Port Of New Orleans Chairman Kearney Receives National Transportation Leadership Award

Port of New Orleans Chairman Michael Kearney, joined by Port of New Orleans president and CEO Brandy D. Christian, receives the 2017 Diolkos Award at the 7th Annual Rail Supply Chain Summit in Chicago on June 14, 2017.

NEW ORLEANS – Michael W. Kearney, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans, was named recipient of the 2017 Diolkos Award at the seventh annual Rail Supply Chain Summit in Chicago on June 14. The Diolkos Award recognizes an individual with outstanding vision and leadership within the supply chain who equally has contributed to his community. The award is named after Ancient Greece’s Diolkos Wagonway, the world’s first supply chain and earliest known form of rail transport, which facilitated the transfer of heavy cargo from sea, over land, to the sea.
         “Chairman Kearney understands the strategic value of a strong intermodal system and its importance to our competitive advantage globally,” said Brandy D. Christian, president and CEO of the Port of New Orleans. “I congratulate him on this well-deserved honor. It has been a privilege to work with him to further the Port’s economic impact in the region.”
         A prominent local businessman and Chairman of The Kearney Companies (KCO), a logistics firm that began servicing the Port of New Orleans in 1996, Kearney has spent more than 40 years working in transportation. Appointed to the Board of Commissioners for the Port of New Orleans in 2012, the New Orleans native has worked tirelessly to forward the Port’s mission to maximize maritime commerce, help gain and retain new business, and improve efficiency.
         “It is a great honor to be recognized professionally by such a skilled group of transportation industry experts,” said Kearney.  “New Orleans is a special port city, uniquely located to maximize the movement of goods in and out of the country. And with premium inland connections, the Port of New Orleans is a critically important component of the global transportation network.”
         In 2016, Kearney was recognized for his outstanding commitments to New Orleans by the Rex Organization by being named “Rex,” King of Carnival.  With a deep commitment to the well-being of the New Orleans community, Kearney has served on numerous boards and commissions.

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