2019 Year in Review
2019 Year in Review
Growth and Opportunity
Our people are our greatest assets. Throughout 2019, T. Parker Host onboarded nearly 300 new team members, adding 227 new positions and providing 70 opportunities for relocation and advancement.
Host hired six team members through the Jefferson Parish Re-Entry Program, which assists prior offenders with their transition back into the community. Now part of our team at Avondale, they help prepare the iconic site for its return to commerce.
Host also introduced the ACCEL program this year, which allows select boarding agents gain exposure to different departments within the company over a six-month period. The program is a tool to help ACCELerate the agents’ understanding of Host’s overall business and explore career options in the company.
T. Parker Host formalized our Safety Council this year, which further drives safety performance and promotes safety culture. Since its founding, we have improved the Host safety management system by increasing safety audits, implementing a new incident management and training platform, and placing a targeted focus on leading indicators.
Throughout 2019, we received 1,894 job safety observations from our team members, reporting potentially unsafe conditions or submitting ideas for ways we can improve.
We also introduced Host’s MVP Game Ball, a new tradition recognizing extraordinary acts of safety leadership in the field. We had three recipients this year:
-Jason Brown, a supervisor for Host at Tradepoint, who rescued a vendor from hypothermia during a man overboard situation.
-Ken England, director of warehousing, who coached our Host at Tradepoint team, dramatically increasing the safety and efficiency of our breakbulk operations.
-Greg Anderson, foreman at the Louis-Dreyfus grain terminal, who called an all-stop when he saw that a member of the ship’s crew was in danger of being seriously injured by the ship’s hatch cover.
Throughout 2019, T. Parker Host shared industry events, conferences, job spotlights, and throwbacks. You chose the winners of our Quarterly Photo Contests and named our CAT D10, “The Big Yella Fella,” at Tradepoint Atlantic in Baltimore, MD.
For several weeks leading up to World Maritime Day, we highlighted accomplished women at Host in our “Women in Maritime” series with the goal of empowering anyone considering a maritime career. If you missed it, we encourage you to read their stories on our website.
Be on the lookout for our next series, titled “You Do What!?” The collection features Host team members with interesting jobs and career paths, proving hard workers from all walks of life—ranging from the Marine Corps to semi-pro basketball -- can find new ways to inspire and be inspired.
At T. Parker Host, we take care of the environment and the communities in which we work. By serving our communities, we foster relationships and show our gratitude for the areas that have helped us grow.
Host was recognized for the third year in a row as a River Star Business by the Elizabeth River Project. Our work to restore and preserve the cleanliness of the Elizabeth River included planting native shrubs to bring back butterflies and bees, and installing rain gardens to act as a natural filter at Tidewater Tank Terminal in Chesapeake, VA.
In the New Orleans area, we worked with Jefferson Parish’s Adopt-A-School Program to prepare elementary school classrooms and play areas for the students’ return to school. We were also playground sponsors for five local elementary schools, helping support facility upgrades and provide uniforms and sports equipment.
When Tropical Storm Imelda flooded Beaumont, TX, Host donated supplies and furniture to Mauriceville Elementary to help the teachers and students recover from the damage. Weeks later, when Hurricane Dorian devastated the Caribbean, our South Florida team worked with Port Everglades, the US Coast Guard and others to gather and send much needed supplies to our neighbors in need.
Host gave back throughout the holidays, too. We sponsored Dickens’ Christmas Towne at Nauticus in Norfolk, VA, where over 400 students from Title One Norfolk Public Schools enjoyed the entertainment and lunch. We also collected toys for patients and families at the New Orleans Children’s Hospital, and Host matched all team member donations to the United Way locations serving the areas where we live and work.