(Jacksonville, Fla.; Sept. 22, 2008) – Crowley Maritime Corporation announced today that Steve Atkinson has been appointed vice president of government contracts and business development for Crowley’s technical services business unit. In this new position, Atkinson will report to Steve Collar, senior vice president and general manager, and will be domiciled in Jacksonville. One of his first tasks will be to expand and organize his government services staff.
Atkinson is a 22-year veteran in the government services arena having served most recently as director of government programs for Stanley Security Solutions. He has extensive experience in managing a government sales force and has worked with a full range of government contracts. He led his former company in the establishment and implementation of U.S. General Service Administration (GSA) contracts and teaming arrangements, including product offerings, ancillary services contracts, national customer service and sales training.
During his career, Atkinson has established other national and state contracts (Blanket Purchase Agreements, Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity, Government Wide Acquisition, and 8a Teaming) to encourage growth within every aspect of government business.
Atkinson is an Indiana University graduate with multiple bachelor’s degrees in political science and psychology. He also received an honorary bachelor’s degree in philosophy and completed his MBA at Indiana Wesleyan University.
Concurrent with this appointment, the technical services group also announced further restructuring within its business unit. The ship management group, responsible for both the technical management of 11 government ships under Maritime Administration (MARAD) contract and the Ocean Rangers cruise ship monitoring program in Alaska, has been renamed the government contracts group. Mike Golonka, director of contract operations and Patricia Murphy, director of contract administration will now report directly to Atkinson. In addition to their existing ship management responsibilities, the group will also be charged with developing new government business opportunities across all Crowley business units.
“While ship management remains the cornerstone of our business, adding Steve Atkinson to lead our government contracts team and better aligning the group to focus on the fast growing professional services segment within the government sector, will position us to expand our service offerings within this niche,” Collar said.
Additional reporting structures have also changed within the group. Nick Orfanidis, director, commercial ship management, will now report to Collar. Orfanidis heads the team responsible for the technical management of five Hapag-Lloyd commercial ships, plus the National Glory and the Del Monte.
Craig Cox has been promoted to director, marketing for technical services, the Atlantic/Gulf service and Pacific services. In his new role, Cox will provide marketing support to all three business units while reporting to Collar.
Jay Brickman will now serve the company as vice president, government relations and projects. Brickman is responsible for liner and logistics government programs including projects with Cuba and will continue to lead Crowley’s cross-functional project leadership team while reporting to Collar. Ed Fortunato will continue to work with Crowley as a consultant following his recent retirement.
Within Crowley’s naval architecture and engineering suite of services, Ed Schlueter, vice president, Vessel Management Services and Jonathan Parrot, vice president and general manager, Jensen Maritime, will continue to report to Collar.
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.
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