The Containerization & Intermodal Institute has presented the 2013 Connie Award to John R. McLaurin, president of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association.
The award recognizes individuals for significant influence on containerization in world trade and transportation, innovation in their careers and respective companies and positive impact on the industries they serve. The industry-wide dinner event honoring McLaurin was held on Sept. 26 at the Renaissance Hotel in Long Beach, Calif.
“John McLaurin was a real favorite for this year’s award that focused on his leadership and the commitment of PMSA to the variety of issues with which all are involved,” said Michael DiVirgilio, CII president and senior vice president of Ceres Terminals, in a written statement. “This includes the environment, the citizens, community, economic programs, the California transportation policies – which also impact national subjects – and the lobbying he has led in these areas.”
PMSA is a West Coast maritime trade association representing ocean carriers and marine terminal operators on a variety of local, state and federal issues. The organization provides its membership with information services, including regular updates on shipping matters and environmental practices in the industry. McLaurin has been president of the organization since 1995.
McLaurin has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California at Davis and a law degree from Southwestern University School of Law. In addition to PMSA, McLaurin has worked for the Marine Spill Response Corporation, American President Lines and the American Petroleum Institute. He is a frequent contributor of opinion pieces to JOC.com.
In addition to the Connie Award, CII also carried out its industry education mission by presenting scholarships to students studying logistics.
H. Winchester “Win” Thurber III, chairman and CEO of Norton Lilly International, is also scheduled to receive the 2013 Connie Award in December in Newark, N.J.