"Our rivers are my passion!"
Founder | Manager
Silver Fin Solutions / Inland Dredge / Rivers In Seine / Global Tech Power / Winfield Port
Shawn Banks is the President and Owner of Midwest Lake Companies. Shawn possesses degrees in biology and chemistry and an advanced degree in fisheries science.
Bill Barnes holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Business Administration from the University of Tulsa. For the past 20+ years, he has filled professional roles related to finance, accounting and general business management. He began his career as a financial auditor, after which he transitioned to cost accountanting and economic modeler in the corporate manufacturing sector. Later in his career, he worked as Vice-President of Finance and Accounting for a major national animal feed ingredient and pet food production operation with plants in multiple states, including Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. In addition, he has worked collaboratively on projects with a variety of like professionals from an array of operations. Professionally, Mr. Barnes’ work focuses on creating value and evaluating financial models and general business consulting.
Dr. Douglas B. Noltie serves as Silver Fin Solutions’ Director of Scientific Research, Agency Liaison, and Outreach.
He was educated in Canada, and obtained his Ph.D. in 1988 (University of Western Ontario), his M.Sc. in 1983 (UWO), and his B.Sc. in 1980 (Queen’s University). He completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Guelph in 1990, after which he joined the Fisheries and Wildlife faculty in The School of Natural Resources at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
He retirement as an Associate Professor came after 28 years and 10 months service, during which he taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses (Ichthyology, Fish Ecology, Techniques for Fisheries Management and Conservation, Contemporary Issues in Aquatic Conservation, Animal Behavior, Vertebrate Behavioral Ecology, Introduction to Genetics and Evolution for Conservation, Ecology and Renewable Resource Management, Professional Development Issues, and Conservation Honors).
Dr. Noltie’s research focused on the ecology and behavior of freshwater fishes, with non-game and endangered species being one emphasis. He supervised a number of funded graduate and undergraduate research students, and is especially proud of how many have become active and contributing professionals in the field of aquatic ecology. He has published almost 60 peer-reviewed journal articles, and numerous agency reports. He was Designated a Certified Fisheries Scientist in 1993 by the Board of Professional Certification of the American Fisheries Society.
His professional service activities include journal editorial and article reviewing duties, and service to numerous disciplinary professional organizations and university committees.