Chairman's Message

A Message from Chairman and CEO, Walter E. Blessey, Jr.

A Message from Chairman and CEO, Walter E. Blessey, Jr. - Chairman's Message

I have learned throughout my professional career that the success of any endeavor hinges upon a few principles: unity, drive and the commitment to being the absolute best that you can be.

I believe that the heart of every business, its very soul, is its culture, its values. Starting from our home in 1978, I built our business for the first ten years with just one assistant. Since 1988, we began a major expansion. As I was able to carefully pick our people, I was able to shape our culture. As a team we strive towards the same goals which are outlined in our Corporate Purpose which is our bible. Accordingly, we have been able to create a culture of common purpose, integrity, and respect, where every team member, in every role at every level, respects one another no matter the title and feels encouraged, inspired and driven to do their absolute best work every single day. It all goes back to people. I have always said "surround yourself with great people and great things will happen," and they have.

Our leadership in the industry is attributed to our team’s dedicated attention to customers’ needs and delivering product in the safest and most efficient manner possible. We strive to exceed customer expectations as well as provide distinctive solutions to overcome challenges. Each day, we play a vital role in moving our customers’ liquid cargo through the inland waterways. We have never built or used any barge that is not double-hulled, consequently, we have never had a spill due to penetration of an inner tank skin. We demand that our equipment is well maintained and crews are properly trained.

Our long legacy of corporate integrity attracts the best team members, great customers and new opportunities. It has been my observation in business and life that successful companies are the ones committed to providing the best service or making the best product that they can. Everything else falls into place when the culture is committed to excellence. So if you are committed to be the best that you can be, Blessey Marine Inc. is the place for you.

Walter E. Blessey, Jr.
Chairman and CEO