PROPELLER CLUB RECOGNIZES OUTSTANDING MARITIME
INDUSTRY LEADERS AT ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET
The Propeller Club-Port of Tampa recognized nine outstanding members of the maritime community during its recent annual awards ceremony. The Club handed out awards in the categories of Unsung Hero, Leadership, Member of the Year, Maritime Person of the Year and Mainstay.
Member of the Year: Barbara Blank with Florida Capital Bank
Barbie has been involved with the Propeller Club since 2010 when she became a key volunteer member of the International Convention Host Committee.
Barbie has since been a constant fixture at Club events helping our volunteers at registration checking-in attendees, preparing the venues, and doing whatever is needed to make sure the events are successful.
Maritime Person of the Year: Captain Holly L. Najarian, USCG Commander, Sector St. Petersburg
Captain Holly Najarian became the Commander of U.S. Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg in June of 2016, serving as Captain of the Port with an area of responsibility that spans the west coast of Florida.
Throughout her tenure, Captain Najarian has expertly managed this multitude of Coast Guard roles and responsibilities, as she leads the more than 700 Active and Reserve Coast Guardsmen, and 1,100 Coast Guard Auxiliarists.
Mainstay Awardee: Commissioner Sandra Murman
Sandra Murman served as the Hillsborough County Commissioner's representative on Port Tampa Bay Board of Commissioners from 2010 through 2018.
Commissioner Murman has consistently championed the Port helping the organization complete its strategic and master plans, grow container trade, and expand berthing facilities at Port Redwing and East Port among many other accomplishments.
Unsung Hero: Roger Moran with Gulf Marine Repair
Roger has been an employee at Gulf Marine Repair since 1979 starting in the pipe shop, becoming the pipe shop foreman, a Ship Superintendent, and now in the Estimating and Project Management Department.
Unsung Hero: Sean Vanderdrinck with Orion Marine Group
Sean is a Project Engineer at Orion Marine Group where he is not only dedicated to his work, but to safety. Vanderdrinck manages a multitude of daily tasks and is well respected by both co-workers and clients for his high degree of integrity and knowledge.
Unsung Hero: William McDaniel with Citgo Petroleum
William is a conscientious, hardworking employee who has been instrumental in guiding the younger members of the Citgo team and training new hires.
In his role as coordinator, McDaniel constantly looks for teaching moments to ensure new employees can benefit from his experience. He is not overbearing in his approach, but instead presents information in a way so it is well received. William gets work done quickly and is always looking for additional assignments.
Unsung Hero: Anthea Onufrak with the American Victory Ship
Anthea has a unique job description that covers everything from World War II shipboard maintenance and repair, to coordinating youth community service projects, to spearheading fundraisers.
In 2017, while visiting the American Victory Ship with her family, Onufrak felt the urge to get involved, and started volunteering. She amassed more than 350 hours as a volunteer and then joined the staff and hit the ground running.
Leadership Award: Wes Morse with Port Tampa Bay
Wes is the Operations Superintendent with Port Tampa Bay, working daily with the Tampa Bay Cooperative Vessel Transport Service to schedule vessels in and out of Port Tampa Bay berths.
Leadership Award: Sergeant Maria Lopez with Martinez Security Company
Maria Lopez joined the ranks of Martinez Security just four years ago, but has made a tremendous positive impact on the company during that time.
Beginning as a reserve security officer working special events, Maria quickly became a stand-out performer and rose through the ranks. During her time at Martinez Security, Maria has spent more than 8,400 hours standing watch with more than 5,000 hours outside in often unforgiving Florida weather.
A special thank you to our Sponsors this year: The Mosaic Company; Hendry Marine Industries and International Ship Repair & Marine Services!
Congratulations to all of this year's awardees and thank you for your untiring efforts!