Arlen “Benny” Cenac, Jr.
Giving Back Company
985.872.2413 | cenac.com
742 Highway 182, Houma
"One of our guiding principles is service. Service not just for our customers and partners, but service for South Louisiana – where the majority of our employees live and work."
– Benny Cenac, Owner
Jock Cenac founded Cenac Marine Services more than eight decades ago to advance opportunities and wellbeing through the marine industry. 88 years later, the company has passed from Jock to his son Arlen and now to his grandson, Arlen “Benny” Cenac, Jr. who has continued to run the company in the spirit his grandfather intended: focused on employee satisfaction and company morale. The Cenac family has long embraced giving and philanthropy in their company and with their employees; they pride themselves on the safety, education and satisfaction of their workers, and through philanthropy they ensure that their current and future workers will continue to reap the benefits of working with Cenac Marine Services. Benny Cenac has ensured that the company functions as a family by fostering strong ties with their employees, which in turn allows the employees to provide the highest level of professionalism, loyalty and dedication to the company and to the customer.
"I look forward to this sponsorship opportunity each year. It is such an honor and joy to recognize these remarkable heroes."
– Benny Cenac, Owner
on the wounded war heroes organization
WHY THEY GIVE
Cenac Marine Services gives back because the Cenac family gives back. For the last 88 years, Cenac has been committed to employee satisfaction and company morale—and the company understands that the happiness and satisfaction of its employees is inextricably linked to the happiness and success of the greater community around them. For the company, advancing the wellbeing of their employees is tied to advancing the wellbeing of Houma’s community, Louisiana and the entire Gulf Coast region. To that end, Cenac makes sure to invest in both their current and their future employees.
Cenac’s dedication to providing a safe and happy work environment (a dedication that recently won the Louisiana’s Workers Compensation Corporations’ Safest 70 award) is involved in their decision to pay it forward. One of the company’s main philanthropic focuses is providing increased opportunities for advanced education, particularly in the marine education field. Through their donations to various institutions, Cenac has ensured that the marine towing industry has and will continue to have a steady stream of top-tier professionals for years to come.
Cenac believes in fully-rounded philanthropy. Benny Cenac is a dedicated philanthropist who gives time and attention to all sorts of causes, from educational to environmental to health and well-being.
Benny Cenac has led the drive for sustainable and local food through local community garden donations, and has grown the region’s culinary program through donations to Nicholls State. The company also donated a fully-refurbished updated barge to Southern Louisiana Community College’s Maritime Training program, which will allow the program’s students to experience the highest quality of education and situational training.
Benny has also made it a point to give back to veterans through their partnership with the Wounded War Heroes Organization and the Houma Oilman’s Fishing Invitational. Since 2013, Cenac has provided accommodations for veterans at the fishing invitational to allow the veterans an all-expenses paid weekend dedicated to fun and camaraderie, including delicious meals and fishing.
Cenac also devotes time and resources to South Louisiana Community College, Terrebonne Parish Foundation for Academic Excellence, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, Louisiana Wildlife Federation and Terrebonne Parish. Cenac’s rounded approach to philanthropy helps contribute to a stronger and greater community, which helps to improve the state and nation as a whole.
"Maritime training and education is a key component to the area and the industry. Cenac’s partnership with SLCC yields tanker operations and simulator training for all wheelhouse members, while at the same time, gives hands on experiences to others that would otherwise not made available to the public."
– Benny Cenac, Owner
For over 88 years, Cenac Marine Services has been known throughout the towing industry for its excellence in customer service, highlighted by an impeccable safety record and an unwavering commitment to strict maintenance and operational standards built upon a foundation of experience dating back to the 1920s. Today, Cenac Marine Services continues its pioneering way in the marine industry. Additionally, Main Iron Works specializes in the construction, repair and repowering of marine vessels and barges. Since its conception in 1947, Main Iron works has proudly built and refurbished push boats and offshore tug boats. Those interested in learning more about Benny Cenac and his philanthropy can follow his Twitter, @arlenbennycenac.