The Containerization & Intermodal Institute will present the 2013 Connie Award to H. Winchester “Win” Thurber III, chairman and CEO of Norton Lilly International, at the Connie Luncheon on Dec. 9, 2013, at the Metropolitan Room at the Newark Club, Newark, N.J.
The award will recognize Thurber’s leadership in the earliest years of containerization and his revitalization of the shipping agency concept and Norton Lilly.
“Early on, Win Thurber was instrumental in changing the shippers’ mindset from breakbulk transport to containerization and is the quintessential entrepreneur, responsible for revitalizing Norton Lilly and the shipping agency business,” said Michael DiVirgilio, president of CII, in a written statement. “It was a clear decision to honor Mr. Thurber as this year's recipient.”
Thurber began his career in the industry in the late 1960s when he joined Sea-Land Service. During his time there and with Seatrain, Thurber held various positions in the Northeast, Southeast and Gulf, as well as western Europe. He began his career in the agency business in 1980 with the establishment of the Thurber Agency and later joined Southern Steamship Agency. During that time, he acquired and operated Southern Steamship Agency and Southern Steam, which he sold to Inchcape Shipping Services in 1990. He held several senior management positions with Inchcape before forming a partnership with J. Schley Rutherford in 1999 to buy Strachan Shipping Agency. In the spring of 2002, Thurber and Rutherford purchased Norton Lilly International.
A Lifetime Achievement Award will also be given to Joseph Curto, the recently retired president of the New York Shipping Association, for his four-decade career in the New York-New Jersey bi-state port. Curto joined NYSA in 2009, after more than 37 years with Maher Terminals. He began his career at U.S. Lines.
In addition to the Connie Award, CII will carry out its industry education mission by presenting scholarships to Kings Point maritime academy cadets and to students from other area schools.
John R. McLaurin, president of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, also received the 2013 Connie Award on Sept. 26 in Long Beach, Calif.