Nelly Yunta, regional sales manager for Crowley's liner services group in Miami, was awarded the 2003 Thomas Crowley Trophy, Crowley Maritime Corporation
's highest honor, at ceremonies this week in Guatemala City, Guatemala.
Created more than a decade ago, the Thomas Crowley Trophy award
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 dozens of local employees, sales executives
from throughout Latin America and the United States and members of the
senior management team. Also included in the group were previous Thomas
Crowley Trophy recipients: Rinus Schepen, senior vice president and general
manager, Latin America services; Jay Brickman, vice president, Mexico and
Cuba services; Mike Hopkins, vice president, operations, and Jose Roberto
Bodewig, general manager, El Salvador
"Nelly has been instrumental to our success in the South Florida market for
some time now," said Crowley. "Her talent in developing customer
relationships and solving problems along with her thorough knowledge of our
industry, strong work ethic and respect she has earned from her team members
make her a very worthy recipient of this award."
Yunta is widely credited with establishing relationships and securing new
business from some of Crowley's most important customers today. Several
years ago, she was a leader in the organization and supervision of the
company's very first apparel services department many years ago, which has
become a model for the industry. And early in her Crowley career, after a
reorganization of the company's Central America liner operations, Yunta was
a key contributor to the consolidation of systems and personnel into one
cohesive freight services group.
"I am very honored and grateful to be named the recipient of this very
special award," Yunta said. "It has such great meaning to everyone in our
company. I look forward to sharing the award with all the other talented
Crowley employees who work with me to make our company the best in the
business, and with our customers who have supported me personally as well as
Yunta joined Crowley in 1988 as a senior coordinator in the Miami traffic
department. A month later, she was promoted to supervisor of traffic. In
1989, she was promoted to manager of freight services where she supervised
the booking, traffic, documentation and customer service departments. She
assumed her present position as regional sales manager in 1998
Prior to joining Crowley, Yunta worked for various freight forwarders,
including Danzas International. She earned a degree in Business
Administration from the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina.
Earlier this month, a Thomas Crowley trophy was presented to Jim Van der
Veen, director of contract services for Crowley's energy and marine services
group in Seattle.