Port’s Gene Seroka honored with national shipping award.

Kudos to Gene

Gene Seroka

Ship another honor to Port Executive Director Gene Seroka.

He’s this year’s winner of the Containerization and Intermodal Institute (CII)’s Connie Award, considered one the most coveted honors in the maritime industry. The award recognizes industry leaders who have made significant contributions to containerization, world trade and the transportation field, as well as for their innovative spirit.

“Gene Seroka embodies all the leadership qualities we look for in a Connie Award recipient,” said Steve Blust, CII President. “His strength of character and resilience as well as his innovative approach to solutions have been demonstrated throughout his career, but never more so than over the last year and a half as the world struggled to navigate the challenges presented by Covid-19. Gene’s action-oriented leadership has impacted our entire industry — not just on a national level, but on a global scale as well.”

Our September 2020 cover story highlighted the Port’s logistics program to distribute badly needed gear to fight COVID-19.

Seroka has distinguished himself as a leader throughout his 33-year career in shipping, global logistics and executive management. As Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles since 2014, he oversees the busiest container port in North America, which has experienced record-breaking performances since his appointment. He concurrently serves as Chief Logistics Officer for the City of Los Angeles, leading the citywide effort Logistics Victory Los Angeles, which links organizations in need of Personal Protective Equipment with available supplies.

In July, he was also honored by a SoCal economic partnership.

Also, Logistics Victory LA, a part of the Port which manages and redistributes emergency pandemic materials and which Gene leads in his role as Chief Logistics Officer, reports that it has distributed more than 10.2 million units of PPE, including N95 masks, gloves face shields and other items, to nearly 250 organizations.

Congratulations, Gene, on your latest honor!