Officials Dedicate Building in Memory of Tom Crowley Sr.


June 2015


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The legacy of the late Tom Crowley Sr. was honored by the SIU on May 5 with the dedication of the Thomas Crowley Sr. Center for Maritime Services building at the Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education in Piney Point, Maryland. The new building, which replaces an old structure that once housed trainees in the early days of the school, now bears the name of one of the maritime industry’s strongest leaders.


Crowley Maritime President and CEO Tom Crowley Jr. delivered the keynote address, and he emphasized both his appreciation for the tribute to his father and the productive, respectful partnerships that exist between the company, the union and the school.


Seafarers Plans Administrator Maggie Bowen started the ceremony and welcomed the crowd which included maritime executives, SIU executive board members, rank-and-file members, apprentices and other guests.


After an invocation by the Rev. Paul Ngyuen, SIU Secretary-Treasurer David Heindel was next to the podium, offering his remarks on the new building.


Heindel said, “I’d like to join Maggie in thanking the employers and their appointed trustees for making this building a reality. It’s through your commitment and continued support that we are gathered here today. I would also like to say thank you on behalf of our rank-and-file members. This new building is going to benefit them, in addition to giving the Seafarers Health and Benefits Plan staff a first-class facility to operate out of.”


He continued, addressing the many functions of the new building: “In addition to housing the Seafarers Medical Plan, this building will be hosting our new hiring hall, and our industrial relations classroom, where students will be informed of the history of the maritime industry, the history of the union, as well as keep the abreast of what is trending in the industry.”


Next to speak was Seafarers trustee Tony Naccarato, who talked about the transformation of the school. “Those of you who’ve been around for a while will marvel at what has been accomplished here,” he said. “An old military facility has been transformed into a stunning campus that serves as a symbol of hope and achievement for countless men and women who aspire to a better life.”


Naccarato also recognized many individuals past and present who helped make the school what it is today.


In introducing Tom Crowley, SIU President Michael Sacco spoke about the Crowley family and the outstanding job Crowley has done since taking over the company from his father.


“Tom Crowley Sr. was an effective leader, a maritime visionary, and someone you could always count on to do the right thing. Our next speaker is his own man, but I think it’s fair to say the apple didn’t fall far from the tree,” Sacco stated. “When the torch was passed to Tom Crowley Jr., he took the handoff and successfully built upon the family legacy. Like his father, Tom sees the big picture, and he has done a fantastic job expanding Crowley Maritime’s operations. He has proven his mettle many times over, and his commitment to maritime training and education is second to none.”


The SIU president also recognized the huge financial investments made by Crowley Maritime into the American-flag fleet.


Finally, Tom Crowley took the stage to express his gratitude.


“This is truly an honor for me,” he said. “Mike said some wonderful things about our family and company, but he also said that my father was a visionary about developing relationships with labor. Well, let me tell you, when there’s no relationship on the other side, that’s hard to do. But Mike Sacco was there, and I think that the relationship that we’ve built over the years is special. When I talk to my associates in other companies – in other industries – when they hear about how close management and labor have developed over the years (in maritime), and have created places like Piney Point, they’re in disbelief. They don’t believe it, and I think until you come down here and see what’s been created, and experience the lives that are being changed here, you don’t get it. You don’t get the fact that our industry really sees the whole chain of events, from the very beginning to the very end, and all the components that make success possible.”


He also talked about his family business and what their relationship with the SIU means to Crowley: “We run a business that’s very complex, one which requires a tremendous amount of training and skill, as well as the billions of dollars it takes. But this is a tough business, and unless we all pull together to make it happen and to make it successful, there are so many other places where you can fail. The only way that we can succeed and continue to build upon this investment here, the investment in the ships and the investment in the people, is to work together.”



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