May 22, 2008
AOTOS Award winners named
The United Seamen's Service (USS) 2008 Admiral of the Ocean Sea Awards (AOTOS) will be presented to James A. Capo, Chairman & CEO of U.S. Maritime Alliance, Ltd., and Michael D. Garvey, a Founding Partner and Past Chairman of Saltchuk Resources, Inc. A Special AOTOS Award will be presented to General Norton A. Schwartz, Commander of the United States Transportation Command.
The U.S. maritime industry's most prestigious honors will be awarded at a gala industry dinner and dance to be held at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers, New York City, on November 7, 2008.
John Bowers, Chairman of the USS AOTOS Committee and President Emeritus of the International Longshoremen's Association, AFL-CIO, made the announcement on Maritime Day, May 22, 2008.
"We have an impressive group of honorees this year," said Mr. Bowers. "Jim Capo has been a friend and colleague across the negotiating table for many years and his leadership skills command respect by all who know him."
Mr. Bowers continued: "As one of the founders of Saltchuk, Mr. Garvey has helped to build one of America's leading maritime shipping organizations, including Totem Ocean Trailer Express and Sea Star Line, that continues to employ many U.S. seafarers. General Schwartz has led USTRANSCOM through a difficult time with amazing operational results and he deserves a very special recognition."
Mr. Bowers added: "Our recipients have been selected by more than 150 international transportation industry and government leaders who understand the challenges and issues that confront United States shipping and the American seafarer and who recognize the honorees leadership in this area."
All proceeds from the AOTOS event benefit USS community services abroad for the U.S. merchant marine and those of other free world countries. The recipients will share the evening with a group of American seafarers who will be honored for specific acts of bravery at sea.
Since the formation of the United States Maritime Alliance (USMX) in 1996, Mr. Capo has served as a lead negotiator on behalf of management interests during coast-wide Master Contract negotiations with U.S. maritime labor unions and as chief negotiator of the current 6-year Master Contract. Prior to his role as Chairman/CEO, Mr. Capo served as President.
As a formal alliance of carriers, stevedores and port associations in the East Coast and Gulf Coast regions, USMX's mission is to preserve and protect the interests of the management groups in labor relations issues concerning containerization and automation in the longshore and related maritime fields. Mr. Capo has led this mission in a determined yet balanced manner that has earned him respect from the entire industry.
Since founding Saltchuk in 1982, Mr. Garvey has helped grow the organization's family of businesses to over 20 independent operating companies. These include Sea Star Line, Totem Ocean Trailer Express, American Shipping Group, Interocean American Shipping, Foss Maritime Company and American Cargo Transport. Through his leadership, Mr. Garvey has helped to foster the Saltchuk mission to create a work environment where people would want their families to work.
In addition to being a founding partner and chairman of Saltchuk, Mr. Garvey is a founding partner of Garvey, Schubert & Barer, a multi-service law firm with offices in Seattle, Washington, D.C., Portland, Oregon and New York. He has served on numerous boards, including Ste. Michelle Vintners, K-2 Ski Company, the Commerce Bank of Washington and the UK P&I Club. In addition, his public service includes the Foundation Board of the University of Washington, Zion Preparatory Academy Foundation and PeaceHealth. Mr. Garvey holds degrees in mathematics and law from the University of Washington.
As Commander of USTRANSCOM, General Schwartz oversees the single management organization for global air, land and sea transportation for the entire U.S. Department of Defense. He leads an organization with $10 billion in annual revenue, 100+ ships, several hundred aircraft, ocean terminal operators, and manages programs providing access to the entire commercial transportation industry for additional capability. He is a strong supporter of the U.S. Merchant Marine, promoting and championing the programs that ensure jobs for mariners, retention of a strong and viable U.S. Flag fleet, and the Maritime Security Program.
General Schwartz attended the U.S. Air Force Academy and graduated in 1973. He is an alumnus of the National War College, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a 1994 Fellow of Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Seminar XXI. He has served as Commander of the Special Operations Command-Pacific, as well as Alaskan Command, Alaskan North American Aerospace Defense Command Region, and the 11th Air Force.
For AOTOS 2008, Captain Robert Hart, USN (ret.) and Samuel B. Nemirow will be serving as National Committee Co-Chairmen. Michael Sacco, President of the Seafarers International Union, is Dinner Chairman. Other committee members and chairmanships will be announced shortly.
USS continues to provide community services for the U.S. Merchant Marine, the American Armed Forces, and seafarers of the world. USS, a non-profit agency established in 1942, operates centers in eight foreign ports in Europe, Asia, Africa and in the Indian Ocean, and also provides seagoing libraries to American vessels through its affiliate, the American Merchant Marine Library Association.
Edward Morgan is President and Roger Korner is Executive Director of USS and AMMLA. Information about the gala, tickets and the advertising journal is available from USS AOTOS Coordinator, Barbara Spector Yeninas, ([email protected]) or Kimberly McCloskey ([email protected]) toll-free at (800) 804-5279 or USS at (718) 369-3818.