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The Containerization & Intermodal Institute (CII) will recognize Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Eugene Seroka with the 2021 Connie Award.
The award will be presented Dec. 6.
Seroka has distinguished himself as a leader throughout his extensive 33-year career in shipping, global logistics and executive management, CII officials said in a press release. As the executive director of the Port of Los Angeles since 2014, he oversees the busiest container port in North America, which has experienced historic, record-breaking performances since his appointment. He concurrently serves as chief logistics officer for the city of Los Angeles, leading citywide efforts to link organizations in need of personal protective equipment with available supplies.Prior to joining the port, Seroka held several managerial positions throughout his 26-year tenure at APL, formerly called American President Lines Ltd.
"As the head of the nation’s largest port, Gene showed unwavering leadership throughout the pandemic by consistently rising to the occasion with innovative solutions to ever-changing challenges,” CII President Steve Blust.
For nearly 50 years, CII has been honoring industry leaders with the Connie Award to recognize those who have made significant contributions to containerization, world trade and the transportation field as well as for their innovative spirit, the release said.
CII also will give a Special Recognition Award to the International Longshoremen’s Association, United States Maritime Alliance and New York Shipping Association (NYSA) honoring their dedication to maintaining supply chain fluidity during the pandemic crisis.