The Containerization and Intermodal Institute presented its 2012 West Coast Connie Awards to Matthew J. Cox, president and CEO of Matson Inc., and Donald C. Orris, former chairman and CEO of Pacer International.
The awards were presented at a dinner Tuesday in Long Beach. The Connie award, which was established in 1972, recognizes individuals that have make extraordinary contributions to the development of container shipping and intermodalism.
Cox is the second Matson CEO chosen to receive the Connie award. Robert Pfeiffer received the award in 1980.
Cox noted that U.S.-flag carrier Matson has provided shipping services between the mainland and Hawaii for 130 years. Matson was the pioneer of container shipping on the West Coast.
In addition to serving Hawaii and Guam, Matson has a weekly trans-Pacific service to China.
As CEO, Cox directs the operations of Matson Navigation, Matson Logistics and Matson Terminals. Cox also emphasized the company’s efforts to reduce pollution and green its supply chain, as well as the work of the Matson Foundation in improving communities in Hawaii, Guam and on the U.S. mainland.
Orris served as CEO and chairman of Pacer International from 1966 to 2006. He previously held executive positions at Southern Pacific Transportation Co. and APL Intermodal.