Roberto Lugo, Jr.
Past President 2002-2004Roberto Lugo Jr., Vice President and General Manager, Puerto Rico Crowley Liner Services
Roberto Lugo's career in the shipping industry started in 1969 as an apprentice stevedore for TTT (Transamerica Trailer Transport), biggest Roll-on/Roll-off maritime carrier at that time in Puerto Rico. From that point on he found his interest in the trade and his life long career.
Prior to his professional activities, Lugo studied at the Puerto Rico Junior College and the University of Sagrado Corazón. He also served in United States Armed Forces, graduating from the Military Police School in Augusta, Ga. and the paratrooper course of the Infantry School in Fort Benning, Ga. He is married to Patricia Kinney, they have two children, Roberto and Patricia. A Native of Santurce, he has a love for sports cars and enjoys riding motorcycle, traveling, and playing golf.
Lugo worked briefly for Crowley between 1977 and 1979 before permanently joining the company's Puerto Rico office in 1986 where he spent nine-and-a-half years organizing and managing Crowley's network of Caribbean islands feeder services. In 1996, he was promoted to Director of Port Operations for San Juan.
For the last ten years Lugo has served as Crowley's Vice President & General Manager, Puerto Rico where he is responsible for the management of over 200 people, 200,000 container/trailer moves and approximately 250 vessel calls a year, as well as its Administration, and Sales & Marketing.
He was awarded the Thomas Crowley Trophy, Crowley Maritime Corporation's highest honor in 1997. He was also awarded the SME Top Management Award for Transportation in 1998; and in 2002 he was elected by his peers to serve a two-year term as the ninth president of the Puerto Rico Shipping Association (PRSA).
The key to his professional success is his faith in God, his positive attitude, promoting teamwork, his absolute loyalty to the Company and embracing the fact "that even the most humble worker may have a great idea that can lead the Company through a better direction".
That philosophy has earned him the admiration and respect of his subordinates and peers.