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WEDA Webinar - Partnering within the US Dredging Industry


We give HUGE thanks to Bil Hanson and Stan Ekron from Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company for putting together this highly beneficial webinar.

Watch Webinar Online (Starts around the 9-minute mark)


  • William H. Hanson
    Senior Vice President, Government Relations and Business Development
    Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co.
  • Stanley W. Ekren
    Vice President, Rivers & Lakes Management
    Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co.

Presenter Bios:

William H. Hanson is Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company's Senior Vice President in charge of Government Relations & Business Development. A 40 year veteran of the dredging and maritime construction industry, Bill Hanson has been with GLDD for 29 years and a Vice President since 2004. In 2013, he opened GLDD’s first office in Washington DC.  Mr. Hanson began his career with the US Army Corps of Engineers in Galveston and Los Angeles, and then worked for Connolly Pacific of Long Beach, California before joining GLDD in 1988.  At GLDD, he served in management roles in the North Atlantic and Southern Divisions as well as managing Latin America for 12 years. Mr. Hanson serves on several Federal Advisory committees as well as on boards of groups with national and regional interest to GLDD, and several academic advisory boards related to ocean and coastal engineering. Mr. Hanson is a 1979 Ocean Engineering graduate of Texas A&M, where he was named a distinguished alumni in 2013.

Stanley W. Ekren is Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company's Vice President in charge of Rivers & Lakes Management. Stan has over 39 years of experience in the dredging Industry working with 23 USACE District Offices, located on the West, Gulf and East Coast, as well as the Great Lakes, Mississippi River System and mid-America. He has completed numerous project types including Harbor/Channel Deepening, Beach and Marsh Restoration, Land Creation, Car/Rail Tunnel Crossings, Navigation Dredging, and Inland Reservoir Dredging. Additionally, Stan has been involved in the pricing of dredging opportunities on four (4) continents and both the Canadian & U.S. Arctic. Stan’s prior experience includes ownership of B+B Dredging, a small business, Hub Zone Hopper Dredge Company.

General Webinar Overview:   

Bill Hanson & Stan Ekren to discuss partnering within the US dredging industry. General discussions will include:
- The history of partnering
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers HQ/ DCA partnering
- The current state of affairs

A 15 minute Q&A will follow their general discussion. Please have your questions prepared as we encourage an open discussion. 

PDH Credit:
A certificate for one (1) professional development hours will be available for all participants who attended this webinar or viewed the recorded webinar online. 

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you online soon! 

~ WEDA Educational Commission