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SCPA President & CEO Named Person of the Year

[ July 11, 2016   //   ]

The Agriculture Transportation Coalition (AgTC) recently named Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO, the first Person of the Year award recipient in the Coalition’s 28-year history.

“Never has an individual so distinguished himself in a manner that will have such a positive impact on all participants in ocean shipping, shippers, carriers, ports and terminals,” said Peter Friedmann, Executive Director, AgTC. “We applaud Jim Newsome for his pivotal, groundbreaking leadership to find a solution to the SOLAS container weight threat.”

Newsome received the award at the AgTC Annual Meeting, a gathering of agriculture and forest products transportation professionals, for pioneering a solution to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) requirements by using existing equipment and procedures at SCPA to verify the weight of containers.

“It is a great honor to receive this award from such an important group of U.S. exporters,” Newsome said.

Newsome was the first leader in the United States to step forward with a solution to the SOLAS requirements that were implemented on July 1, 2016.


Peter Friedmann (left) announces Jim Newsome as the AgTC Person of the Year.