The Port Authority of NY & NJ Recognized for its Role in the Bayonne Bridge Raise the Roadway Project

Newark, NJ - Brad Jacobs, Chief Executive Officer of XPO Logistics, was presented with the 2017 Connie Award by the Containerization & Intermodal Institute (CII) on December 11 th at the newly renovated Robert Treat Hotel in Newark. The Port Authority of NY & NJ also received special recognition for its role in the Bayonne Bridge Raise the Roadway Project.

This year’s luncheon marked the 25th year of the Connie Award Scholarship Program, and celebrated that anniversary with a record-breaking number of scholarships and a total distribution of more than $200,000.

2017 Connie Award recipient, Brad Jacobs (center), CEO, XPO Logistics, is congratulated by Michael DiVirgilio (far left), President, CII, and Jim Newsome (far right), President and CEO of South Carolina State Ports Authority and previous Connie Award recipient.
2017 Connie Award recipient, Brad Jacobs (center), CEO, XPO Logistics, is congratulated by Michael DiVirgilio (far left), President, CII, and Jim Newsome (far right), President and CEO of South Carolina State Ports Authority and previous Connie Award recipient.

For 46 years, Connie recipients have been acknowledged for their significant contributions to containerization in world trade and the transportation industry. This prestigious award honors their individual accomplishments or the companies at which they have built their careers and the impact they have made. The approximately 375 guests of the Connie Award Luncheon were treated to a dynamic presentation as Brad Jacobs elected to conduct a lively Question and Answer format rather than a traditional acceptance speech.

After graciously accepting the award, Mr. Jacobs went on to say: “I work with an A+ team, and as much as I appreciate receiving an award like the Connie Award, I am not comfortable accepting credit for the work of an entire team. There are many people involved in every success. My main role is to be the conductor who helps the orchestra play together and focus on beating the competition instead of beating each other.”

Brad Jacobs is the architect of the industry’s most exciting success story. He founded XPO Logistics (NYSE: XPO) in 2011 based on his belief that the logistics industry offers exceptional potential for growth. Under his leadership, XPO is using its technology and scale to transform how goods are moved around the world for customers. Today, XPO is a top ten global provider of cutting-edge supply chain solutions and generates approximately $15 billion of revenue. The company operates in 31 countries, with 1,435 locations and more than 90,000 employees serving over 50,000 customers.

The Bayonne Bridge Raise the Roadway Project allows megaships to reach terminals west of the Bayonne Bridge which are those in Newark Bay as well as Staten Island. This endeavor elevated the roadway that links Staten Island, NY with Bayonne, NJ, raising the navigational clearance under the Bayonne Bridge from 64 feet to 215 feet, thereby allowing larger, modern container ships to travel under it. The project commenced in 2013 and was completed on June 8, 2017.

“CII puts a high value on endeavors that enhance the movement of containerized cargo and we appreciate the hard work that went into this project,” said CII President, Michael DiVirgilio. “We also know that it could not have been done without the cooperation and support of all of the men and women throughout the Port transportation, logistics, distribution and labor sectors.”