as the Chair of the For Kids Foundation Board, founded to support the work of ForKids, a local non-profit for homeless families.  He is also a member of the VMI Foundation Board of Trustees, and also serves as Board member of Norfolk Collegiate School. 

Stephen Leaman, Leadership Consultant

Stephen Leaman is a shareholder at U.S. Waterways Transportation LLC and Norfolk Tug Company. Stephen and Ed have worked together in various capacities since 2002. His focus for our array of companies is leadership training.  He has over 30 years of experience in consulting and insurance services industry including executive development certificates from Harvard, Kellogg and Michigan business schools. Stephen currently resides in Norfolk, VA with his wife of over 38 years.

Captain W. Hugh McCrory, Chief Compliance Officer


Hugh joined USWT in 2012 and is the Chief Compliance Offer.  In this role he ensures that safety policies are consistently incorporated across USWT LLC operations. Hugh  holds an unlimited inland masters license with near coastal towing endorsement, and first class pilotage from Cape Henry, VA to Richmond, VA including all waters in Hampton Roads. In 1980 he was accepted into the Apprenticeship Program of the Virginia Pilot Association.  During his 28 year career with the Virginia Pilots, he piloted over five thousand ships in and out of Hampton Roads, VA.   He was a member of the Board of Directors, Virginia Pilot Association, and also a Commissioner for the Board for Branch Pilots, Commonwealth of Virginia.  He retired from the Virginia Pilot Association in July 2008.  Hugh is the sitting Chairman for the eastern division of the American Waterways Operators.  He has held a leadership position with TVA and is also an auditor.