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Crowley appoints Atkinson VP Government Contracts

By: | at 08:00 PM | Liner Shipping  

Restructuring announced within technical services group

Crowley Maritime Corporation announced that Steve Atkinson has been appointed vice president of government contracts and business development for Crowley’s technical services business unit.’ In this new position, Atkinson will report to Steve Collar, senior vice president and general manager, and will be domiciled in Jacksonville. One of his first tasks will be to develop a business plan to expand Crowley’s presence in the government’s professional services segment.

Atkinson is a 22-year veteran in the government services arena having served most recently as director of government programs for Stanley Security Solutions.’ He has extensive experience in managing a government sales force and has worked with a full range of government contracts. He led his former company in the establishment and implementation of US General Service Administration (GSA) contracts and teaming arrangements, including product offerings, ancillary services contracts, national customer service and sales training.

During his career, Atkinson has established other national and state contracts (Blanket Purchase Agreements, Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity, Government Wide Acquisition, and 8a Teaming) to encourage growth within every aspect of government business.

Atkinson is an Indiana University graduate with multiple bachelor’s degrees in political science and psychology.’ He also received an honorary bachelor’s degree in philosophy and completed his MBA at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Concurrent with this appointment, the technical services group also announced further restructuring within their business unit. The ship management group, responsible for both the technical management of 11 government ships under Maritime Administration (MARAD) contract and the Ocean Rangers cruise ship monitoring program in Alaska, has been renamed the government contracts group. Mike Golonka, director of contract operations and Patricia Murphy, director of contract administration will now report directly to Atkinson. In addition to their existing ship management responsibilities, the group will also be charged with developing new government business opportunities across all Crowley business units.

“While ship management remains the cornerstone of our business, adding Steve Atkinson to lead our government contracts team and better aligning the group to focus on the fast growing professional services segment within the government sector, will position us to expand our service offerings within this niche,” said Collar.

Additional reporting structures have also changed within the group.’ Nick Orfanidis, director, commercial ship management, will now report to Collar.’ Orfanidis heads the team responsible for the technical management of five Hapag-Lloyd commercial ships, plus the National Glory and the Del Monte.

Craig Cox has been promoted to director, marketing for technical services, the Atlantic/Gulf service and Pacific services. In his new role, Cox will provide marketing support to all three business units while reporting to Collar.

Jay Brickman will now serve the company as vice president, government relations and projects. Brickman is responsible for liner and logistics government programs including projects with Cuba and will continue to lead Crowley’s cross- functional project leadership team while reporting to Collar.’ Ed Fortunato will continue to work with Crowley as a consultant following his recent retirement.

Within Crowley’s naval architecture and engineering suite of services, Ed Schlueter, vice president, Vessel Management Services and Jonathan Parrot, vice president and general manager, Jensen Maritime, will continue to report to Collar.