Knud Stubkjær, Carrix, Inc. CEO, Presented with 2016 Connie Award

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From left: Jon Hemingway, Michael J. DiVirgilio, Knud Stubkjaer and Philip Connors, CII Board member.

By MarEx 2016-09-22 17:01:21

Knud Stubkjær, CEO of SSA Inc., who has more than 35 years in the ship operation and terminal industry, received the 2016 Connie Award presented by the Containerization & Intermodal Institute (www.containerization.org) in Long Beach, CA, on Tuesday, September 20. In addition, CII presented nearly $20,000 in scholarships for students pursuing careers in logistics.

Mr. Stubkjaer was honored with the prestigious award for significant contributions to containerization and world trade and transportation industry, as well as for a pioneering spirit in his career and at the companies at which he worked and for a positive influence on the individuals up and coming in the industry.

The industry-wide dinner event honoring Mr. Stubkjær was held at the Long Beach Renaissance Hotel. The co-sponsor was the Port of Long Beach. The award, presented before nearly 200 people, was given by Jon Hemingway, himself a previous Connie recipient, and Chairman of SSA.

A gracious recipient, Mr. Stubkjær thanked Jon Hemingway for his kind introduction and for being willing to take a chance on hiring him in 2012. He stated, "It has been a great four years working with a company that has built its business by focusing on putting safety, customers and employees first. These core values are the cornerstones of SSA."

Michael DiVirgilio, CII President, said: "Knud Stubkjær has the credentials for a worthy recipient of the Connie Award. His many-faceted career has put him in the forefront of our industry as a true leader."

Mr. Stubkjær joined Carrix/SSA based in Seattle, in July 2012 bringing more than 35 years of expertise in the transportation, terminal operations and logistics industry. He started his career as a trainee with the A.P. Møller-Maersk Group in 1977, obtaining a shipping degree from the Maersk International Shipping Academy. From 1977 until 2007, he occupied various leadership positions in Asia and Europe including becoming the Head of Maersk Line United Kingdom, President of Maersk K.K. Japan and Regional Manager A.P. Møller-Maersk Group Asia/Oceania/Middle East.

The year 1999 proved to be a pivotal year for Mr. Stubkjær as he continued serving in a elevated capacity at Maersk. His active role within the company expanded, becoming the Head of the Maersk Container Business Worldwide in Copenhagen and a Partner in A.P. Moller while also joining as inaugural member of the Group Executive Board.

After 30 years with Maersk, Mr. Stubkjær joined the E.R. Capital Holding Group in Hamburg, Germany as a partner, serving as CEO of E.R. Schiffahrt GmbH, a subsidiary branch of the company. From 2010 he held the position of vice chairman of E.R. Capital Holding.

In addition to his shipping degree from the International Shipping Academy, he has supplemented his education with various executive programs at IMD and INSEAD. Today, he continues to draw from his wealth of experience while at Carrix. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for Panalpina World Transport in Switzerland, since being elected in 2011.

At the event, CII continued its industry education mission by presenting scholarships to. Any company can sponsor a named scholarship through CII, which has had nearly $600,000 given for higher education under its auspices since 1992.

SSA Marine Scholarship awarded a scholarship to Qian Zhang, an outstanding student at the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business Master of Science in Global Supply Chain Management Program.

Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships from Crowley Maritime Corporation, which has presented scholarships to maritime students at the Connie Awards in both Long Beach and the New York area every year since 1992. This year, in cooperation with the California Maritime Academy, Crowley has selected Christiana Harrell, Bonnie Muchnick, Taylor Sullivan and Alex Yonkman.

Flexi-Van Leasing Inc. Scholarship For the second year in a row, Flexi-Van Leasing Inc. awarded a scholarship to the Harbor Truck Driver Training Program at Long Beach City College. This program underscores the value of collaboration between trucking companies, drivers and terminal operators at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.

Norton Lilly Scholarship Grant Norton Lilly International again shows its support to the California Maritime Academy by awarding a scholarship grant to the school's general scholarship fund.

The Journal of Commerce - A consistent supporter of the Connie Awards on both coasts, The Journal of Commerce awarded a scholarship to a worthy student from the California State University, Long Beach, who is pursuing his Master of Science degree in Supply Chain Management, David Pollard.

CII Scholarships - The Containerization and Intermodal Institute's mission is to promote and support education for the trade and transportation industry CII awarded scholarships to two exemplary students from the California State University, Long Beach, David Clifford and Radhika Naik.

Also, CII again awarded a grant to International Trade and Education Programs (ITEP) for its commitment to provide high school students with opportunities to learn about careers in international trade, transportation and logistics.

CII, founded in 1960, has been presenting the Connie Award since 1972 and it has become the most coveted honor in the field of containerization and its ancillary industries. Among some 40 recipients to date are Robert Curry, Sr., John McLaurin, Richard Steinke, Matthew Cox, Rick Gabrielson, James McKenna, Paul F. Richardson, Captain S. Y. Kuo, Ronald Widdows, Jon Hemingway, Thomas B. Crowley Sr., Malcom McLean and Evergreen Group Chairman Dr. Y. F. Chang, among others.

The Connie Award luncheon held in Newark, NJ, on December 5 will honor Carol Lambos, a maritime lawyer, and will give a Lifetime Achievement Award to the Sandy Hook Pilots.

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