(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.: Nov. 10, 2009) Crowley was recently recognized by the Jacksonville Urban League for the company's significant efforts in the areas of diversity and equal opportunity in the workplace at the 36th Annual Equal Opportunity Luncheon held at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront Hotel in Jacksonville.
Urban League President Richard Danford, Ph.D., presented John Douglass, Crowley senior vice president of Gulf/Atlantic services, the Urban League's Equal Opportunity Award on behalf of Crowley.
Crowley was one of only two companies selected for this honor in Jacksonville. BlueCross BlueShield of Florida was also recognized. As specified in the award, Crowley has demonstrated support, assistance or made significant inroads in furthering equal opportunity and has an extensive record of contributing to the improvement of equal opportunity among diverse groups.
"At Crowley, we believe that embracing and understanding the importance of diversity allows us to remain competitive, respond to globalization and promote innovation and productivity," said Bryan Lee, Crowley's vice president for human resources says. "By providing a strong commitment to diversity, we provide the necessary cultural atmosphere that promotes an inclusive environment. Diversity breeds creativity and creativity drives the innovative thought we seek from the Crowley team. As new possibilities and opportunities in the business world arise, diversity will be the key to successful organizations of the future."
The Jacksonville Urban league was founded in 1947. The Urban League is the nation's oldest and largest community-based movement devoted to empowering African-Americans and others to enter the economic and social mainstream. For more information, visit www.jaxul.org.
Jacksonville-based Crowley Holdings Inc., a holding company of the 117-year-old Crowley Maritime Corporation, is a privately held family and employee-owned company. The company provides diversified transportation and logistics services in domestic and international markets by means of six operating lines of business: Puerto Rico/Caribbean Liner Services, Latin America Liner Services, Logistics Services, Petroleum Services, Marine Services and Technical Services. Offered within these operating lines of business are the following services: liner container shipping, logistics, contract towing and transportation; ship assist and escort; energy support; salvage and emergency response through its TITAN Salvage subsidiary; vessel management; vessel construction and naval architecture through its Jensen Maritime subsidiary; government services, and petroleum and chemical transportation, distribution and sales. Additional information about Crowley, its subsidiaries and business units may be found on the Internet at www.crowley.com.