(Seattle; July 7, 2005) – Eric Evans, director of finance for Crowley’s energy and marine services group, and Arthur LaMoureaux, director of internal audit, were awarded 2004 Thomas Crowley trophies, the company’s highest honor, at ceremonies Tuesday night at the World Trade Center in Seattle.
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 awards at the ceremony, which was attended by Crowley’s board of directors, senior management team and about 50 area employees. Also included in the group were previous Thomas Crowley Trophy recipients: Todd Busch, general manager, ship assist and escort services; Sandy Teng, director, product development, information technology; Jim Van der Veen, director, contract services; Bruce Harland, general manager, West Coast, Alaska and international contract services; Charlie Nalen, vice president, environmental, safety and quality assurance; Rinus Schepen, senior vice president and general manager, logistics; Alex Sweeney, vice president, marine operations, and Craig Tornga, vice president, Alaska fuel sales and distribution.
“Both of these gentlemen have been major contributors to the company’s success for a number of years,” Crowley said.
“Eric is one of those people who seems to live by the mantra whatever it takes,” Crowley said. “For example, in the early nineties when we needed help in Saudi Arabia, Eric volunteered to go. Later, when we were setting up a new company in Venezuela in support of a big energy project, Eric was there. More recently he has been working on energy support projects in Russia, helping to set up the financial and business structure that will enable Crowley to compete more effectively in that international arena. His dedication and resourcefulness are part of what is embodied in this award.”
“Arthur is not only an excellent auditor, but he has also become a true partner with our business units,” Crowley said. “He is intent on finding better ways of doing business and he counsels our business unit heads from both an operational and financial standpoint. He also reports to our board of directors and helps uphold the ethical attitude of the company, which is critically important to us and one of our core values.”
Evans, who is based in Seattle, and LaMoureaux, who is based in Jacksonville, Fla., were completely surprised at the recognition and expressed thanks to their coworkers.
“I work with a tremendous group of people and what we accomplish is really a team effort,” Evans said. “So while I am grateful for the recognition, I know it wouldn’t be possible without their support, and I thank them for it.”
LaMoureaux said, “I too am very thankful and proud of my audit team and what we have been able to do together. I feel deeply honored to receive this award not only because it is a reflection of those team efforts, but because I know what it stands for and its historical significance.”
Evans joined Crowley in 1987 in Seattle as an accountant. He was promoted to manager of government accounting in 1990 and in that role accepted a special assignment in Saudi Arabia in mid-1991. He served in various financial management positions from 1994 to 1997, and then accepted an assignment in Venezuela in support of the company’s energy logistics and contract services contracts in Eastern Venezuela for about a year before transferring to Jacksonville as a director of financial analysis. In 2002, he returned to Seattle to accept the position he holds presently. Evans holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
LaMoureaux joined Crowley in January 1990 as an internal auditor and by the end of the year was promoted to senior internal auditor. In 1993, he was promoted to manager of accounting and transferred to Crowley’s San Juan, Puerto Rico, office. While there he also provided business analysis and support. LaMoureaux returned to Jacksonville in 1996 as manager of internal audit and was promoted to director in 1999. Prior to joining Crowley, LaMoureaux served in various auditing positions with Arthur Young and Co. in Puerto Rico, as well as Chesebrough Ponds and Philip Morris Management Corp. in Connecticut and New York, respectively. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a major in accounting from the University of Puerto Rico.
Oakland-based Crowley Maritime Corp., founded in 1892, is primarily a family- and employee-owned company engaged in worldwide logistics, liner services, contract towing and transportation, energy support services, ship assist and escort services, vessel management and petroleum and chemical marine transport. Additional information about Crowley, its subsidiaries and business units may be found on the Internet at www.crowley.com.
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