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CII Seeks 2022 Connie Award Nominations

cscmp The Containerization & Intermodal Institute (CII) is seeking nominations for the 2022 Connie Awards. Named for the container, the Connie

CII Seeks 2022 Connie Award Nominations

The Containerization & Intermodal Institute (CII) is seeking nominations for the 2022 Connie Awards. Named for the container, the Connie Award has been presented since 1972 to deserving industry leaders making extraordinary contributions to the trade and transportation industry.
The September 13, 2022 Connie dinner in Long Beach, CA will be held at the Renaissance Long Beach, and the December 5, 2022 Connie luncheon will be held at the Renaissance Newark Airport Hotel.
Last year’s Connie Award recipient was Eugene D. Seroka, Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles. William Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor in Long Beach of the Journal of Commerce was honored with the CII Lifetime Achievement Award.
The prestigious Connie Award is considered for industry leaders whose contributions to the advancement of containerization and intermodalism are the result of innovation, entrepreneurialism and influential leadership. The Lifetime Achievement Award is considered for organizations or individuals who have played a long-standing, significant, supporting role in the industry and/ or CII.
Nominations can be submitted through the following links: CII – Connie Award Nomination and CII – Lifetime Achievement Nomination. Questions can be directed to the CII Executive Director’s office at
In addition to the awards, CII presents scholarships to deserving students studying logistics or transportation as well as academic institutions that are grooming future leaders in the industry.
About Containerization & Intermodal Institute
Containerization & Intermodal Institute (CII), a non-profit organization founded in 1960, promotes industry awareness, preserves the history of intermodalism, and engages scholarly interest in the field by organizing educational conferences and seminars, serving as an information resource, providing networking opportunities, offering career guidance, arranging internships and facilitating scholarships. CII is dedicated to promoting and supporting the business of international trade and the intermodal container transportation community
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Global Traders on the Move

James J. White, who has guided the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore during a period of record revenue, cargo and job growth as executive director of the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA), resigned effective Dec. 31, 2019. He had led operations for 18 years as the Port of Baltimore improved its national rankings, upgraded security procedures and completed infrastructure projects that made it one of the few ports in America capable of receiving the largest ships in the world.

Modern Terminals Hong Kong Managing Director and CEO Peter Levesque was confirmed in November as the newly appointed president for the largest North American marine terminal and stevedore, Ports America. Levesque, who returns to the U.S. after living and working in Asia for the past 25 years, will step into his new role starting in February when Horace Lo takes over as Modern Terminals’ group managing director.

B&H Worldwide, the award-winning aerospace logistics provider, appointed Michael Pearson to the newly created position of General Manager-Americas. From the company’s Los Angeles office, he must now develop the America’s market and drive growth plans in the States for B&H Worldwide, which was founded in the UK.

Ruan’s President and COO Dan Van Alstine was elected as the 2020 chairman of the board for the Iowa Motor Truck Association at the organization’s annual management conference last fall. Based in Des Moines like Ruan, the association was established in 1942 and has more than 600 member companies (trucking and suppliers) throughout Iowa.

Chicago-based Edsal Manufacturing announced that Scott White was appointed CEO effective Nov. 11, 2019. He succeeded Bruce Saltzberg, who retired after 47 years of leadership but served as strategic advisor through the end of last year and remains on the Board of Directors.

Laguna Hills, California-based LOCATE Inventory, a technology company responsible for developing a cloud-based inventory and order management software application, recently hired former Intuit executive Annie Terry as chief business officer.

Team Worldwide, a Winnsboro, Texas-based global 3PL, announced in October that Amy McKinney was named director of Marketing. She joins the company after having worked for Southwest Airlines and, most recently, Susan G. Komen.

The Containerization & Intermodal Institute (CII) presented the prestigious 2019 Connie Award in December to Bruce A. Fenimore, CEO of New Jersey-based company Columbia Group, which provides US-flag barge service and landside port services to the shipping industry. Also before some 450 people at CII’s annual industry-wide luncheon at the Renaissance Newark Airport Hotel in New Jersey, Sara Mayes, president and CEO of New York’s Gemini Shippers Group, received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Tewolde GebreMariam was recognized as Airline Executive of the Year at December’s annual Global Aviation Awards for Excellence organized by the Centre for Aviation in Malta.

Virginia Zimmermann, senior communications manager with Port Manatee (Florida), is the 6,000-member International Propeller Club of the United States’ International Member of the Year. She received the global honor at an Oct. 17, 2019, luncheon during the maritime industry group’s 93rd annual International Convention and Conference in New Orleans.

The New York/New Jersey Foreign Freight Forwarders and Brokers Association named David F. Adam, chairman and CEO of the United States Maritime Alliance, its 2020 Person of the Year. He will be honored at a gala dinner Feb. 6 in New York.

American Shipper Magazine founder David A. Howard passed away Dec. 15. He was just two months short of his 100th birthday.

Woman Leader Barbara Yeninas Breaks Gender Barriers

Barbara Yeninas started her career as a maritime journalist, covering stories in the midst of the most historic moments in feminist history. For example, the day women were burning their bras in Atlantic City, she was out covering a story on the longshore wildcat strike on the New York-New Jersey waterfront. Decades later, Yeninas is proud to be the CEO and founder of  BSYA and senior advisor of the Containerization & Intermodal Institute (CII).
Throughout the years, Yeninas developed a thorough understanding of what it takes to create a successful business. Put together, these characteristics create the most productivity and efficiency. “From day one nearly 45 years ago, it has been a spirit of teamwork,” she says. “Acknowledging the strengths of each member of your team and ensuring that each person feels valued for what he or she can contribute to the overall effort on behalf of our clients is very empowering. You cannot teach team spirit, it has to be in your DNA.”
Yeninas also adds that staying one step ahead of the industry through good old-fashioned reading and research are critical to keeping clients happy. “I read a great deal and encourage others to do so as well. It feels good for both your client and you to be literally on the same page when it comes to what is happening in the industry. For example, in the early days of containerization, it was all about the new ships, maiden voyages parties. … While the ocean carriers were slower to embrace technology, today it is all about technology and by working on staying informed we bring value to our clients’ marketing communication strategies.”
She ends with a special message for a certain group. “For the naysayers who said  BSYA Inc. would not last six months, I say to those still around that whatever gender you are, we all deserve to succeed. I am very proud of the client relationships that have helped fill our roster of those who have stuck with us for four decades and longer.”