Todd Busch, Director of Sales for
Crowley's Ship Assist and Escort Services business unit, was awarded the
2002 Thomas Crowley Trophy, Crowley Maritime Corporation's highest honor, at
ceremonies held last night in Anchorage, Alaska.
Created more than a decade ago, the Thomas Crowley Trophy award honors
employees with outstanding performance, whose dedication, leadership,
initiative and productivity most clearly reflect those of the company's
founder. The trophy, a limited edition, bronze sculpture depicting young
Thomas Crowley as he ferried goods to and from ships on San Francisco Bay in
the early 1890s, is a tribute to the founder of the company as well as the
winners of the award.
Tom Crowley, Jr., Chairman, President and CEO, presented the award at the
ceremony, which was attended by the company's board of directors and
management team. Included in the group were previous Thomas Crowley Trophy
recipients: Bruce Harland, Director, Operations; Craig Tornga, General
Manager of Oil Industry Services; Alex Sweeney, Vice President & General
Manager, Valdez Services; Charlie Nalen, Vice President, Environmental
Safety and Quality Assurance, and Rinus Schepen, Senior Vice President and
General Manager, Latin America Services.
"Todd has been a major contributor to the company's success for a number of
years," said Crowley. "He is very conscientious, possesses attention to
detail, and is always looking for new business opportunities inside and
outside his normal scope of responsibility. He is very responsive to the
needs of customers and has worked to build strong relationships."
Busch is widely credited with helping to secure several high-profile towing
contracts, including those involving the historic battleships USS Missouri,
USS New Jersey and USS Iowa, as well as the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany
He also helped secure a role for Crowley as a contractor for the U.S. Navy's
2001 Ehime Maru recovery and relocation operation in Hawaii. The Ehime Maru
sank in 2,000 feet of water on Feb. 9, 2001 when it was struck by the USS
Greeneville, a Navy submarine practicing an emergency-surfacing maneuver off
Diamond Head. The Navy contracted with Crowley to design, engineer and
execute the plan to lift the Ehime Maru from an interim shallow water
recovery site, transport it to deepwater and dispose of it 6,000 feet to the
ocean floor about 12 miles off Oahu. Since being promoted in 2001 to
director of sales for Ship Assist and Escort Services, Busch has revitalized
Crowley's market approach and is focused on strengthening the company's
position in the very competitive ship assist business.
"To receive the Thomas Crowley Trophy, the company's most prestigious award,
is a tremendous honor," Busch said. "It is impossible to achieve an award
like this by yourself, rather it is more a reflection of the excellent work
done by the ship assist and escort services teams in Alaska, Washington and
California, and by others who support us throughout the Crowley
Busch joined Crowley in 1987 as an ordinary Seaman and since that time
served aboard company tugs as a chief mate. He came ashore in 1994 as a
Dispatcher; and has held a variety of other positions with increasing
responsibility. He has been responsible for the company's marine services
contract business, overseeing pricing and the negotiating of contracts, as
well as the commercial activities for Crowley's emergency services, and the
U.S. Navy Salvage Contract. He was promoted to his present position as
director of sales for ship assist and escort services in 2001.
Busch serves as a director, representing Crowley on the board of the Marine
LLC. 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.