Skinner as well as team owner Bill Davis were both presented with the ACL Leadership Ring, a 14-carat gold ring featuring an ACL crest surrounded by 31 diamonds with a one-carat total weight. The left side of the ring is decorated with the word "Leadership" above a compass design, and the right side features raised lettering scripted with "2007 ACL 200" above an eagle perched atop a globe. The ring is presented in a rosewood display box which includes the ACL logo and is valued at approximately $4,000.
"The ring is a symbol of outstanding dedication, leadership and accomplishment within the ACL organization," said Shayne Ingersoll, Vice President of Human Resources for American Commercial Lines. "Those who have received the ring wear it with great pride.
"With their victory in the inaugural American Commercial Lines 200, Mike Skinner and his team demonstrated the winning spirit that is at the heart of the ACL organization. We are pleased to recognize their success and leadership in the sport by extending this very special award, generally reserved exclusively for our employees."
The ACL Leadership Ring is part of an employee service recognition program that was launched in 2007. Skinner and Davis are the first non-ACL employees to receive a commemorative ring.
"I'm at a loss for words because this is such an awesome gift," said ACL 200 race winner Mike Skinner. "It is something you would get for winning a championship instead of a race. Obviously, when American Commercial Lines does something, they do it first-class."
About American Commercial Lines (ACL): American Commercial Lines is one of the largest and most diversified marine transportation and service companies in the United States. Through its subsidiary companies, ACL owns and operates approximately 2,900 barges and 140 towboats; transporting a vast array of cargos such as grain, coal, steel, chemicals, petroleum products, edible oils, fertilizers and construction materials on the U.S. inland waterways. ACL also owns the largest single-site manufacturing facility for vessels in the United States, offering technically advanced marine design and manufacturing capabilities for both inland and ocean service vessels. ACL is publicly traded on NASDAQ under the symbol ACLI. For more information about ACL generally, visit http://www.aclines.com/.