Ron Widdows And Jon Hemingway To Be Honored At Connie Award Dinner In Long Beach On September 30By Containerization And Intermodal Institute, PRNE
Monday, May 10, 2010
Containerization & Intermodal Institute Selects Two International Transportation Leaders for Prestigious Award
LONG BEACH, California, May 11, 2010 - Ron Widdows, Group President and Chief Executive Officer of NOL, and Jon
Hemingway, CEO and President of SSA Marine/ Carrix, have been selected as
recipients of the 2010 Connie Awards to be presented September 30 by the
Containerization and Intermodal Institute (CII) at a dinner marking its 50th
Each recipient is being recognized with this prestigious award for
significant influence on containerization in world trade and transportation.
The event is an industry-wide dinner at the Renaissance Hotel in Long Beach,
CII, founded in 1960, has been presenting the Connie Award since 1972 and
it has become the most coveted honor in the field of containerization and its
ancillary industries. Among some 40 recipients to date are James McKenna,
Malcom McLean, Thomas B. Crowley Sr., Bruce Seaton, Robert McEllrath, Chuck
Raymond, Anthony A. Scioscia and Douglas Tilden.
The recipients were chosen following an industry poll. Both recipients
are being honored for innovative spirit in their careers and at their
respective companies, as well as for positive influence on the industries
they serve. Mr. Widdows, whose company also owns and operates APL, has been
in the maritime industry for more than 40 years. Mr. Hemingway is a lawyer
who joined the family stevedoring business in 1985. Both received early
educations at the University of Washington.
In announcing the event and awardees, Allen Clifford, CII president and
Executive Vice President of Mediterranean Shipping Company, said: "The
success of last year's Connie awards on the West Coast was overwhelming. Mr.
Widdows and Mr. Hemingway represent two of the finest leaders in our industry
and it is our honor to present them each with the Connie in this, CII's 50th
Mr. Widdows has worked in the shipping industry over four decades,
signing on during a visit to Guam as a teenager. He joined APL in 1980. He
has held senior executive roles in Asia, the United States and Canada.
He joined the NOL Board in July 2008 upon being appointed Group President
and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Widdows from 2003 was CEO of NOL's container
shipping business, APL. Prior to that, he was Executive Vice President,
Global Operations and Network where he was responsible for APL's day-to-day
operations including the line-haul and feeder fleets, global equipment
management, procurement, terminals and alliance relationships.
He has tracked the container shipping industry from port-to-port services
to today's end-to-end supply chain management. His innovative style has led
to the introduction of linertrains and Stack Train services, post-Panamax
ships and as a leader in the evolution of carrier alliances that have created
worldwide service networks. He has also been a leading voice on public policy
issues and an advocate on the importance of improved transportation
Mr. Widdows is Chairman of the World Shipping Council and of the
Transpacific Stabilization Agreement and Westbound Transpacific Stabilization
Agreement research and discussion groups. He is on the Advisory Boards of the
International Transport Forum and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. In 2009,
he received the Admiral of the Ocean Sea award.
Jon Hemingway graduated from University of Washington Law School in 1982
and joined the largest law firm in Seattle, Bogle & Gates. In 1985, Mr.
Hemingway joined SSA as its general counsel. In 1987, Mr. Hemingway helped
form Rail Management Services, which has grown to be the world's largest
operator of intermodal rail terminals. He was promoted to Senior Vice
President and Director with responsibility for company administrative matters
and establishing SSA Marine's presence in the Atlantic and Gulf coasts and in
1991, Mr. Hemingway became President and CEO of the company.
In 1994, he initiated development of international operations, including
creation of the largest container terminal in Latin America, Manzanillo
International Terminal [MIT] in Colon, Panama, the largest terminal operator
in Mexico with four ports and the largest terminal operator in Chile with two
ports. In July 1999, Mr. Hemingway and Matson Navigation formed SSA
Terminals, LLC, which is now the largest container terminal operator on the
In 2000, Mr. Hemingway reorganized SSA Marine into three operating
divisions and branded its IT operation as Tideworks Technology, one of the
world's largest providers of information systems software and integration to
the port industry. In 2003, the company established Carrix as its new brand
for all its activities. Carrix remains the largest independent and privately
held terminal operator.
Mr. Hemingway is a past member of the boards of the Pacific Maritime
Association, National Association of Waterfront Employers and Pacific
Merchant Shipping Association. He is chairman of PierPass and participates in
a number of community and philanthropic organizations and endeavors.
In addition to the awards, CII will present scholarships to students
studying logistics and scholarships and to maritime academy cadets, which are
contributed annually by industry entities including Crowley Maritime
Corporation. CII, a non-profit organization, 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 the international intermodal industry in education
outreach and recently co-published with Commonwealth Business Media the book,
"The Box That Changed the World," marking the 50th anniversary of
The CII Connie Awards dinner is US$200 per ticket and seating is limited.
Tickets and sponsorships are available. For more information, contact Barbara
Yeninas, Executive Director, by +1-800-231-8244 or
Kimberly McCloskey, +1-732-817-0400 x28, Kimberly at bsya.com
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