(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.; August 27, 2009) Suz Michel, director of people development and learning for Crowley in Seattle, and Bob Weist, vice president of sales and marketing for the logistics group were awarded 2008 Thomas Crowley trophies, the company's highest honor, at ceremonies yesterday at the company's Talleyrand terminal in Jacksonville, Fla.
Created in 1985, only 50 of the company's 4,300-plus employees have been recognized with the limited edition, bronze sculpture depicting young Thomas Crowley as he ferried goods to and from ships on San Francisco Bay in the early 1890s. The trophy serves not only as a tribute to the founder of the company, but also to those honorees who have aligned themselves closely with the company's values and displayed outstanding performance along with dedication, leadership, initiative and productivity.
Tom Crowley, Jr., chairman, president and CEO, presented the awards during a company safety barbecue, which was attended by over 150 local employees. Also included in the group were previous Thomas Crowley Trophy recipients: Rob Clapp, vice president of pricing and yield management for the liner services group; Rinus Schepen, retired senior vice president and general manager; Todd Busch, senior vice president and general manager, technical services; Charlie Nalen, vice president, ESQA and Arthur LaMoureaux, director, internal audit.
"The ongoing training and professional development of our employees is critical to our company's success," said Crowley. "Suz has been instrumental in creating the foundation to make this happen. She had the vision for the people development and learning department, which is truly centered on the continued engagement and responsibility of our people for their own development process. Whether it be safety training for our operating personnel or enterprise-wide leadership training, Suz demonstrates an infectious attitude of optimism and has helped us position ourselves to be industry leaders for many years to come."
"I have been given unique opportunities during my time at Crowley and have had the rare privilege of seeing almost all of Crowley's operations," said Michel. "I love being a part of a company that believes in its people. I am eternally grateful for this recognition."
"Bob has been a determined and dedicated team player during his 22-year tenure with the company," said Crowley. "He has enthusiastically accepted every challenge that we've offered him and has moved to not only five different geographic locations, but has held positions of increasing responsibility within several of our business units. Before moving into his current position, he was charged with establishing and growing a truck brokerage department within the logistics group. He set goals, identified staffing needs and developed customer relationships that have put the department on a track for continued growth into the future under his leadership."
"I am fortunate to have the opportunity to be with a company like Crowley," said Weist. "We are made up of quality people and leaders and that's what makes Crowley unique. It means so much to walk into a customer's office and talk about our core values, something that we live. I am honored to be a part of it."
Michel joined Crowley in 2004, in the company's Environmental, Safety & Quality Assurance (ESQA) department where she was focused on regulatory safety training. In 2007, she was promoted to director of people development and learning, a new department created in response to employee survey results that indicated the need for accessible and coordinated learning opportunities in support of Crowley's operations and objectives. Michel has been instrumental in shaping the department and its reinforcement of Crowley's core value - Our People. She has helped develop learning programs for both shore side and vessel personnel, including Leadership, Supervision, Employee development as well as Health, Safety, Security, and Environmental training for crew and terminals. Michel had the honor of christening Crowley's third heavy lift, flat deck barge (455-3) in 2007. She has a master's degree in industrial psychology and has worked in organizational and leadership development for many years in a variety of industries.
Weist began his career with Crowley in 1987 in the company's New Jersey office. Since then, he has held positions of increasing responsibility in several different Crowley locations and business units. He was a terminal superintendent in the company's former Baltimore location before moving to South Florida to manage the company's stevedoring in Port Everglades. He also managed Crowley's operations in the U.S. Gulf from New Orleans with particular focus on the company's terminal operations in Gulfport, Miss. He was key in getting Crowley's Gulfport operation back online following Hurricane Katrina and was instrumental in the implementation of the company's intermodal and inland operations technology solution, Pegasus. He served as director of inland operations for the company's Puerto Rico/Caribbean liner services group before transferring to the logistics group as general manager of truck brokerage. He is currently vice president of sales where he is responsible for all logistics business development functions and North American transportation services, including trucking and rail.
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. Crowley has transported and delivered more than 350 million barrels of petroleum with its growing fleet of articulated tug barges (ATBs) and tankers since the inception of Crowley's ATB program in 2002. 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; vessel management; vessel construction and naval architecture; 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.