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F. Anthony Naccarato

Anthony’s family came to America from Italy in 1955, with his parents and six siblings. Anthony married his wife Mary, a now retired Occupational Therapist, in 1971. They have resided on Long Island since 1973 and they have two children, Christina, and Anthony, and three grandchildren, Samantha, Grace, and Anthony Ray. Mary and Anthony passionately believe that it is important to give back to the community and they have both been very involved in numerous charities and have personally raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for worthy causes.

Anthony has been a long-time member of the Sons and Daughters of Italy in America. After Forty-four years in the organization, and moving through the chairs, on June 1, 2019, he became NYS State President of the NYS Grand Lodge, the largest Grand Lodge in the nation with sixty Lodges. He served two years during the pandemic and maintained financial stability through budget cuts and innovative fundraising efforts. He successfully applied modern technology, such as Zoom, Telephone Conferencing, Constant Contact, a Podcast called “Italia Mia”, and a successful Facebook Live Show. He also personally produced twelve videos to maintain personal contact with the members. In 2020, Anthony envisioned a commemorative journal which came to fruition, with the help of a wonderful committee, as a Journal called “Questi Siamo Noi”- “This is Us”. The journal was a huge social and financial success. It was also distributed to every Grand Lodge nationwide. In December 2018, Anthony was Invested as a Cavaliere (Knight), into the “The Order of Merit of Savoy”, the former Royal Family of Italy. In 2022, the Grand Lodge of New York conferred Anthony the “Bene Emeritus Award” the highest honor awarded by the NYS Grand Lodge.

Anthony began in the maritime industry in 1965. While married with two children, working full time, and traveling extensively, he received a Summa Cum Laude degree in accounting from Nassau Community College and continued with the same distinction at Long Island University for business administration. In April 1970 he began a long career with Ogden Marine Inc. who later became OMI Inc. They operated a large fleet of American and foreign flag vessels. He began in accounting and eventually became Vice-President of Labor Relations in 1987, and Vice-President of Human Resources and Administration in 1993. The company grew rapidly, purchasing and building tankers, car carriers, and liquified propane gas vessels.

In 1997 OMI purchased Marine Transport Lines and separated into two companies – foreign flag and the American flag. Anthony remained with the American company, as Vice President of Labor Relations. In 2001, Crowley Maritime purchased MTL, and he was asked to remain. He semi-retired from Crowley from his everyday duties in 2010 but remains active with the company. Anthony will reach fifty-three years of service in April 2023, going back to Ogden Marine in April 1970. His total service to the maritime industry will reach 58 years in June 2023.

For fifteen years, he has been employer Chairman of the Seafarers International Union and the American Maritime Officers Pension and Welfare Funds and of two state-of-the-art training facilities. He has served on the SIU Trustee Board since 1978 and the AMO Board since 1984. The Boards manage over six billion dollars in assets. Anthony is President and Chairman of the American Maritime Officers Service, a Washington based association comprised of some of the largest American flag companies, that promotes the American flag maritime industry. He is also consultant to the American Maritime Association, a consortium of American flag shipping companies, and has served as Chairman of its Tanker Negotiating Committee for over twenty years. He is Chairman of the Executive Committee of the United Seamen’s Service, a non-profit, federally chartered organization founded by the United States Congress in 1942. The organization promotes the welfare of seafarers and the US military personnel overseas. USS has centers in Asia, Africa, and Europe.

Anthony has received numerous maritime awards, along with many community honors. He has received the “Man of the Year Award” from the Maritime Port Council of Greater New York and New Jersey, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from American Safety, an organization that promotes maritime health and safety. He has also received the “Outstanding Friend of Seafarers Award” from the Seafarers International House. This past March he received the 253rd “Lifetime Achievement Award” from The Marine Society of the City of New York. Anthony is exceptionally proud that in 2021 he received the Admiral of The Ocean Sea Award and the Columbus Statue. – the most prestigious honor awarded in the international maritime industry.


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