(SEATTLE, WA; April 28, 2000) Charlie Nalen, Vice President, Environmental Affairs, Safety & Quality for Crowley Maritime Corporation, was awarded the 1999 Thomas Crowley Trophy, the corporations highest honor, at ceremonies held in Seattle this week.
Created over a decade ago, the Thomas Crowley Trophy award honors employees with outstanding performance, whose dedication, leadership, initiative and productivity most clearly reflect those of the companys 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., President, Chairman and CEO of Crowley Maritime Corp., presented the award at the ceremony, which was attended by some 60 Crowley employees, including two previous Thomas Crowley Trophy recipients.
Charlie brings many of the Crowley values to the performance of his job, including spirit, hard work and dedication, Crowley said. His contributions to the progress and success of the company have been outstanding, particularly with regard to safety, environmental, and quality programs.
Nalen is widely credited with helping to implement an environmental management system and for spearheading and fast-tracking ISO and ISM certification processes for Crowley operations and vessels on both coasts and internationally. Customers rely on these certificates to ensure Crowleys quality systems are in place and working effectively. This quality verification has also enabled Crowley to expand its scope of services and become the preferred vendor for many customers.
The Environmental, Safety and Quality Group is a team, of which I am a coach and contributor, Nalen said. This team is made up of very strong players the best Ive ever worked with — and Im pleased to accept this very prestigious award on their behalf.
Nalen has held a number of related positions during his 20 years with Crowley. He joined the company in 1980 as Manager of Loss Control for Crowleys California Division. In the years that followed he assumed positions of increasing responsibility in the Risk Management and Loss Control areas of the corporation.
In 1990, Nalen was promoted to Vice President of Risk Management and Environmental Affairs for Crowleys Pacific Division, and in 1991, became Vice President of Environmental Affairs for the corporation. He assumed his present position as Vice President Environmental Affairs, Safety & Quality for the corporation in 1994.
Prior to joining Crowley, Nalen worked as the Director of Vocational Education for the Harry Lundeberg School of Seamanship, a Seafarers International Union (SIU) training facility in Piney Point, Maryland. He was a teacher and administrator at the school for eight years. Before that, he sailed as a second and third engineer for five years on various tankers.
Nalen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education from the University of Maryland, and a Third Assistant Engineers License from the Calhoon School of Engineering in Baltimore, Maryland.
Oakland-based Crowley Maritime Corp., founded in 1892, is primarily a family- and employee-owned company engaged in integrated logistics, marine transportation and related services. The corporation, with more than 100 offices in major ports and cities around the world, has several operating subsidiaries including: Crowley Liner Services, Crowley Marine Services, Crowley Petroleum Transport and Crowley Logistics. Additional information about the corporation, its subsidiaries and business units may be found on the Internet at https://www.crowley.com.