Thomas B. Crowley, Jr.
CEO, COO, COB, President
Located in Oakland, CA
Like his grandfather and father before him, Tom Crowley, Jr., chairman, president and CEO of Crowley, got his start in the family business at an early age. Crowley was 16 and still in high school when he first started working as a ticket collector for the company's San Francisco passenger service, the Red and White Fleet.
He performed a number of different field jobs throughout the Crowley organization up until the time he graduated from the University of Washington with a business degree in finance and began working his way through Crowley’s management training program. He learned a great deal about the company and the maritime business and about the importance of working with knowledgeable, skilled people.
Crowley was intent on building a career within the company and hoped to one day succeed his father. He didn’t expect that to happen until later in life. As events unfolded, Tom Crowley, Sr., passed away in 1994, and Crowley, Jr., became CEO at the age of 27. He was well prepared. During the two years prior to his father's death, Crowley headed up the Red and White Fleet, which allowed him to gain important management experience in profit and loss responsibilities for the business enterprise. Later, he worked side-by-side with his father at corporate headquarters in San Francisco-Oakland. He spent as much time as he could with his father, attending weekly corporate and board of directors meetings, learning as much as he could about the company’s overall operations.
Since taking over the leadership of the company, Crowley has worked to expand and position the company for success in the 21st century, focusing on growth as it relates to the company's expertise on water, while leveraging other areas of expertise to build new business. His portfolio approach to the business has protected the company from assuming too much risk, while maximizing growth opportunities.
Putting into practice a lesson he learned early in his career, Crowley has surrounded himself with knowledgeable, talented people. He has streamlined the organization and fostered a team approach to problem solving and determining long-term strategic direction. Employees have been empowered and he has focused their energy on living the company’s mission and values, with a particular emphasis on safety.