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Thomas B. Crowley, Jr.
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Thomas B. Crowley, Jr.

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Located in Oakland, CA

Chairman, President and CEO Thomas Crowley Jr.

Thomas B. Crowley, Jr. has served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors since 1994, succeeding his father and grandfather in such roles dating back to the company’s founding in 1892. Today, Crowley is a U.S.-based, $2 billion-a-year marine solutions, energy and logistics services company with operations around the world. 

Under Mr. Crowley’s leadership, the company is expanding into areas of opportunity such as logistics, government services, petroleum transportation and distribution, ship management, naval architecture and engineering, project management and LNG services. He has focused on building the company relative to its expertise on water, while leveraging other asset-light areas of expertise to develop a portfolio of businesses to serve customers that offers both strong integration and diversification of risk.

Mr. Crowley has recognized the government as a key customer for which the company is well suited to serve. In 2018, the company began executing a multi-year $2.3 billion Department of Defense Freight Transportation Services (DFTS) contract, one of the largest logistics contracts awarded by the U.S. government. Additionally, under his leadership Crowley has successfully completed a myriad of expeditionary logistics operations around the world, including Haiti (earthquake relief), West Africa (Ebola outbreak), U.S. Northeast (Hurricane Sandy), and Puerto Rico (Hurricane Maria).  

In late 2017, Mr. Crowley directed the company’s largescale response to the aforementioned Hurricane Maria, which devastated Puerto Rico. Within two hours of the U.S. Coast Guard reopening the port, a Crowley vessel arrived and began discharging critical commercial and relief cargoes. Over the next 182 days, Crowley unloaded more than 200 vessels with cargo consisting of nearly 40,000 commercial loads and 8,000 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) loads. In addition to food, water and other basic humanitarian and commercial supplies, Crowley transported and delivered more than 40,000 power poles; 7,000 electrical transformers; 10 million miles of wire and cable; and platforms and utility reconstruction equipment and vehicles to help rebuild the electrical infrastructure, which was devastated beyond repair in some areas. The company also handled multiple bridge sections and a 119,000-pound drill to support the roadway reconstruction efforts in the Utuado region.

Even more remarkable is that this mission was largely accomplished by more than 300 local employees who, along with their families, were reeling from the effects of the storm themselves. Mr. Crowley directed company- and employee-sponsored aid to workers and their families to help them recover. And, in an unprecedented gesture of appreciation, Crowley presented a Thomas Crowley award, the company’s highest honor, to the entire Puerto Rico team.

A staunch supporter of the American maritime industry, Mr. Crowley has invested billions of dollars during his tenure in the construction of American built tugboats, heavy-lift flat-deck barges, articulated tug barges (ATBs), tankers and now, LNG-powered ConRo ships for use in the U.S.-Puerto Rico trade, utilizing best-available technology with a focus on safety, environmental protection, performance and efficiency. And the company’s growth plans call for further investment in a variety of new vessels over the next several years.

Recognizing the importance of having knowledgeable, skilled and safe employees, Mr. Crowley has dedicated a significant amount of his attention to employee education, management training and other initiatives to build a collaborative, high-performance culture. He has placed safety at the center of everything the company does and is challenging employees to achieve the goal of doing zero harm to people, property and the environment.

Mr. Crowley holds a business finance degree from the University of Washington. Away from work Mr. Crowley lends his time and expertise to several organizations. He is on the board of directors of the World Shipping Council, an advisory board member at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business, and a longstanding member of the Young Presidents Organization.

William A. Pennella
Vice COB, Executive Vice President

William A. Pennella

Vice COB, Executive Vice President

Located in Jacksonville, FL, and Oakland, CA

Bill Pennella

Bill Pennella joined Crowley in 1987, and since that time has held positions of increasing responsibility, including vice president of human resources, senior vice president of human resources/administration and executive vice president. He has more than 40 years of experience in administration, human resources, and labor relations. Prior to joining Crowley, he worked in those fields for two global steamship lines. Pennella graduated from Rutgers University, with degrees in psychology and business.
 

Responsibilities include: 
Human resources; purchasing; security, quality and environmental; corporate communications; labor relations; training; treasury; controllership; financial reporting; planning; accounting services; internal auditing; data center services; network services; technology management and IT support and control

Michael G. Roberts
Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary

Michael G. Roberts

Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary

Located in Jacksonville, FL

Michael Roberts

For nearly 20 years, Roberts has represented Crowley on legal, regulatory and legislative issues. After several years of government service and private law practice in Washington, DC, Roberts joined the company in 1991 as a corporate counsel. He was promoted to vice president of government relations in 1994, a role he served until 2000.

The next nine years were spent in private practice in Washington, DC, most recently as a partner with Venable, LLP, one of The American Lawyer's top 100 law firms. While there, he represented Crowley and other clients involved in domestic and international trade and transportation. He returned to Crowley in September 2008 as senior vice president, general counsel, corporate secretary.

Roberts has worked on most of the major legal, regulatory and legislative issues that the company has faced over the past two decades. These include laws governing the domestic trades, such as the Jones Act; maritime promotional programs, such as the Maritime Security Act; economic regulation of the shipping industry, such as the Ocean Shipping Reform Act and more. He has also managed Crowley’s political action committee, and helped to coordinate trade association work supporting the interests of the American maritime industry.

He also taught business law as an adjunct professor at American University, Washington College of Law. Roberts is a life member of the National Defense Transportation Association; a member of the Propeller Club of the United States (DC Board of Governors, 1994 to 2003); a member of the Maritime Administrative Bar Association (served as president from 1999 to 2000); a member of Coastwise Coalition (founding chairman) and a member of the Navy League of the United States.

Roberts has a Bachelor of Arts degree with high honors from Michigan State University, and a Juris Doctor degree cum laude from American University, Washington College of Law.

With overall responsibility for the legal, government relations and risk and insurance functions of the company, Roberts supervises an in-house staff that includes many lawyers and other professionals, and manages the activities of outside counsel and consultants employed by the company.

John C. Calvin, Jr.
Senior Vice President, Controller

John C. Calvin, Jr.

Senior Vice President, Controller

Located in Jacksonville, FL

John Calvin

Since joining Crowley more than 25 years ago, Calvin has held positions of increasing responsibility, including vice president, Caribbean Islands Services; corporate director of strategic and financial planning and division controller.

Calvin has more than 30 years of experience in financial and management reporting, budgeting and strategic planning and analysis. He earned a Bachelors of business administration in accounting and finance from the University of North Florida, and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.

Responsibilities include:
The strategic planning, procurement, accounting, payroll and financial reporting functions of the corporation.

Carl R. Fox
Senior Vice President, Corporate Services

Carl R. Fox

Senior Vice President, Corporate Services

Located in Jacksonville, FL

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Fox rejoined Crowley in 2010 as vice president of strategic initiatives and marketing for the liner and logistics business units. He had previously worked for Crowley from 1987 to 1995 with responsibilities in business development and process improvement. Before rejoining Crowley, Fox served as senior vice president for Sea Star, providing leadership in sales, marketing, customer service, pricing, and yield management, and was also the executive vice president of administration and financial planning for Navieras, offering commercial, administration and financial expertise. Outside of Crowley, he serves as chairman of the board for the Northeast Chapter of the Florida Red Cross.

Responsibilities include:
Information technology; corporate communications; human resources; safety, security, quality and environmental (SSQE); people development and learning; strategic projects, and facilities development and travel

Daniel L. Warner
Senior Vice President, Treasurer

Daniel L. Warner

Senior Vice President, Treasurer

Located in Jacksonville, FL

Dan Warner

Warner began his career with Crowley in 2001 as a senior analyst for the corporate planning group, where he worked until his promotion to director of finance for the logistics group, followed by a move to the Puerto Rico/Caribbean liner services group. The Board of Directors approved his appointment to the position of senior vice president and treasurer in 2005.

Prior to joining Crowley, Warner held various finance positions including four years at Citigroup in New York culminating with his position as a Vice President of Finance. He has a Bachelors degree from Northwestern University and a Masters in Business Administration from Cornell University.

Responsibilities include:
Management of treasury activities for the entire organization; corporate banking, credit and collection and investment; negotiating all short/long term debt financing for entire corporation.

Todd Busch
Senior Vice President and General Manager, Solutions

Todd Busch

Senior Vice President and General Manager, Solutions

Located in Jacksonville, FL

Todd Busch

Busch joined Crowley in 1987 as an ordinary seaman and since that time has served aboard company tugs as a chief mate. He came ashore in 1994 as a dispatcher; and has held a variety of other positions of increasing responsibility. He has managed the company’s ship-assist and marine services contract businesses, overseen pricing and the negotiating of contracts and managed the commercial activities for Crowley’s emergency response services and the U.S. Navy salvage contract. He was named vice president of Titan Salvage & Wreck Removal in October 2005. Todd is the chairman of the board for Ardent Global Marine, the joint venture between Crowley & Svitzer. He is a former director of Marine Response Alliance, Clean Pacific Alliance, and served as a member of the executive committee, and past president of the International Salvage Union. Prior to joining Crowley, Busch sailed with the Southwest Alaska Pilots Association.

He attended Arizona State University and holds two licenses: Master, 100 Gross Tons Inspected Vessels; and Mate, 200 Gross Tons Inspected Vessels.

Responsibilities include:

  • Government Services and Program Management (including Defense Freight Transportation Services (DFTS))
  • Government Ship Management
  • Engineering and Naval Architecture
  • Marine Construction and Repair Management
  • Project Management and Offshore Engineering
Steven “Steve” M. Collar
Senior Vice President and General Manager, Logistics

Steven “Steve” M. Collar

Senior Vice President and General Manager, Logistics

Located in Jacksonville, FL

Steve Collar

Collar joined Crowley in 1977 as a deckhand, but throughout his career has been exposed to many facets of the Crowley organization, working in positions of increasing responsibility within engineering, terminal management, cargo operations, marine operations and petroleum operations. In 1996, he was named director of technical services before transferring to general manager of oil transportation. He then served as senior vice president and general manager of technical services, senior vice president and general manager of logistics, and most recently as senior vice president and general manager of international services. Collar attended school at Shoreline Community College in Seattle, and Point Loma College in San Diego. He earned a Master's in Business Administration from the University of Washington in 1999.

Responsibilities include:

  • Ocean, Land and Air Transportation (FCL and LCL)
  • Commercial Transportation Management
  • Supply Chain and Distribution Services (Door to Door)
  • Freight Forwarding and Warehousing
  • Cargo Risk and Customs Compliance
Robert “Rob” B. Grune
Senior Vice President and General Manager, Shipping

Robert “Rob” B. Grune

Senior Vice President and General Manager, Shipping

Located in Jacksonville, FL

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Grune joined Crowley's Seattle office in January 1995 as director of strategic accounts, and in November 2001 was named vice president and general manager, ship assist and escort. In August 2005, he moved to Jacksonville as a senior vice president and general manager for Puerto Rico/Caribbean services. In January 2010, he was promoted to senior vice president and general manager of petroleum services.

Rob launched his maritime career sailing for Texaco, Inc. as an officer on its U.S.-flagged tanker fleet from 1980 to 1986. He then served as economics and planning analyst with Texaco in Harrison, NY. In 1989, he took the post of a chartering manager at OMI Corp., an independent New York-based oil tanker firm. In 1991, Rob went on to work for Tosco Refining Corporation in Concord, CA, in the oil-trading division. Prior to joining Crowley, Grune worked three years as a manager of tanker chartering at Continental-Tosco Limited Partnership in Stamford, CT.

Grune graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY in 1980, and received a Masters in Business Administration from Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, NC, in 1986.

Responsibilities include:

  • U.S. Domestic Petroleum Transportation (Tankers and Articulated Tug Barges (ATBs))
  • Commercial Ship Management
  • Ship Assist and Tanker Escort Services
  • Marine Logistics Services (Tug and Barge)
Rockwell E. “Rocky" Smith
Senior Vice President and General Manager, Fuels

Rockwell E. “Rocky" Smith

Senior Vice President and General Manager, Fuels

Located in Seattle, WA

Rocky Smith

Rocky Smith joined Crowley in San Francisco in 1981 and since that time has held various marketing and operations positions in the harbor services and barge petroleum transportation groups. Early in his career he was responsible for harbor services and bunker vessel operations on the West Coast. From 1986 to 1990 he worked for the container lessor, TransOcean, Ltd., as product manager for refrigerated containers and gensets.  In 1990, he returned to Crowley and became manager of oil transportation, Pacific division, in Seattle. In 1996, he became vice president of oil transportation and harbor services, and in 1997 he was assigned to lead Crowley's new tanker division, Crowley Petroleum Transport, Inc. In 2001, Smith joined Marine Transport Corporation in New Jersey as vice president of vessel operations, and of Crowley Petroleum Transport tankers once they were folded into the Marine Transport organization. In 2005, Smith relocated to Jacksonville, Fla., to assume responsibility for Crowley's petroleum distribution businesses in Alaska. These included heating oil sales, propane sales, lubricant sales and distribution, marine- and highway-terminal operations, branded- and unbranded-dealer sales, proprietary card-lock operations, into-wing aircraft sales and airport fixed-base operations. In late 2007, Smith was transferred back to Seattle to lead these Crowley services in the Pacific/Alaska region. In 2009, all of Crowley’s worldwide contract services — including sealift activities, ocean towing, Sakhalin Island operations, and Alaska North Slope services—were combined under his responsibility.

Smith graduated from Pomona College in 1977 and earned a Masters in Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley in 1986. He is a member of the American Bureau of Shipping.

Responsibilities include:

  • Fuel Supply (Petroleum and LNG)
  • Fuel Infrastructure (Terminals and LNG Bunker Solutions)
  • Energy Solutions (Micro Grids, Supply Logistics)