Information & Past Honorees


An industry institution. The Connie Award was established by the Containerization & Intermodal Institute in 1972 to recognize individuals that have made extraordinary contributions to the evolution of containerized shipping and intermodalism. Named for the container, the Connie Award quickly grew in stature as a recognition of achievement and dedication by peers. The award has gone to an eclectic group — from the heads of railroads and ocean carriers to top government officials, media executives and even to managers within a port authority whose contributions were acknowledged by the industry.

The Connie networking events are a consistent sell-out because of its class reunion atmosphere that makes it a “must” event on everyone’s calendar. There are annual Connie Award events held in September in Long Beach and in December in Newark. These events include the awarding of scholarships to midshipmen from Kings Point and the SUNY Maritime College at Fort Schuyler as well as students from Rutgers University, Seton Hall, California State University Long Beach, University of Southern California and other schools. Both Crowley Maritime and New York Container Terminal present annual scholarships at this event.


Click here to see photos from the 2018 Connie Awards in Newark and Long Beach.

Nicola Arena
Karl Bakke
Don C. Becker
The Honorable Helen Delich Bentley
Ken Bloom
Lillian Borrone
John Bowers
Claudio Bozzo
Robert Bray
J. Russell Bruner
James E. Butcher
James A. Capo
Dr. Y. F. Chang
The Honorable Mario Cordero
Matthew J. Cox
L. Stanley Crane
Harold Creel Jr.
Thomas B. Crowley, Sr.
Robert A. Curry, Sr.
Manuel (Mike) Diaz
Edward DeNike
James J. Devine
Raymond P. Ebeling
James D. English
Conrad Everhard
Wolfgang Freese
Rick Gabrielson
Peter J. Gatti, Jr.
Alan Glass
Amy Grat
Jon Hemingway
David Howard
Brad Jacobs
Jesse C. Jessen
R. Kenneth Johns
The Honorable Dr. Leslie Kanuk
The Honorable Christopher Koch
Captain S.Y. Kuo
C. Peter Lambos

Carol Notias Lambos
Richard Larrabee
Jacques Leblanc
Rudiger (Rudy) Mack
M. Brian Maher
Michael Maher
Robert McEllrath
James McKenna
John McLaurin
Malcom P. McLean
Ray Miles
James I. Newsome III
Michael B. Northen
Clifford B. O’Hara
Donald C. Orris
Robert Pfeiffer
Olav Rakkenes
Charles G. Raymond
Paul F. Richardson
Eric Ridder
Michael Sacco
Clifford Sayre
George Schember
Anthony Scioscia
Bruce Seaton
Warren Serenbetz
Richard Steinke
Knud Stubkjaer
H. Winchester Thurber
Douglas A. Tilden
David J. Tolan
William F. Toohey
Dr. Anil J. Vitarana
Hays Watkins
Ronald D. Widdows
Michael B. Wilson
John Wolfe
Phillip C. Yeager
Alberto Alemán Zubieta

Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees

Institute of International Container Lessors (IICL)
Michael B. Berzon
Joseph Bonney
Joanne “Joni” Casey
Joseph C. Curto
Dr. Geraldine Knatz
Sandy Hook Pilots
Roy Schleicher
Stanley O. Sher
Richard A. Simpson
Barbara S. Yeninas
Tay Yoshitani