JACKSONVILLE; Fla.; Oct. 22, 2008 Rob Clapp, vice president of pricing and yield management for Crowley Maritime Corporation’s liner services groups, was awarded a 2007 Thomas Crowley trophy, the company’s highest honor, at ceremonies yesterday in Jacksonville.
Â Created 20 years ago, the Thomas Crowley Trophy award honors employees with outstanding performance, whose dedication, leadership, initiative and productivity most clearly reflect those of the company’s founder. The trophy, a limited edition, bronze sculpture depicting young Thomas Crowley as he ferried goods to and from ships on San Francisco Bay in the early 1890s, is a tribute to the founder of the company as well as the winners of the award.
Tom Crowley, Jr., chairman, president and CEO, presented the award at the ceremony, which was attended by about 150 area employees. Also included in the group were five previous Thomas Crowley Trophy recipients: Cal Sweep, director, facilities development; Arthur LaMoureaux, director, internal audit; Tom Farmer, vice president; Charlie Nalen, vice president, ESQA and Cole Cosgrove, vice president, marine personnel.
“Rob is a 20-year Crowley employee who has been a key player in our Latin America and Puerto Rico/Caribbean pricing strategy, working diligently to help keep our services profitable in the face of rising fuel costs and other economic pressures,” said Crowley. “He is very deserving of this recognition. In addition to his normal day-to-day responsibilities, he has served as a steering committee head for our liner process improvement project. This important work will result in improved online services and user experience for our liner customers conducting e-commerce with us.”
“This is such a tremendous honor – a complete surprise,” said Clapp. “While I know this award goes to an individual, I really view it as recognition of all the dedicated, talented people I have worked with these past 20 years, and there are many of them here at Crowley. I can’t thank them enough for their support.”
Clapp began his career with Crowley in 1988 as an accountant, and has held a number of positions of increasing responsibility, mostly in accounting, finance and management reporting. He served as director of finance for Latin America before being promoted to vice president of pricing and yield management for that group in 2005. Earlier this year he assumed responsibility for all liner pricing and yield management activities for Crowley’s liner shipping operations.
Clapp is a graduate of Jacksonville University and holds a B.S. in accounting.
Â Jacksonville-based Crowley Maritime Corporation, founded in San Francisco in 1892, is a privately held family and employee-owned company that 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. Â Â