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 a board member at Nauticus Foundation in Norfolk where is services as Finance Committee Chair, The Mariners Museum in Newport News – also as Finance Committee Chair, and the Monarch Norfolk City Board of Directors. He has previously served on boards of the Virginia Stage Company and The Williams School.

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.  In 2006, he relocated to Norfolk, Virginia where he worked for U.S. Trust Company advising clients on investment and tax strategies.

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.  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.

Lloyd currently serves on the Board of Directors for For Kids, a local non-profit supporting homeless families, and serves in several leadership positions at First Presbyterian Church, Norfolk. 

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. 

Linda Lavender, Crewing Coordinator

Linda joined USWT in 2014 and is the crewing manager for USWT. She is responsible for managing approximately 150 mariners logistics and general vessel assignments. With an MA in International Development and Conflict Resolution, she brings strong relational skills to her role. Linda brings 20 years of experiences working with business, military, non-governmental leaders and international organizations in both the private and public sectors. Prior to joining USWT, Linda served as a Humanitarian Affairs Advisor at NATO’s Civil Military Fusion Centre in Norfolk Virginia.

William Oppenheimer, Senior Equipment Officer

Bill joined USWT in 2018 and is currently the Senior Equipment Officer. He is responsible for managing all maintenance and repair activities, and new build activity for the companies managed by USWT.  He brings [29 years] experience in the maritime field from being a Lieutenant, Marine Safety Inspector for the USCG to working as a mate and relief captain, general manager of fleet and shipyard at Penn Maritime, and Vice President for Maintenance and repair at Kirby Corporation. His  licensing includes: Master Ocean Steam or Motor Vessels 500 gt, Master Inland Steam or Motor Vessels 1600 gt, Third Mate Ocean Steam or Motor Vessels Any Gross Tons and Master Uninspected Towing Vessels Great Lakes & Inland Route. Bill currently resides in New Jersey with his wife.