Robert B. “Rob” Grune
Senior Vice President and General Manager, Petroleum Services
Located in Jacksonville, FL
Grune joined Crowley's Seattle office in January 1995 as director of strategic accounts, and in November 2001 was named vice president and general manager, ship assist and escort. In August 2005, he moved to Jacksonville as a senior vice president and general manager for Puerto Rico/Caribbean services. In January 2010, he was promoted to senior vice president and general manager of petroleum services.
Rob launched his maritime career sailing for Texaco, Inc. as an officer on its U.S.-flagged tanker fleet from 1980 to 1986. He then served as economics and planning analyst with Texaco in Harrison, NY. In 1989, he took the post of a chartering manager at OMI Corp., an independent New York-based oil tanker firm. In 1991, Rob went on to work for Tosco Refining Corporation in Concord, CA, in the oil-trading division. Prior to joining Crowley, Grune worked three years as a manager of tanker chartering at Continental-Tosco Limited Partnership in Stamford, CT.
Grune graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY in 1980, and received a Masters in Business Administration from Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, NC, in 1986.
Bulk petroleum and chemical transportation; articulated tug barge (ATB) fleet ranging from 155,000 to 180,000 bbls; U.S. Coastwise, Jones Act product tankers, ranging from 240 kbbls to 300 kbbls, capable of carrying refined products and easy chemicals