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Fisher, US Representative King and Rouvelas to receive United Seamen’s Service Admiral of the Ocean
The United Seamen’s Service (USS) 2013 Admiral of the Ocean Sea Awards (AOTOS) will be presented to Philip W. J. Fisher, President of Chas. Kurz & Co; U. S. Representative Peter King, Republican of New York; and Emanuel Rouvelas, maritime attorney and partner at K & L Gates. The maritime industry’s most prestigious awards will be presented at a gala industry dinner and dance to be held at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers, New York City, on November 15, 2013. Recognition will also be given to American Seafarers for specific acts of bravery and heroism while at sea.
In announcing the recipients, General Kenneth Wykle, USA(ret.), Chairman of the USS AOTOS Committee, said: “Phil Fisher has devoted virtually his entire career to one company and one industry-the American-flag merchant marine. Congressman King is a leader in the ongoing effort to have Homeland Security funding based on threat analysis and is a strong supporter of the war against international terrorism. Manny Rouvelas is dedicated to promoting and protecting American maritime jobs vital to our national security.” He added: “It is our honor to honor these three people with diverse shipping connections with the AOTOS Award this year.” General Wykle is also President of the National Defense Transportation Association.
Fisher joined Keystone Shipping Company and its parent company, Chas. Kurz & Co., 47 years ago in Philadelphia as chief financial officer. He has spent his career involved in working with the U. S. government, maritime labor, major shippers, multi-national oil, chemical and transportation entities and other sectors of the American shipping industry. He is a member of the boards of other companies and also serves as a trustee or financial advisor for various union plans covering pension, medical and training benefits. These include the Seafarers international Union, MEBA, the American Radio Association and the Steelworkers of America. Today he is Executive Vice President of Keystone and President of Chas. Kurz & Co. and President of the Tanker Service Committee.
Fisher, a known philanthropist, is the founder of the Family Charitable Fund that is dedicated to supporting high schools, colleges, universities, and maritime training schools. He has received numerous awards for his philanthropy. In 2008, the Maritime Port Council of Greater New York honored him as Man of the Year. In 2013, he received the Philadelphia Pinnacle Award for outstanding achievements and philanthropy. Congressman King, a Republican, is serving his eleventh term in the U.S. House of Representatives where is a member of the Homeland Security Committee and Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence. He also serves on the Financial Services Committee and Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Congressman King, who previously served as Chairman of the Committee in 2005-2006 and again in 2011-2012, has been a leader in the ongoing effort to have Homeland Security funding based on threat analysis and is a strong supporter of the war against international terrorism, both at home and abroad. As Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee he stood up to the pressure from special interest groups and the media.
During his years in Congress, Rep. King has attained a reputation for being well informed and independent. Following the ravages of Superstorm Sandy, Rep. King led the successful fight in Congress to obtain $60.4 billion in emergency funding for the victims of the storm. Rep. King is a strong supporter of the U. S. military and has fought to bring veterans’ benefits into the 21st century. Congressman King has also a strong supporter of funding to combat deadly illnesses.
Emanuel (“Manny”) Rouvelas is a recognized authority in Maritime law and for three decades has traveled globally to advise the CEOs of many of the world’s leading shipping companies. He engages in a wide-ranging federal practice representing leading companies and trade associations in the transportation, telecommunicati
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