T. Parker Host Reflects on 2014
December 30, 2014 by T. Parker Host Admin
It’s been a busy twelve months here at T. Parker Host, Inc! We feel it has been a successful and productive year with various new projects and operations, as well as continued success at each of our locations along the U.S. East and Gulf Coast, and internationally in Colombia, South America. This being said, we are proud to highlight various news from the 2014 year.
As agents, T. Parker Host has extensive experience handling cargoes of all kinds. During the month of June, Host working as protective agents, provided grabs and grab technicians for a vessel call in the Port of Morehead City, North Carolina. Then in July our team in Norfolk, Virginia worked to bring in a heavy lift cargo from Colombia, South America. The cargo, a pair of cranes, was making the return trip to the area after being shipped to Colombia in 2012. Using a semi-submersible vessel, the cargo was ultimately sent north to Baltimore, Maryland.
This year also brought various award nominations for Host. Near the end of June, Charles “Chip” Bowman, Chief Financial Officer of T. Parker Host, was chosen by Virginia Business as a nominee for their Annual CFO of the Year Awards. In mid-September, Host was selected as one of five finalists in the International Bulk Journal Awards 2014. We were pleased to be nominated along with so many other great industry nominees. We would like to congratulate GP Shipping for being selected as the winner of the Bulk Ship Agent Award for 2014.
During the month of August, T. Parker Host, along with other members of the Incident Response Team, were recognized by the USCG for their valiant efforts in the rescue of the crew aboard the M/V J.S. Comet. Chris Howard, Operations Manager for Georgia, was in attendance to receive the award on our behalf.
Our company continued to see growth across the U.S. and in Colombia, South America during the 2014 year. Host was awarded our new Steamship Agency License by the Canaveral Port Authority in August of this year. Port Canaveral became the 7th port served by our team located in Fernandina Beach, Florida. Our expansion and growth were not only limited to the continental United States, however. In October, we opened an office in Barranquilla, Colombia. This is T. Parker Host’s second office in South America.
With an established presence in Colombia, South America, Host was pleased to release our new Colombia Coal Report on our exclusive online Client Portal for subscribers in August of this year. This monthly report offers the most up-to-date and detailed call information available to the industry along with trend lines, year over year changes, and breakdowns by port, shipper, and destination. T. Parker Host also produces a monthly report for the U.S. East Coast as well as the U.S. Gulf.
This year Host also implemented various programs and initiatives aimed at team member development as well as health and wellness. T. Parker Host’s Human Resources department worked closely with Old Dominion University’s business school in September to develop a two-day workshop for the company’s emerging leaders. This new Leadership Program was targeted specifically at Team Member Development.
We also held our Annual Operational Retreat in Louisiana this September, bringing company leaders together from our Operations Departments as well as Regional Managers and the Executive Team. By implementing these company retreats, our team members are able to bring back new skills and knowledge to each of their offices.
In November of this year, team members from T. Parker Host participated in the 8th Annual Carter Gunn Memorial Stressbuster 8k. All proceeds from the event benefit the Carter T. Gunn Fund, dedicated to educating the public about mental health and fighting depression.
T. Parker Host is pleased to have had such a successful year filled with various new projects and operations as well as continued success at each of our locations. We appreciate all of our partners in the industry and are grateful to all of our team members who make our operations possible. We are looking forward to what 2015 will bring our company.